Always Give Thanks

23rd NOVEMBER 2022

Christ for Youth International

As one of our members recounted, some of her best moments as a child were the times her parents gave her new shoes and dresses as Christmas gifts. These gifts were like a licence (tangible evidence) to show off and let people know how much she is cared for. As a result, not only was she glad, she was eager to tell almost anyone who came to the house or friends in school and at church of the gifts she had received.

How much gratitude do you think God expects us to express to Him, with the little or huge things He does for us? The sign of a grateful person is one who constantly shows appreciation and is joyful to talk about all that the Lord does for him or her. Don’t you think it would be a delightful thing if we boast in the LORD, as our member did as a child when she got her gifts? When we give thanks to God in private, He is delighted, and He receives our acknowledgement of Him as the source, but it does not help any other person. However, when we give Him thanks publicly, that becomes a testimony.

Let us not be ashamed to talk about our Salvation, His provision, and supply of all our needs, how He orders our steps and counsels us and much more. Remember, we live both in private and public, so if you are thanking God privately, where is His thanks in public? The verse says to always give thanks to God. God wants to be acknowledged as the source of all our miracles; our jealous God will not share His glory as He says in Isaiah 42:8, that “I will not share my glory with anyone neither my praise with graven images.” God deserves to be praised; we praise Him when we share our testimonies.

God is glorified when we appreciate Him in everything. We are not meant to be quiet Christians, but glad witnesses of His goodness to us. It is God’s desire that we would always be thankful in good times and in bad times, which shows that our focus is not on the situation but on God and our joy comes from Him. Do not be led by circumstances either good or bad, but always be thankful knowing that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” A grateful heart is a magnet for more miracles.

Further Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 100:4, Psalm 103

Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91

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