Wednesday, 10 October 2018

THANKSGIVING

Text : Psalms 107:1-43


Memory Verse : ”Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say this” Psalms 107:1-2a (NIV)

BEGIN WITH THANKSGIVING
We often say ‘Thank you’ when we receive anything from people. Even when we refuse the offer, we still thank them for their thoughtfulness. But it is very interesting how less we even appreciate God who has given us all things pertaining to life. The life we enjoy is so regular and normal to us that we forget there is someone in charge of it all. We wake up and say thank you Jesus as a matter of cliché. But the psalmist in Psalms 107 gives us vivid reasons to thank God. I always imagine how life would have been had Jesus not been given in sacrifice for our sins and to redeem us from the penalties thereof. The thought of having been saved is enough reason to give thanks to God. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross is first of all redemption from our foe. By Christ’s work, people from all over the world are gathered together unto our God. In him, there is neither Jew nor Greek. Slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all in one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28). Indeed, those he gathered through his saving grace from the lands, from the east and west, from north and south (v3) have reasons to praise the Lord for he is good; His love endures forever. (v1). Give thanks always.
 
”Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men” Psalms 107:8 (NIV)

The well of gratitude can never be exhaustive. The song writer asks: “Are you ever burdened with a load of care?” He admonishes us to count our blessings and name them one by one. From yesterday’s lesson, we realized that Christ alone is enough reason to thank God. Today we want to start counting our blessings in Christ. One of the reasons to praise God because in Christ is his deliverance not only from sin but also from the hunger and thirst in the soul. The Psalmist describes the suffering of wandering in the desert. Can you testify of how your life was before you met Christ? Or are you wandering in the desert of life and you feel like life is choking you to death; you feel a deep hunger and thirst from inside of you that perhaps suicide is your next line of action? Those that can give thanks to God have been delivered. But it comes with crying out to Him. Acknowledge Him as the only one who can save you. He will give rest to your wandering soul; food and water to satisfy your thirsty and hungry soul; he will shepherd you to the right places and satisfy you with good things (v7-9). This is also an appropriate reason to give thanks to God. Have you thanked Him today for your salvation?







FIND THE PURPOSE
What are you designed to do? What do you desire to do? What do you have a unique ability to do? Most people ask themselves these questions at some point. However, far too many proceed without an answer. Therefore, the three components or questions we need to address are: What is my design? What is my desire? and What is my distinction?

When we get behind the wheel of a car, we have a destination in mind. Rarely, do we get in the car and drive up and down the streets or on the highway with no aim. In fact, without the destination the drive is pointless. If we are the ones in the driver’s seat of our own lives, doesn’t it make sense to know the destination? Wouldn’t it behoove us to chart our course to the best of our ability? Wouldn’t it be of great value to know the journey (in this case your life) we are navigating? If the answer to these questions is yes then we should stop, examine the vehicle, learn our vehicle, and position our vehicle in the direction of our destination. That destination for each of us is the fulfillment of our purpose.

Design matters! How physically adept you are at various tasks as well as how you are designed will guide you towards the purpose that lies within you. A study released in Medical Daily, indicates that 70% of US employees say they hate their job. A purpose driven life prevents passionless living. Many of us spend too much time suppressing our natural God-given desires in lieu of a guaranteed paycheck and mediocre benefits. Fulfillment in life is the result of aligning our actions with the thoughts that were in the mind of our Creator when He designed us. This requires us to seek first His truth so that we know the truth about ourselves and the purpose-filled desires that we can’t seem to shake.

Your distinction is often found in your unique testimony. Sometimes it is found in your unique way of looking at a situation that everyone else has given in to living with. Sometimes your distinction is found when a moment presents itself in which, you can either fold or stand tall and speak with confidence. Sometimes opportunities allow us and others to see the unique and distinct purpose to which our lives have always been directed.


CONTINUE WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

Righteousness is the nature of God, and a gift from God, but in the actual, vital sense, it’s a gift to the ungodly. The Christian didn’t “receive” the gift of righteousness; the Christian was born righteous. Paul’s submission about righteousness in the Book of Romans, and as you’d find in chapter 5 verse 17, is a generic argument on the legality of righteousness as it was accounted to Abraham, and therefore to all of us who believe in Jesus Christ. We may believe it’s given to us as a gift, but that’s not all that God gave us as a gift.

For instance, Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Eternal life is given to sinners, not Christians; that’s what a sinner receives to become a Christian. A Christian is one who has eternal life; not one who’s “receiving” the gift of eternal life. The Bible says anyone who believes, has eternal life. Once a man believes, right away, eternal life starts up in his spirit. So, eternal life is no longer being “gifted” to him; he was born into it. He came alive with it, when he received Christ.

It’s like when you were born of your mother; you didn’t have to first receive the gift of life to become human; you came into existence with life—the human life! Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been said to be alive. Imagine someone saying, “Now that the baby is born, she needs to receive the gift of the human life”; that’ll be absurd.

Likewise, legally, the whole world has been given the gift of righteousness; it’s this gift, when received, that enables one stand in the presence of God without guilt, fear, inferiority, or condemnation. When the gift of eternal life is received, one is born of God with this life at work in him.

Abraham was given righteousness as a gift; he was credited with righteousness for his believing. But the man who’s born again was born righteous; he can’t, therefore, be “receiving” as a gift, something that he’s born with; he’s born with the life and nature of God. Hallelujah!

Romans 5:17-19 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
FOLLOW THE PATH
Show me thy ways, 0 Lord; teach me thy paths. —Psalm 25:4
The psalmist assumes two things in his short, but potent, prayer. He assumes that God has a way, a path, for him to take. God has an opinion about his life and he needs to know what it is. He realizes that God is interested in the smallest details, as well as the biggest decisions, of our lives.

The psalmist assumes that the Lord is willing to show him, to teach him the path that He has for him. Sometimes we may wish that we had all the information that God has about us — what does the future hold, how would this decision affect my family, what is the right thing to do in such-and-such situation?

While God never promises to show us everything He knows, He has promised to lead and direct us with His infinite knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, we can benefit from His perfect understanding of our circumstances and future by simply and fervently seeking His perfect will for us in each decision we make, each path we take. Of course, He has revealed many objective and unchanging aspects of His will for us in the Bible, which is His Word.

Whatever decision you may be facing—daily and small, or momentous and life-changing—take the psalmist's prayer, and his concern, with you to God in prayer. God is faithful. He will teach you His ways and show you the path He has chosen for you.

Daniel 6: 16, "So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!"

Dearly Beloved, note that trials will come. It is like seed time and harvest time. If it doesn't come, it cannot pass. To be promoted to the next level of Life, you must write and pass an examination. Be it physical or spiritual.

In God, the examination comes as trials. Rather than see the trials as a period of despair and pain, we should see them as the beginning of our promotion.
The God that you serve does exceedingly abundantly above all that  you can imagine The God that fetches water with a basket to disgrace the bucket! Weep not, don't pity yourself. The current trials in your life and family will lead to your promotion. Indeed through your life, the world will know that trials give birth to PROMOTIONS because of the OMEGA GOD. I therefore Pray for you precious one; May you serve the Lord continually with all your heart. May the Lord deliver you from all the evil plans of the wicked.

May God give you the strength to stand in your time of trial. May God arise and scatter all your enemies that have sworn to see your downfall. May the Lord put your enemies to shame. May your enemies be victims of their evil plans in Jesus name. May this day/season Favor you in Jesus name. You're not alone dear. It's your season of divine visitation and elevation. There is Hope. Shalom.

MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Thank you Lord for saving me from wondering and satisfying my soul with good things.

Lord, thank you for saving me and bringing me into your universal family because of Christ.

Lord, I know you have a path for me to take here; show me what it is and I will follow it, in accordance with your Word.
Dear Father, thank you for inspiring in me the consciousness of my righteousness, which has placed me in a vantage position, far above the troubles, decadence and negativities in the earth realm. I manifest your righteousness in all I do, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.







KEY LESSON
Give thanks to God as you count your blessings.
Jesus Christ is enough reason to give thanks to God.


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