Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:
“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me”
How do we as Christians offer to God “a sacrifice of thanksgiving” in this day and why would it be a sacrifice at all to offer God thanksgiving?
If we are distressed and downcast, and don’t even feel worthy to enter God’s presence, and yet we sacrifice our feelings about ourselves and our state of mind, to praise our God anyway, this is a sacrifice of praise.
O beloved child of God, learn from your Lord how lovingly He sees your sacrifice of praise. Learn to love the sacrifice of praise.
The author of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews wrote this encouragement, "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
O child of God, keep your face towards your Lord at all times for God defines your sacrifice of praise as "the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name."
Do you see this? When you are not led by any negative feelings, and you sacrifice them, so you are led by the Spirit of God, to praise Him anyway and all the way, your Loving God says here that you are actually bearing fruit to Him! Specifically God receives your sacrifice of praise as a gift, as "the fruit of [your] lips that give thanks to His name!"
God says you are bearing fruit to Him in His presence when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
God sees what you have done in praising Him first, above all situations and conditions, and He will bless you for your sacrifice. Just to see that our Abba Father tells us we are bearing fruit to Him when we offer a sacrifice of praise is a great blessing because, instead of feeling ashamed about ourselves, He lifts us up into Himself and He blesses us in Himself.
Yes may we all learn and experience the great value for our lives to "continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God." Hallelujah!