LIFESTYLE OF THANKSGIVING

Jan 29, 2024

Psalms 34:1-4 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear [of it] and be glad. [3] Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.[4] I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

You should learn to be a man/woman whose heart flows with gratitude because that is what helps you to keep a good perspective in your walk with God whether things are going well or not.

The devil loves attention; so, you must make it a point to keep your eyes on the Lord Jesus, that is what Thanksgiving does.

Thanksgiving must be an act of your will: blessing the Lord at all times (in good and bad times).

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Your response to anything that is happening to you should be thanksgiving because God knows better what He is doing with you. As you begin to thank God, He takes those circumstances you are going through and makes something very beautiful out of them for you. Romans 8:28.

We don’t give thanks just because something is good but because God has permitted it to come our way, He knows how He will work it out. Things can never end the way the devil planned.

Psalms 103:1-5

The reason why God loved David is because he captured the revelation of thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving helps you to come out of any undesirable situation no matter the devil’s trials to push you down: thanksgiving makes you buoyant.

Why do we thank God?

1. It is God’s will for us to thank Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Every time you don’t know God’s will, keep thanking Him and He will keep leading you from one thing to another.

We have to migrate from a life of giving thanks to a lifestyle of Thanksgiving because any atmosphere that exalts God attracts Him. Thanksgiving creates an atmosphere that repels Satan and his activities away from your life.

  1. God has commanded us to do it.

Psalms 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

You ought to praise God as long as you have breath. Remember, the greatest asset that each one of us has is life; so, if you have life, it is enough for you to thank God Psalms 3:5

You must never trivialize anything that God has given you. If you don’t give heartily gratitude to God, you will receive a curse. (Malachi 2:1-2)

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name.

Sometimes, our thanksgiving becomes a sacrifice. When something inside you tells you to complain, you instead offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving. 

  1. The gift of the good people He has brought in your life.

God sends people in your life to help you. Jesus ensured to maintain everyone that God gave Him except the son of perdition (John 18:9, John 17:12)

God rarely uses strangers to bless us but He uses the people He has brought in our lives. That is why we should never trivialize any relationship.

  1. Thanksgiving perfects or completes the miracle that God started in our lives

Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect [that which] concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, [endures] forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

God begins with good and when He sees your response and attitude, He perfects it. James 1:17

In Luke 17:12-19

Jesus cleansed ten lepers but only one who was a stranger returned to give thanks. Jesus asked about the rest because He was expecting all of them to come and thank Him: God expects you to come and give Him thanks.

The nine Jews never returned because they felt entitled to what Jesus had done for them. It was only the foreigner who returned and poured her thanksgiving that was made whole. The entitlement mentality has kept many believers stagnant.

It is not enough to thank God but your thanksgiving must be commensurate to what God has done for you. Hezekiah was about to die but when God healed him, he did not glorify God. God expects us to pour our thanks according to what He has done for us. 2 Chronicles 32:24-25

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.