The Power of Praise

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There’s just something about praise that lifts the spirit to new heights. Every nagging worry and care seems to melt away as praise rushes out of our mouth. With praise comes peace and joy, laughter spilling out of the lips lifts the loads of depression. Just as dirt is washed away by water, so is heaviness lifted when we praise. It seems to shift the attention off the problem and onto the One who solves all problems.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! Psalm 107:8

Seems King David was on to something. Praise magnifies the Lord and minimizes the problems we face. There’s something about cataloging the good things about someone that makes our cares seem so small. God is bigger! He is greater! God is more powerful then anything that comes against us.

Our problem is not our problem, our problem is how we THINK about our problem. The more we THINK about something, the bigger it becomes. Instead of looking at how much is in you bank account, look at God’s unlimited supply. Instead of focusing on the pain in your body, focus on Jesus who took all your sickness and disease on himself and paid the debt of it once and for all. Thank Him for what He did for you!

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Ps 34:3

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. PS 69:30

Hallelujah! You who serve God, praise GodJust to speak his name is praise! Just to remember God is a blessing—now and tomorrow and always. From east to west, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praises to GodGod is higher than anything and anyone, outshining everything you can see in the skies. Who can compare with God, our God, so majestically enthroned, surveying his magnificent heavens and earth? He picks up the poor from out of the dirt, rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash, seats them among the honored guests, a place of honor among the brightest and best. He gives childless couples a family, gives them joy as the parents of children.

Hallelujah!  Psalm 113 MSG

If you woke up this morning, give Him praise! If you have gas to get to work, give Him praise! If you have a roof over your head, give Him praise. If you have clothes to wear, give Him praise. If you have food to eat, give Him praise. When your mind struggles to find something to praise Him about, praise Him you have a mind! A sound mind! Oh praise His mighty name!

Father, forgive us for whining and complaining about what we don’t have. Our eyes have for too long been on what is not instead of what we have. We are forever grateful that you chose us to save and deliver. You picked us to bless. Your favor is on us every day in every way and we just take time to say, THANK YOU! It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

Old Familiar Places

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For years God’s people cried out to be delivered from their captivity, and when He sent Moses to deliver them, they were excited. That is until they saw the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army behind them.  We know the end of that story, but suppose it was you.

You’ve set out on a journey with all your friends and relatives, talking as you went about all the plagues, the blood applied to the doorposts and how it protected you and your family. You’re showing each other all the money and jewelry you received from your Egyptian neighbors.  You’re excited! I mean, there were a whole lot of people walking together on that camping trip.

You’re nearing the Red Sea and the excitement dies down a bit. How are we going to cross to the other side? Why didn’t Moses prepare for this? You thought for sure they have a barge, a bridge, something.  Can you imagine the noise as the people at the rear saw the army coming? Pandemonium!

But God had a plan to teach them to trust Him to be their deliverer. To finally demonstrate to His people He could take care of them. And He did! But they kept wanting to go back to old familiar places. They decided it would be easier to work hard in what was familiar then to be free and be cared for.

That is us! We pray for change but we don’t like how God does it.  He said, “Behold I do a new thing.” But we keep asking for the ‘old time religion’, the ‘old revival’.  I heard someone say, “I miss the ‘good ole days'”, but I thought, they had problems back there as well! God’s not into the old, He’s into the new! What was is no more.

You cannot drive forward looking in the rear-viewed mirror. Trust me, you will hurt yourself and cause accidents unless you’re looking ahead instead of behind. God was in that and it was great, but God does not stutter and He rarely does things in the same way the next time.  So lets look ahead to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Let’s press on toward the prize that’s before us, not behind us.

Father, I’m not going back there! I look forward to the unfolding of Your new plan for me and I will trust in Your process. I see what You did in the past, but what I focus on will be YOU not the way You choose to do it. I trust You! You are in me both to will and do YOUR good pleasure. So I will thank You every day for the good plans You have for me. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Every Girls Dream

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I’m sure I’m not alone in my dreams of one day being a princess. To be rescued by prince charming, seated on a white horse, riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after.

In the book of Esther, we find a story of an orphan girl who was whisked off to the palace and prepared with hundreds of other beautiful girls, to possible be chosen to be queen. She must have been a real beauty, because Esther 2:17 & 18 says, “The king loved Esther more than any of the other young women, and she became his favorite. He approved of her more than any of the others. So King Xerxes put a crown on Esthers head and made her the new queen in place of Vashti. And the king gave a big party for Esther. It was for all his important people and leaders. He announced a festival in all the provinces and sent out gifts to people, because he was a generous king.”

I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Our Prince awaits us. He will return to gather us to Himself and when He does, we will be the favored ones. God Himself will throw a party because He is a generous King. What a beautiful picture of the lavish love of God. Humility, love and compassion will cause people to take notice, but will heap on us the favor of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. As we demonstrate his glory to the world, may we shine in all he created us to be and bring hope to a lost and dying world. Its what we were born for!

 

Dance In The Desert

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Have you ever had a ‘wow’ moment? You know, something happens that’s totally unexpected that just blows your mind. Well, I feel like that’s what Gods getting ready to do. He wants to wow us.

If you’re at your lowest point, scraping the bottom of the barrel, needing a breakthrough miracle like never before in your life, you’re right at the place where God can wow you. You see, if you were able to do it, you wouldn’t need the intervention of God so thats why I say, He has you where He needs you to be, so that there’s no way on earth anyone will get glory but Him.

II Kings 4 tells a story of a widow who was deep in debt and about to lose her boys. The prophet showed up and asked her, “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. So he instructs her to gather as many empty vessels as she can get, borrow from neighbors (who she probably owed already), shut yourself up in the house and begin to pour from your flask of oil until they’re all filled. So she did. She obeyed and got paid.

What would have happened if she had over thought the command? Reasoned out the impossibility of THAT ever happening? How many of us, because we just couldn’t ‘see’ how that could ever happened, have talked ourselves out of our greatest miracle?

Listen, I firmly believe that if we would simply spend time in Gods presence, listen and obey even when it makes no sense, not only would we see breakthrough for us, but we’d position ourselves to be part of breakthrough for others. I have no problem looking foolish, acting foolish or being foolish if it will bring glory to His Kingdom. I’m ready for a wow day!

Father, You said to “Prove me!” So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I know You’re a big God and nothing is too hard for you. Today, I speak to all debt of each person reading this blog, I tell it to shrivel up and be gone in Jesus’ name.  If you shut us into a room pouring oil, we will do it! For it’s in the foolish things that you confound the wise. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory we agree together, AMEN!

When Truth Prevails

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Our biggest problems can be traced back to an inadequate understanding of who God is. Our problems seem really big because our God seems really small. In fact we reduce God to the size of our biggest problem. Mark Batterson

I posted this last night on FaceBook but it has been stirring inside of me all night. How big is God to you? It seems our minds have no reference point. Our biggest imagination even dwarfs this mind blowing God. His ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts.

You see, the very things we think impossible, show that we do not know nor do we truly trust this God we cannot see with our eyes but have come to know in our hearts.  Even our understanding of His love is based on our own perceptions and opinions. Our past experiences have jaded us. We’ve allowed these things to shrink God down to a very small god in a very distant place.

Now I’m about to blow your mind if you’ll allow it;  

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? I Corinthians 6:19

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

Ok, this is what I want you to understand as you read this; There is absolutely nothing bigger then God and He is in you.  Every problem you face is a speck compared to Him. Every crisis, every diagnosis, every bit of lack-tiny. God cared enough about the things you’d face, that He empowered you to face it with HIS Spirit.  He gave you power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm you. He did not leave you helpless, He sent His Spirit!

Our problems aren’t that big, they pale in comparison to Who is in us, we just don’t believe it. If we’d put as much energy into knowing and believing God as we do focusing on the problem we face, NOTHING would be impossible for us. Jesus said to believe, for there is nothing impossible to those who do.

Wow God! Please forgive us for focusing so hard on the problems in our lives that we’ve lost sight of You. We’ve allowed those things to be so big that we’ve lost track of where You are. My hope is in You. My strength is in You. I will lift up my head for a better look and remind myself of Your promises to me. You made me in Your image and likeness, gave me power to overcome everything I face, so I commit to walk in that power and authority today and every day. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Anticipation That’s Worth The Wait

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I’m so excited in my spirit this morning. It’s sorta like the feeling you get when you’ve just discovered you have the winning lottery number (I don’t buy them, but thats what I imagine). Perhaps the feeling I had after my roller coaster engagement, walking down the isle was such a dream come true.  How exhilarating!

You’ve had a dream deep down in your heart that no one else knows about, not even your closest friend. Hear the Word of the Lord this morning; ‘Get ready! I’m about to pour out a blessing you have not yet made room for. It’s bigger then you imagined. You thought you were ready but I’m going to blow you away. I’ve told you for years, get ready! The windows of heaven are opening.  My hand is on the latch. Can you see it? You’ve held your breath in anticipation. Now I’m going to really show off for you. You will know me in ways you’ve never known me before. Get ready. Behold, its at the door. Your life is about to change forever.

Selah (calmly think on that if you can). I’m breaking out my dancin shoes and doing the happy dance. WOOT WOOT! Shout out to the Lord!!! WORTHY! EXCELLENT! HOLY! SPLENDID! NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD!!!! Here I am, Lord. I’m ready to step into the most incredible journey, full of Your power and glory. To You be praise forever and ever, Amen.

When You Can’t!

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Psalm 105:17-19, He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.

Have you ever had a word from the Lord given to you? A promise of a future? A hope for a better tomorrow? That was Joseph. He had been given several dreams that projected a great future of rulership over his brothers but then something went horribly wrong, or did it?

There are times in our lives that we have received a promise and everything goes south. We don’t understand it, but it’s like the devil himself has come to steal, kill and destroy every promise we’ve been desperately holding onto. Although it looks like that, it’s not actually like that. You see, you will always go through a test to prepare you for what God has for you. Tests are meant to prove you’ve learned what’s being taught.

If you keep going through the same things over and over again, perhaps you’re not quite getting what God’s trying to teach you. First of all, you can’t do it, only God can. When the Jewish teachers chose a group of students, they accompanied their teacher everywhere he went, listening and learning.  It was required to memorize the books of the law. If you couldn’t do that, you were sent home to your parents to learn the family trade.

You can’t do what God has called you to do if you don’t know His Word. Saturate yourself in His presence. Follow Him daily and learn from Him. Meditate on Him day and night, that is how you make your way prosperous and have great success.  You will be tested! But having confidence in God and His Word until the promise comes to pass, that shows the teacher you’re ready.

Thank You for another wonderful day. A day that I can follow You and trust that everything I’m learning will apply somewhere to my life or it’s something I can share with others.  Thank You for every test, every trial, because it’s what grows me into the woman You created me to be. I love You Lord! Amen