MAMA FOR 80 YEARS YOU HAVE SLEPT AND WOKE UP-YOU OWE GOD THANKS-WE ALSO OWE GOD THANKS
WHEN GOD TAKES HIS HANDS OFF OUR LIVES, NOTHING WORKS
THANKSGIVING IS AN ADDICTION THAT ADDS VALUE TO MY LIFE EVERYDAY
THANK GOD FOR THAT FLAT, IT WILL SOON BECOME A MANSION
DON’T SEE THANKSGIVING IN CHURCH AS OFFERING COLLECTION SEASON, WE ARE JUST SHOWING GOD OUR GRATITUDE
– Bishop David Oyedepo on “WE OWE GOD THANKS” at CGMI MEGACON 2023 Day 6 Morning Session / Celebration Service for Archbishop Margaret Benson-Idahosa 80th birthday 29th July, 2023 – Part C.
I returned from a trip years ago and I learnt that my car was taken away by some unknown fellows and I said, “I hope the security men are okay?” They said, “yes, they are okay. In fact, one of them went with them”, that means they arranged. I said, “Thank you Jesus”.
Now, somebody sitting in front of the car had no idea that anything went off. So, he was now trying to talk to me when we were about getting home about the car, I said, “No, no, I’ve heard about it”.
It stunned him till tomorrow that there was no noise, no yelling, it ended there. “Thank you Lord”.
– Praise God!
Relax! You don’t want to put God off because when God gets off your back, nothing works. When God takes His hands off our lives, nothing works.
So, we owe God thanks. You wake up in the morning, “I slept and I woke because the Lord sustained me. Father, I thank you”. You know how to fight when you’re awake, what of when you’re asleep? Who is fighting your battle? Mama, for 80 years, you slept and woke up, we owe God thanks on your behalf and you owe God thanks as a person which you do always.
Please, let this become what accompanies our spiritual life – thanksgiving.
I drove with a friend of mine, Mike Murdock and he said to me, he said, “between the town and the campus, you have said ‘praise the Lord, thank you Jesus’ 72 times”.
You know, he has a way of counting things. He said, “I was wondering whether you were even following what we were discussing or not”. 72 times, it’s an addiction and it’s adding value to my life everyday. Please, take it on, be thankful. At that time, Jesus rejoiced in spirit and said, “I thank you Father Lord, God of Heaven. I thank you”.
Jesus never ran short in Thanksgiving addiction and He’s our example. Thank God for that room, it will soon become two. Thank God for that room and parlour, it will soon become a flat.
Thank God for that flat, it will soon become a mansion. You’re going somewhere, if you know how to get there and you decide to go by it, you will get there in no time.
We owe God thanks on a daily basis, particularly, as we celebrate birthdays that He kept us between the year before and the new year, we owe God thanks.
So, don’t see thanksgiving in Church as offering collection season, we are just showing God our gratitude.
It shouldn’t be end of the year, it should be every time. Thanking God for His acts and having a schedule of Thanksgiving is not anything absurd, it’s normal.
So that all the people that have bad days during that month and others, they become conscious, I need to thank God who has kept me till now.
You got a job, how? Everybody that went to school with you, did they all come out? How many of them are alive now? You owe God thanks.
Those who are smarter than you, did they get a job to do? Yet, Jesus chose to honour. Please, let’s be thankful.
For the celebrant of today, we are all thankful on your behalf that grace has led you to this point.
e are thankful that your eyes are seeing these things today. We are thankful that the will of the enemy did not succeed in your life. We are thankful that He has kept you healthy and agile and you’re moving. We are thankful that you’re protected and your entire family.
We are thankful that the Church of God is still growing and moving and advancing. We are thankful to God that the Word of life has not failed in your mouth.
We are thankful that you’re still standing strong in the Faith. We are thankful that you still have all of us around you at this time. We are thankful that you’re never alone for once in your life. We are thankful for all the leadership of the Church that has been standing firm.
We are thankful for all the ones who are adding value to this ministry. We are thankful. I pray that today would be a day that each of us here in this assembly will remember that you owe God thanks.
– Can I hear you say with me, “I owe God thanks and I know why I owe God thanks. I don’t want to miss these virtues, so help me Jesus to remain ever thankful even when things appear not to be working. If I must see them work, I must give you thanks. Thank you Jesus!”
Now, I’m going to close with one verse of Scripture. Habakkuk 3:17-19. That’s where we are going.