Summary: Thanksgiving is easy to do when the blessings are falling around us, but it can be very difficult when we are facing trials and challenges of
1 Thess 5:18:says:
"In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This theory sounds beautiful, it sounds Christian, it sounds spiritual and it sounds very cool .But to most of us it just isn't practical! .
Thanksgiving is easy to do when the blessings are falling around us, but it can be very difficult when we are facing trials and challenges of life.
Let me just highlight the three things paul is telling us about thanksgiving .
A. In everything give thanks.
Wether our circumstance is good, bad, delightful or evil we are to give thanks.There are some circumstances in our lives which it would be improper to give thanks.
for example financial instability, business failure, health issues, marital turbulence, residency palava, work problem, joblessness, loss of valuable things, childbirth or family issues.
B. Why should we give thanks?
1) It is God's will for us
2) It unlocks many doors
3) it brings blessings
4) It builds our faith
5) It keeps our lives clear of worry and deception.
6)It draws us closer to God.
C.HOW TO GIVE THANKS
I have no idea of the circumstances and challenges in which you need to give thanks to God. Same with me, you have no idea of the circumstances and challenges am facing in which I have to give thanks to God.
But Paul said It is only possible to thank God in every circumstances and challenges if we are in christ Jesus.
Phil 4:13 says: " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
Beloved what are your challenges today?
Is the weight of life falling on you?
Is the storm of life tossing you up and about?
Have you just lost a job?
Have you just lost a loved one ?
Is yours business failure or financial instability ?
Are you going through marital turbulence ?
is it your children or family palava?
Have you got an incurable disease or any health problems?
Is yours worry and anxiety?
Is yours residency palava?
God is saying to you today" do not panic and do not worry" .All He requires from you is to give thanks to him.
You can itemize all your circumstances and thank God for them one by one.
When thanking God, you can:
SING IT OUT
PRAY IT OUT
READ IT OUT AS A POEM
SAY IT OUT
SHOUT IT OUT
GIVE OUT VALUABLE OFFERING.
BUT LET IT BE FROM THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART.
Please give your life to Jesus by saying this prayer if you have not done so before:
Lord Jesus I thank you for dying for me on the cross ,I confess my sins to you , forgive me Lord , give me the power to sin no more . In Jesus name . Amen.