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13/06/2023 - 14/06/2023 All day

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23).

It is customary in most cultures, or for many individuals, that if someone does for you a good thing, you return the favor by thanking him. They call it good breeding. The thanking might take various forms: it could be a fresh word of acknowledgement, or, it might come in form of gifts.

Now, a good question, one might ask, what if the one who has done for you a good thing is the Almighty God; do you just walk away, taking his gifts as if for granted! Perhaps you might reason what much can you give back to God which He is lacking! Of course there is nothing. But although God’s provisions for us are not based on condition, what do you lose thanking Him, every now and then, in fact, more as a lifestyle!
Psalm 56:12 says, “I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you”! Thanking God features in many places in the Bible. Psalm 116:17 says, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 7:17 says, “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.” Psalm 66:13 goes on, “I  shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows.”

There is always a lot thank you: from the year of a pandemic, there is that one case or another, where we can see God certainly came to our rescue or just blessed us more than we could have anticipated. There was that miracle we saw, and we know it was of God!
So, today, pause to thank God. For to fail to do so, is not just bad manners; but it might rob you of yet more blessings. As Jeremiah 33:11 says, “the sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, ‘Give thanks to the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!’ For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD”

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, you have been so good to me, delivered me countless times, blessed me more than I can behold; so today I come to you with thanksgiving, for the shower of your blessings upon me, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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