Pastor Segun and Funke Obadje

March 23: Thanksgiving Brings Multiplication

Jeremiah 30:19

“And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them and they shall not be small.”

Psalms 67:5-7.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Thanksgiving is an art of showing gratitude to God. The New Testament primarily instructs to give thanks to God always, in the Name of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Thanksgiving is God’s will for us as to everything and every aspect of our lives. God’s will is His pleasure. Nothing else gives God pleasure as His will. When we give thanks, we please God. God’s power, purpose and provisions are in the direction of His will. The leper who came to Jesus at the foot of the mountain in Matthew 8:2-3 was healed because it was His will; therefore the power of God went into action and made him whole; “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” When the will of God is done, the power and blessings of God are released as tokens of His pleasure. God always blesses those who are thankful unto Him. Psalms 67:5-7 tells us that when we praise God, the earth will yield her increase, and God will bless us, and the ends of the earth will fear His Name. Grateful people are blessed people.

1 Corinthians 10:10 warns us to not be like some Israelites in the wilderness who murmured against God and His anointed, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Ingratitude, murmuring always attracts judgement. The destroyer was activated to destroy those who murmured, but the grateful ones are blessed. Your attitude or response to God and to people in service determines your outcome in life. It pays to give thanks to God! It is dangerous to murmur against God and against God’s. God always blesses those who respond to him joyfully and thankfully. Beloved, develop a culture of thanksgiving; make it a lifestyle. Practice the art of thanksgiving daily, and you will be greatly multiplied by God.

My Solid Front (Confession):

In the Name of Jesus, I declare that murmuring has no place in my walk with God. I am grateful to God always, and I abound in thanksgiving unto God daily. Hallelujah! Amen.

Further Meditation:

Hebrews 13:15-16; Colossians 2:6-7.