Today we shall be focusing on thanksgiving. By definition, thanksgiving is the art of expressing gratitude to God. It is a vital prerequisite for a successful Christian life and God expects it from us in all ways and at all times. Apostle Paul confirmed this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 when he said ‘’…In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’’.
King David was successful in Israel because of his unflinching love for God and because he was always thanking him. He did not do so for fun. Remember that it was God who helped him to defeat Goliath. God also delivered him from the evil antics of King Saul and made him king over Israel even though his credentials were very lean for that exalted position. Remember that David was just an ordinary shepherd boy before God chose him over and above his outstanding brothers. I am therefore not surprised that he said ‘’it is good to give thanks to God (Psalm 92:1), to who alone does wonders (Psalm 136:4).
If you endeavour to peruse your earthly journey to date, you will discover many reasons why you should thank God. For instance, he is the one who delivered you and your loved ones from death and from the attacks of Satan via accident(s), sicknesses and infirmities, failure, shame and sorrow etc. He even promised you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11-NIV). Is he not wonderful? Definitely he deserves our thanks.
Thanking God especially with joy and praise will confer the following privileges on you:
1. Ability to gain access into His presence. King David confirmed this in Psalm 95:2 when he said ‘’let us come before Him with thanksgiving’’. He also said ‘’enter into His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4). From these two passages, it is evident that we can easily gain access into God’s presence via a protocol that prominently features thanksgiving. Friend, if you are serious about having an encounter with God then make sure that you give thanks to Him continually as from today.
2. Ability to present your request to him. Apostle Paul confirmed this in Philippians 4:6 when he said: ‘’be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God’’. We can safely conclude from above passage that Prayer + Supplication + Thanksgiving = Answered Prayer. If you pray and supplicate before God eternally but you fail to thank Him, you will find it very hard to present your requests before Him and you cannot get them sorted out. Thanksgiving therefore is very essential whilst dealing with God.
3. Ability to experience signs and wonders. Thanksgiving is the key that unlocks locked doors. It also unlocks the door to the throne of God where big time signs and wonders occur. In Matthew 15:36, Jesus gave thanks to God over a few loaves of bread and some fishes and they multiplied greatly to feed thousands of men minus women and children. Thanksgiving therefore, leads to multiplication and satisfaction (Jeremiah 30:19) whilst lack of it leads to decrease and frustration. Jesus also thanked God before raising Lazarus form the dead (John 11:41). That is, thanksgiving brings about restoration.
Friend, I presume you will agree with me that it is beneficial to thank God. Therefore, why don’t you devote sufficient time to thank Him on a daily basis and watch the issues troubling you disappear one after the other? If you are liberal with thanking God then, He will locate you for signs and wonders in Jesus name. Amen.
Finally, remember that those who are full of thanks to God will have their tanks full of His blessings.
Jesus is Lord!