Thanksgiving is not the same thing as Testimony.
Thanksgiving is showing appreciation to God. It is a reaction in form of gratitude for what God did.
- Psalms 75.1 (NKJV)
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
- Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Testimony on the other hand is telling others what God has done.
- Mark 5:19 (NKJV)
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
- Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
- 1 John 5:10 (NKJV)
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
There is a common notion out there that there is no testimony without a test, but that’s from one perspective. There need not be a trial or temptation before testimonies can emerge. It takes a revelation to know that everything is given by God and testify about it.
- John 3:27
John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
- Psalm 105:1-2
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Testimonies help encourage other people and rekindles hope in them, knowing someone just overcame the same issues they are experiencing.
Gratitude pleases God. Thanking Him for His goodness and sharing it with others draws Him closer. No wonder, David was a man after His heart!
- Psalm 105:1-2
Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!
Remember, IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!