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06/01/2021 03:00 - 07/01/2021 02:00

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 (NLT)

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 it as if for granted! Perhaps you might reason what much can you give 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.”

For all of us when we look at the year we have just left behind, the year of pests and 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!

Perhaps we might pause to thank God. For to fail to do so, is not just bad manners; but it might rob us 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 for 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 is upon me!

 

 

 

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    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

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