This morning I come to tell you “DO NOT FORGET.” In this world of busyness, where everyone is doing something, and everything is calling the attention of everyone. I think you need to take a break and think, reflect and count your blessings. This is what I have come to understand it is easy to forget. However, forgetfulness comes with a price and negligence comes with a penalty, because ignorance is not an excuse in a law court.
The author of Psalms 103:2 said, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and FORGET NOT all his benefits.” I know you are asking Rotimi do you mean, I should be thankful all the time? Yes, I think you are right, you should be thankful all the time and not just today. I am not saying you should be 100% perfect, there are things you could forget, and God will not penalize, but not Thanksgiving. You can forget your meal, daily hygiene, sleep, submit your academic assignments, to show up for work and don’t inform your supervisor, you can forget to tell your spouse that you love him or her. It is okay to forget to be a responsible parent, I mean you could forget to file your tax return, to pay your mortgage and car loan. If you cannot forget those necessities of life, you should always remember to give God thanks. Outside your breath nor of the above life necessities could be accomplished, so the person who gave you the breath commanded let everything that has breath praise me (Ps 150:6). This is a big secret. Thanksgiving is non-negotiable.
King Hezekiah fell sick in Isaiah 38 because he does not give God glory for what God did in chapter 37. Anytime you see King Nebuchadnezzar you could inquire about his experience when he became beast because of his refusal to give God the glory (Daniel 4:28-37). One king who neither studies the happening in Babylon nor asks questions from King Nebuchadnezzar repeated the same error in Acts 12:21-23, he was not given the opportunity to learn. Instead, he was smitten to death on his own throne.
God created everything in Genesis one, but he did not create thanks for Himself. What He did to get His thanks is, that He made it a point of duty for all of His creature to appreciate Him at all time. Remember, What Apostle Peter said, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth THE PRAISE OF HIM WHO has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1Peter 2:9). Anytime you give God thanks; He gives you access to whatever you need and wants in life (Ps. 100).
Thanksgiving is a miracle. In the beginning, God breathed into a statue and the standing clay became a living being. The breath of God, therefore, is the source of happening in human. David then said, let everything who has that breath of God remind Him (Ps 150:6). If you forget everything and remind God of his breath in you, He will remember and give you all that is within you that you need outside you (Ps103:2).
I was in the Rev Sam Adeyemi Leadership class in 2009, among many things that I learned was the secret to access anybody. My mentor Jim Rohn said, “Everything is within reach.” Putting those two life secrets together, I had developed an intellectual muscle to access everything that I need, including God. Therefore, I can boldly say, that there are many contact phone numbers to access heaven, but they are only two direct phone numbers to God. The two emergency lines to God: complaint (Complicate things – Jer. 13:15-17, Mal 2:1-2), and thanksgiving (Multiply things). God disdain complains line (1Cor 10:10 & Number 11:1-2) while thanksgiving line makes Him get things done for you by Himself – ask Paul and Silas (Act 16:24-26).
Today, Thursday the 22nd November 2018, is not a good day to complain, let it be a good time to show your appreciation to your creator. He knows your need and knows your name. Regardless of the number of people in the world, He knows your need.
One day, I had the privilege to visit the Salvation Army in the state that I currently live. I saw homeless, hopeless and needful people and families, who were born in the United States of America. I also drove the street at night, and I saw people who slept on the roadside because they are homeless. Immediately that song came to me that all I have to say is thank you, Lord. I wasn’t born in the US, yet in my six years in the United States I have never beg for money nor look up to the government to pay my rent. I had paid people’s rent and fed families and invested thousands of dollars into God’s kingdom (To God be all the glory). God blesses me with the most beautiful lady in the world, the uncommon super three kids, and a great future with clarity. They told me I have an accent yet, I broke their records and set a new record. They said is not possible, yet God silences the enemy and enthrones me. Other may forget their old ways in Nigeria, but for me, God has done me well that is why say, He is God from beginning to end, and there is no place for argument.
Today, I challenge you to write down three things why you are thankful. You cannot afford to forget, but you must be thankful. Thanksgiving is a commandment; and commandments are lamps (Pro 6:23). Thanksgiving is not a principle; that may work or might not, instead, it is a mystery that always works.
I will leave you with three secrets:
1. Do not forget God’s goodness and mercies (P118:1)
2. Do Not Forget God’s Goodness and Mercies
3. Repeat 1 and 2.
…be inspired, live an abundant life and help others because life is good.
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