UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING – Pastor David Oyedepo Jnr

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WE ARE NOT HERE BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO FIGHT SPIRITUAL BATTLES, WE ARE HERE BECAUSE GOD HAS FOUGHT ON OUR BEHALF.

THERE IS NO DAY THAT SATAN PLANS GOOD FOR YOU. EVERY SINGLE DAY, HE PLANNED EVIL BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY HE FAILED BECAUSE GOD HAS BEEN OUR HELPER AND THAT IS WHY WE OWE GOD QUALITY THANKS.

WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS THE HAND BEHIND ALL GOOD HAPPENINGS IN OUR LIVES. THERE IS NO LUCK, IT IS ONLY GOD AT WORK

GOD GIVES GOOD FIRST AND WHEN MAN GIVES THANKS, HE THEN GIVES PERFECT NEXT

– Pastor David Oyedepo Jnr. at Midweek Communion Service, Canaanland.

Our Father this evening we have come to glorify and praise your holy name for all you have done. You have brought us to this last Midweek Service of this year, you have been faithful. We give all the praise and all the glory to you.

Lord tonight our eyes are upon you. We ask that you speak to us tonight and let your word transform us. In Jesus precious name we have prayed.

Tonight we shall be concluding the series of teachings which we began earlier in the month captioned UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING.

According to the word we are made to understand that understanding is a vital catalyst to maximizing any mystery in the Kingdom.

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Mathew 13:23
The difference in the output is a product of the depth of understanding.

That is why when it comes to Thanksgiving we must continue to deepen our understanding in order to maximize our output. Psalm 47:7.
– I pray tonight that for each one of us, our understanding shall get yet deeper in the name of Jesus.

Why must we give God thanks?
We owe God thanks for every good thing which He has done for us. Ephesians 5:20. Man on his own has no capacity to create good things. James 1:17. If it is good in your life then it is God at work in your life. Every good thing that God has done for us creates a debt of gratitude.

There is a debt that we owe to pay God concerning every good thing He has done in our lives. 1 Timothy 6:17. Whatever we have enjoyed from January till date has come from one source alone and that is God on high and that is why we owe Him thanks. I believe that each one of us here can testify that we have seen the goodness of God, from January till date.

Also, we must understand that God is the hand behind all good happenings in our lives. There is no luck, it is only God at work. You find favour, you find lifting, you find promotion, they are only the hand of God at work. Every good occurrence in our lives from the start of the year till date has been the hand of God at work on our behalf. Have doors opened for us? It’s God’s hand at work. Lifting? Favour? Promotion? We are simply recipients of the mighty hand of God at work in our lives.

We must understand that it is heart seated gratitude that is our covenant access to real joy. When you are genuinely grateful from the depth of your heart, you find out that joy is the outcome. Malachi 2:1-2. Thanksgiving must be of the heart. Luke 10:21. Where there is Thanksgiving, it must come from the heart. It is heart rooted Thanksgiving that comes from the heart and it is that Thanksgiving that gives us access to joy and it is that gratitude from the heart that counts with God. Our Thanksgiving must not be mouth-rooted rather heart-rooted. Isaiah 29:13.

Until it comes from the heart, God is not interested. 1 Samuel 16:7. Our heart must be loaded with gratitude. There are many people that as the year is ending, their heart is loaded with complaints, murmuring. It may not be coming out of the mouth but they are ruminating it in the heart. Until Thanksgiving is rooted in the heart, it is not acceptable to God.
– My prayer is that every one of us our hearts will become melodious with gratitude.

What are we thanking God for?

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1. For His wondrous works in our lives as we continue to count our blessings.
Psalm 103:1-2

Our lives as individuals are a combination of the wonders of God without number. From the beginning of the year to this point, what we have been experiencing in our lives can only be counted as wonders. Job 9:10. That is the reality of our lives. When you count your blessings, you will see the wonders of God piloting the various departments of your life. You and I are beneficiaries of His wonders. Psalm 78:42-55.

From the beginning of the year to this point, things have happened to people on every side but He guided us like sheep. He defended us, protected us. We are simply recipients of the wonders of God without number. We are thanking Him for His wonders in our lives. The enemy has tried and failed because His wonders have continually made manifest in our lives.

2. For His good hand upon our lives all through the year.

From the month of January to this month of December we have experienced the good hand of God upon us. James 1:17. You and I are simply recipients of that good hand of God. Nehemiah 2:18. We have prayed prayers in the year and God answered according to the good hand of God. What we have seen in our lives is not because we deserve it but because He has been good to us. The good hand of God has never failed, we have continued to enjoy it as individuals.

You went for an interview and they chose you not because you were the best but because of the good hand of God. Some were sacked and you were kept, not because you are the best but for His good hand upon you. His good hand has continually distinguished you and me and that is why we are thanking Him. All ten lepers were cleansed but only one of them acknowledged the good hand of God.

There are many of us that have experienced the good hand of God but have refused to see it. It’s time to see it. Deuteronomy 6:12. Don’t be guilty of forgetfulness, God has done too much, way more than you can ask. That is why we owe Him thanks for His good hand upon our lives.

3. For rendering our enemies helpless.

Psalm 124:1-7

That has been our testimony. The enemy has organized, strategized, planned and tried to see how to bring many of us down. We were not even aware. We stepped into places, snares were already broken so they couldn’t hold us. We didn’t know what we escaped. There are many things we didn’t know were happening but God fought for us.

Psalm 2.1-4

We have been laughing from the beginning of the year till now. The enemy has tried and tried and it hasn’t worked. What God is showing and I is that the fact that there was no attack does not mean there was no attacker, he only silenced the attacker on our behalf. There is no day that Satan plans good for you. Every single day, he planned evil but every single day he failed because God rendered the enemy helpless.

Job 5:12. Enterprise means a long term project. Satan was planning to have a long term project in our lives but God disappointed it. God frustrated it because He has been our Helper. I like you to know this evening that we owe God thanks. There is so much more than we can see that God has done. There is always more in the invisible than in the visible. We owe God quality thanks.

Someone sent a clip to me and it was very instructive. This woman was standing by the roadside waiting for transport and she began to complain that she did not have a car, her mates all had a car. Right at that moment there was somebody who was behind her trying to stab her and an angel of the Lord came and threw that person into the bush.

In the midst of her complaints she did not know what was happening behind her. While she was complaining God was busy fighting on her behalf. While many people are complaining, God was fighting on their behalf from the start of the year till now. That’s why we owe Him thanks and from this day we will be giving Him thanks.

Isaiah 8:9-10. That has been our testimony, they have come together to hold a confederacy on how they can bring him down, how can we bring her down, how can we destroy him. God is with us so as they speak the word, it will not come to pass. They gather together and He breaks them in pieces. That has been our experience and that is why we owe Him quality thanks. We are not here because we know how to fight spiritual battles, we are here because He has fought on our behalf. Isaiah 54:16-17. The enemy has been helpless because God has remained our Helper.

4. In anticipation of perfection of all that concerns us.
Psalm 138:8, Ecclesiastes 7:8

We are in the closing moments of this year and that is the moment of perfection and the trigger of perfection is thanksgiving. Luke 17:11 – 19. God gives good first and when man gives thanks, He then gives perfect next. As you appreciate God, He begins to perfect that which concerns you. God’s interest is to bring you and I to the point of perfection.
– No one here will miss out on the perfect.

Romans 12:2, God has perfect but the trigger that positions us to enter into the perfect is the trigger of Thanksgiving.

There are things in your life that you have asked God for and you have seen God manifest in various degrees in that area of your life, start thanking Him for it. As you thank Him for it, He will perfect it. Position yourself for the release of perfection via thanksgiving.

5. To keep the anointing for conquest fresh in our lives.
Psalm 89:20-22

We conquer by the anointing, but that anointing for conquest is released upon us via Thanksgiving. Psalm 92:1-2,10. Whether day or night, Thanksgiving is a continuous requirement.

God’s servant, our father has told us that the fresher the oil, the greater the impact. As you make thanksgiving a lifestyle, the oil of conquest continues to be fresh upon your life and conquest will increase in impact. You are not struggling to win. Like we heard at Shiloh, when you talk about being more than a conqueror, you are putting the enemy to flight without a fight. You are not struggling to win, you are winning with ease. That has been our experience as a commission. There is a sweat less dive to new levels. The enemy can do nothing about it.

What God is telling us is simple, we must position ourselves in thanksgiving addiction and we will begin to see his hand manifest in greater dimensions in our lives. However don’t forget that the Thanksgiving that God reckons with is the one that comes from the heart.

When you are thanking Him, it must come from the heart. Let each of our hearts begin to recall God’s faithfulness, recall the hand of God and He will begin to perfect all that concerns us and the unction of God increasing in every area of your life.

Lift your two hands to heaven for the word you have received tonight. Thank Him for the spirit of thanksgiving that has come upon you afresh. No murmuring anymore. We will give you the praise and the glory in Jesus precious name we have given thanks.

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