You are welcome to December, the Christmas month. It is the month when we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is the month to recount God’s goodness, mercy, and all His wonderful blessings since the beginning of the year.
It is the festive period of the year when we must enjoy together as a family. Therefore, this month, I shall be teaching on those things that will make your home sweet at Christmas. Today, I want to conclude by giving you this vital secret that will keep your family lively for the rest of your life. You want to know that secret? It is A Life of Thanksgiving!
I don’t know if you have really taken time to think deeply and count the blessings of God in your life this year? Think of His mercies and loving-kindness towards you and your family. Without Him, you wouldn’t have been alive today. Many started the year with you, but not too many are alive to see the end of the year! Often times, we are so bothered about what God is yet to do, that we tend to forget what He has already done for us. The Word of God says: In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The Bible also says: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night (Psalms 92:1-2). Thanksgiving is a commandment from God. If you must have a fulfilled life even after the Christmas season, thanksgiving is a must!
You may say you don’t have any reason to thank God. If you don’t know how to think, you will not know how to thank. When you are thankful, your tank will be full. Have you forgotten that the very breath you have now is from God? For this particular reason, you owe God thanks. The Word of God says: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord (Psalms 150:6).
You owe God thanks, you owe Him praise! Thanksgiving is an appreciation to someone for the things done or what you have received. I am sure you have received a lot from God this year. The Word of God says: O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men (Psalms 107:1, 8). Has God been good to you? Have you seen the goodness of God this year? Have you seen His wonderful works this year? No one knows you better than yourself. You know what God has done for you so far since the year began.
The Word of God says: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalms 103:1-5). I may not know what you are passing through right now; it may be you lost your last relationship, your job, or a loved one, I can tell you that God is always right! If you have lost anything, God is the reason why you have not lost everything!
At the tune of thanksgiving, your dead ‘Lazarus’ can come back to life. I don’t know what is dying in your life; is it your business, career, a relationship you think will end up in marriage? Give thanks to God and they shall jerk back to life. Jesus Christ used this mystery at the tomb of Lazarus and he came back to life. The Word of God says: Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me (John 11:41). If you want to live a victorious life, thanksgiving is a must! Thanksgiving adds colour to your life and can pave way for God’s blessings into your life. Are you looking for a job or a life partner? Whatever you may be looking for, just engage the mystery of thanksgiving and you will see God in action.
Thanksgiving is spiritual yeast. If you don’t thank God for what you have now, you may lose it. If you don’t thank God for the meal you have now, you may not have a change of meal. If you don’t thank God for the clothes you have now, you may not have a change of clothes. A life of thanksgiving is a life of sweat-less and tasteful Christian experience. When you settle down to acknowledge God, He will acknowledge you. Give Him thanks for what He did yesterday and you will compel Him to act today.
If you must be free from a life of complaint, murmuring and worries, then, you must be addicted to a life of thanksgiving; for when you give thanks, you never go down or be stranded in life. You must constantly show gratitude to God for what He has done, in spite of what you think God is yet to do in your life. Spend quality time to appreciate Him for the few days left in this year and you will see God in action. Stop complaining and murmuring; instead, appreciate Him and give Him quality thanks from the depth of your heart, and He will perfect everything that concerns you. Besides, you shall have a change of story and you will begin to sing a new song as we enter into the New Year.
Until you are born again and accept Jesus Christ into your life, the One who is the reason for the season, you can never have the joy that the season offers. Until your iniquity is forgiven, you don’t have access to God. Are you ready to let go of your sin so that God can re-write your story and give you a new beginning? Say this prayer of faith and you shall be born again! “Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today, I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins, cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! This New Year shall be the best year ever in your life in Jesus’ name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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