August 18, 2018

August 18, 2018
Psalm 50: 14-15..Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.(NIV).

From the scripture of today we are advised to offer to God continuous thanksgiving as a sacrifice. The word sacrifice from the Merriam-Webster dictionary means “an act of offering something precious to a deity, OR surrender of something for the sake of something else.” The Bible gave us an example of a precious offering that God demanded from Abraham in Genesis 22:2 which reads as follows “And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” When Abraham obeyed this command, the angel of the LORD provided a ram in place of Isaac, and said these words “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me…that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore, and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” This episode is a clear example of the importance of making a sacrifice unto God. This was the normal practice for the ancient Israel in order to appreciate God for His goodness, love, protection, provision, and even for asking for forgiveness of their sins.

Today we read in the Psalm that we do not need to kill any ram, or shed any blood to make a sacrificial offering to Him that is acceptable to Him, but ONLY OUR THANKFULNESS should be offered to Him. Many of us these days take for granted the uncountable blessings of God that we receive daily. He preserves our lives, protects us from every evil, blesses us with food daily, and heals us from all our diseases, just to mention a few. When we think of all His goodness to us in the land of the living, our giving of THANKS must be our habit and our desire just as we desire to eat or drink. Not until we want to pray or eat and we say a few words of thanksgiving, but conscientiously going to God to appreciate Him and all that He does. This should be the fruits of our lips to Him continually. When we center our hearts towards giving of thanks, we will remember to pay any vow we have made to God, because not paying our vow is not acceptable to Him. We saw in the example of Abraham the blessings that follows an offering that is pleasing to God. So also when we know how to live a life of thanksgiving, we will call on Him and He will answer us as in the scripture above.
May be because we have not fully appreciated God but rather bombard Him with “do this or do that” and complain of what we think we should have but not yet received, that is why we have delayed answers from God. Who knows if we change our habit to THANKING HIM out of season and in season especially for His long-suffering, that is, waiting for you and I to put our acts right so as not to perish, we would see downpour of all the blessings that have been hindered by our not thanking Him enough. Remember that our THANKFULNESS should be a sacrifice that we must offer to please God.
To roundup this spirit of thankfulness to God that releases so much blessing like that of Abraham, I want us to examine the story of king Solomon and what he did after he completed building the house of God. 1 Chronicle 7:1-8 says “the fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house…they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the LORD saying “For He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever”. Then the king and all the people offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen, 120,000 sheep, so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.” When have we witnessed such magnitude of the presence of God during our services as recorded here? Since we are not in the generation of killing oxen or sheep as our LORD JESUS had already done this for us, what we should focus on now is to learn how to give Him our quality praise. Hebrew 13:15 says, By him (Jesus Christ) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to God.” The LORD will continue to teach us how to thank Him with all our heart, soul, and mind and be pleasing unto Him, in Jesus Name, AMEN.

Prayer..LORD release the spirit of thanksgiving to us so that we can continue to live for you in Jesus Name, AMEN.

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