Thanksgiving gives God room to operate

THANKSGIVING honours God. It gives us the grace to confess His goodness and mercies.

 

We give God an opportunity to operate in our lives through our thanksgiving.

 

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15.

 

There are times that have been tough, but God still showed forth-He has been on our side all through.

 

We offer thanksgiving as a sign of gratitude.

 

It is also a command in scripture. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “ Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

 

In every circumstance, give thanks- in tough times and in good times. All the time God is good.

 

Psalms 100:4Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.

 

We thank Him because of what He has done, what He is doing and what He is going to do.

 

His thoughts towards us are thoughts of excellence and victory and, He will always be with us, in tough times and in Good times.

 

Praise the Lord!

 

A future and a hope

 

We are not alive today because we are special or better than the rest, but because God has a purpose for our lives and that purpose is for our good.

 

When the Israelites found themselves in captivity God reminded them through the Prophet Jeremiah that His plans and thoughts towards them were excellent to give them a future and  a hope.

 

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  

 

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

 

 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.

 

Lack and struggling

 

We may find ourselves in similar situation of captivity, depravity, hardship, financial lack and struggling but while others are complaining-give thanks!

 

God is constantly thinking about us and even though we may not see it, there is always something spectacular He is restoring in the midst of it all-hence the need for our thanksgiving.

 

Hard times may be a fact of life here on earth but one day He will wipe away all our tears.

 

Revelation 7:17, “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 30:11, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off my sack cloth and clothed me with darkness.

 

The darkest nights of our lives will only last that far, God allowing it, and, once the purpose is completed “joy comes in the morning.Psalm 30:5.

 

Periods of wilderness

 

There are dangers that come with thanklessness.

 

God deals with murmurs of discontent.

 

To complete His purposes God can allow periods of the wilderness. He punished the Israelites who complained in the wilderness while He worked to complete His purposes with them.

 

When they complained and murmured, they were exalted themselves instead of God.

 

They were trusting in themselves instead of relying on God.

 

Self-trust is a curse! Sometimes we are disappointed by men we trusted who promised heaven but gave us hell!

 

This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

 

He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. Jeremiah 17:5.

 

The secret of  thanksgiving

 

When we complain and murmur we destroy our faith by not trusting in God to see us through the adversity.

 

In our wrong attitude, and we may miss out on God’s divine plans for our lives in His bigger agenda.

 

Remember it is never about us,  it is about Him.

 

Numbers 11:1, “Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord.  And when the Lord heard it His anger was kindled and the fire of the Lord burned among them.”

 

Now these things happened as examples for us that we should not try the Lord as some of them did. 

 

Nor complain as some of them also complained and were destroyed by the destroyer.” 1 Corinthians 10:6-11.

 

Discover the secret of  thanksgiving

 

Let us humble ourselves before Him with thanksgiving in whichever circumstance we find ourselves in and He will lift us up.

 

One of the things God desires  above anything else is our gratitude.

 

Just because we are alive today is a reason to appreciate and go before Him with thanksgiving saying, “Thank you God, if it was not for You, I would not have come this far!”

 

Begin you day, your week, your month with thanksgiving.

 

Mark special occasions with thanksgiving. Set aside a day, a time so say, “thank you Lord, if it was not for you, I would not have made it.”

 

Give thanks when God blesses you with increase.

 

Give thanks verbally in prayer and in testimonies.

 

Offer thanksgiving in fellowship with food.

 

Food is a thanksgiving when you share it with others.

 

Give thanks in gifts and offerings.

 

The place where you offer your thanksgiving matters. It has to be good soil that that will bring harvest. “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Mark 4:8.

 

Give thanks when people wrong you. Do the opposite, pray for them and bless them.

 

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