Life is not all about struggles and making ends meet. There is more to life than the daily panic perpetrated by fear inspiring news. Life can be as enjoyable as God intended it. Jesus came that we might enjoy life and have it to the full (John 10:10), so, as God’s children, we have the privilege to look above the cares of this world and rejoice in Him. When many look back with hindsight they wish they had done better or more. Whereas this is a commendable attitude, it can also lead to unceasing regret, since you can always do better. This is now the time to look back and thank God for his goodness in your life; celebrate Him and the victories He has accomplished through you. You can celebrate even when it seems like all has been hard and difficult for you.
Every milestone in life is worth celebrating. It is usual for people to celebrate birthdays, weddings and academic accomplishments, however, many never think about celebrating their progress in Christ. There are many things that we take for granted and we see no reason to celebrate them. Listen to the words of the psalmist; “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” Psalms 103:2-5. Celebrate the Lord; bless Him and forget not His benefits. By implication, we do not celebrate because we have forgotten His benefits. A friend one time told me that he had nothing to celebrate about in terms of victories! His reasoning was anchored in the recent occurrences in his life which according to him looked like they had ended in failure, more so, after he prayed about it fervently. Whereas we might not know all the ‘whys’, it is clear in God’s word that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Do not choose to forget God’s benefits by being preoccupied by what looks like failure in your life. How many of us bless God for forgiveness, healing, redemption and, protection even from what we might never know till we get to eternity? Friend, do not take God for granted; He is your Lord, Provider, Protector, Healer and the Lover of your soul. He is more than enough for you; do not be discouraged by what you finite mind cannot fathom, God is infinite and knows all things and sees the end from the beginning, He makes all things beautiful.
Do not be overburdened by your past failures. Do not be hoodwinked by the voice of the accuser; no matter what you do, there is always room for improvement and the accuser can always show you how you missed the mark by a whisker. Celebrating our victories also means thanking God for the progress. You might not have arrived at your destination, but thank God you left and you are progressing towards your goal. Yes, you might have lost money, but thank God, you can still earn. Friends might have deserted you; thank God you got new and better ones. There might have been challenges in the ministry continuously, but thank God you have helped and blessed many. Despite the challenges, failures and imperfections, every child of God registers a continual stream of victories that are worth celebrating and thanking God for. Today choose to thank God for the great things He has done. As you celebrate God, you will also be celebrated. The true celebrities are those whose hearts celebrate God who strengthens them to achieve. Bless the Lord; you are a success in Jesus’ name.
~ Robert Ssesanga
Pastor Robert Ssesanga founded Aflame Gospel Ministries and is Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. An author and speaker, he travels internationally preaching the Gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has impacted many lives in many nations. His passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.