If you don’t thank Him now, when will you thank Him?

Are you waiting for everything to go well in your life before you realise the importance of thanking God during your trial seasons? For me, I have been in sticky situations whereby I ‘waited’ for my problems to gently die down before I could really serve my Father. But the less I praised Him, the more problems arose. Have you ever been in a situation where you feel that your prayers and thanksgiving have been so powerful that no other problem or obstacle will come your way? I have…

It can be very easy to praise God depending on our circumstances, but why should we wait until things get better before we acknowledge Him? We are living in a society where pressure is constantly increasing; the way we look, what we eat, what music we should listen to, the clothes we wear, the job we should have, the finances we should be earning etc. I was talking to a friend a few days ago and was speaking on behalf of materialistic things. Realistically, we need shoes, clothes, money, food, etc. But why should we be so overly concerned with all these things? In order for you to remember to run back to your first love and serve Him, why not reflect back over your life and meditate on the good things God has done for you?

There were times in our lives when we done things that were not at all pleasing to God, yet He still forgave us. Maybe we laughed at someone who thought they could not make it in life; maybe we thought too deep into our own concerns that we did not have time to think about others; maybe we did not give God the full acknowledgement and recognition that He truly deserves…all these things we do, and yet God loves us!! So I say, if we do not thank Him now, when will you thank Him? Will you thank Him when things are getting better, or would it be beneficial if we all thank Him during the painful process? Life is a process, life is a painful process, but in the end, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Always have in mind that thanking God is a high form of respect, and that is what He truly deserves! God does not need us to ask for our permission to serve Him, that is what we are created to do! We must always have this in our minds. When we wake up, when we prepare for bed, when we study the Word, we must always thank Him in advance because when having that attitude, it allows more blessings to pour out for us that we will not have enough room to receive them. (Malachi 3:10). Let us always be on our guards to serve God in thanksgiving. I know life can be hard, really, it can be. But we must remember to always be thankful. Yes you may not have enough time to spend with God every morning, but just to say to Him “This is the day that you have made for me, I shall rejoice and be glad in it” is a form of thanksgiving. We are not only thanking God for what He has done in our past, and our present, but also our futures too! We are also thanking Him for the people God has placed in our lives, and the ones He has taken out of our lives.

Everything happens for the purpose of Gods Glory. When a door opens, thank Him; when a door closes, thank Him! Regardless of the outcome, He is working EVERYTHING OUT FOR YOUR GOOD! It may seem painful now, but we shall get there! Encourage someone today to continually thank God for all He has done! Let us not take the gift of life for granted! Because we know our God is Faithful, it can be forgetful to thank Him for life, but in all things, let us appreciate the fact that we can breathe and is healthy. Keep thanking Him in the hard moments, there is a reason behind your pain. Give thanks with a grateful heart!

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Are you content?

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What is holding you back? What is making you complain so much that you do not realise what you have? I know it can be hard! I have been there as well! But can you look back on your life and really dwell on the good things that has happened? The blessings, the love, the family in your life, the career, protection? All these things we have and even more! It’s just time we start to realise it!

The question I usually ask myself is ‘What makes me content?’ Is it having a lot of clothing, or having the best job that pays generate amounts every month? Would you be able to define contentment for me? From what I believe it is, it is being grateful for the things you have now, and not complaining about what you do not have. From a biblical perspective, Paul was talking about how he was content for all he had, although he did have some needs and desires. He stated this in Philippians 4 verse 11: “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am”.

Paul stressed the importance of contentment and about how he has fixed his mind on being content regardless of the circumstance he is in. It is very important to remember what we have, and use it to the best of our ability. It may be a job that you are working at. A lot of time, society can define you by where you work. For example, if your someone who works at McDonald’s or Primark, society may classify you in a way that you aint ‘in the now’. But do not allow this to define you. You must know who you are! You are not where you work, but it is how you define the situation that makes the difference.

You may work at these organisations, but are you using it to build your skill set? The role you are in now is shaping you towards your future. Where you are now, God knows why! It is not a mistake! He knows why you are still where you are. Don’t feel because you are not living the ‘high life’ that you cannot enjoy your position. I recall a time in previous years where being  ungrateful took over. I would complain about little things, cry my eyes out, look at others and what they have and compare it to my situation, and not realise how much God had blessed me. Even up till now, I can say I am a living witness to the Goodness of God! I may not have everything I desire now, but when God says it is time for Him to bless me, I will wait with high expectations!

Remind yourself always to wake up happy and joyful. Why? Because ‘this is the day that the Lord has made…we shall rejoice and be glad in it!’. The most important thing you and I have today is LIFE! Life is the greatest gift of all! We tend to take it for granted because we know we have a good God that wakes us up everyday! But can you imagine those who cannot wake up on their own? Maybe those who slept last night and didn’t make it the next day? How about those who have to be supervised to get up each morning? Yes you would say ‘but I am not them’; this is why we have to be content in every situation! Lets always be happy! Regardless of what comes our way! Some people can annoy you, and yes they will, but should you allow that to disrupt your happiness? No…make a decision to always thank God for all you have! There is always someone out there who would love to be in your position!

Do not take your position for granted! There is a reason why you are there! For now, hang in there, because it will only get better! Your best days are surely ahead of you! Continue to be grateful and content for the things you have! Some day, God will use what you have and take you to your destiny! In the meantime, keep encouraging others and ensure you inform them on the importance of contentment 🙂

 

TO BE CONTENT DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T DESIRE MORE, IT MEANS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE AND PATIENCE FOR WHAT’S TO COME! 

 

Having a Thankful Heart

It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplished in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of FAITH for ourselves, for our city, and for our nation.

Sometimes, we do not understand the true importance of being ‘content’. I was talking to my friend yesterday and we were discussing about the things that we want to see happen, but we failed to realise that we have all we need, it is because we are seeing it from a different angle. Because our friends have told us that they have received what they wanted, we tend to start questioning God, assuming that He has not heard our prayer. But that is where you need to stop and think. Just because your friend received something that you want, it does not mean that you should forget your own blessings. Health is more than a blessing! It is better than any job, earnings, car and other materialistic possessions. We must always have a thankful heart in every situation. No matter what happens, whether you apply for a job and didn’t get it, or you didn’t get the promotion from work, you will always have something to look back on and be happy about.

There are some people who you may or may not know that has a need, and you have that need but do not realise. It could be because you are blinded spiritually, and is feeding your flesh with the things of the world. Let us remember that those who are of the world are not of God. You must remember that craving for early things will not enable you to grow spiritually. Not only is it about having a thankful heart, but it is also about having a thankful attitude. Philippians 4 v 6-7 says that we should not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. So to explain, when you are talking to God about your needs, do not worry about them; instead pray about everything that you want God to do for you. Of course we have needs, but our needs should not be above Gods needs for us. We must remember that everyday is an opportunity to live for God, and to live RIGHT! 

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When you give thanks in the midst of difficulty, you bring pleasure to God’s heart. He is looking for Christians who live in a realm of praise and thanksgiving where the enemy no longer has an ability to hold or manipulate that person.

1 Thessalonians 5 verse 16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

Are you thankful for your present circumstances?  Are you thankful for your salvation, your friendships, and your job? Thankfulness is a key to your life. It is the key that turns your situation around because it changes you, your outlook, and your attitude. There is power in a thankful heart.

Your attitude says a lot about you. From a smile, to when you open your mouth, to your body language…all these things God sees. When you have a thankful heart, Satan is defeated because thankfulness during difficulty is a sacrifice pleasing to God. So can I ask you, are you thankful?

Instead of feeling discontented, begin to thank God for all the blessings he has given you instead of dwelling on the negative. Discontentment dries up the soul, but having a thankful heart nourishes and gives life to the soul. Let us be reminded of this daily as we seek to please God.

Who remembers this song: “Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks unto the Holy one, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…And now let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, because of what the Lord has done for us…GIVE THANKS! In every situation ladies, give thanks to God! I guarantee everything you desire shall come to pass once you have an attitude of thanksgiving!

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