Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Praise and Worship is a subject that I love, though they are separate acts they are intertwined.
We often quote: Psalms 150:6-"Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord..." And yes the scripture means just that. This includes the Christians, non-Christians,and every living thing.
Though we all can praise God, our level of praise differs as believers. Praise is birthed out of relationship, awareness fuels
praise and worship it all works as the glue that keeps us together. As believers knowledge of who God is causes us to
become joyful. When we think about who He is and what He's done we praise!
I want to talk about praise and worship "when it seems He isn't there!"
The sacrifice of praise is: when you don't feel like jumping and shouting.
It's an in spite of praise, a I don't see my way praise; we offer it in faith and obedience. Few of those wonderful attributes of God are lingering in your mind when trials are hovering.
The sacrifice of praise leads us into Worship which leads to breakthrough.
I love this quote by Pastor Robert D. Clark-" Worshippers aren't escapees from reality, they face reality by the power of God!" In other words they aren't wimps but power packed believers whose attitude is to worship in spite of... Worshippers may not be running and jumping all the time, they live life in confidence of their King. They pour out their hearts to the God who deserves respect and honor. One final key point is that Praise and Worship sweetens the disposition of a believer; so don't be bitter during your trials be better!
*****This concludes the series Surviving the Storm I pray that it was a blessing to you as it was a release for me.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Awareness builds our faith and enables us to walk and not faint. If we could just grasp this fact
what a difference it would make in our lives. God is with us and has empowered us to be victorious.
I have learned that, the Word of God is the most powerful source of encouragement. The Word makes us aware of:
- who God is
- who we are
- who the enemy is
Esteem the Word higher than any advice given, hide it in your heart and live!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Forcibly separated –we have no control over this separation
The process of elimination - we are required to shed baggage that weighs us down
Wounded and shattered –Unexpected disaster and sometimes paralyzing wounds from unexpected sources.
Positive pain- God has purpose for your brokenness.
Sometimes this is the most difficult process to go through. We tend to take it as a personal attack rather than the road to destiny.
The important thing to remember is God loves you, be assured that whatever you face is not to destroy you. I recall as a teenager I asked God to use me for His glory and anoint my life.
I was drawn to the beauty that I observed in those whom God was using in ministry.
I longed to possess the anointing ; I was sincere but lacked understanding.
There is a process to effective ministry and brokenness is part of the process. I wasted many years trying to by-pass this painful experience, and found myself going in circles.
The result of covering the same ground over and over is weariness and frustration; surrendering is the only alternative a believer has.
If we could see the glory in brokenness our pain would be viewed as positive pain.
Our flesh will never love the process of elimination; it will rebel, refuse, and discourage.
*****My next blog will help us understand how to go through this process.....stay tuned!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
In life we encounter many test and trials that cause us to wonder where is God. This blog is to encourage the believer to look through tears, pain, hurt, and struggles; to see God's glory.
As I write this blog trouble is on every side: yet, I am confident that God is with me. I want to share with others how important or shall I say vital it is to know your God. Let me ask you a question. If someone said they loved you but never took the time to get acquainted with you how would you feel? I'm sure you would question the depth of their love. We say we love God therefore we must pursue a closer and more intimate relationship with Him. In relationship you gain knowledge of the individuals desires, likes, and dislikes. As we get to know God we realize that Our purpose is being birthed out of our trials. This is how the believer can still worship and adore their savior when darkness is all around them.
Romans 8:18 says," I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." The word of God encourages us to look for the glory.
Let us acquaint ourselves with God through His word and watch it fuel the believer, with faith and endurance.
To be Continued.......