THANKSGIVING POSITIONS YOU FOR MORE BLESSINGS

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DECEMBER 27, 2023

TOPIC: THANKSGIVING POSITIONS YOU FOR MORE BLESSINGS

BY T. O. BANSO

“From them will come a song of thanksgiving and the voices of those who celebrate; and I will multiply them and they will not decrease; I will honor them and they will not be insignificant” (Jeremiah 30:19 New American Standard Bible).

Luke 17:15-19 talks about the grateful leper! Out of the ten lepers Jesus healed, this Samaritan leper was the only one who came back to show gratitude. His healing manifested while he was going to show himself to the priest, as Jesus had told all of them to do in compliance with the ceremonial law, to confirm if they had been healed. Jesus didn’t touch these lepers or tell them they were healed. He only said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests” (verse 14 New King James Version). They all acted on His instruction. That’s faith.

Verses 15-19 say, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’ And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well’” (New King James Version).

Please note Jesus’ reaction to the gratitude of the Samaritan leper and the ingratitude of the other lepers, who were most likely Jews, and might have taken Jesus for granted. Some people think that when somebody does something good for them, they should thank only God, not the person. But that’s not correct. They should thank God but also thank the person God used.

Jesus, who is also God, expected the nine lepers who were healed to return to give thanks but they didn’t. Maybe they thought it was enough to show themselves to the priest who would confirm their healing, and they could thank God there! But it wasn’t the priest who healed them. Suppose these nine ungrateful lepers needed Jesus’ help another time, how would they have related to him? I don’t think they would be confident, except that some ungrateful people have a sense of entitlement and could be shameless! God hates ingratitude. Thanksgiving will position you for more blessings from Him. Ingratitude may shut the door against you.

In 1 Samuel, Hannah returned to give glory to God after God had opened her womb and she gave birth to Samuel whom she brought to Shiloh to give back to God as she had vowed. She said to Eli the priest, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:26-28a New International Version). At this time, Hannah had only Samuel, yet she gave him to God to belong to Him his whole life. Hannah showed gratitude to God and God blessed her with more children. 1 Samuel 2:21 says the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Thanksgiving positions you for more blessings. Ungrateful people deny themselves more blessings from God.

If you thank God for what He’s done for you, you position yourself for more from Him. Gratitude to God makes you a candidate for more blessings from Him. Gratitude is the right attitude. “From them will come a song of thanksgiving and the voices of those who celebrate; and I will multiply them and they will not decrease; I will honor them and they will not be insignificant” (Jeremiah 30:19 New American Standard Bible). Note that the phrase “And I will multiply them and they will not decrease; I will honor them and they will not be insignificant” comes after “a song of thanksgiving and the voices of those who celebrate.”

Verse 20 of Jeremiah 30 talks of more blessings that follow thanksgiving and celebration: “Their children also will be as before, and their congregation will be established before Me; and I will punish all their oppressors” (New American Standard Bible). Learn to give thanks to God. Let the song of thanksgiving and the voice of celebration proceed from you to God. Multiplication or increase follows thanksgiving. Thank God for what He has done and will do, and He will increase and promote you.

In John 6, when Jesus fed about five thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fish after giving thanks, twelve baskets with the fragments were gathered (John 6:5-14). Verse 11 says, “And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted” (New King James Version). The food was multiplied and the leftovers were more than the original meal. Give thanks to God. Thanksgiving positions you for more blessings.

Also, in Matthew 15, when Jesus gave thanks before feeding four thousand people, besides women and children, with seven loaves and a few fish, His disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces of leftover (Matthew 15:32-38). Verse 36 says, “Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people” (New International Version). Jesus gave thanks and the food multiplied as the people were being served!

Give thanks to God. David said in 2 Samuel 22:50 that he would give thanks to the LORD among the Gentiles, and sing praises to His name. This is also recorded in Psalm 18:49. Also, in Psalm 35:18, he said he would give God thanks in the great assembly and praise Him among many people. Psalm 105:1 says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples” (New King James Version). So many other psalms talk about giving thanks to God. The writer of Psalm 92 says it is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to the name of the Most High (verse 1).

Whether what you have is enough or inadequate, or what you are experiencing is pleasant or unpleasant, give thanks to God. Thanksgiving positions you for more blessings. You are not thanking God for the negatives but despite them. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, in everything or all circumstances, give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Give thanks to God. Don’t be anxious or worried but pray. However, never forget Thanksgiving. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 New King James Version). Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name (Psalm 100:4).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS:  Father, I thank You for what You have done for me this year and what You will still do before the year ends. I thank You for Your mercy, healing and health, protection, provision, deliverance, favour, and other spiritual and material blessings. Holy Spirit, help me to always give thanks to God in all circumstances.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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