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12 April – The power of being quiet

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Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” (Benjamin Franklin)

When we study to be quiet, it actually does quiet everything down on the inside of us. Conversations, pursuits, discussions, arguments, even face book and other media comments and conversations we begin to by-pass in our daily life.  Quietness let’s go of a life of noisy, frenetic agitation.

The bible talks a lot about quietness. We are encouraged to aspire to lead a quiet life. For it is to be our ambition to lead quiet, peaceful lives, free of conflict and hostility toward others.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need”. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

The purpose underlying Paul’s encouragement in Thessalonians 4:11-12 was to love, to live quietly, and to mind our own business, so that we would behave properly toward others. One of the keys to sharing about Jesus is when we demonstrate peace to a confused, and agitated world, through diligent work attitudes and habits, and living in a loving and tranquil manner. When we respect others’ privacy, and don’t intrude or gossip, it is a powerful testimony, and makes the gospel credible.

Study to be quiet – “make it your ambition to be quiet, and to do your own business.”It’s in direct contrast to the world’s ambition, which is, “to make a great stir,” and “to be busybodies” (2Th 3:11, 12).

Today consider how much more peace and tranquility you and your household would experience if you chose to study and make it your ambition to be quiet. God wants us to be able to live peaceably in our own families, and also to give no disturbance to others by our tale bearing, whispering, and backbiting. He encourages us to behave with quietness in the neighbourhood, town, or city, we dwell in, and to seek peace as we lead a quiet and peaceable life. 

Make a decision to no longer be involved in creating and encouraging factions, divisions, animosities, and contentions – even if you are right in your opinions and beliefs! The best way to get your point across is often demonstated with fewer words, and more action! A quiet and gentle spirit and life pleases God, and others will notice your freedom from the agitation and stress they themselves struggle with.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless andpure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)

Study and practice quietness and discover how stress, fear and worry diminishes from your life. Quietness is powerful, for “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

In conclusion I like this thought by Anne Frank. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” 

Prayer: Lord help me to be more quiet and to stay free from the “noise” that so often causes me to become agitated and stressed. Thank you that in quietness I find my strength. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

11 April – Your measure of faith

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There’s something about living in Australia that helps us appreciate the wide-open spaces.

When you get out into the countryside, or even just to a place like the beach, hills, or anywhere where you can stand and see the horizon, there is space; and with space comes the feeling of having room to breath.

Having space is something most of us crave, because when we feel that we connect with freedom.

And it’s in freedom that we find the ability to dream, to vision, imagine and unlock the deep things within our spirits, which God has placed there. It is very hard to focus in on that place if we are feeling enclosed, and surrounded by unhealthy boundaries and limitations.

God wants us to have vision: To “see”, and call those things that are not yet manifest as though they are. That is the dynamic of faith. (Romans 4:17)

We are created in the image of God and we just need to take a look around us to see that He is a creative God; He had a vision for the universe.

Because we are made in His image, in His likeness we have hardwired into our very being creativity and the ability to see, and speak into reality those things that are not yet seen or manifest.

Faith is not believing in only what we can see with our natural senses, but believing that what we see within us, with the eyes of our spirits, our future, will be made manifest – that we can then see, feel, and touch it in this realm.

As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)

God wants us to go from “faith to faith”, ever increasing in our ability and capacity to believe. When we’ve climbed one hill, to go to the next one, continually climbing higher until we are not just standing on the top of little hills anymore, we are now standing on the mountain summit.

The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19)

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.” (Psalm 18:33)

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped”. (Psalm 18:36)

 We have all been given a measure of faith. God expects us to do something with that measure. He expects us to grow it, and use it to call those things that are not as though they are. That’s the process that God uses to bring the revelation or vision he gives us to pass.

When we look at some of the mighty exploits of people in the bible and when we read about the men and women who believed God in our own time, we can sometimes feel inadequate. But we shouldn’t. They have simply grown their measure of faith to believe for what they “saw” was possible in God. They held onto God’s promises, fed their faith and got some faith muscles.

It’s not a secret for a select few; we can all do something with the measure of faith we have been given. Use it and grow it!  God says He is not a respecter of persons; He does not show partiality, but He does reward those who diligently seek Him. (Romans 2:12)  

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”. (Hebrews 11:6)

Today God wants each one of us to wait on Him for the vision He has for us. It will no doubt be bigger than your faith right now, but don’t be discouraged or let go of the revelation He reveals to you because it seems impossible or too hard. Build your faith by going to God’s Word and finding out what He says about your vision. When you do it will grow your measure of faith, and cause those things you “see” to come to pass.

But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.(Daniel 11:32)

Prayer: Lord reveal to me the vision you have for me. I take my measure of faith and choose to use it and grow it, so that I can fulfil all that you have planned for me. In Jesus Name Amen.

10 April – Bridging the Gap

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In my walk with God I have discovered “The Gap”. The gap between who God says I am and what He says about my life and future, and the actuality of how I live and think in my everyday life.

We struggle with the connection between the two and in our efforts to live and be all God says we can be we can often give up. The “Gap” between what we see or hear God saying and what is right in front of us just seems too big.

If the bible says I have self-control, why do I not exercise everyday or get of bed to pray, or lose my temper, have trouble paying my bills, struggle in relationships, or whatever the gap is?

When we acknowledge we have a gap, we also then have to recognise that God is not a liar. The Gap is to do with us and the fact that we are not accessing and connecting with who God says we are now and the plans He has for our future. There is a CONNECTION ISSUE on our end!

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

It I could use an illustration from technology it would be the, “In the cloud” illustration. All the information we access on our technology is not on our devices. It’s in the cloud – “the server”, elsewhere.

All we need is in the cloud. In our life Jesus is “our cloud”. All we need is IN HIM. Which means we must stay hooked up and connected to our “cloud” to close the gap. If there is a gap in our ability to access all we need in “the cloud” it is because we are missing or failing to remain in connection. (John 15)

When I bought a Mac I couldn’t operate my new Mac using old PC knowledge. (I did try, but it usually ended with me getting frustrated)

When we try to do things outside of God and His ways we are also trying to use our old device, (like my old PC). The old man/women doesn’t have it. Your old ways can’t fully access the things of God.

But ask yourself how often do you try to live our Christian life banging and crashing your way through using your old ways (old technology). We see what is possible and available to us in God’s word; we see how others are living a life of overcoming victorious faith, but then far too often we fail to recognize we have to live differently if we are going to be all God says we are. We have to receive from “the cloud” – from Jesus  for the gap to be closed and to receive.

If we keep reverting back to our old ways when it gets uncomfortable or hard while still trying to live as a follower of Jesus, the gap in our life from what He says and reveals to us, and what we experience will only remain and perhaps even grow wider. (See Ephesians 4:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

“If we want a different result we have to do something different”. If we want to close the gap we have use our “new technology” as a follower of Jesus that keeps us connected and powered up to Him.  

Today cut off the ties to your old way of doing things. How are they working out for you anyway? Instead take hold of your new life – it is like new technology and it may stretch you at first. Take hold of what Jesus says about you. Take hold of how He says to live. You have open access to “the cloud” of heavenly power and possibilities, and Jesus promises that He will close “the gaps” in your life.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him”. (1 Peter 1:3)

Prayer: Lord show me where I have areas of my life with “the gap”. Between what you say about me, and how I’m living. I want to connect with you where I know I have access to everything I need for life and victory. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

9 April – Look for the good!

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Training my eyes to see the good in my day is one of the ways I have learnt to bounce back from negative or painful circumstances. It’s in focusing our attention and vision on the often-unseen goodness of God all around us that reminds us of His love and concern for us, and draws his favour into our lives.

There are always going to be negatives, people who are more than ready to criticize, and trials in life. Jesus even said there would so we wouldn’t be surprised. But He also said that He had overcome these trials for us and that if we will stay vitally connected to Him we will continue to walk through every circumstance life may try to throw at us.

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Goodness and favour actually already surrounds us and when we start seeking out and looking for the good things in our lives we will soon realise that there is evidence of God’s goodness and kindness towards us everywhere. Even when it seems that no good can come of a situation, God if we are looking will surprise us by revealing just how He has been working all the time behind the scenes on our behalf and with our best in mind.

It  however does  take practice and a renewed mindset to begin to look for the good, rather than to focus upon the bad. Some people may think that is just “putting your head in the sand” and not facing facts, but when we know God and His Word any contrary facts have to line up with the truth of His word to change things that previously looked hopeless.

I encourage you to begin to look for the good all around you. Start to retrain yourself to focus and expect to see God’s favour and goodness towards you everyday.

 Some helpful ways I have discovered to look for the good are:

1. Keep your eyes and ears on God’s Word so as to build your faith and expectation for God’s favour and blessing to pour into your life.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)

2. Give God your cares and concerns and then leave them with Him. It’s hard to see the good when you are weighed down with burdens and worries.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

3. Spend time talking to God in prayer and then declaring what He says about your life, rather than focusing and repeating the negatives, or what others or the world say about you.

 And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14: 13-14)

4. Honour even the smallest good thing in your life. Don’t take God’s blessings for granted.

Give the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendour of [His] holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)

Honour the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce.” (Proverbs 10:9)

5. Look for the “silver lining” in situations, and remember that God has promised that all things work together for good for those who love Him. Somewhere, somehow good will come.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

Today even if it is only a tiny sliver of joy and goodness that you can see choose to acknowledge and honour God for it. As you do you’ll soon be seeing goodness all around you as you train your eyes, heart and mind to focus on the good things and to then expect God’s daily favour to be made evident in your life.

Prayer: Thankyou Lord for your love and goodness, and for your help to retrain my eyes, heart and mind to see all the good that is part of my life. Please help me to become someone who easily sees the good so that it becomes an everyday expectation to daily experience your favour. In Jesus name Amen.

8 April – Get Wisdom!

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Wisdom, it’s something all of us could do with more of. A simple definition of wisdom is the “application of knowledge, and the capacity to correctly apply knowledge acquired through life’s experiences”.

Often people assume that the older you get the wiser you are. But that is not necessarily so. We are only wise to the degree that we have learned to rightly apply our knowledge in life.

God has a high regard for wisdom. Proverbs 4:3-9 says, “Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you.

Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!

Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.

She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.” Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life”

God instructs us to put effort into becoming wiser tomorrow than we are today. That means it is an ongoing continual process, and is not only found in the gaining of a formal education, but also the daily, lifelong process of growth.

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”. (James 1:5)

God wants us to live fulfilled joyful lives, and for most of us that is what we desire. He knows it will take walking in wisdom to attain this and He even says, Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favour; keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life.(Proverbs 19:8)

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gets understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)

The gaining of wisdom is the way into a hope filled future, and the key to lasting happiness is found in wisdom.

As Proverbs 16:16 puts it, “To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

So how do we get wisdom? Firstly desire wisdom with all your might.

“If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you” (Proverbs 4:8). To prize, means it must be valuable to us.

Not everyone wants wisdom; they don’t prize or value being wise at all, mostly because they want to follow their emotions, or plead ignorance when their foolish behaviour catches up to them.

Other people can be motivated by their circumstances rather than logic and wisdom. Many times we can be act foolishly when actually we know better. We can choose to ignore wisdom. Often people are not lacking information, but they are lacking motivation and determination to follow wisdom.

Today make a decision to value wisdom and ask to God for it, that all your ways will be filled with hope, and the years of your life will be many. 

Prayer: Lord help me to prize wisdom and the understanding that comes from you. That I may gain a heart of wisdom, and discover the key to both long life and lasting happiness. In Jesus Name. Amen.

7 April – OMG Wow!

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The universe is quite an incredible place. Just contemplating the immensity of the number of stars is mind boggling. If every person were to count different stars, each person would have to count over 50 billion stars without counting the same star twice.
If you were to pour a small amount of salt into your hand and then look at one grain of salt, each grain has many, many atoms inside it. Everything is made up of tiny, tiny atoms, including us.
A snowflake is created from a water droplet forming around a minute dust particle which then freezes. Amazingly each is unique from the other, yet all have six sides. What incredible beauty and detail each individual snowflake exhibits.

All around us creation says “Look at how I was created, look at the infinite wisdom and insight with which I was formed. Look at the sunrise and the sunset, the ebb and flow of the tides, the rhythm of the seasons, the beauty of a newborn baby or the greatness of the heavens above on a cloudless night” “Look and see”,  creation cries out there is a God, a creator, of infinite love and limitless power.

God says that He knows the number of stars and calls each of them by name. (Psalm 147:4) That He knows every hair upon our heads or the lack of, whatever the case may be. He know when we sit and when we rise. He knows our thoughts before we speak them, and the hidden things in our hearts. He sees and knows everything, and in the midst of all of this greatness, and majesty He loves us.(Psalm 147:4; Matthew 10:30)

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.…” (Psalm 139:2)

If He knows us and loves us that much, should that not cause us to trust Him? To trust in His strength and His goodness.  Trust in His plan and purposes for our lives.  Trust that He has it all covered. When we meditate on the greatness of God we soon realise that He is more than capable of handling our every need and prayer.

Today take some time to think, to meditate on, just how powerful, creative, and unlimited God is. There are no limits or boundaries He cannot cross or override. There are no limits to His love. It is unfailing and faultless.
There are some things that may cause us to go wow in life, but perhaps the greatest is the reality that we are loved by the one who created it all, and that He did it all for us.

Prayer: Lord I’m going to take some time to think about all you have done and acknowledge your greatness. To take the time to say Wow, and thank you.  In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

6 April – Run you own race.

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Everyday we are faced with a choice. “Do I keep my peace, and walk my own journey, or do I try to keep pace with all those around me”?

Making comparisons will tempt you to try and keep pace. Instead of focusing on running our own race, comparing ourselves will lead to us trying to run like someone else.
I read a great quote recently. It said, “every moment you spend comparing yourself is a minute you spend subtly accusing God of short changing you.”

Whose race are you trying to run?  Has comparing and looking too much at what others are doing in life caused you to feel like somehow you’ve been shortchanged by God, and He’s run out of the “blessings” for you?
You’ve been busy singing “what about me, it isn’t fair, I’ve had enough and I want my share”.

I run as part of my exercise routine.  It’s my time out, de-stresser, and the way I start my morning with the Lord. (He’s my running buddy)
While running I quickly learnt some things about myself, and discovered some lessons I can apply to life along the way.

1. I need to run my own race. When I ran with others, who inevitably have longer legs than me I end up hurting myself. I have to run at my pace, with my length strides. If I  try to keep up with others when I’m not fit enough, or not matched to them I start to feel deficient and even embarrassed at my ability or lack of.

But how often do we do that in everyday life? We are constantly tempted by the world around us; through social media, advertising and just being part of society, to compare ourselves and then try and live life how other people live it; looking how they look and moving like they move. When we try to be someone other than who we were created to be; when we try to do things the same as someone else does, without exploring if that is the right way God has planned for us, we run the risk of ending up singing “What about me, God have you forgotten about me?. The result is we begin to doubt God’s love, goodness and unique plan and purpose for our life. What’s worse we lose our peace and rest in life.

2. Don’t bother worrying about what others may or may not be thinking. I run alongside a very  busy road. If I worried too much about what people driving past me might be thinking as I run past them I’d never get out the front door.
Instead I’ve taken the attitude of hoping I inspire others if they happen to glance my way. “If she’s out running, maybe I can too”.

Too often we spend wasted time worrying about what others might be thinking about us. It’s unproductive and energy sapping and not what God wants for us. God thinks we are awesome and all of heaven is cheering us on. So go for it, and forget about what others might think.

3. When running stay focused on where you are going. Have a goal.
It’s much easier to last the distance on a run and in life if you have a point of focus; a goal to reach, whether it be to reach the end of the block, or to fulfill a dream you’ve had in life.

There are so many distractions and opportunities for discouragement. It’s important to not look to the left, to the right or even behind, but firmly up ahead.
Some wise words from the bible say it this way, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” (Proverbs 4:25)

Today, run your race at your own pace. Let peace fill your heart and mind. We all have a life to live, but let God be your coach and guide. He instructs us not to listen to the negative voices or the noise and pressures of the world. Follow Him and His way of doing things. “Let peace, not pace be your motto and you’ll reach the finish line.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer: Lord I ask that you reveal to me where I compare myself and try to keep pace with others, instead of simply running my own race. Please let your peace and wisdom guide me. I choose not to play the comparison game any more, and trust you to bless and prosper all I do. In Jesus name. Amen

5 April – Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening

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Today I had a conversation with our two youngest children. They were asking me that if something doesn’t happen immediately after you pray, or someone else prays for you does that mean it hasn’t happened, or is it that you just can’t see it, and you need to keep believing?

We talked about several different instances in the bible where Jesus spoke into situations or to people, and what happened as a result. We deduced that God doesn’t always do the same things in answer to our requests and prayer. Plus just because we can’t physically see something happening, does not mean that there is nothing happening!

Sometimes the answer is instantly obvious such as when Jesus and his disciples found themselves in the middle of a furious storm. Jesus got up and spoke to the wind and the waves and they died down and were completely calm.

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:37-40)

Yet other times when Jesus spoke into a situation nothing immediately and visibly seemed to change. An example is when Jesus and his disciples were walking along the road and Jesus was hungry and came to a fig tree that had no fruit. He spoke to the fig tree and said, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again”. The fig tree however didn’t suddenly shrivel up instantly before Jesus and his disciple’s eyes. No! Nothing visibly looked like it had changed; yet on returning the next morning along “that road again they all saw the fig tree had withered from the roots. “Peter remembered and said to Jesus “Rabbi, look! The tree you cursed has withered!” (Mark 11:14; 20-21)

So often when we pray or receive prayer we can miss what God is doing or give up on our faith because we underestiamte what God is doing behind the scenes or beneath the surface, and we can mistakenly presume nothing has happened.

But Jesus’ example in prayer teaches us that:

1. It’s by faith that we receive the things we speak and ask for. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of believing and faith. He encouraged them after seeing the result and power of faith filled words to “Have faith in God, and “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24).

If we lack faith the bible says to seek God and His way of doing things, and to build our confidence in His ability by hearing and speaking His word. His word and He are one, and it’s powerful when it gets down on the inside of us, and we allow it to transform us from the inside out.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

2. Things don’t always happen the same way twice. Read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and you’ll soon discover that Jesus didn’t always pray, speak and minister exactly the same way. Sometimes He just spoke the Word, sometimes He spoke and then physically did something such as when he put mud on people’s eyes, or even spat on them.

Seek God for His methods and way of working in each situation you face, rather than acting in presumption.

3. The answer to our prayer is not always immediately visible. The fig tree looked like any other fig tree even after Jesus had spoken to it. Yet at Jesus’ spoken word something had began to change. That tree beneath the surface, at it’s core and root had begun to shrivel up. Jesus’ words and faith had already worked, but it was only the next morning that the disciples were able to “see it”.

When you pray or receive prayer for something don’t look simply in the physical realm for evidence of your answer. Stand believing in the truth of God’s word and the effective power of your prayer, knowing that “whatever we ask for in prayer will be ours if we continue to believe and speak God’s word”. (Mark 11:22-24)

Today, be encouraged that when you pray God will be working. Even if you can’t see anything physically, don’t underestimate that He will be working behind the scenes, at the root of the issue, and on the inside of us. Take heart and trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness, as you praise Him for your answers.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that at your word things change, and that even if I can’t see the changes, that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Help me to stand on your word, and to keep speaking and believing in your promises until I fully receive in every way. In Jesus name Amen.

 

4 April – Declare victory!

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I read a great quote today about the power of praise. It was that, “if we only have ten minutes to pray we should spend about eight minutes praising God.” (Derek Prince).

Words that are often used as synonyms of praise, and so help point to it’s meaning, are “bless, ” “exalt, ” “extol, ” “glorify, ” “magnify, ” “thank, ” and “confess.” To praise God is to call attention to His glory.

When we praise, God actually promises that He will come and inhabit our praises. (Psalm 22:3) God essentially “dwells” in the atmosphere of praise and thanks and transports us into the realm of the supernatural and the release of the power of God.

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance” (Psalms 89:15).

Paul and Silas’s account in the bible illustrates just what praise can do. After their unjust arrest the local authorities beat them both and then threw them into a jail cell. Besides the trauma of the severe beating they had suffered they were then fastened in stocks and locked up in what would have resembled a dungeon. Yet in spite of their pain and the depressing atmosphere they found themselves in at midnight Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God!

Suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison! The doors flung open, and amazingly, the chains of Paul, Silas, and every other prisoner were released! (Acts 16:16-40)

Praise is an expression of faith, and a declaration of victory! It declares that we believe God is with us and is in control of the outcome of all our circumstances (Romans 8:28). Paul and Silas knew this fact and how to lift their hearts and mouths above their troubles and enter into God’s presence and power. They chose to praise in the midst of their hardship and it provided a channel for God to release His power to operate in their circumstances.

That’s because praise is also a weapon of warfare against evil, for when we praise the bible teaches us that it silences the devil. It literally repels the presence of evil and oppostiion through creating an atmosphere which is filled with sincere praise to God which is disgusting to the devil and makes him retreat. (Psalm 8:2)

C.S. Lewis wrote that praise is “inner health made audible”. It can change us if we allow it to. Praise can change relationships, hearts, and mindsets. When we praise our focus shifts from our problems and presumed impossibilities, onto God who specialises in doing the impossible. Praise causes us to move from problems to a solution; from pain to promise and from hurt to hope. 

I encourage you today to reject the worry, lies, stress and cares of the world that can so easily steal our peace and thoughts to praise and give thanks to God. Make praise part of your lifestyle; as part of your speech, prayer-life, and relationship with God. It’s not just a church thing but also as we work, travel in the car, when we are faced with and in the midst of hard times, when we are at home, in bed, or anywhere; praise brings the refreshing of God’s presence, along with His power and ability to overcome.

“…I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1).

Prayer: Lord please help me to praise you in every circumstance, because I know that praising you is what helps me overcome and triumph. Thank you for everything you have done for me and for the amazing future I have. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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