“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” ( ► I Thessalonians 5:18 )
Supernatural Turnaround greetings to you and welcome to the third week of May 2021. 40 years ago, the Liberation mandate was birth after an 18-hour encounter and in the last 39 years, the strange acts of God in our midst has left all of us awe-struck so as our token of appreciation to God, an all-month thanksgiving mode has been activated. In the spirit of thanksgiving, this week, and for the rest of this month, we will be exploring a series titled: Engaging the Power of Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving is the vehicle that moves men from the realm of insufficiencies to that of all-sufficiency. In Matthew 10, Mark 6 and John 6, Jesus’ disciples had just returned from a mission during which they had seen blind eyes opened, the sick healed; and the oppressed liberated (Matthew 10). On realizing that they needed time to unwind, to be rebuilt and renewed, Jesus took them across the Sea of Galilee (Mark 6:30-32).
After crossing the Sea, and arriving in the town of Bethsaida, they realized that a crowd had figured out where they were headed, and had gone around the lake to meet them. Seeing the great multitude, and knowing their need, Jesus turned to Philip and instructed him to organize food for them. The crowd numbered 5000 men (aside women and children) and even if the disciples had the funds to take care of the multitude, there was no place to buy such quantity of food needed to feed these tired and hungry crowd. Philip was in a dilemma. He was frustrated, he was afraid.
However, while Philip looked at the figures, Jesus looked to the Father. Lifting up his eyes, the Bible records that He thanked God the Father for the little boy’s lunch pack he had just received and the meal multiplied enough to feed the entire crowd. When lunch was over, there were twelve basket full of leftovers.
As you read this epistle this week, there is a good chance that you are feeling frustrated about something, someone’s attitude, anything at all. Maybe the bills are piling up on your desk. Maybe the job you hold is not generating the necessary income to keep your books balanced. Maybe a relationship seems to be lacking the love you desire. Whatever it is, today I want to encourage you to emulate the example of Jesus. Take your eyes off the issues and look up to the Father on the platform of Thanksgiving and Praise.
Thanksgiving is the fuel you need to run your race in Victory and freedom so as I sign off this week, my prayer for you is that you will have faith in the Father, and in everything give thanks.
Welcome to your Season of all-sufficiency