I have learnt from experiences the power of not only thanksgiving, but being prompt at it. My husband, Dr. David Oyedepo, usually says that thanksgiving is an application for more. When you give God thanks for the “little” you have seen, it qualifies you for the multiplication of that blessing and “extras”. The reason why people do not engage in thanksgiving is because they do not understand the mystery behind it. The Bible says:
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us (Psalm 67:5-6).
Your praises and thanksgiving to God is of more benefit to you than it is to Him. Understand that: Your living healthy, seeing each new day and hearing great reports deserves an appreciation to God the Doer and Giver of all good and perfect gifts (James 1:17). We owe God thanks at all times and this season is one of the greatest times to give God all the thanks. Every minute detail of your life requires you to be thankful and when you give God thanks for everything, your “tank” will be full.
When you visit someone in the hospital ward, you will realize what you gain from being healthy. Also, if you walk across the street, seeing the homeless, jobless and beggars on the road, you would realize that you have been favoured by God, and He deserve your thanks for it (John 3:27). Majority of people do not stop to think, that is why they find it difficult to be thankful. If you can stop to think of all the gifts, wonders, helps and privileges given to you by God, you will indeed see a thousand and one reasons to be thankful.
Peradventure, you still feel like you don’t have any reason to be thankful or God is yet to do that “big” request you asked. Yes, you might not have all and that which you want now, but the Bible says: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I would like to give you several reasons to give God thanks and the consequences of ingratitude.
• Your thanksgiving guarantees you access to higher grounds (Habakkuk 3:17-19). When you give God thanks for where you are, He takes you to levels you never imagined and grant you favours you are not qualified for.
• Thanksgiving increases the anointing of God over your head, thereby making you unstoppable by the enemy (Psalm 89:20-24; 2 Chronicles 20:22-24).
• Every blessing (finance, healing, peace, grace, etc.) multiplies at the instance of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the mystery behind scaling unusual heights. (John 6:6-13)
• It is commanded for the sustainability of the breath in your nostril (Psalms150:6).
If there are blessings accrued to thanksgiving, then there must be consequences for ingratitude. Some of which are:
• Cursed blessings: Every time you refuse to give God thanks for His blessings on your life, that which you have becomes cursed (Malachi 2:2).
• You experience drought (Joel 1:12)
• You lack favour with God (Psalms 89:20-21).
• You will be taken up by the destroyer (1 Corinthians 10:10)
I know you wouldn’t want to experience such; therefore, from today, you will make it a duty to give God quality thanks for everything. As you do, He will cause your blessings to be multiplied and preserve that which you already have in the name of Jesus Christ!
However, the Bible says: The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth (Isaiah 38:19). And only the redeemed of God are known as “living”. Therefore, to be able to give God acceptable thanks, you must be born again.
To be born again means to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour over your life, by confessing and forsaking your sins. Therefore, if you have not done that or have walked away from Him at one point or another, you should say this prayer in faith right away:
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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