Praise and Thanksgiving

THANK YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU MORE.

Happy Thanksgiving friends, readers, and listeners! I’m grateful for you.

The Bible says that the Word of God is a seed that has a guarantee of harvest in the lives of those who will receive and believe it. In the book of Isaiah chapter 55, verse 10 to 11, it records that God through prophet Isaiah said, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” So God said if He promised and said something, His Word will not turn to Him empty. It shall perform what He set it to do.

But usually through my own experience I have come to understand that when you receive and believe on God’s Word, what is says and its promises, many times you will be put into test until that Word and promise come to pass in your life. In the book of Psalm chapter 107 verses 19 to 21, it says “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

But also in the book of Psalm chapter 105 verses 18 to 20, it records that “They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.” Even though this Bible passage was talking about Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, but we can use it as an example to illustrate that whatever God said and has promised will come to pass and be fulfilled in our lives, but before it does that, the Word of God that has been said will be tried be in your life. It means that we will go through tests and trials because the enemy of God, the devil or satan will come to oppose it. The minute you receive it and start believing it, satan goes to work and will start attacking your progress.

In the parable of the sower, the Lord Jesus said to His disciples in the book of Mark chapter 4 verses 14 to 15 that “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” So every time you receive the Word of God and His promise, and believed it, satan will come to oppose you so that you could doubt it maybe by trying to plant in your thoughts opposing negative suggestions, or use people to say something to discourage you, or use all kinds of situations and distractions to stop you reaching your destinations.

Therefore after we receive the Word of God, we must engage in whatever battle that comes because of that promise to make sure we make progress, and reach to the promise land on time because satan will dare to try to delay God’s plans for our lives, so we need to make sure there are going to be no more delays.

Even if God has promised us that His plans will stand and will win, but in order to remain in faith and hang on to the promise until is accomplished into our lives, in order to triumphs the tests and trials of our faith, we have to fight a spiritual warfare. In the book of Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 to 12, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The Bible says “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Because He is worthy of our praises, amen! And one spiritual engagement that can help us fight our spiritual warfare is through praise and thanksgiving. You have got develop a habit of praise and thanksgiving in your life. Miracles and wonders happen when we praise and giving thanks to God. Not only that, praise and thanksgiving accelerates the time required for the fulfillment of the promise. Remember now, your attitude is your altitude. With the praise and thanksgiving attitude we can trigger miracles and wonders. When we receive the Word of God and receive it with thanksgiving and praise, we provoke divine visitation and acceleration.

Thanksgiving and praise is the antidote of disbelief and doubt. That’s why when you make a sacrifice of praise; you are automatically destroying the york of disbelief, doubt, depression…hahaha, in your life. When you are hurt, when you don’t understand what’s going on, but you choose to appreciate God, thank and praise Him anyway, that sacrifice of praise you make can change things such as your perspective and  circumstances. Perhaps you started heartbroken, but after you are done praising, your heart will end up being uplifted. Your faith will end up uplifted because your faith was strengthen and rebuilt while you were giving God praise and thanksgiving. And what happened before won’t matter anymore. If you came with anger, it will end there, you will choose to forgive. If you came with discouragement, after you praise God and give Him your thanksgiving, you will leave with a renewed hope. When you give thanks to God and praise Him, it’s good for your heart and soul. It will uplift and nourish your heart and soul.

When you praise God with thanksgiving, you gain so much for yourself. In the book of Psalm chapter 22 verse 3 it says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Every time you praise God and thank Him, you are creating or building an inhabitation for God in your life. Every time we praise God, He comes to dwell with us; we invite His presence to be with us. God dwells in the midst of our praise and thanksgiving. Our faith will move Him, but our praise and thanksgiving will make Him want to stay.

So if you really want God to intervene in your life and miracles to happen, develop a habit of praise and thanksgiving. God listen and hears our prayers, but if you want to make sure that He has heard you, then when you pray, thank and praise Him also. In the book of Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 to 7, it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

When Paul and Silas prayed and praising God while they were imprisoned, miracles happened that day. Not only the doors of prison were opened, but everyone’s chains were loosed as a result of that. It records in the book of Acts chapter 16 verses 25 to 28 that “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

So if you are going through something or you are seeing some of God’s plan for you are taking a longtime to manifest, maybe you have been hanging onto His promise for a while now and you know His Word says that it is His Will for you to be healed, to prosper, and so forth, then engage in a thanksgiving and praise. As God presences come to dwell in you and with you, He will remember you, your prayers, and what He has promised. And eventually in due time, He will perform that He set to do in your life.

Enjoy your thanksgiving!


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