Pastor Faith Oyedepo Exhorts Covenant Graduands on Mystery of Thanksgiving
The Vice-President, Education, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, has advised recently graduated students of Covenant University to be armed with the mystery of thanksgiving not only for where they were, but for where they were going.
She gave this admonition at the Convocation Thanksgiving Service held at the Covenant University Chapel on Sunday, July 21, 2019, to appreciate God for His manifold goodness over the University community.
While delivering her message titled, ‘Engaging The Mystery of Thanksgiving’, Pastor Oyedepo, who took her anchor scripture from Psalm 92:1-4 and Psalm 118:29, stated that the word ‘mystery’ meant hidden truth that could only be accessed through revelation.
She described thanksgiving as a celebration of the acts of God in the lives of men. “Nothing we have achieved is by our efforts, they are all the acts of God in our lives,” she affirmed. Thanksgiving, she added, was the appreciation of a person in anticipation of the future as people always had to thank God in appreciation of what He has done in anticipation of His future acts in their lives.
Addressing the outgoing students, she stated that it was important that they did not leave Covenant University without a full understanding of the mystery and impact of thanksgiving. “As you prepare to leave these grounds, you must understand that thanksgiving is the secret to success in this world. No Eagle leaving this school today, will ever know a better last year,” she prayed.
She further explained that thanksgiving was a commandment (2 Thessalonians 1:3) and a debt that people owe God and when they gave God thanks, they were paying their debts. She stressed that it was also the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18). According to her, “When you give God thanks, you’re doing the will of God and when you fulfil the will of God, He will always make a way for you”.
Pointing out the benefits of thanksgiving, Pastor Oyedepo explained that thanksgiving brought about multiplication (John 6:11-12) and it’s also about preservation (Psalm 28:5). She added that, “Whatever you have become today, you couldn’t have achieved without God; make thanksgiving a way of life and everything you lay your hands upon shall never go down”.
The Vice-President, Education, also listed perfection as one of the benefits of thanksgiving (Psalm 138:8), stating that as one made thanksgiving a way of life, that individual would keep rising and never diminish and would discover that where he was, was the least place he would ever be.
Multiplication, she said, was another benefit of thanksgiving (Acts 2:47). “As one gives God thanks today and makes it a habit, the individual continues to multiply (Jeremiah 30:13). Fulfilment of prophecy is another benefit of thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 10:36),” she explained.
In conclusion, Pastor Oyedepo pointed out that thanksgiving was not a gift or a talent, but a choice that one made. In her words, “We should thank God for all His benefits, (Psalm 103:1-2). Thanksgiving as a way of life must become a choice; ask God for grace to make thanksgiving a way of life.
We must learn to thank God for things expected”.
Others at the thanksgiving service were the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams; Ag. Registrar, Dr. Lanre Amodu; Chaplain, Pastor Kayode Martins and other members of the Covenant University Management and Staff.
Also at the thanksgiving service was the wife of the Resident Pastor, Faith Terbanacle, Mrs. Kemi Oyedepo.
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