IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thought Of The Day : No favour is too small to be thankful for. For thankfulness triggers more favours.

LISTEN : Thanksgiving glorifies God and positions the giver for more of God’s blessings. That is why the Bible says,

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

My dear, are you finding it difficult to give thanks to God? You must learn to be thankful for everything (both good and bad). Besides, no favour is too small to be thankful for. Most times, being ungrateful for small favours would make us to forfeit big favours. Thankfulness should be a habit, not a – one – time thing. When you are thankful for everything, everything would work in your favour. Thankfulness is good and pleasing to God. Even when it is painful and difficult to give thanks, God wants us to do it all the same, for it is a sacrifice pleasing to Him. The Bible says,

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise
to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips
giving thanks to his name.
Hebrews 13:15

Couple of months ago I told a story about one evening, as a woman and her children gathered for dinner, her oldest daughter asked her, “Mother, why are you always thankful even for the smallest favour? Must you be thankful for everything?” Looking at her daughter, the woman smiled and said, “My daughter, thanksgiving is the beauty of life. It keeps you positive, hopeful and charming. It opens doors and blesses you with opportunities to be accepted by others. Thankfulness attracts goodness, and life will be a nightmare without goodness. So, always have a thankful heart my daughter.” Most of us are like this girl who wondered why her mother was thankful for everything. The truth is, anyone with a thankful heart can never be empty of God’s favour. The Bible says,

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks,
he distributed to the disciples,
and the disciples to them that were set down;
and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples,
Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets… John 6:11-13

There is a miracle after genuine thanksgiving. Anyone who is thankful for a favour received, would receive more favours. Besides, thankfulness is an attitude of faith, mental and emotional lift to us and those around us. So, no matter the circumstances always give thanks and you will be glad you did. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be thankful always and stop complaining about everything.
2. Create atmosphere of thanksgiving and be grateful even for small favours.
3. In every situation be positive and hopeful no matter what.
4. For every favour you receive. show appreciation for it.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, I will give thanks for all you have done for me now and forever, in Jesus’ name.

A Word Of Blessing : Henceforth, nothing will shut your mouth from praising God. It is your time to shine. In Jesus’ name.

Reflection : When you complain about everything, everything will work against you.

Quote : “Anyone who is thankful for everything, moves everything to work in his or her favour.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know you can find peace in the midst of troubles? (Philippians 4:6-7).

Today In History : February 20, 1968 North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Elephant’ calves can stand within 20 minutes of birth?

Bible Quiz : Having lost his sight on his way to Damascus, who restored the sight of Saul of Tarsus?

God bless you!