OCTOBER EXTRA-ORDINARY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
THE FORCE OF THANKSGIVING
I Chronicles 16:8-9
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Give thanks to God, talk of his wondrous works. He is an Amazing God.
When you are looking for the meaning of a word or you want to find out about something, you enter that word into Google, Google gives you definitions and explanations of that particular word but when you enter God into Google, Google search engine doesn’t have an answer, Google can’t explain the God that we talk about that we should give thanks to, he whose ways are past finding out. It was David who said in Psalm 139:7-10
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
He is the God that Darkness and Light are the same before him. Can you imagine? David said “Marvelous are your words and that my soul knows very well. If only we humans can gain insights to how awesome God is? He said “Oh give thanks unto the Lord,. Make known his deeds among the people. Thanksgiving is a force that can drive good things into your life, turn your life around and give you beautiful experiences. God INCREASES his blessings on those that are grateful to him. The more we give thanks to God, the more of his kindness and goodness we will experience.
Thanksgiving is a force that can turn a meal into a feast;
Thanksgiving is a force that can turn a house into a home;
Thanksgiving is a force that can turn a stranger into a friend.
The Ability to say “Thank You” is potent.
God gives more health and strength to those that can pause, think and give him thanks for their health. When was the last time you gave thanks to God for your health? God increases his blessings on those who give thanks to him. Do you think it is normal that the food you ate last night digested? There are adults that are perpetually feeding on fluids because something is wrong within such that solid food can no longer be digested. Everything you give thanks to God for, appreciates. You cannot thank God for your health and that health depreciates, NEVER!!!. If someone does something for me, I should at least have enough sense to say “Thank You”. So every time you go before God whether you are in bed, bathroom, in your car or anywhere and you say “Father, I Thank You”, it suggests that this thing called “THE BRAIN” is still working. Never underestimate the power of thanksgiving. To be thankless is to be senseless. Thanklessness is the attribute of ingrates; they don’t have enough sense to say Thank You no matter what they receive. Ingratitude will shut against you doors of future favours.
A man once came around to ask for help as regards his children’s school fees and before the day he had the privilege of seeing me, he kept calling me regularly, finally he showed up one Wednesday evening, he told me that he’ll be needing Eight Thousand Naira (#8,000) meanwhile I had only Six Thousand Naira (#6,000) on me and I had Hospital bills to pay but I said to him that I don’t have this money but I can’t let you go like this. I saw one of our Media Guys around and had to lend Four Thousand Naira (#4,000) from him, added it to my Six Thousand Naira (#6,000) and gave the man Ten Thousand Naira (#10,000) instead of Eight Thousand Naira (#8,000) and he left. Afterwards, there was no single phone call or text message to say “Thank You” till date. If you were me, will you go out of your way to help such a man another time? I went out my way; I had to borrow money that I must pay back for him.
When you withhold your thanksgiving, you shut doors against yourself for future favours, I can’t disturb myself for such a man again. Some people will say “Pastor, but you are supposes to be a man of God, should you be expecting him to say “Thank You”? Even Jesus was expecting the Ten Lepers to return and give thanks. I can see that some of us are more righteous, holy and angelic than even Jesus. Jesus asked the leper that returned that where are the other nine? When was the last time you said thank you to God.
There are two (2) ways to live your life
- As though nothing is a miracle
- As though everything is a miracle.
The truth is that there are no ordinary moments; nothing in life should ever be taken for granted. If you live in such a way that you attribute God’s interventions in your life to chance or co-incidence, you are marking the end of experiencing the move of God in your life. God will stop bothering himself because of you, because if there’s anything that God is looking for, it is to get praise and receive some glory. If you say his goodness is luck, the next time that something like that should happen, it won’t happen because you’ve refused to acknowledge the source of that blessing.
People have taken “ordinary” water (I mean good water, not poison) and in the process of drinking, the water passed through a channel it’s not supposed to pass through and that led to their death. Nothing in life should ever be taken for granted. Yesterday, I was showing someone a full grown adult that was crossing the road crawling, all vehicles had to park and wait for him to pass. And I said to her that there was a time that you and I were like, and that as babes all of us used to crawl, and when they had him, his parents too must have thought that at a certain point he will outgrow the crawling stage but he never did. He’ll need a miracle to walk and stand like you and I. nothing in life should ever be taken for granted. It is not normal that you open your mouth, speak and people hear you. The deaf and dumb have words that they are saying but nobody can hear.
There is a disease called Leukemia (also known as blood cancer). Blood is produced in the bone-marrow, when you are healthy your bone-marrow produces White Blood Cell which fights against infections and diseases, the same bone-marrow produces Red Blood Cell that helps to circulate oxygen around your system and also produces Platelet that helps in blood-clotting. In the case of Leukemia, the bone-marrow that produces White Blood Cells will begin to produce White Blood Cells that is supposed to fight against Anti-Bodies and Infections but in excess such that instead of those White Blood Cells fighting against diseases, germs and co, they begin to fight against the body system. What do you do when what suppose to be generating life in your system is now producing death? How come you’ve not had Leukemia? I heard of a 5-Year Old boy that had Leukemia, tell me the sin he must have committed at 5 years old?
Why were you not born with a hole in your heart? I lost a friend when I was in 100 Level in the University, he was fine from childhood until that time that he feel ill, he was admitted to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where it was discovered that there’s a hole in his heart. The weekend before he was admitted, he said to me that he was going to Camp to Pray and by the time he’s back, he will be fine. From the Camp, he landed at LUTH and he couldn’t come back to school, we kept going to LUTH to see him. The last time we went, he said “Wale, Pray for me”. I was supposed to start the Easter Service in my church then when someone came to me and tap me, and said “Olumide is Gone”. May I ask: Am I better off than him? A young man called me two weeks ago and said “I lost my brother”. I asked what happened, he said that his brother slept and didn’t wake up though he was fine before going to bed. You woke up today not because you set your alarm but because there’s a God who didn’t forget your bed, when it was time to wake up, he tapped you. To sleep and wake up is a miracle that cannot happen without God. Then you jump out of bed and the first thing you do is visit the Social Media because as far as you are concerned, it is normal for you to wake up.
A young man called me and said “they have cut the leg, I am with the leg now, am taking it home to go and bury it”, his father had a normal bruise and because he is diabetic, the wound will not heal and it led to the amputation of the whole leg which the son had to go bury his father’s body part while the father is alive. Nothing in life should be taken for granted. What can you do to turn your life around? Give Thanks!!! When I said to myself that the prayers of thanksgiving we prayed on Wednesday will be repeated, I also said to myself, “Why? At least we did it on Wednesday and it’s becoming too much”. I heard God loud and clear, he said to me “Can you ever thank me enough”. If Ten Thousand (10,000) tongues cannot thank God enough, what can this one tongue do? We need to thank God for Protection (he’s been our hiding place from the stormy blast), there are winds that have blown this year that we should have gone with but for God that said NO.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you know that he did more than you think he did. God has done more than you can think he’s done for you this year. It is because we have infirmity of knowledge that we don’t know. You can’t tell how many parents have buried their children with their hands. Yours are still here and you think it’s normal. It is not. We need to thank God for Protection, for Provision and for Health. Some started this year with Good Health and they are struggling to survive now because of complicated health issues that set in when one wind blew which Medical science do not have answers to.
You can live as if nothing is a miracle. Sometimes, I was driving, I told myself that I was going to buy fuel because I saw that the gauge is low. I felt the fuel in the car will still be enough to take me a further; I was climbing a hill that had a sharp bend with the car when the car stopped at the middle of the road and if a car was coming, it will hit me immediately and it’s a very busy road. I had to come off the car, push the car alone to a level that it could slope down because there’s a slope on the other bend. The miracle was that while I was pushing my car, no car showed up on this busy road but the moment I was through pushing my car off the road, a car showed up. I could have said that it was a coincidence. If that car had met me there, it might be a different story today. God was behind it; the God that controls time, he must have given the man a work to do because he mustn’t just pass at that time.
Do you attribute what God has done in your life to coincidence or live as if everything is a miracle. You could look at every little thing in your life and give him praise, singing songs of worship to him. Offer unto him specific thanksgiving.