A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich [at any cost] shall not go unpunished. Proverbs 28: 20
For You send blessings of good things to meet him; You set a crown of pure gold on his head. Psalm 21: 3
For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence.
Psalm 21: 6
I prayed and prayed about this title…but this is what I kept getting.
Immediately after I had regained consciousness from brain surgery; people began to pour into the hospital to see me. They were all saying the same thing! “You should really be thanking God girl! He really worked a miracle in your behalf.”
Well guess what? Not more than five minutes before they all showed up at my bedside; I realized that I could no longer walk, no one could understand me when I talked, my beautiful voice had disappeared and now had a heavier new one and the left side of my body was paralyzed.
I nodded my head politely. Inside I felt guilty. What was wrong with me…I did not feel like giving thanks. I was looking at my circumstances and I was not looking through the “eyes of faith.”
I wasn’t ashamed to give thanks…flat out I did not want to! I felt like throwing a pity party for myself!
We could fill a book with what I did not realize!
God was so patient with me. He was so merciful. He showed me how to give thanks…He gave me a reason to praise. He educated me. He raised me up. He corrected me. I understand how Blessed I was. I recovered. I made a commitment to minister to others to tell them that I understand and that God does too. He has delivered us all from not knowing and fear. He’s a good God! Oh yes…He is.
What I describe above is no different than a lot of people. They let the problem get bigger than God. That’s impossible.
The God I serve is all knowing and all seeing. You see…He says that he inhabits the praises of His people…and giving thanks leads to praise they are forms of each other…siblings, directly related.
If Thanksgiving is the case…it is also the “evidence” and praise is solid “proof” that the case is valid.
We are not to be ashamed to give thanks unto God. Especially when it “seems like” there is no reason. The lack of an apparent reason in the midst of adverse circumstances is merely a smokescreen! Giving thanks is more than just being polite…it is heartfelt gratitude…it’s like saying: I’m glad that I have You…I love You…You are always there! You are my rock! You I can count on…You I can rely on…Oh…I can’t stop…thanking You because You first loved me…just as I am…shedding Your Blood precious Lord Jesus…the Love of the Father…unfailing…unconditional…Oh the joy of it all! So wonderful.
See…the devil tried to kill me. God saved me. The Blood of Jesus protected me. They said it might not happen…but it did!
Should I be ashamed for any time that I ever do not want to give thanks? Yes, I should. But, at the same time…there is 1 John 1:9 which says:
Does God believe it is a shame if I do not give thanks? I believe that I can say…it’s a sin and a shame. Surely it is given to us in scriptures with reason not to ignore it and for us to receive it and do it.
The Shame of Giving Thanks? THERE IS NO SHAME IN GIVING THANKS!!! THERE IS JOY TO GIVING THANKS!! THERE IS AN URGENCY TO GIVE THANKS! IN EVERYTHING (big or small) WE GIVE THANKS! I AM THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THANKS!! THANK YOU JESUS!
Not being able to give thanks is a symptom of a lack of understanding of God’s answer provided to us for our freedom…our freedom to break the chains of bondage! This is so.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
One day I decided to write about tithing on one of the sites. Oh my goodness! People not only wrote, but they had “pages” to say about it. What’s worse than that? Only one person wrote in to say that they agreed. Please pray for revelation of this issue in the body of Christ.
Thou shalt not steal.
What a powerful group of words. Yet, I hear so many versions of excuses from people about tithing. Let me just say I originally had a hard time with it myself. In fact, when I first tried tithing the devil attacked my finances so bad that I quit for a whole year. During that time by the mercy of God, I saved money for my emergency back up. Then I began again successfully and never looked back. If at first you don’t succeed; try try again.
Malachi 3:8-10 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)
[A Public Domain Bible] [KJV at Zondervan] [Zondervan]
8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.