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Praising God

July 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name.

You can never praise God too much. There’s never a time or a place that would be wrong to praise Him. We need to focus our hearts to thank and praise God continuously for who He is and all He has done! Praise will not only bless God, it will grow your faith! The more you focus on who He is the smaller your mountains in life will become.

Psalm 150:
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His might acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

We all have our own ways of worshipping God; some people are comfortable singing at the top of their lungs and others like to sing quietly, some people like to raise their hands and jump up and down and dance and others would rather die than raise their hands. The point here is that it doesn’t matter how you enjoy worshipping Him, just do it! Don’t look around worried about how others are worshipping around you, you worship God.

Have you ever caught yourself looking around the church service and thinking, “hmmmph, I know how that person lives during the week so they can’t possibly be really worshipping God like that!”? Don’t worry about them, worry about getting as much out of the worship service yourself! One of Satan’s greatest tools in church is to get you focused on others instead of what God has for you! Focus on your worship and what God has for you in His message, that is what you are there for. You aren’t there to judge the rest of the church, you are there to worship God in an appropriate manner that fits you. (Use discretion and understand we are never called to disrupt a service acting in a crazy way to draw attention either) There are times that some of our best worship can come from just bowing our heads before God and quietly praising Him for all He is and all He has done in our lives and there are times that it may be an appropriate setting to worship Him with all your might just like David did in the streets, dancing, singing and praising God with all His heart. The key is that it is to come from your heart. You don’t truly know anyone else’s heart so stop worrying about them and focus on just you and God!

Worship God today in all that you do. Allow Him to fill your heart and mind with His song and His goodness! He loves you ~ praise Him for it!

“Character is what you are in the dark” D.L. Moody

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Job 23:10

But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me I shall come forth as gold.

Do you ever get frustrated wondering when those things and people that irritate you will go away? Do you ever just wonder why it is that some people just have to continue to rub you the wrong way even if you don’t even know the person? Well, as my 3 year old granddaughter would say, “here’s the deal”; you are going to keep facing the same things and same types of people until you learn to handle the situation right. You will never flunk out of God’s school because you will keep taking the same test over and over until you pass it.

Spiritual growth is about learning to do right even when we don’t feel like it. It is all about being more like Christ today than you were yesterday or last week and especially last year. Those irritations you keep facing are allowed by God to help you grow. If you keep acting out over the same situations then until you can handle them in a godly way you will keep facing them. (It’s too bad schools don’t still operate that way.) Spiritual growth is also about learning to not allow our emotions run our day. There are a lot of things you may feel like doing that you need to restrain yourself and there are probably even more that your emotions would tell you not to do that you need to discipline yourself to do anyhow. The “I just don’t feel like it” feelings have to go and we need to replace it with, “whatever you say to do Lord, I will do – feel like it or not”. Growth comes through obedience.

We can’t treat the server at a restaurant horribly on Sunday after church and expect God to look down and smile. Next Sunday He may just allow you to have a really tough server that tries your patience on a whole new level! My daughter Candace and I were out one day and we had a server that was terribly rude and she spilled stuff on me and she forgot to put our food order in and she forgot my drink and well let’s just say if she could have done something wrong – she did! It was so bad the manager came out and apologized and offered free food but I said “no” and a man from another table told her he couldn’t believe we laughed through all of what she put us through! We were having a bad day so fortunately for us that is all we know how to do in those type of situations is laugh! We didn’t think the day could have gotten much worse and then we had her for a server – too funny! That isn’t my area of weakness, my area of weakness is when I feel threatened in a relationship by someone outside the relationship, all my claws come out and I take the Lioness mode to a whole other level instead of trusting God to protect and work in the situation. I also get frustrated in financial situations having to learn to have more faith that God knows what we need and He will provide! I am working on those and I know that until I learn to give it all to God He will keep allowing me to face some of the same situations.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself what it is in life that you seem to keep facing and give it to God and just ask Him to help you get through the next situation so you can move forward. If you want to be rid of the situation you will have to give it to Him!

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…. it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Anonymous

Luke 18:1
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

Have you about given up on praying about it? Don’t lose hope! God will do what is best and right in your situation so hold onto your faith in Him! Luke 18:27 But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” We may not always get the answer we want, but the answer is always the right answer from Him!

That situation that is seemingly impossible to you, is simple for the God who created all. Stop worrying about it and give it all to Him! We can get so caught up worrying that we lose sight of God and what He has in store for us! We all face things at times in life that are seemingly overwhelming odds and there seems to be no possible way for it to work out and then comes God with the answers. You cannot see all that He is doing and you cannot see the big picture that is why we must have complete and blind faith in Him. We have all prayed for things before and then never quite understood why He said no when everything about it seemed good and right. God loves you and cares about every detail of your life and the lives of those you love, you must trust that His answer is always best.

Satan will always try to defeat you with his lies that God doesn’t care or that God is just trying to withhold something good from you (same lie he has used since Eve) so you must hold on to your faith. Spend time in God’s word and make sure you get alone with Him to pray. Pour your heart out and put your faith in His goodness, love and wisdom for your situation. Nothing is too tough for God to handle!

“When there is no hope in the future there is no power in the present.” John Maxwell

Luke 13:6-9
And Jesus told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

The vinedresser in this story is Jesus and He is pleading the case of someone who isn’t walking with God to the degree that there is no “fruit” in their lives to even show that they have a relationship with Him at all. Does your life feel a little like the fig tree, everywhere you turn things have been churned or dug up and there seems to be manure everywhere you look? Maybe God is trying to grow you up to be fruitful and effective for Him.

There are times when we are going through tough times because we are not walking with God and then there are times we are seeming to just glide along in our walk with Him complacent, not looking for ways to grow. God allows situations and people in our lives at times to help us to grow up in Him. Some of those annoying, crazy people in your life are there for you and until you stop praying for them to go away and ask God what you maybe need to learn from the situation, they are there! Now, understand as well that just because you see someone going through a tough time or maybe you are doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with you or them, it can also be because we live in an imperfect world and life happens, you know in your heart if it is you which it is.

I would encourage you to take whatever you are facing today to God and ask Him to show you if there is something you can learn from it, no matter why it is there and ask Him to guide you. His desire is for you to be all you can be for Him so trust Him to guide you to that!

“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Children learn what they live! However they are raised is what will be their “normal”. If they are raised in a godly home where God comes first in all that their parents do and say then they will feel that is “normal”. If they are raised in a home where God takes a back seat to everything and church is either optional or non existent they will learn that is what is “normal”. It is our responsibility to make sure that our children, grandchildren and any other children that are given to us to influence know the way to God!

If you pay attention, each generation takes what is done by the parents and 9 times out of 10 when it comes to God, they often do what their parents did at a lesser level. Now there are times, I will say, that the children by far surpass any thing their parents would have even thought to have done for God as well, but I think that can also be a result of prayer by the parents for their children when they were young. Raising a child to know, love and serve God is not something that should be taken lightly, it should be one of the most important things we could ever do. I have watched as some parents choose to totally cut out the church in every form and now their adult children don’t even read their Bibles, what a horrible loss. Is the church perfect? No, neither are you, but if you have a problem with the church, seek God to be all you can be and ask Him to help you make a difference in the church, not just for yourself but everyone involved. Be the difference you want to see for the sake of your children and others!

“Children are a heritage from the Lord” Psalm 127:3 That is not something to take lightly. We all make mistakes as parents, but we should do our best to raise them for God, it is truly the best gift we can ever give our children! If you are looking for resources for your church or even as an individual, I would encourage you to check out my sister’s web page and resources for Mom’s for your church. Josie was a Kindergarten teacher for years and Director of a couple different preschools, she is an amazing Mom, wife, Teacher and loves children. Her website is ~ check it out!

Every child on earth deserves to have at least one person who adores them and cares enough to show them who they are in Christ and to lead them to Him! Take the time today to make a plan for how you can better teach your children or grandchildren or any other child God brings to you. Show His love to them and teach them, you may be the only Jesus they will ever see!

“The young do not just follow our preachings ~ they follow us.” Robert Brault