Tuesday, 15 January 2013

RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Tuesday 15 January 2013: THANK GOD ALWAYS by Pastor E. A. Adeboye


THANK GOD ALWAYS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Memorize: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!   Ephesians 5: 20.
Read: Ephesians 5: 19-20

Bible in our year: 2 Corinthians 1-3

Action point:  Reflect over negative situations you have been through and thank God for not allowing you to drown in the fire or floods of life.

Thanksgiving is a qualitative spiritual substance that is highly prized in the heavenly Kingdom. As a vessel which serves God, you must always be full of it. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 says,
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Thanksgiving  is God's will for you; which means, you have been recreated in Christ so that as a vessel that serves God, you will regularly serve God thanks. To remain in God's will your life, your heart and lips must never run out of thanks. It is not possible to be full of thanks and complaints at the same time, as these two are contrary to each other. Any believer who is always complaining is not only void of thanks but also outside God's will This is dangerous. God's blessings - favour, grace provision, etc locates you in the will of God, so never let complaining, murmuring, and grumbling push you off the track of your blessings!

“Giving thanks always for all things unto Cod and
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Ephesians 5:20
Another lesson here is that thanksgiving should not be restricted to a particular day, time, or event. Thanksgiving be a seasonal activity but one that is done at all n every situation. If you thank God only when He has answered your prayers or done something for you, that thanksgiving is seasonal! God is not pleased with seasonal thanksgiving because seasonal 'thank-givers' are part of those who rob Him. When the going is good, give Him thanks. That is easy. Anybody can do that. But when the going is bad, do you give Him thanks? Did I hear you say, for what? Give it to Him because He demands it; it is His right. When you are spiritually high, give Him thanks- When you are spiritually down, give Him thanks. When you are healthy, give Him thanks. When you fall ill give Him thanks. Just been promoted give Him thanks. When your have lost your job give Him thanks. From today, let your thanksgiving no longer be conditioned upon any particular situation. Thank God whether you feel like it or not because it is our due to God. In His faithfulness He will give you Him thanks over and over again.