One of the evils of our days is the spirit of ingratitude. It is that feeling that someone or even God should have done more for you. In your estimation of heart, people around you are under performing with regards to what you are getting from them so you do not feel the need to really show appreciation beyond an emotionless ‘thank you’ for the favors you receive.
I am very sure that whatever blessings God has afforded you, is nothing compared to what He has left in His store house but you may never get anything additional if you are ungrateful. This does not mean that God wants us to crawl and grovel all over the floor to show how grateful we are (even though you should express yourself like that sometimes) but He needs us to know that without Him, we are nothing and that should count for something.
When God gives us miracles, He is actually trusting us with His glory and because no man can share in it, He expects us to do the wise thing, which is to give His glory back to Him. We must learn to share testimonies. We must learn to let the world know that God is alive, well and active. You see, David would not have qualified to face Goliath and become the greatest man in Israel if he had not given the testimony of his victory over the lion and the bear. Yes, sharing testimonies may expose you to more tests but those tests are all for your greater lifting.
Until you learn to testify of ‘small things’, God will not trust that you would glorify Him in the big things so your blessings are not released to your hurt. Even at that, delay is even better because not giving God His due glory destroys a man faster that delayed blessings. When a man refuses to praise and honour God for His benefits and decides to celebrate himself as if he were the doer, he turns himself into a thief and then attracts judgement instead of the blessing, hence it is better your blessings are delayed for lack of thanksgiving than that they should be released, to your hurt because you have not imbibed the heart of gratitude.
Beloved, every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (Jas 1:17) and everything we have are all the things we have received (1Co 4:7) meaning, we cannot boast of anything at all.
We must praise the Lord and tell it in the congregation. We must let men know:
How He saved us from sin, sickness, attacks and death; How He has filled us with his Holy Spirit, his ever abiding presence with us.
How He leads us to and fro and we are delivered from accidents and robbers and even vehicle breakdowns.How He provided and provides for us and causes us to even be givers instead of beggars. How He reaches out to us by His word to direct us, comfort us, heal us and corrects us.
How He helps us to endure and overcome even the pains that came our way. Even when we thought the trouble was the end of us, we still survived and came out stronger.
How He has prospered His work among us. He saved the sinners and has multiplied us greatly. We started in a small place and now He has brought us to a large place. In fact He is preparing a bigger and better place already and he will take us there.
How He has given us a father and several pastors who are indeed feeding us with knowledge and understanding. How He has given us a nation that cannot be overrun by the forces of evil, no matter what.
What shall we mention that will summarize all that He has done in one sentence? Nothing! We must keep remembering and we must keep telling of His good works.
O that men will praise the Lord. For His good work and for His wonderful works for the children of men, for the children of men. He has broken the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Praise ye the Lord