This message is a part of my 5 minutes devotional message God gave me to speak this morning on Royal Missionary Baptist Church Prayer line.
1 Thessalonians 5:18- In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Tell the Lord thank you!
We all have reasons to be thankful. But the question to be answered is are we?
The Word of God is clear in it’s command for us to Tell the Lord thank you!
We are exhorted throughout scripture to make a joyful noise unto the lord, to enter His gates with thanksgiving, to serve Him with gladness and come before his presence with singing .
As God’s people it is our duty and obligation to acknowledge and honor God with gratitude in all things for this is His will concerning us in Christ Jesus.
It is in being thankful with a grateful heart towards God that builds our faith and our relationship with Him.
Gratitude is also a witness to unbelievers. As God’s people we are to live in a way that makes the truth of God’s Word desirable to those who do not know God.
Gratitude towards God reminds us that we owe God EVERYTHING!
This text that is before us contains two words that may be hard to swallow, especially if the circumstnaces of our lives are not as we planned them. These words are always and everything.
Notice that the Scripture doesn’t say to be thankful for all things but to be thankful IN all things, always.
The writer of this text reminds us that even in the most difficult of circumstances, hardship, pain and suffering, WE can find a reason to tell God thank you. Why? For this is God’s will for us!
Eventhough we are in the season of thanksgiving, we must understand that thanking God cannot be confined to one day a year. For the believer, everyday is a day of thanksgiving to the Lord our God!
Telling God thank you shifts our view from self to God! When we fix our eyes on the difficulties of life, the pain becomes unbearable and the situation seems hopeless with no end in sight.
When we thank God in what seems to be unbearable situations or circumstances, not only does "Thank You" shifts our focus to the Lord our God, but it reminds us of what we know to be true and that is:we are never alone, regardless of what we may have to go thru in this life for God’s word declares that he will never leave us nor forsake us because he loves and cares for us and he is working all things together for our good, including those things that does not feel good and often causes so much hurt and pain.
On tomorrow we will gather around the dinner table with family and friend in celebration of thanksgiving day.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we tend to focus on our blessings and giving thanks for God’s goodness and what He has done for us through the years, which is good, but let this thanksgiving be different.
Let’s start this Thanksgiving off by turning it into a day of not only thanking God for what He has done but also a day in which we will dedicate our lives to thankful living for God.
Word of thankfulness to God is good but when put along side thankful living, we are truly telling God thank you for Gods’ Word declares that obedience is better than sacrifice.
James 1:22- But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
The Bible gives us a long list of things we should be thankful for that will never change. We are to be thankful that God is good, His grace, mercy and His love for us is everlasting, His "LOVE" towards us can not described and it is truly amazing and beyond measure.
We are to be thankful that God changes not, He promises to hear and answer our prayers, but most of all we should be thankful to Him for his son Jesus who died for our sins and in doing so, paid a debt that we owed and could not pay.
If you are a visitor or a frequent viewer of this blog site and you have been given you a reasonable portion of health and strength you have a reason to tell God thank you.
If you have a job, food on your table, clothes on your Back & a roof over your head, then you have riches that some people in the world only dream of having.
People of God, learn to daily count your blessings and in return you won’t have time to complain about your misfortunes.
People of God, Have you been daily thanking God?
Thanksgiving is indeed the will of God through Christ Jesus concerning His people.
God bless and Tell the Lord thank you!