RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Tuesday 5 February 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing"
Read: Psalm 107:21-22
Bible in one year: Esther 1-4
Action point: throughout today, serve God a fresh hot sacrificial thanksgiving "delicacy" over your disappointments and inadequacies
When you give thanks to God, it is analogous to serving [11m food. The way this ‘food’ is served is important to God. Not many husbands will like to eat food prepared a day before or cold, stale food. 1f you are casual about thanking God, it is synonymous to serving Him cold food. Although this is a meal, He is not compelled to ‘eat’ it. If you will serve God a meal of thanks, it must be done ¡n such an attractive manner that He will be compelled to ‘eat’ ¡t. When you thank Him I grudgingly, you can be certain He will not eat that food. In I most homes, if the wife has set the table and as her I husband settles down to eat, she begins to complain or nag, most men will leave that food and possibly that house just to have peace of mind. No wonder Proverbs 1 7:1 says, ‘Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”; At any time you offer God thanks and mix it with bits of complaints, you make it difficult for Him to take such meal. Some people allow the passage of time to affect the fervency of their thanksgiving over a subject matter. That is, if the good deed God has done to them occurred a long time ago, they will serve their thanks cold; but if it is fresh, they will be full of life and serve their thanks hot. This I should not be! Even if the subject of your thanks occurred 20 or 30 years ago, you should be fervent while thanking Him. Dig into your memory and get a vivid picture of what He has done and present thanks to Him as if it just occurred. This He will receive from you. Moreover of all thanksgiving specials, the best ‘delicacy’ you can serve God, of which you can be sure God will accept I unquestionably, is thanksgiving that involves sacrifice. While thanking God for what He has not done is a special meal, thanking Him when situations are going contrary to your expectations ¡s such a great delicacy. Can you thank God after the loss of a job, a loved one, or after a demotion? Can you thank God when there is no food to eat? Can you thank God after being victimised or when you have not been able to bear children? Doing such is sacrificial delicacy. It attracts God’s attention - so don’t be found without it!
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