BE THANKFUL ALWAYS (Series 3)
"Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be
thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in
Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]" (1 Thessalonians
The first message in this series was based on an old story. The second was
based on true-life stories. Both were aimed at reasons why we ought to thank
God no matter our situation. This third message will be based on what the
Bible says. In the key verse for the series (1 Thessalonians 5:18), Paul
enjoined the Thessalonians to "Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the
circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of
God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that
will]" (AMP). The man Job exemplified this (Job 1:21; 2:10). The psalmist
elaborated this in Psalm 103 and urged his soul not to forget all the
benefits of God because: the Lord forgives all his sins (verse 3a); the Lord
heals all his diseases (verse 3b); the Lord redeems his life from
destruction (verse 4a); the Lord crowns him with love and compassion (verses
4b, 8, 11, 13, 17); and the Lord satisfies his desires with good things
(verse 5). The psalmist declared that the Lord did all those things to his
soul, hence, the exclamation to his soul to bless the Lord. He went further
to declare other things that the Lord has done and is doing to him as well
as other people: the Lord is just to the oppressed (verse 6); the Lord led
the Israelites out of slavery through Moses (verse 7); the Lord is gracious
and slow to anger (verses 8-10); and in His compassion and love, He treats
us like children (verses 10-14).
Having declared the goodness (or benefits) of God, the psalmist entreated
the angels and all the heavenly hosts to join him in blessing the Lord. He
even entreated you and me, His works, to also bless the Lord.
Undoubtedly, you also will have many things to praise the Lord for. Think of
those things. Do not forget all His benefits. Recount them and thank the
Lord, I thank you for who I am and all what you have done, is doing, and
will still do for me. Thank you Jesus!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
+234 805 515 9591
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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