Sun, Oct 26, 2014
The hidden power of Thanksgiving
Psalms 50:8-12 & Psalms 50:14-15 by Pastor Ghislain Lukunku
2 Types of sacrifices: 1. Burnt Offering 2. Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a powerful sacrifice that is done in response to what God has done for us in our lives. We need to be people of thanksgiving so that we do not kill our history with God. The attitude we need to carry is "I will not offer to God what cost me nothing"
Series: Thanksgiving Seminar


 Psalm 50:8-15, 23

 Here God is not speaking against sacrifice; it's about doing so in a religious manner.

 - God has made us priests in the order of Melchizedek.

 Sacrifice was there throughout history Cain & Abel, Noah, patriarchs.

 - Everywhere there is a spirit of sacrifice there is knowledge of God, there's passion.

-  Offer to God what costs you. It is not a gift, its brokenness. Do not grow weary in doing good.

 Every church of priests is powerful.        

 - Power is always given for service. If you want the highest power, serve as a slave.

-  A generous church is a powerful church.

 It's about your attitude not about the size of your sacrifice.

Two types of sacrifices

1.  Burnt offering:  sacrifice seeking for the favour of God

2.  Thanksgiving: peace (shalom) - sacrifice bound to relationship

 Service based on what God has done for us.

 - With optimism (positive thinking) we can get to a certain level but not the extent God wants us to be.

- We need gratitude to take us to the next level

-  In everything give thanks, for it is the will of God for you.


Two important things to know about gratitude

1.  Don't kill your history with God

-  Remain grateful day and night in all circumstances.

-  Bitterness kills this history.

- The joy of the Lord is our strength.  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Our joy is not of this world.

 - God ordained festivals with the purpose that His history with the Israelites would not be killed.

- You must always be in awe of what God has done for you.

-  Spirit of gratitude will give you hope (anticipation). It will make you see doors in the midst of darkness

 - All God has done in the past is a setup for what He wants to do in the future. 

- Don't let what's going on in the present to kill your history.

 - We are supposed to see Christ even in darkness. Even in the darkest night we need to have eyes which are enlightened. David arrived in a camp of war. Where others were seeing a giant he saw a door.

 - Spirit of gratitude will make you enter where you were not meant to be.  It will make you solve problems

- God chose David because his entire life was based on thanksgiving.

 - Gideon had a spirit of gratitude. Even though what was expected of him was beyond him he saw a door.

 - Thanksgiving always comes with fulfilling your vows.

- Elijah was fed in the midst of a famine.

- The anointing is your capital for the future. Take care of what God has given to you.

2. [To be continued]