IT’S THANKSGIVING. ~ PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
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 (Jeremiah 30:19).
If you look into your life and the receding year in retrospect, you’d find that the Lord has been so gracious and kind; His love, mercy, and grace have seen us through a very remarkable year. Therefore, in celebrating all that He’s done for you, there’re four important things to do in your gratitude and appreciation. [Get More]
The first is the prayer of thanksgiving: Pray a prayer of thanksgiving from your heart to the Lord today, appreciating Him for a most successful year. As you pray, express yourself in thanksgiving; let it flow freely from your heart.
Secondly, offer Him the worship and praise of thanksgiving. There’s a prayer of thanksgiving, and there’s also a worship of thanksgiving, where you’re full of praise, exuberant and ecstatic with praise from your spirit.
The third is your testimony of thanksgiving, where you tell of what He’s done in your life. Here, you’re not thinking about what you seemingly “didn’t get” or the goal you set to achieve by the end of the year that didn’t quite pull through; rather, you’re grateful for the joy of the Lord that’s in your heart. You’re thankful for the foundation of your spirit; the foundation of faith that God gave you! You’re thankful for the hope in your spirit. There’re people who are never hopeful for the future, but God gave you hope. So, testify in thanksgiving of these and other blessings of God in your life.
The fourth is to give an offering in thanksgiving. Give the Lord a special thanksgiving offering today, and project yourself into the greater future He’s planned for you. Make your mark today in thanking Him specially, and let the whole day be full of joy for you. Carry the atmosphere of thanksgiving with you home from the Church.
At designated times of the day, have praise and thanksgiving sessions on your own, or with your family. Make it an entire day of praise and thanksgiving, because you’re grateful for all that Christ is to you, and has accomplished on your behalf.