Thanksgiving Fast– Day 3

“I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way– in all your speaking and in all your knowledge…” (1st Corinthians 1:4-5, NIV).

Thanking God for: 

  1. Light (Jesus, and actual light, i.e sunlight).
  2. The Word of God.
  3. Sonia

Passage: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:4-5, NIV).

Reason(s): Overnight I had a dream, and although it’s very vague now, I remember towards the end of the dream that my companions and I saw a very bright light. It was so bright (and I felt it was so supernatural) that we were crying, in a worshipful way– it reminds me of when Peter, James, and John witnessed the transfiguration. And when I was spending time with Jesus, I was reading John 12, where Jesus, multiple times, referred to Himself as the light! It was nice to be reminded of that. And I just thank God that He is the light that shines in the darkness of my life, illuminating everything, bringing things that are hidden to light so they can be dealt with. It is overwhelming that even sunlight, as awesome as it is, pales in comparison to the Light, the Light of my life!

And I thank God for His Word! The Word of God is alive, y’all! And it IS active, and it IS awesome! Reading the Word of God uplifts me and changes the course of my day. I praise God that I get to freely and openly read His Word, glean from it, and use it to guide my thoughts, etc. I thank God that His Word is available!

Lastly, I thank God for my friend and sister, Sonia Jethro-Enedouwa! Not only is she beautiful, she is also virtuous! She is so precious to me! I met her two years ago and God has been using her for me. She is wise beyond her years. Yesterday she reminded me of my past, but in a way that highlighted what God was doing, even when I was struggling, especially when it came to transportation… There is a long story there. But she said something that may have been in passing to her, but really resonated with me. I can’t really describe how much I love her, but I do! She holds a special place in my heart and I thank God for her journey, for her presence in my life. And, I guess above all, I thank God that she has a relationship with Jesus– the anointing on her life, guys, is awesome! I am so excited for how God will continue to use her. The light of God definitely shines through her!

Prayer: Father, I praise you for your light, both visible and invisible, that shines so brightly. Thank you for surrounding me with evidence of your light and your glory!

 

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 2

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:1-, NIV).

Over time, I know that the format of these things I’m thankful for will change. But anyway, here are the things I am thankful for today:

Thanking God for:

  1. My car
  2. My job

Passage: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

Reason: I’m not the one to brag about things– I’m usually private when it comes to matters that come to my personal life– but I must brag about my God! Like… God gave me a car! I never knew I needed one until I had one. My car has been such a blessing! I thank God that He made me a steward of such a great blessing.

And I thank God for my job–well,  I actually have 4 jobs. Although having four jobs is not ideal, I thank God for them because each gives me an opportunity to be God’s hands and feet. I can read my Bible, play music, talk about God and my passions freely and openly, and just be in a community that fosters growth of students. I thank God for the opportunity.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making me a steward of great blessings. Thank you for allowing to be a part of something greater, which is you, Lord. Amen!

24-Day Thanksgiving Fast

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV). 

 

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This is Annuli, my beautiful friend, my inspiration. 

I know it’s not November, but bear with me.

Sometime last year, my friend Annuli (above) told me about a thanksgiving fast. I was so confused because my understanding of fasting had been abstaining from food and water for a specific period of time, killing the flesh and allowing the Holy Spirit to live. She’s always challenging me and she explained what this fast is:

A Thanksgiving Fast is basically when you say, “God, I trust you to take care of me because you  have been taking care of me. So, for a specific time frame I want to say THANK YOU!” You do not petition, you do not complain. You force yourself to see all of God’s beautiful work in your life. And you show your gratitude by thanking Him at any given moment…focus on Thanksgiving.

I was a bit scared, to be honest.

The both of us have done this a couple of times, and last month she asked me again to join her. I ended up not doing it, but I have been feeling as if I ought to do a thanksgiving fast, and for the right reasons– I genuinely and sincerely want to worship God for/in everything. So, I figured my birthday is coming up, I’m tuning 24… There was the inception of my 24-Day Thanksgiving Fast!

Why am I writing about it? On the one hand it’s going to be a challenge to consciously and consistently thank God for everything! My flesh is saying: but you have a lot of needs... I am learning to quiet my flesh. Furthermore, it’s a commitment to God– I haven’t been so diligent in my commitments lately, and I want to make my Father proud, I want to put a smile on His face. So, everyday till my birthday I want to thank God for something; and what I thank God for will correspond with the day. For example, today is Day 1, so I’ll thank God for one thing; tomorrow will be Day 2, so I’ll thank God for two things, etc… Up till my birthday!

So…

Day 1

Thanking God for:  ASSURANCE OF SALVATION.

Passage: John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (NIV).

Reason: There are many verses that reassure me about my salvation, but the one that really caught my attention today is found in John 10 (such a great passage). Sometimes when I make mistakes I doubt my relationship with Jesus, telling myself that He cannot possibly love me anymore. But because I believe in HIM and I am His sheep, it was very calming when Jesus told me this morning that I have eternal life in HIM! And this promise compels me to want to live passionately for Him for the rest of my time here on this side of glory.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for choosing to die for me. Thank you for shedding your blood to cleanse me, for dying so I can live and have eternal life with you! Amen.

 

 

… if you don’t…

“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out’ ” (Luke 19:39-40, NIV). 

How do you feel when you watch someone do something you know you’re supposed to be doing?

I had an experience at church yesterday that made me really want to do the things God wants me to do. We had a Thanksgiving service and I was told last minute I was going to lead the Thanksgiving portion– being Nigerian, that meant upbeat songs people could dance to. I couldn’t think of songs so I kept asking my fellow choir members to help me. Things seemed fine, I thought I was doing a good job until a minister came and took the microphone from me. Culturally, I had to step down and allow him to lead the rest of the time.

At first I was embarrassed, then irritated, then angry; then I quickly got over it when I realized that, perhaps, I wasn’t doing such a good job, that things weren’t fine. As I kept singing, backing him up, I was pleading with God, asking Him to not let another do the job He wants me to do– in other words, I don’t want to be replaced by another. That was my plea.

I kept thinking about this seemingly tiny incident; it shook me to the core. I confided in my friend and she gave me a different perspective, letting me understand that God is patient with us, that when we trust in Him, He will be with us every step of the way until we fulfill our purpose and destiny.

I agree with her… But I also think that we have to be willing to actually do our own part, you know..? The passage above came to mind.  The context is the Triumphal Entry. We see people praising Jesus, welcoming Him; and in the midst of this beautiful scene, the Pharisees, ever the enemies of Jesus, were telling Him to keep His disciples quiet. What I understand from Jesus’ response is this: if you don’t do what you’re supposed to (the Pharisees weren’t praising Jesus as they ought to have been doing), someone else could be raised up to do it.  Am I wrong? Imagine a stone praising God instead of you!

If our purpose is to bring glory to God, why shouldn’t we do it with every zeal in us? Why shouldn’t we praise God on the spot, trusting that He will give us songs to sing? Why shouldn’t we serve Him as if the time is our last on earth?

You see, I want to fulfill my destiny, and by God’s grace I will! I want to be available. I don’t want anyone to do the things (even if it’s giving a cup of water to someone) that I have been created to do!

Lord, you’ve created one of me. May I fulfill my purpose. In Jesus’ name.