TOPIC : GIVING THANKS ALWAYS
SCRIPTURE : Ephesians 5: 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Beloved, I welcome you to the month of May- the fifth month of the year,2022! We give thanks and praise to God Almighty for seeing us through the month of April. As a believer, It is wise for us to understand that thanksgiving is not once for all issues in a Christian life. It is meant to be part and parcel of our Christians journey.
It was design to be a daily affairs not once in a year or once in a month! We are only here today reminding ourselves that the subject of thanksgivings is every day affairs as long as we live here on earth! Hence our topic today say giving thanks always!
From our anchor scripture, we Observed that thanksgivings is always, to God the Father and for all things;
_Ephesians 5: 20. Giving thanks always for all things* unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;_
The key word according to this scripture is always! Always is an English word meaning- continually, constantly, consistently, unfailingly, forever, at all times, at any rate! Waoh!
So, wether the conditions are good or bad, God deserve our thanks, give thanks to God irrespective of what has happened so far if not for anything at least for His mercy and Grace enjoyed so far in 2022.
How do I give thanks always? :
1. You must Understand that thanksgivings is the will of God :
1 Thessalonians 5: 18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The understanding that thanksgivings is the will of God will help you to give thanks always. Refusal to give thanks is saying no to the will of God. Hence thanksgiving is done with excitement because it is never too much!
2. Understand that you can not thank God amiss. It is possible to pray amiss but not thanksgiving!
3. Learn to lay it to heart to give thanks always;
Malachi 2:2: _If ye will not hear, and *if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name , saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart._
Laying it to heart means, register it in your heart to consistenly give thanks to God for all the good things happening around your life, whether you are driving, walking, eating, sleeping or awake.
Don’t wait for spectacular events to give thanks, otherwise, the little glory you are enjoying will be curse for refusal to give thanks.
4. Do it promptly: Meaning don’t delay or postpone your thanksgivings:
_Jeremiah 13: 16. Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness_ .
When thanksgiving is delay it attracts something else. So give thanks timely, promptly on time.
5.Make thanksgivings a life style
_Colossians 3: 17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him_ .
Let your thanksgivings be habitual. Usually Habits are formed by repeated practice! So make thanksgiving a repeated practice. Let it be part of your habit in life and it will remain with you for ever. It is a life time of committed thanksgiving that get the best of God.
How do you thank God?
A. By your singing ;
Psalm 89: 1. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
B. By your shouting:
Psalm 47: 1. O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God …
C. By your dancing:
Psalm 149: 3. Let them praise his name in the dance:..
D. By your offering etc. :
Psalm 96: 8. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real! Choose Jesus and escape hell today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today,
– Father, I receive grace to practice thanksgiving always in Jesus name.
Prophetic Declaration :
– I prophesy grace for thanksgiving rest upon you consistently.
– You are next on line for a miracle as you consistently engage in thanksgiving.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.