TOPIC : GIVING THANKS TO THE LORD
Scripture :Psalm 105: 1. O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: Make known his deeds among the people.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounterr! You are welcome to December, the 12th month of the year 2022. I am super excited to see this day because the Bible said:
Psalm 118: 24. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
And because it is the Lord that made today, it wasn’t the devil, we have to rejoice and be glad! Besides seeing the last month of the year calls for thanksgivings.
I was going to church on Sunday when the Holy Spirit took my mind through some issues that has happened within this year and then reminds me until you have a grateful heart you cannot be thankful. And I concur, thanksgivings is a child of gratitude which is birth by deep thought!
What then is thanksgiving to the Lord?
It is an expression of attitude of gratitude to God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is yet to do.
How do we give thanks?
1. By developing a heart of gratitude : Until you develop a heart of gratitude you can’t thank God well. And to develop a heart of gratitude, you must have a thoughtful heart.
Many find it difficult to thank God because they don’t remember what God has done for them and where God brought them from.
Psalm 103: 2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Beloved, observed the clause “forget not”! It reveals to us one great enemy of thanksgiving which is forgetfulness! Most times we are quick to forget what God has done for us. And then the devil is busy showing us what is not working just to stop us from thanking the Lord for what is working.
Whoever is showing you what is not working in life but failed to point out what God has done, is your arch enemy because he wants you to say ‘what am I thanking God for?
What has God done for me?’ that is an attitude of ingratitude! Rather focus your mind on what God has done and cultivate the attitude of gratitude then you can give thanks continually.
It takes a heart of gratitude to offer thanks to God! I plead with you please reject the attitudes of ingratitude and show to God that you are grateful.
How to develop a grateful heart
To develop a grateful heart, sit down for a while and ponder about your life today. It will amaze you what God has done as you begin to count your blessings and name them one by one. Beginning with your ability to sleep and wake up daily :
Psalm 3: 5. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
You will realize that, you slept and woke up every day was a miracle of God not by your power. Some person slept and pass on from the sleep.
Besides, think about your salvation and raise appreciation to God! Think about journey mercies you enjoyed, think about the diseases God healed you from, think about terrible attacks of the devil that you recovered from, think about some nights when it appeared as though you would not make it to the next mornings yet you made it!
Do a soul searching and you will discover that, although you are not yet in your dream land, but you are no longer where you used to be. Then raise up your voice and give thanks.
2. This is the physical act of expressing your gratitude to God. You can do this with an offering, dancing, clapping, shouting or singing praises to God Almighty, develop the attitude of gratitude first then proceed with into thanksgivings.
(PS. 96:8; you and 47:1,6; 149:3).
Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real! Eternity lies ahead every man. Make a decision today of where to spend eternity.
Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I receive grace to develop a thankful heart and be thankful.
Prophetic Declaration :
– I declare, windows of heaven open up for you this December
– May the floodgates of heaven’s resources be turned open in your direction in the name of Jesus.
– Every garment of shame and reproach tear off in Jesus name
From your brother Alex
God bless you richly
Happy New Month!!!