THEME: POWER OF THANKSGIVING
“He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
-Christmas is a season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Magi or wise men were Eastern astrologers trained in various phenomenon including study of stars, who located the star of Jesus. They rightfully interpreted this star to mean the birth of a King. It was evident that their motive was to see the King and worship Him. They also honored Jesus with gifts of gold due to His Kingship, frankincense since He is the High Priest and myrrh which is used for anointing as Jesus is Lord. Like the wise men worshipped, we are reminded to worship Jesus Christ, who is our King, Lord and Savior. The birth of Jesus is a great gift to the entire human race, for He came to liberate us from slavery of sin and redeemed us by His precious blood. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He reigns on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever (Isaiah 9:6-7), and He is worthy of all our worship and thanksgiving.
In Hebrew thanksgiving is written as Yadah, which means to praise God. It is in God’s design that everything that has breath should praise God (Psalm 150:6). King David developed the culture of thanksgiving and He won the heart of God. It is said that David was a man after God’s own heart. He fought his enemies and won all his battles. King Jehoshaphat worshipped and gave thanks to God, and he won his battles against Moab and Ammon (2 Chronicles 20:1-29). Judah went first in thanksgiving during the Israelites conquest against the Canaanites, and the Lord granted them victory (Judges 1:1-2). Giving thanks to God is powerful, for the Lord grants us victory against our enemies, and every adverse situation. When we give thanks to God, He gives us His salvation (Psalms 50:23). An attitude of gratitude to Jesus exposes to total healing and wholeness (Luke 17:16-19). When we give thanks to God, miracles happen in our lives and situations, and we are able to operate in the supernatural (Matthew 14:17-21). God has commanded us to give thanks to Him in all situations (Ephesians 5:20).
Let everything that has breath praise You Jesus Christ our King of kings, and Lord of lord. We give thanks to You always dear Jesus. All power belongs to You Lord Jesus in all the heavens and the earth. May Your power and grace be always present in our lives and situations. May You be birthed in our hearts during this season that we may worship You always in spirit and in truth. May Your presence go ahead of us that we may see You in all our situations. May You make this season beautiful for each one of us. We appreciate You Jesus for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. Thank You for plans that You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. We thank You and praise You Jesus, may our praises be always on our lips. All glory, power, praise and honor belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance upon us and grant us peace. Amen
Further reading: Psalm 117, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We shall continue next year God willing
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
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