(Be Thankful Always!)
TO THE BIBLE: Ephesians 5:20 AMPC
“At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”
Danny had a scowl on his face because he had scored B’s in Economics and Math. “What’s there to be thankful for when I didn’t get what I wanted?” he fumed. His sense of fulfilment was hinged entirely on getting straight A’s; nothing less could satisfy him or make him happy.
He failed to realise there were so many others, just as smart as himself, who didn’t even have the opportunity to study in such a good school as his.
People like Danny fail to appreciate the progress they’ve made or the blessings of God in their lives. They’re constantly troubled by and fixated on their self-perceived flaws and inadequacies. They’re quick to complain, “I haven’t got what I want yet!”
Truth is, there’re always things to be grateful for, and you’ve got to identify them and be thankful for them. The air you breathe and the life you live today are enough reasons for you to be thankful.
Think about the knowledge you’ve acquired so far. Haven’t you learnt something new? Hasn’t your prayer life become richer? What about those times the Lord saved you from trouble, and the times He guided you on how to handle a difficult situation?
You’ve got to consider all these as blessings and improvements the Spirit of God has brought into your life, centre your mind on them and be excited about what He has accomplished in you!
Learn to be content with what the Lord has blessed you with, and please Him in all things. Serve Him joyfully, irrespective and independent of circumstances. Put Him first in your life and be thankful and excited about your life and how He’s leading you.
Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13
Dear heavenly Father, I acknowledge your faithfulness towards me! You’ve qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Thank you for making my life the effulgence of your righteousness, beauty, wisdom, and grace, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
John 20:19-31, 1 Chronicles 23-25
Mark 15:25-32, Deuteronomy 5
Do something special to show the Lord you’re grateful for what He’s doing in and with your life.
Rev. Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc., D.D, the President of LoveWorld Inc. , a dynamic, multifaceted, global ministry, is the author of Rhapsody of Realities, the world’s #1 daily devotional, and more than 30 other books. He’s a dedicated minister of God’s Word whose message has brought the reality of the divine life to the hearts of many.
Millions have been affected by his television broadcast, “Atmosphere For Miracles,” which brings God’s divine presence right into people’s homes. The scope of his television ministry extends throughout the world with LoveWorld satellite television networks delivering qualitative Christian programming to a global audience.
At the world-renowned Healing School, he manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ and has helped many receive healing through the operation of the gifts of the Spirit.
Pastor Chris has a passion to reach the peoples of the world with God’s presence—a divine commission he’s fulfilled for more than 30 years through various outreaches, crusades, as well as several other platforms that have helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s Word.