Colossians 1:12-14 |“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
One thing we are eternally grateful to God for is that He has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. We once were children of the devil and slaves of him as well, but through the finished work of redemption, Satan’s dominion over us was broken and we are now saints in the light. We have an actual redemption from the devil’s dominion. We are redeemed from sin (Titus 2:14). Not only are we redeemed from Satan and from sin, but we are also redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13-14). Our primary response of faith to what God has done for us in Christ is to thank Him for these things. We are redeemed from spiritual death, we are redeemed from sickness and disease and we are redeemed from poverty as well.
Ephesians 1:3 |“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ and we bless Him for all these blessings that are ours. We are not trying to get blessed, we are not hoping to get blessed, we are already blessed. That which is ours legally becomes ours vitally and experimentally, as we appropriate it by acting on the word. Praise and thanksgiving are the primary actions of our faith. As we praise God for these blessings that He has blessed us with, then we experience them in our lives.
Ephesians 5:20 |“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
We can give the Father thanks in the name of Jesus for all the things He has done for us both spiritually and naturally. Looking back at this year, 2019, we have a whole lot to thank God for, as individual believers and as the Rhema Nigeria family. The name of Jesus gives us access to the Father’s heart. We use that name not only in demanding our rights of the devil (John 14:13-14), and in praying to the Father for the things we need or want (John 16:23-24), but we also use that name in praise and worship to the Father (Eph. 5:20). Not only do we give thanks in the name of Jesus, and thank God for the name of Jesus, but we also magnify the name of Jesus, for in that name is the fullness of the God-head (Heb. 13:15)
1 Timothy 2:1-2| “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
God instructs that we pray for our nation and its leaders, and to put that as our highest priority in our prayer lives, but we notice that along with supplications, prayers and intercession for our nation, the giving of thanks is also mentioned (1Tim. 2:1). We have a whole lot to thank God for as a nation, our country may not yet be where we wish it was, but it certainly isn’t where it used to be. We thank God for the liberties we enjoy in this country to preach the gospel and to have Rhema Bible Training Centre campuses in different parts of the country. We do not take this liberty for granted. We had elections this year that didn’t lead to anarchy or civil unrests that could have paralyzed the country. We keep thanking God in faith because Nigeria will move forward and the gospel will continue to have a free course in and through our land
1 Thessalonians 5:18 | “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We not only give thanks for all things, but we also give thanks in all things. We sometimes face tests and trails; we know it’s not God who brings the tests, He’s not the one who brings the trials, He’s not the one who brings the adverse circumstances. Tests and trials are from the devil. In the face of these adverse situations, we maintain a spirit of praise and thanksgiving. We don’t thank God for what the devil does, but we thank God inspite of them. We thank God because we know that tests and trials are just another opportunity to act on the word of God and experience continual triumph (Jas. 1:2-4, 1 Pet. 1: 7-8, 2 Cor. 2:14).
As this year comes to a close, we can look back at God’s goodness and faithfulness and see we have a whole lot to thank Him for. In Rhema Nigeria, we opened a new campus in Lagos, this January and the campus is running very well. We had Holy Ghost meetings in all our four locations in the nation where there were outstanding miracles and moves of the Spirit of God. We had our first Rhema Ministerial Association International (RMAI )licensing and ordination in June. We changed the locations of our Abuja headquarters and the Nyanya campus and moved to much better locations. We graduated another set of students in our Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kaduna campuses. We continued to put out the truths of God’s Word in our class sessions, training skilled labourers for the end-time harvest. Our team members made outstanding progress and development spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and materially.
God has indeed been faithful! Our student numbers are currently the highest they’ve ever been since Rhema Nigeria started in October, 2010.
2020 will be a year of establishment and consolidation for us.
Isaiah 7:9 | “And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.”
By continuing to believe God, we will see ourselves established and firmly rooted in His plans and purposes for our lives. God has enabled us to do so much in such a short time, but there’s still much more that lies ahead. Our faith is the key to being established and to taking greater territories for the Lord. Just like Joshua said concerning his mountain of inheritance (Josh. 14:12), we also say in faith concerning each of the mountains that lie ahead in 2020- “Give me this mountain!” We will train more students, open more campuses, get into fresh territories and blaze the trail to uncharted heights.
Colossians 2:6-7| “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
We abound in thanksgiving, knowing that 2020 will be a year of divine establishment for us as we continue to live by faith and heed the mandate, given to our patriarch, Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin of blessed memory to “go teach my people faith!”
REV. TOKUNBO ADEJUWON graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center Nagpur, India. He is ordained and credentialed with Rhema Ministerial Association International, USA. He currently serves in Rhema Bible Training Centre Nigeria, as the National Director. He is happily married to Dr Akunna Adejuwon and they have 3 lovely children: Zoe, Sophia and Victor.