FAMILY LIFE (DEC 2018)
FAMILY LIFE (DEC 2018)
THANKSGIVING & PRAISE SECURE GOD’S PROVISION IN YOUR HOME (4)
We have come to the concluding part in this teaching series, I believe you have been working in the light of God’s Word as He unveils it to you. So far, we have seen what thanksgiving and praise means and how it can secure God’s presence, peace and protection in the home. Today we shall be exploring: Thanksgiving and Praise as a Guarantee for God’s Provision. When thanksgiving and praise becomes your lifestyle, you enjoy bountiful provision in your home. The truth remains, God is the great provider of our needs, and He wants us to thank Him for all He has provided. The Bible says: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Are you in the habit of complaining about what to eat, clothes to wear and the house to live in? Stop it! You must be grateful for what God has given you. Remember thanksgiving and praise benefit us not God. God owes you nothing for He has done all things well; rather you owe Him thanksgiving and praise. As you thank and praise Him, you won’t need to struggle for your needs to be met anymore because they will be met on their own accord. The Bible says: 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 (Psalm 67:5-6). Jesus came as our supplier and provider; He was made poor so that we through His poverty might be rich. There is no lack and want in heaven, when you thank and praise God, you ascend to the realms of the heavenlies, where you can access everything that praise has to offer; your supernatural provision inclusive.
However, you must understand that until you thank God for what He has provided, you do not qualify for more of His provision. Think of this, most of us would not consider giving thanks if we had only five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed a multitude. Instead, we may murmur and complain, thereby missing out on the miracle of provision. The Scripture says: Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude (Luke 9:16).Today I want you to focus on those things you have, not on things you don’t have and immensely thank God with a sincere heart for it, and as you do, you will experience the miracle of provision in Jesus name!
The testimony below is remarkable:
A sister got home from Church one night and there was nothing for her and her children to eat. We were in the month of not asking God for anything, but rather thanking Him and giving Him praise for everything. So, the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart, to pour water in a bowl and dish it out to everyone.
Strange though it seemed, she obeyed. She dished out the water, they all gave God thanks, drank the water and went to bed joyfully.
The following day, someone came and gave her 4,000 naira and then there was so much to eat! The way she sounded, it was like she had never handled such a large sum of money in her life.
God is fearful in praises! Every time thanksgiving and praise is given its rightful place, strange occurrences take place. Do you want to see the wonders of supernatural provisions? Now ask God to show you how to stay in praise. Thanksgiving and praise work anywhere, anytime and any day! Until you stop questioning God and start thanking and praising Him, you may never experience the God of supernatural supplies. Now put on the garment of praise!
Your thanksgiving and praise will only be acceptable to God after you are born again. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom. Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).