Position yourself for God’s Blessings (PT 4)
I thank God for bringing us to the concluding part of this teaching series. I believe that grace has been bestowed on you to put all you have learnt in the last three weeks to work. May you never miss out on God’s blessings from now on, in Jesus name. I shall conclude this series on how to position yourself for Gods blessings through Gratitude.
Gratitude simply means being thankful, a readiness to show appreciation. Many homes are where they are today because of ingratitude, murmuring and complaining. The Bible says Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1: 21). Perhaps you have tried many things, and yet there seems to be no way out. Why not give thanks to God for keeping you alive and for the privilege of seeing today. Many wish to be alive but they are not.
Murmuring cannot give you the solution or the answer you desire. It only robs you of your blessings. If you murmur against God, who will bring you out of that situation? Surely, no man is reliable; it is only God who is reliable. My husband once said, You must stop protesting and then start praising God. Another servant of God said, When you stop appreciating God, you start depreciating in life. You cannot enjoy God’s blessings in your family if you are always complaining, murmuring and grumbling about issues in your home.
If you wake up in the morning and you only have garri to eat without meat, but I know that won’t be your portion this year, why not be grateful to God? You can say in the presence of your family members, ‘Lord, thank You for giving us what to eat even though there is no meat to add to this one today, we thank You for giving us the appetite to eat this food. Tomorrow, we know that You will add every other thing required’. Begin to make a pronouncement of thanksgiving. Make it a lifestyle in your home. Let every member of your family know the essence of appreciating God. Let gratitude, praises and thanksgiving come from your heart for what God has done so far for you.
If you wake up in the morning and there is no money in your pocket, I know that won’t be your portion, don’t murmur or complain. Begin to praise God; that you are alive means there is hope. Besides, God does supernaturally supply the needs of His people. A woman shared a testimony in Church that she needed some money. Though the money was not physically available, yet she began to praise and worship God. Right there in the midst of the praises, somebody came knocking at her door. She opened the door to see a man, who handed over to her some amount of money, saying one of her sons from another country had sent it to her. The money was N15,000.00. God does fearful things in praises (Exo.15:11).
Maybe the dryness your family is going through now is because you have refused to give thanks and quality praise to the Almighty God. Praising Him is not a one-day event. No! You have to make it a lifestyle. Perhaps you woke up in the morning, and there is no food in the store, and nothing for the whole family to eat. What is your murmuring and complaining going to do? Will it bring food? Why not look at the ‘empty’ store and give God praise? That you have a store means food is on the way. In my place, there is a saying that there is nothing that happens in a man’s life that God will not leave a chance for praises. Thus, if you are praising God, you are simply saying, ‘Lord I know you are faithful, no matter what happens, You will provide an escape route’. That is the master key if you desire to walk in the miraculous.
Don’t say: ‘This preacher doesn’t know what I am going through, or ‘You don’t know the situation that I have found myself in’. I want to tell you, whatever situation you are passing through now, try praise and watch God act on your behalf. Know that out of every situation, there is always a reason to praise God.
Turn your home into a praise centre, a place where the praises of God dwell all the time. My Husband often says, ‘There is nothing you praise God for that reduces’. So, if you want an increase, praise Him now! The Word of God 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).
When you turn your home into a praise centre, increases will come your way. When you give God praise, obstacles are turned to miracles. If there is no money in your pocket, still give God praise and as you do that, your earth will yield its increase.
There is so much for you and your family members this year. However, you can’t receive God’s blessings with a heart full of complains, ungratefulness, accusation and murmuring. If you are offended in God, who will be your defender? You slept and woke up today, not because you are so strong and powerful, but because God watched over you, protecting you in the night and then woke you up in the morning. How fortunate you are!
Jesus Christ is our perfect example. He thanked God for five loaves and two fishes and God multiplied these to feed 5,000 people. Why? It is because He knew that thanking God for what you have causes Him to multiply it miraculously. Thank God for that little money your husband has given you or for that job, no matter how low the salary is. If you are a child in the home, thank God for the little allowance you have. Ask God for wisdom to use it properly so that it will meet all your needs. The Lord Jesus even had from the five loaves and two fishes. How did He do this? He gave genuine thanks from His heart. God sees your heart; He knows if you are truly thanking Him or whether you are just putting up a show. It is my prayer that your home will become a place of praise and thanksgiving so that you can enjoy a never-ending supply of God’s provisions.
You don’t have what it takes to show gratitude to God until you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. You can become His Child by saying this prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, 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 blissful 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).