REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
Texts: Dan 4:33-37:Matt 2:7-12.
Thank and praise God for last three days of our evangelistical go afishing programme. We had witnessed at far places in remote villages located about three hours away from Cotonou, My provincial headquarters of RCCG, Benin Republic province 1. Sime If tge villages are: lokogba, Didongbogo, Dogbo-Tota, Pau, On the third day we came to Cotonou area, here in Calavi Midombo, then …Djeffa
What is thanksgiving? Giving it to God.. Webster dictionary defines thankfulness as, conscious of benefit ( Bene plus ficere .. goodness done)received for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful…British], delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, glad, tickled
Those who did not give thanks to God are proud ir worse, attempt to share his glory.
Adam and Eve…no record of their gratitude…they were chased out if Paradise..Gen 3: 24
God will not share His glory with anybody…Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Saul envious of Praise if David in 1 Sam 18: 7-20 Evil spirit entered the king he list his crown, life and son same day in 1Sa 31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
Psa 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
If you don’t give God glory you are cursed.Male 2:2…Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Nebuchadnezzar…A king became an animal Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
Herod destroyed fir sharing His glory…Acts 12…Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen…Glory?…praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving giving glory to God
Abraham gave thanks…Gen 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
MOSES gave thanks…. Ex 15:1-3 Merriam His song will they sing in heaven…Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Jesus gave thanks.
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Joh 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Paul gave thanks..for serving God.. 2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Phm 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
For who He us…From everlasting to everlasting He us Gid….Psa 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Salvation of your soul.. Jhn 3:16.
What he does
How he does it
For provision…Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Benefits of thanksgiving?
It is the will of Godwin Christ Jesus…1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It is a sign of worship…God will do more. InnYoruba, we say YIN NI, YIN NI, KINENI ONSEE OMIRAN.
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It reminds you of Past deeds… SING…when I think ofbthe goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me…my very soul shall shout Halleluyah….
Sign of faith in God
Your Lazarus will rise again
Heaven is the place of praise…do you will make it ….Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Take that first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. Origin unknown INTENTION OF THE DAY Today I intend to be an Authentic Expression, Be Who I am, and Use My Voice….From , 30 Days of Thanks The Secret to Manifesting Miracles with the Law of Attraction and Grateful Appreciation Lisa Townsend, 2014
Strength For Sunday and Beyond-Pastor Lawrence O. Obisakin, Ph.D, DCE
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God finished his work and rested. You need to work hard in the day and also rest well after labour. Rest is sweet but after labour; good profitable works. Jesus our role model works hard. Hear him. Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.Christians and indeed all citizens should avoid laziness or indolence. Avoid using government or your employee’s time on private telephone calls, watching TV, making up your face, even visiting or chatting on the internet.The prosperous nations such as Germany, USA, UK or France have ethical rules not tolerating indolence. Here in Africa, especially in Nigeria,we need to observe more rigorously work ethics. Also hard dork should be rewarded while indolence or incimoetencecshould be discouraged and not glorified by hollow awards!
He blessed the seventh day. Why did God bless the seventh day?John Gill comments, ‘And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,…. A day in which he took delight and pleasure, having finished all his works, and resting from them, and looking over them as very good; and so he pronounced this day a good and happy day, and “sanctified” or appointed it in his mind to be a day separated from others, for holy service and worship; as it was with the Jews when they became a body of people, both civil and ecclesiastical: or this is all said by way of prolepsis or anticipation, as many things in this chapter are, many names of countries and rivers, by which being called in the times of Moses, are here given them, though they were not called by them so early, nor till many ages after: and according to Jarchi this passage respects future time, when God “blessed” this day with the manna…’
We should learn from God in Genesis 2:1-3, the following:
Planning of our work, on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
Evaluate or control work done. And will you or others declare your work good?
Learn to rest after labour. Do not work yourself to exhaustion. This is a timely warning for all, especially African CEOs, successful leaders. Some of us are as hard-working and somehow as successful as leaders of our field of work in the developed world. But have we learned the balanced work culture from them? Do we eat right? Do we exercise our body at all? Our General overseer at 75 years walks 8 kilometers per day?
A good gymn body exercise say for one hour thrice weekly has been very healthy and indeed it has profited little as advised by Paul (1Tim 4:8) You may dismiss this or complain that it is expensive. But have you checked the cost of hypertension, arthritis, Heart attacks, or mortuary or funeral of untimely death? Yearly vacation, preferable outside your work zone is advisable. Many CEOs, ministers of God are dropping dead, these days. I remember the Lord warning me about 15 years ago, You may be spiritual, but since you are biological, so be logical: take rest as required! Jesus cautioned against this thus, Mar 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. On the disciples’ need for restrevere, John Gill comments thus,’come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: where they might be free from noise and hurry, and take some rest and refreshment, after their wearisome journey, hard labours, and great fatigue in preaching and working miracles; which shows the great compassion, tenderness, and care of Christ, for his disciples: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat; the people were continually going to and fro; as soon as one company was gone, who came with their sick and diseased to be healed, or upon one account or another, another came: so that there was no opportunity of private meditation and prayer, nor of spiritual converse together: nor even so much as to eat a meal’s meat for the refreshment of nature.’
Dear CEO, man or woman of God, my brothers and sisters, are you working hard at the right time? Are you taking proper rest? Remember, you may be spiritual, but since you are still biological, therefore, be logical. Be balanced in the exercise of your body, soul and spirit!
Have a glorious, Christ- centered sunday and new week!
Pastor Lawrence O. Obisakin, Ph.D, DCE