THANKSGIVING: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

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“Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice;” – Luke 17:15 AMP

Yesterday, we were instructed to put thanksgiving to God in our remembrance. It must not be trivialized. Today, we will continue along this line.

It is important for us to know that the same vigor with which we pray and ask God for our requests is the same vigor we should use in thanking Him after these requests have been granted.

In our anchor scripture, we read of the exceptional act of gratitude of one out of ten lepers. They were all healed of leprosy but only one returned to give thanks to God.

The Bible records that this miracle happened as they went on their way (in obedience to Jesus’ instruction). But as soon as one realized he was healed, he returned and gave thanks with a loud voice. He wasn’t shy about it. God had done something great and deserved to be appreciated.

Interestingly, Jesus expected that they would all return to give thanks. See His response in the text below.
“Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”” – Luke 17:17-18 NLT

Jesus had to call out the fact that this man was a foreigner (a Samaritan, not a Jew). Even a foreigner knew the reasonable thing to do was to return and give thanks for his healing.

Folks, we must not get too familiar with the gifts and blessings of God to the point where we overlook the importance of thanksgiving. God is a providential Father but you must still thank Him for His provision.

There is a Yoruba adage that says, “He who gives thanks today will receive another”. This was the exact lot of the Samaritan as Jesus declared him whole (Luke 17:19).

At Reboot camp, we all received diverse miracles and instructions. We must return to God with pronounced thanksgiving. We do not need to be cajoled to praise God, celebrate His loving kindness and testify of His goodness. It must be our natural disposition.

The Israelites had trying times. However, when the Lord restored them from captivity, they didn’t keep shut. They rejoiced so much so that other nations acknowledged what God had done for them. This should be our case too.

“When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!” – Psalms 126:1-3 NLT

Above all, the apex of our thanksgiving should be the imperishable blessing of God – the salvation of our souls. This blessing far outweighs all others.

Let’s consider this scripture.
“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.”
– Ephesians 1:6 NLT

The singular fact that you belong to God makes you an automatic member of the richest and safest group of people in the world. Never forget that.

Today, think on all God has done for you. The year 2020 is enough reason to give thanks. You would discover that through it all, God has been good and is worthy of your praise. Pour out your heart to Him in absolute gratitude.

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