So the month of November in our church calendar is a month of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is something that we must do at all times, but we take time to specifically thank God for keeping us as a ministry. This November, Shiloh turns 6 years old!!! How amazing!!! It is all because of his grace and we remember where he has brought us from and we return to bring him an offering of Thanksgiving from the 23rd- 25th November 2018. Invite a friend and come celebrate with us,
In preparation for this powerful weekend, Rev Reuben brought us the word; 'Gratitude Quotient' this weekend encouraging us to have an attitude of gratitude. As I mentioned earlier, Thanksgiving is to be done at all times.
In the same way, we have IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) we must have GQ (Gratitude Quotient) May we have a high GQ when it comes to the things of God, we must always remember to give thanks and give God the glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
This scripture puts it so well. It highlights when we should be thankful. It makes it extremely clear that at ALL TIMES, we must be thankful, we must have a heart of gratitude. I love that the Amplified Version adds "no matter what the circumstances" It doesn't matter what life throws at you, no matter the hurt, pain, whatever it is you are going through, you must give thanks. If you are breathing, you have a reason to thank God. You may not have everything you want, but the fact you are still alive, you have something to thank God for.
The last part of that scripture gives us the reason as to why we must give thanks at all times. Paul doesn't write this just because he wants the church in Thessalonica to give thanks in spite what they're going through. Paul isn't oblivious to the fact it may be hard to give thanks no matter the situation but because it is "the will of God for US in Christ Jesus" he encourages the church to do so. Giving thanks is the will of God for our lives!
There are two keys to being thankful; they are, Remembering and Returning.
You cannot be thankful unless you remember where God has brought you from and what he has done for you. Last Sunday the entire world gathered in remembrance of the end of the First World War. 100 years later, we are still remembering when the war ended and we remember all those who fought and lost their lives so we can live in freedom today. We cannot forget those men and women who fought for us. How about God, who woke you up this morning, put you on your way, put food on your table, and has sustained you all the way from January to this very moment. Oh, and he's not going to stop there, he's going to keep sustaining you and keeping you. How can we not remember such a God?
Another huge component of being thankful is returning. It's great to remember, but your Thanksgiving isn't complete until you return to give praise and thanks to him who deserves it. The Bible tells us of the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus heals. But out of the 10 only 1 returns to give God thanks and praise.
verse 15 says:
"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan."
Verse 17 really sticks out to me
"Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?"
You do not want to be one of the 9 lepers that Jesus asks about. Return back to God and give him the glory, honor, and thanks he deserves.
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Enjoy the rest of your week and you Sunday