I woke up this morning singing a song of thanksgiving from my sleep, and the Holy Spirit ministered that we should just thank God today.
2 Chronicles 5 vs 13 – The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud
MENTION ONE BY ONE TEN THINGS GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU IN THE PAST AND THANK HIM
11 Chronicles 5 vs. 13-14 – 13. It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; 14. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
Psalm 9 vs 1 – “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds”
Psalm 100 vs. 4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 107 vs 1– O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for hismercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118 vs 29 – O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136 vs. 1 – O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Luke 11 vs 15-19 – And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Acts 16:25-26 – About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
Philippians 4 vs. 6-7 – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
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|Memorise: “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Lk 23:46).
Read: Matthew 6:24-34
|).1 Thessalonians 5:23 says man is a trinity comprising spirit, soul and body. Of these three, the most important component is the spirit. If all is well with your spirit, all will be well with your soul and body. Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
In other words, if your spirit is buoyant and robust, even if there was an infirmity in the body, your spirit will absorb it; but if something happens to your spirit, that is the end of the story. Hence, Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5-6 unless a man is born of the Spirit he cannot enter God’s Kingdom. Until you worship God in spirit, you have not started worshipping, because God is a Spirit. Hebrews 12:9 calls God the Father of spirits which means all His children are spirits.
The role of a spirit is extremely important in the life of a man. This was why Jesus committed His Spirit into God’s hands. That is ultimate surrender. When you hand over your spirit to someone, you have handed over everything. Once a matter is settled in the realm of the spirit, it manifests sooner or later in the physical realm. An example of this is Job’s trial in Job 1:8-19.
Most of us worry because we have not completely surrendered to Him. A summary of Matthew 6:24-34 is that you cannot have more than one God. If you claim to be a believer in Christ but you have not yet totally surrendered your spirit to the Father of spirits, then you are serving two gods – the Almighty God and yourself.
If you have only one God, you have nothing to worry about because He is more than enough to take care of you. He is the Jehovah El-shaddai – the God that is more than enough. If you do not want to inconvenience yourself while claiming to serve God, you are serving yourself. Have you truly surrendered to His Lordship?
|1 Timothy 4:8 says bodily exercises have some measure of profit for us. If you fail to obtain that virtue, your body may disappoint you. Start regular 10 to 15 minutes exercise for your family.
By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men with leprosy came toward him. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
On their way they were healed. When one of them discovered that he was healed, he came back, shouting praises to God.
He bowed down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was from the country of Samaria. Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?” Then Jesus told the man, “You may get up and go. Your faith has made you well.”
As we go on in our lives, at one point or the other Jesus comes our way. He is ready to make you whole. He is ready to heal you of whatever hurts you have but just like the ten lepers, you have a responsibility to call out to Him for mercy. His ears are open to your cries. Call unto Him today and He will save you. However when he sees you do not forget to go to give him thanks as the Samaritan did.
Do you want to be reconciled with God, through Jesus the Lord and Saviour? Then say this simple prayer:
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your glory. I genuinely repent from all my sins and pledge to go and sin no more. I accept your plan to reconcile mankind to you through Jesus Christ, who you sent in your name.
I believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and died on the Cross to pay the penalty for my sins and redeem me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I pray that His blood washes my sins away. I invite the Holy Spirit to rule my Life. I am born again in Jesus name.
8 August, 2006.
Culled from Yahoo news
Critics of President Obama felt little holiday cheer after the president did not thank God in his Thanksgiving-themed weekly Internet address. They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.
“Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?” columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.
“Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God.”
Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.
“His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God,” Starnes wrote.
“The president said his family was ‘reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,'” Starnes said. “For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are.”
The popular website of London’s Daily Mail has taken the issue global, with a story under the headline “What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address.”
Obama mentioned God once in a closing “God bless you,” to Americans watching the Internet address. However, the President explicitly thanked God earlier in the week in his written Thanksgiving proclamation, which called the holiday “one of our nation’s oldest and most cherished traditions,” and an occasion that “brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives.”
“As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come,” Obama wrote.
Ironically, the attacks on Obama came as the Republican White House hopefuls suspended their criticism of the president on Thursday in favor of a unified message of thanks to U.S. service members and their families.
Three of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements.
Obama, like his predecessors, records an address each week that focuses on an issue the White House wants to spotlight. The messages are typically posted on the Internet at the start of the weekend, but this week’s address – with its Thanksgiving theme – was issued before the holiday.
In this week’s address, delivered from the White House, Obama said, “We are especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas,” and he said, “We’re also grateful for the Americans taking time from their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters.”
He acknowledged this Thanksgiving would be “more difficult than most” for many Americans because of the economy, but added, “No matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny.”
Memorise: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Col 3:15)
Read: Luke 17:11-19
It is good to thank God for tangible material blessings – provision of a house, car, job, child, promotion, contract, answer to prayers, etc. But what gives God greater joy and provides you greater mileage in your faith record is when you thank God for unseen, intangible and seemingly negligible blessings such as sleeping and waking up, spiritual blessings, victory over unseen battles, etc.
How often do you thank God for these? Sometime ago, I read about a man who was attacked by armed robbers. He was robbed of his property and beaten. Yet, he came to thank God. Many who saw no reason for him to thank God, began to ask why he had come to thank God. To them, if he had escaped the armed robbers or his property were intact, those would be justifiable reasons to thank God; but not when he was beaten and robbed. The man saw what they did not see, and said he was thanking God that he was robbed but was not a robber himself; that he had something somebody considered valuable to steal, and because they took his property, not his life.
One lesson from this is that if you want to live a life of thanksgiving, you must considered what others take for granted and probe into the extreme possibilities of a negative event which did not take place. It calls for creativity!
The ten lepers had a divine appointment. They were going out while Jesus was coming in. May your path cross the Lord’s today. Even though they were some distance away, they were outcasts, moving corpses and destined to die sooner or later, they still had something – their voices for which to thank Him. God never leaves you without something to thank Him for.
As long as you have your mouth, you can call or thank Him and get out of trouble. The one who can speak out will always tell people where it is hurting. This is why I pity little children. An adage says, The inability to speak is the root of all ill-luck. As an undergraduate, I went to spend a week with my uncle. The pounded yam his wife served me was small. If I was going to spend just that day, I would have kept quiet. But since I had a week ahead of me, I did not want hunger to kill me, so I asked her if I was really welcome.
And she said ‘Yes’. With that, I requested for more food and she served me. Thank God you have a mouth. Use it to thank God from today. The more creative you are, the more the quality of your thanksgiving.
Go on a creative ride as you thank God for all He has done for you. Thank Him in a different way from how you have always done it.
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his court with praise: be thank unto him,
bless his name” (Ps. 100:4)
Read Psalm 118:1-10
Some year ago, I heard a true story of man who was jailed in America because a woman alleged he raped her.
Four years into his jail term, the woman confessed she lied against the man. So the case was re-opened in court. The lawyer of the plaintiff argued that if she lied the first time, what was the assurance that she was not lying this time around. So they returned the man to continue his jail term for a crime he did not commit.
Today, there are many in the prison who know nothing about the crime for which they are imprison. You shall not suffer for what you know nothing about in Jesus Name.
I went to pray for patients in the cancer ward of a hospital one day. I saw a boy who had cancer of the eye. One of his eye balls had become almost as large as half of his head. I also saw a woman with cancer of the breast. One breast had become almost as large as her body.
Then I saw one of the female cancer patients singing praises to God and I was surprised. She said she was singing because she knew she was going to die soon and would be going to Heaven. If you die now, where are you going? Some year ago I went to Egypt and the pastor I went to see told me he was going to a place they call the City of the Dead.
There were several graves of those who die during the Second World War. On each grave was a little house built with cellophane, and there lived many who had no money to pay for an accommodation.
Once a year, when the relatives of the dead want to visit the graves of their loves ones, these grave residents would move out in the morning and return by evening when those relatives would have left. No matter how had your situation may be financially, you are not living in a grave yard like these ones.
This call for thanksgiving. If the cancer patient on her way to death could praise God, what about you? You have so many reason to thank God.
Imagine your life: good health, family, job or business, daily provision of food, shelter over your head, education qualification, ministry, God’s grace on your life, God’s bright plan for your future, heavenly reward and eternity in Heaven. Gove God thanks
Source: Pastor Adeboye
“I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him” (Psalm 34:1, TEV).
“…always Lord Jesus Christ” ( 5:20, NIV).
to for everything, in the name of our
I have been composing and to people, and people have been sending text messages to me. However, I received a text message from an online friend early this month that really touched me.
Here is its content: “You can spend the remaining days of this year asking God for what He has not done. But you can choose a better option thanking Him for all He has done for you this year. You do not have to wait until December 31 before you thank Him for the year. Have a THANKFUL month.”
Truly, people (including me) tend to still be looking unto God for one thing or the other that He has not done for them this year without considering those things He has done and praise Him for them. We may even be thinking that the time to appreciate Him for His goodness should be the end of the year.
However, the message of that text message is pertinent to us. We have to start thanking God for the year now even without knowing what the remaining days have in stock for us. The Lord that has helped thus far will make us see the end of the year and even do more than what we are expecting from Him.
Start now to thank God for the year. Look back and be grateful for what He has done in your life. Even, if He has not done what you want from Him this year, the remaining days of the year are more than enough for Him to surprise you.
for who He is in your life. Thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do. He will perfect His plans and purpose in your life. Do not wait until the end of the year. Start now!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, NIV).
My three-year-old daughter surprised me recently. She was so sick that she could not go to school. She even vomited all the food, drink and drugs that we gave her that day. However, when I asked her to pray as she was about to sleep that night, she thanked God for every activity of the day she could remember. Amazingly, she did not remember to pray that God should heal her.
I later prayed for divine healing for her, but that prayer of thanksgiving, even when she was so sick, touched me and made me to think about my prayer life. How many times do I remember to thank God for His goodness over me when I am in distress? Prophet Habakkuk was a good example here. He was complaining about why the wicked prospered while the righteous suffered. It seemed God did not act as he had expected.
Job, in his anguish praised God. Why? He remembered in his pains that God’s purpose is always good. Hear him, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” (Job 13:15, NIV); “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God…” (Job 19:25-26, NIV); and “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10, NIV).
What are you passing through? Are you so sick, so poor, so sad, so weak, or so what? Praise the Lord! He still cares for you. The psalmist boasted: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, NIV). Be full of thanksgiving in all circumstances. That is God’s will for you!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
his message is more of a counsel. In Genesis, we see that God created man in His image. We must believe this literally if we to have a good relationship with our Maker.
God has a body with Eyes, Ears, Nose, Hands, Legs, and Mouth. In the Bible, we read expressions like fire coming out of the mouth of the Lord, the right hand of the Lord doing valiantly, God listening with His eyes, the eyes of God being all over the world, and the world being under God’s feet.
God also has a Soul and a Spirit. He thinks, meditates, and has passions. The only difference is that unlike man, all thoughts of God are Holy. If we understand that God has a soul, it will not be difficult for us to know why he responds to praises. As humans, only sadists will not respond to praises. If you tell a man well done or a lady that she is cute, many will shake their heads and thank you for the compliments. As Husbands, our wives are not contended until we compliment the taste of their meals.
Few years ago, a woman told me an interesting story concerning her husband, who is a Socialite. The Husband had attended a night party, which had a popular Musician in the bandstand, and during the dance session, the musician sang praises of the Socialite.
In an appreciative response, as is the custom among the Yoruba ethnic group of South West Nigeria, the Socialite splashed currency notes on the musician to the extent that all the money he brought to the night party became exhausted. But the Musician did not relent in the Praise singing, and because the Socialite was enjoying the Praises, and wanted thee currency spray to continue, he dashed home in the middle of the night, borrowed some money from the wife, dashed back to the night party, and resumed splashing currency notes on the Musician!
If men can respond to Praise singing in such a way, how much more God. If a man can borrow money to give a Praise singer, imagine how God will bless us if we also praise Him qualitatively. We are created in the image of God, and God also responds to Praise such as men do.
There are various ways of communicating with God. Let us stimulate the example of four Christians communicating with God in various ways. The first person is praying to God, the second person confessing the word of God, the third is engaged in a fasting programme, and the fourth simply praising God and offering thanksgiving.
Let us analyze the acts of the four Christians. The first Christians is most likely praying for some needs. His requesting a favour from God. Unfortunately most prayers are not answered because of faithlessness, and our prayers often become tautology before God. The second Christian is confessing the word of God, most likely with a desire to bring the promises of God to pass in his life.
Like the former, he is engaged in this dialogue because he needs a favour form God. The third Christian is also involved in a fasting programme mostly likely to receive power to overcome Satan and get some prayers answered. Like the others, he is not giving anything back to God, but making a request. But the fourth Christian who is praising God, is not asking from God but giving to God.
Of all the four type Christians that are communicating with God, the first person that will receive God’s attention is the person involved in Praise and thanksgiving. God delights in praise. He enjoys t. Praise brings us to His presence, and in His presence, there is glory and abundance of Joy. If you are always in the Presence of God, the demons that the enemy has released to attack your life will become powerless. If you are a Praise warrior, you do not need to be a prayer warrior, as deliverance prayers will be needless. The glory of God will always be with you, and the enemy will not be able to approach you. When Moses went to the presence of God and came back, the people could not look at him because of the glory of God all over him.
Christians involved in praise and thanksgiving are the only ones that are giving rather intending to receive from God. And the Biblical principles of giving are clear. It is more blessed to give rather than to receive even from God. And the only thing we can give Him is praise
God separated, the Levites, on of the 12 tribes of the Israelite nation as His Priests and commanded the other tribes to give them a tenth of their increase, just because he wanted the Levites to be always before Him offering Praise and thanksgiving.
Praise is a sweet aroma before God, unfortunately very few Christians offer qualitative Praise to God. Have you ever spend three hours before God in Praise? Have you ever spent seven hours alone with God in Praise? If not, this may explain why you have not seen the glory of God. Like I said earlier, very few Christians are spending quality time before God in prayer. Even most Churches are programmed such that the Praise and Worship session has become an entertainment and a religious monotony.
This reminds me of the beautiful testimony of one brother who because of financial pressure decided to sell off his only notable asset, a Radio, for about $45. However, when he sought the opinion of his Pastor, he was Pastor counseled to be in the presence of God in praise for three hours, to hear from God before selling off the Radio set. The brother reluctantly obeyed this simple instruction, and miraculously on completion of this Praise therapy, somebody approached him and gave him a monetary gift of exactly $45, the exact amount he wanted to dispose off his only asset.
The lesson here is that we do not have to struggle to be blessed if we have an attitude of Praising and thanksgiving. God is really tired of most our Prayers. He says we are blessed already, just recognize and appreciate my omnipotence, and I will reveal to you the riches stored in secret places. God wants us to thank Him for what I have done for you in the past, and He will give us wisdom to make more wealth
In the Acts of the Apostles 16:25-26, we read that Paul and Silas praise God unceasingly and the foundation of the prison shocked violently, the gates gave way, and they walked out like free men with angelic assistance.
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately al the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed”
This miracle can be easily explain. As we read in the Bible, the earth is the footstool of God, meaning the whole earth is under His feet. Now anytime a person praises God qualitatively, He will respond by shaking his body including his legs to the rhythm and melody of the praise.
Do not forget I stated by saying that we are created in the image of God, and that God also has passions like we do. Once God starts responding to your praise, he will be dancing and by so doing hitting His feet on the earth, which is His footstool. This physical movements will result in an earthquake freeing you from prisons of life.
Do not want to be freed from the prisons of life? Praise is the weapon for you freedom. Do you want the bands on your hands to get loosen? Start praising God now and see the shackles falling off. Before you can have the spirit of praise, it goes without saying that you must know who God is, and start a relationship with Him, meaning you must be born again.
Do you want to be reconciled with God, through Jesus the Lord and Saviour? Then say this simple prayer:
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1. God turned me into a vessel of praise unto you
2. Holy Spirit remold my Praise life
3. Holy Spirit make me a vessel of praise unto God.
4. Spirit of murmuring and grumbling in my life, die in Jesus name
5. Holy Spirit give me the gift of Praise.
6. Holy Spirit teach me how to Praise you.
7. Spirit of Praise fall on me now in Jesus name
Rules about giving offering in Churches
Luke 6 vs 36: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom.
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