Thanksgiving is not an abstract or loosely existing idea. It is relational and is driven by love and not compliance. It is a response to a benefit or an act of kindness. Biblical Reasons for Thanksgiving: 1) It is a command (1 Chr. 16:8). It is an act of obedience that leads to righteousness. 2) It is a password into God’s presence
(Ps. 95:2). You cannot murmur, complain and worship at the same time. 3) It is a response to God’s goodness (Ps. 107:21-22). 4) It is the believer’s lifestyle
(Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2). It is a way of life. What is the cause for your gratitude to God? There has to be a purpose to practice obedience through thanksgiving. Always use the password of thanksgiving into His presence.
Thanksgiving is extending one's hand to appreciate God for what he has done and for who he is. Extension of hands is a reflection of what is in the heart. Foundational principles of thanksgiving: 1) It is relational (Psalm 79:13). 2) It is objective. It is not ambiguous, it is has a goal and a reason (Psalm 106:1). 3) It is free-willed - it is not forced but rather spontaneous (Leviticus 22:29). Hence we need to be clear about our personal relationship with God and heavenly register needs to be updated so that as we bring our thanksgiving it is registered in heaven. Secondly, be clear and precise about the reason for thanksgiving. Lastly, we need to remember to give thanks out of free-will.
When God chooses to walk with someone the state they are in does not matter. For there is something about God that is different to man. God always looks at the positive side. Thanksgiving is a function of relationship and accrued value out of that relationship. Tenacity of the love of God: 1) God perfects what he begins (Phil 1:16; Psalm 138:8). Christian faith is always under construction. 2) His love is persistent, pursuing and tireless (Exo 3:4; Judges 6:11-24). God loves even when there is no reason to. 3) God selection is sovereign (1 Cor 1:2-29; Judges 6:15). Walking with God is not about who you are but who you are with. God is always looking for what is best. Brokenness and failure need not to be final
Gratefulness and honour is how we show the world how much we love God. Showing gratitude has so many proven benefits - physical, mental, and emotional. Benefits of being grateful: 1) Gratefulness increases favour with God. 2) Gratefulness attracts God's blessings, wealth and riches from God. 3) Grateful gives a sense of peace and belonging. 4) Gratefulness challenges the heart of God Towards you, your family, work and businesses. 5) Gratefulness Makes God to give you long life so you can help other people. When we are grateful, we demonstrate humility and our dependency on God.
The depth of Gods goodness is in his love. God's love is undefinable but we can sense it and be transformed by it. Thankfulness is demonstrated through: 1) Permament commitment to God; 2) Commitment to our parents; 3) Commitment to our pastor; 4) Commitment to our local church and 5) Commitment to our familyand, fellow brothers and sistes. We have to do the basic, be repsonsible, and God will do the best. For God will never risk his blessings.
Love has to be demonstrated not only talked about. The more you love the cheaper the sacrifice becomes. We can never lack reasons not to thank God for: His eternal love, his endless love and unconditional love. Thankfulness is a critical character of a mature child of God. Thankfulness triggers more divine blessings.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016
Six causes of ungratefulness. 1. Forgetfulness, oblivion. When things are well we tend to easily forget due to lack of attention (Psalm 103:2), daily preoccupation and due to challenges. 2. No results. We are called to be grateful whether we like it or not, whether it works or not because of conviction. 3. Entitlement. Whatever we receive it is because of grace. 4. Lack - when there is something lacking we tend to focus on it and overlook what is there. 5. Pride - undermining things. 6.Not seeing God.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016
Thanksgiving is manifested in three ways. By your Word, which reflect your being. The reason why storms come, the devil wants you to change your language. You have liberty to direct your life the way you want and God responds to what he hears. Secondly, by your Conduct, behavior - how you respond to situations. Lastly by your Action, when you are grateful you want to do something in return. Gratefulness is an initiative from the heart. Our ungratefulness is blocking us from receiving greater things.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Life is fragile, it depends and is controlled by God. In every situation we face there are always two realities - heavenly reality, divine perspective and earthly reality.We normally react to what we see. However we have limited knowledge of Gods power and Gods plan.Our attitude will determine what happens. We have a choice to react in a way that will praise God and bring restoration.
When an all powerful, all knowing and self sufficient God asks us to be thankful it highlights the importance of thanksgiving. All our sacrifices are an act of gratitude to what God has done for us. Thanksgiving is a lifestyle where we refuse to be familiar with what God has done for us. A sacrifice of thanksgiving honours God