Understanding Thanksgiving
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
We must develop the attitude and culture of thanksgiving! Thanksgiving must be a lifestyle! We don’t have to feel good or emotional to give thanks to God! Thanksgiving is a decision, a choice! In everything, in all situations or circumstances, we are enjoined to give thanks unto the Lord! For this is the will of God for us. No matter our state or status in life, it is vitally important that we give God thanks. The truth is that God has been good to us that is why we are alive. If not for His mercy, we would have been consumed. The Bible tells us that: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
Lamentations 3:22
People who are waiting to have the riches or pecks of life before thanking God are not wise. To be alive is enough reason to be thankful. Do you know that thanksgiving is an instruction? The Bible says, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:”
Psalms 50:14
Until we see or view thanksgiving as an instruction, we may not give ourselves to it cheerfully and wholeheartedly. Thanksgiving is not an appeal or advice. It is an instruction which must be obeyed.
In Psalms 95:2, we are instructed to “… come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” The Bible says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Psalms 100:4
Let’s consider 3 ways you can express your thanksgiving to God:
1. Voice of thanksgiving
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”
Psalms 26:7
Open your mouth wide and thank Him with your voice. Thank Him privately and publicly. In church, stand before the congregation and thank God for all He has done or is doing for you. Celebrate Him joyfully!
2. Songs of thanksgiving
“For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.”
Nehemiah 12:46
You can sing songs of thanksgiving to God. You don’t have to be a gospel artiste to sing praises! Do your songs unto Him. You can make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
3. Thanksgiving Offering
“And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.”
Leviticus 22:29
You can express thanksgiving via offerings! To give thanks is more than just talking or singing, it means giving a thanksgiving offering. It means giving back to God material and financial possessions He has given you. This offering or sacrifice is to be given freely. In true worship of God, thanksgiving is always and ably shown via giving of an offering!
I decree and declare that you will always offer thanksgiving to God for everything in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe