By Oge Funmilola Modie
We are almost halfway into the year 2018 and you are probably thinking that you are behind in some of the things you have desired for this year. You may also be thinking that these things may never happen and find yourself feeling sad about this. I encourage you today – Give thanks. Praise God from whom all good gifts come. Do not be dismayed. He is able.
Our text is taken from I Thessalonians 5:18
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (KJV)
God commands in everything to give thanks. He does this because he understands that “a cheerful disposition is good for my health” (Pro 17:22). God knows worrying about circumstances or things would only create unpleasant health issues or concerns. He expects us to trust in Him and not waver in our belief that He is God over everything.
Remember amidst the troubles, there is always something to be thankful about. Being alive is one. Why is thanksgiving so vital for you?
a. It creates for you a progressive path in God’s Kingdom- your expectation creates your miracles
b. It positively affects your mental faculty and improves your reasoning- you see things clearly and through the eyes of God
c. Affects the Glory of yourself- Praise can return your lost glory
d. Thanksgiving can attract honor and brightness to you
e. It can cause those designed to favor you to remember you
f. Thanksgiving ushers you into God’s presence- it is the protocol needed- come in through the gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.
PRAYER: Today and always Lord I praise you in all things. Help me to do this in the name of our Lord Jesus
CHARGE: Today start a Thanksgiving Journal. Everyday write down what you are grateful for. Please God with a heart full of praise and thanksgiving. It is for your good. Enjoy Kenny Kore’s SOMORE today. It means “are you grateful?”.
Oge is the Chief of Staff to the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and Coordinator of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources’ Project Management Office.
She is a prolific writer with a weekly devotional called WellSpring of Life.