Ps 119:57-60
57 Lord, you are mine!
I promise to obey your words!
58 With all my heart I want your blessings.
Be merciful as you promised.
59 I pondered the direction of my life,
and I turned to follow your laws.
60 I will hurry, without delay,
to obey your commands. (NLT)

Look at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting storehouse compared with Him, who is the Farmer, and feeds thee with the bread of heaven? Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold; but what is gold compared with thy God? Thou couldst not live on it; thy spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put it on a troubled conscience, and could it allay its pangs? Apply it to a desponding heart, and see if it could stay a solitary groan, or give one grief the less? But thou hast God, and in Him thou hast more than gold or riches ever could buy. Some have their portion in that which most men love–applause and fame; but ask thyself, is not thy God more to thee than that? What if a myriad clarions should be loud in thine applause, would this prepare thee to pass the Jordan, or cheer thee in prospect of judgment? No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In Him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for thy portion thou art rich indeed, for He will supply thy need, comfort thy heart, assuage thy grief, guide thy steps, be with thee in the dark valley, and then take thee home, to enjoy Him as thy portion for ever. “I have enough,” said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, “I have all things,” which is a note too high for carnal minds.May God give us understanding.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, I have decided that my duty is to obey your commandments.

I beg you with all my heart,be kind to me,give me double portion as Your promises.

Good Lord I thought very carefully about my life,and I decided to follow your rules.The grace to remain steadfast in Your word give me Oh Lord!

Without wasting any time, I hurried back to obey your commands.

Thank you Lord for answered prayer
In Jesus name I pray.

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Scientist have invented all manner of drugs that can make you sleep, even when you can’t find one.But,the only known drug that can wake you up whenever you sleep is “The Grace and love of God”….Jesus loves you this much I know…Have a favoured day and remain joyous.

Image  —  Posted: May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

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When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of His heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of His luxury, but He dips our morsel in His own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of His fragrant affections. When He puts the golden tokens of His grace into our palms, He accompanies the gift with such a warm pressure of our hand, that the manner of His giving is as precious as the boon itself. He will come into our houses upon His errands of kindness, and He will not act as some austere visitors do in the poor man’s cottage, but He sits by our side, not despising our poverty, nor blaming our weakness. Beloved, with what smiles does He speak! What golden sentences drop from His gracious lips! What embraces of affection does He bestow upon us! If He had but given us farthings, the way of His giving would have gilded them; but as it is, the costly alms are set in a golden basket by His pleasant carriage. It is impossible to doubt the sincerity of His charity, for there is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of all His benefactions. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not. Not one hint that we are burdensome to Him; not one cold look for His poor pensioners; but He rejoices in His mercy, and presses us to His bosom while He is pouring out His life for us. There is a fragrance in His spikenard which nothing but His heart could produce; there is a sweetness in His honey-comb which could not be in it unless the very essence of His soul’s affection had been mingled with it. Oh! the rare communion which such singular heartiness.May we continually taste and know the blessedness of it!

ImageFrequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, “Forsake me not, O Lord.” “Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.” A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer to-day, “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not Thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not Thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not Thy plant, lest it wither and die. ‘Forsake me not, O Lord,’ now; and forsake me not at any moment of my life. Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against Thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without Thee I am weak, but with Thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without Thy guidance. The hen forsakes not her brood, do Thou then evermore cover me with Thy feathers, and permit me under Thy wings to find my refuge. ‘Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.’ ‘Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!'”

36 Christian Ways To Reduce Stress

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No, to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough exercise.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you, Jesus!”

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work ser iously, but yourself not at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Have A Happy Day!

God Will Make A Way

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am the Lord, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator and King.
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
making a dry path through the sea.
I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.

But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

–          Isaiah 43:15-19

How many times have you looked to your left and right crying out to God because both ways appeared to be a dead end?  I come to tell you that you serve a God who is able to make a way out of no way!

Background Information

The scripture above makes reference to Moses, the children of Israel and the parting of the red sea.  According to scripture, as Pharaoh and his army encamped the children of Israel at the red sea, the children of Israel begin to cry unto the Lord and said to Moses:

“Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Following this, Moses, as instructed by the Lord, stretched out his hands over the red sea.  In obedience, the water was divided and the children of Israel went into the sea on dry ground with the waters being a wall to them on their left and right hand.

Long story short, they were able to cross the red sea while Pharaohs chariots and horsemen perished in it.  As a result, Israel saw the great power of the Lord.

God WILL Make a Way

As we look at Isaiah 43:15-19, we see God mentioning how He opened a way through the red sea for the children of Israel.  Though we get excited about the parting of the red sea…I encourage you to look at it from the children of Israel prospective.

Here you are at this sea.  You look ahead; all you see is a body of water.  You look behind; all you see is Pharaoh and his chariot coming after you.  You cry out to God as it appears as if He’s brought you here to die.  Your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to go.

For some of you, this passage explains your situation.  However, I encourage you today! God has not brought you this far just to leave you stranded.  He hasn’t brought you here just to abandon you.  God will make a way out of no way!

It wasn’t until Moses moved forward and used what he had (a staff) until God added his super to Moses natural and parted the sea.  I encourage you to use what God has given you and watch God add His super to your natural.  What has God given you?  His word that shall never fail; your mouth that shall declare the word of the Lord over your life; promises; visions; and a faith that shall move mountains!

So I say to you as God said to Moses, “why do you cry? Move forward”.  Move forward in your walk with God…move forward in your faith!

What God has in store for you doesn’t even compare to what we read God doing for the children of Israel here in Exodus 15.  For God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Jesus, A Waymaker: Finial Words

God will do a new thing in your life NOW! Not next week, next month or next year…NOW! Now God will do a new thing!  The Lord will make a way in hard times, in the wilderness and in what appears to be thee impossible!

Be encouraged and trust God!  If God brought you to it, then He’ll bring you through it just as He did with the children of Israel!  He hasn’t brought you this far just to leave you.  God will make a way out of no way NOW!  Do you not see it?  Has it not already begun?

Be blessed and encouraged in Jesus name; Amen!

Reflection

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Reflection

Knowing one’s self is a lifelong journey and a journey which should be embarked upon with total trust in your personal observations and personal experiences to date. Truth is only known in relation to an individual’s perception of reality. There is only one reality and your personal perception of it constitutes only one of many. However, who is the actual perceiver, “Who are you, really?”

Reflect upon the following considerations to gain an idea of how to view yourself holistically, as a part of reality, as well as to view your awareness as somewhat of a mirror of reality, such that to describe that of which you are aware equates to the truth about an aspect of reality. Knowing yourself means to be oriented in time and space to tap into an energy at the depth of your being which will equip you to fulfill your highest destiny.

Tips

  • Recognize that you are a part of reality (i.e. all that exists and happens), and recognize that your words are either true (i.e. an accurate representation of reality) or false (i.e. an inaccurate representation of reality).
  • View knowledge as your awareness of any aspect of reality. View ignorance as your non-awareness of any aspect of reality. View learning as any process which expands your awareness of reality.
  • Ask yourself, what is your presence here the result of, really? Ask yourself, what will be the result of your presence here, really? Aspire to grow physically and mentally to at least perhaps impress yourself, even if others decline to acknowledge your existence, or the virtues in your appearance and performance.
  • Realize that maturity entails knowing who you are, understanding what you want and having the courage to handle your business.
  • Be cognizant that a lot of work of various types is consistently necessary to facilitate the survival and comfort of humanity and allow this awareness to spur you on to be ready and willing to earn your place in the Universe.

Warnings

  • Never underestimate the importance of thoroughly contemplating the human condition. If you do, you might miss out on great opportunities or you might encounter hardship which you may have otherwise been able to avoid.
  • Do not panic when confronted with mystery or inescapable confusion about an aspect of reality. Rather calmly acknowledge that sometimes satisfactory answers are simply not available for some questions.
  • Continually reflect upon the human condition in an honest and objective frame of mind, but be careful not to allow such reflection to inhibit your ability to fully experience and appreciate your time to live.

 

I was suppose to start this post boosting about how my darling Arsenal team, handed me an unforgettable,wonderful  and endow birthday gift by trouncing Man U 2-8 at Old trafford. Scaring shei?…..hahahaha? I actually analyzed this “try and not ever remember game” weeks before the game. I told my colleague who are Man U crazy fans,that they were going to beat us,but creaming us up 8times?its a debacle.I keep asking myself when Mr Wenger will have the courage to stand up and, speak nothing but the whole truth about the Arsenal board.But if he feels he can’t do that,he should stop taking sticks for the board,do the honourable thing “RESIGN”.But as they say Arsene , knows best.A man shoots himself in the foot and still wants to do a sprint with an Hyana”very fuuny”,he would have to be at his very best  to beat a tortoise in a race.Mediocrity will always bring you mortification my dear Mr Knows best.

If Arsene Wenger had any honour, he would resign now. He’s been rewarded enough by the club over the years. If he really cares about Arsenal, he would not cost them any more money. The season might only be three league matches old, but am already looking at 2012-13 now. This one’s a write-off. There is no coming back from this. If a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City is enough to cause the team to collapse completely, there is no way back for many of these players after this. At least not without a change of manager. And to think Wenger put Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the middle of this. Give the kid a break.

And if the manager hasn’t got the decency to step down, the board should use some of the money swilling around in the coffers to pay him off. Change is desperately, desperately needed. The players that are at the club need organising and coaching. A tactician, a motivator, a disciplinarian is needed and if Arsenal can afford to pay the manager £6.5 million a year, they can bet someone in who will do a decent job, even just for the course of this season, which is now about rebuilding confidence in the football team. The attacking side of the team’s game has kept them in the top four in recent seasons, but even that now looks like it’s on the wane. Against a very young United back line, it was actually fill your boots time, but a side concentrated on going forward rather than worrying about what the opposition might do struggled to convert their opportunities.

And remember, this was all without the traditional boo boys of Denilson, Almunia, Eboue, Bendtner and Diaby. Two have been moved on, although we’ve only received any money for one of them. If you are under any illusion Denilson’s coming back, remember his squad number has been given to a teenager. So the Brazilian in the end was not ‘killed’ by an experience signing but another young prospect. I’d rather have had Xabi Alonso three summers back thanks very much. No-one’s foolish enough to take Almunia so he’s on the wage bill for the duration of his contract, and no-one is going to match Bendtner’s wages in a month of Sundays. Diaby isn’t even for sale, as the manager still hasn’t twigged that one yet, although if he were he surely wouldn’t pass any medical worthy of the name.

“Akwa United my home town team from Akwa-Ibom state in Nigeria would have made it more difficult for Manchester United than this,” or words to that effect. And I tend to agree. United were not even actually that good. The point is they didn’t have to be.

We’ve come to the point that it’s like watching a terminally ill patient pass time waiting for the inevitable end. No-one knows when it will come, just that it will. And there’s a horrible atmosphere, knowing recovery is impossible. I do not care about the transfer market, this season is over in that it’s time to start re-building now. Since the Carling Cup Final Arsenal have now won two league matches out of their last 14. Some fans have a fear of relegation, although I can see Arsenal recovering to make the top six, if only because they will win enough games against lesser teams. There is not a cat in hell’s chance of them finishing in the top four with the current manager now that Liverpool have sorted themselves out and invested to shake things up.

Arsenal have been standing still for a long time, and are now in gradual decline. It’s not too late to arrest it, but the first thing that needs to happen is a complete change of manager and coaching staff. I hope the board have got the balls to do it, but I doubt it,the manager has made their accounts fatter . Still, self-sustainability eh? Shame they don’t give out trophies for prudency.

I truly hope our boys would pick themselves up again and come out stronger in our next game.

UP GUNNERS

 

 

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire.  1Peter1:6-7

 

Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, reflected on his visit to a church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti nearly a year after the devastating earthquake. The church’s building consisted of a tent made from white tarps and duct tape, pitched in the midst of a sprawling camp for thousands of people still homeless from the earthquake. This is how he describes the church and the lesson he learned in Haiti:

In the front row sat six amputees ranging in age from 6 to 60. They were clapping and smiling as they sang song after song and lifted their prayers to God. The worship was full of hope … [and] with thanksgiving to the Lord.

No one was singing louder or praying more fervently than Demosi Louphine, a 32-year-old unemployed single mother of two. During the earthquake, a collapsed building crushed her right arm and left leg. After four days both limbs had to be amputated.

She was leading the choir, leading prayers, standing on her prosthesis and lifting her one hand high in praise to God .… Following the service, I met Demosi’s two daughters, ages eight and ten. The three of them now live in a tent five feet tall and perhaps eight feet wide. Despite losing her job, her home, and two limbs, she is deeply grateful because God spared her life on January 12th last year … “He brought me back like Lazarus, giving me the gift of life,” says Demosi … [who] believes she survived the devastating quake for two reasons: to raise her girls and to serve her Lord for a few more years.

It makes no sense to me as an “entitled American” who grouses at the smallest inconveniences—a clogged drain or a slow wi-fi connection in my home. Yet here in this place, many people who had lost everything … expressed nothing but praise.

I find my own sense of charity for people like Demosi inadequate. They have so much more to offer me than I to them. I feel pity and sadness for them, but it is they who might better pity me for the shallowness of my own walk with Christ.1

Though I have not personally visited the squalor and tragedy of a refugee camp; in my own way, I totally empathize with what Mr. Stearns is saying: How can I possibly preach on a text from the Bible where the author is encouraging his people not to give up when faced with persecution and possibly death.

Many a night before I finally close my eyes to sleep, I give thanks that I am so privileged to live in a country of peace, to have a secure home and a warm bed. And I reflect to my God that I know there are millions who do not. The fact of how my situation differs to starkly from theirs weighs on me as I remember the parable of Dives and Lazarus.
And I stand amazed in the faith of someone like this poor Haitian woman.

But the text this morning from Peter is part of scripture and just because it bothers me to presume to speak on it, I shall not simply ignore it. And frankly, I hope it bothers you as much as it does me–not my preaching, but the fact of our relative complacency in a world where so many face trials we can only imagine.

Peter is writing to his congregation, who are beginning to experience persecution at the hands their neighbors. This is perhaps in the beginning years of the emperor Nero’s horrific persecution of believers. Many trials lay before them, but Peter reminds them that something even more wonderful waits–the coming in glory of Jesus Christ and the salvation which He brings with Him.

The chapter begins with a beautiful passage. Some scholars believe that Peter is perhaps quoting from a baptismal liturgy which may have been in use in the early church:

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,  who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

What a beautiful thought, and I especially like the idea that people in Peter’s time used it as part of the baptismal service.
He speaks about the faith we have in God, and how through our faith we are shielded by God’s power.
I imagine God’s loving hands shielding our faith and life the way you shield a candle on a windy day. His shield does not keep us from experiencing pain or misfortune. It does shield us from having our light being blown out.
Yours and my faith in God will preserve our light until the time when we shall receive our eternal inheritance and be with God where there are no misfortunes, when He shall “wipe away every tear from every eye”.

So whether our sufferings are anything like the people who suffered under emperor Nero, or on a purely individual level of bodily or emotional suffering, our God knows our trials and will shield you from having your light go out.
And though it sounds like a cliche to say it, our trials have the potential of refining us into something better.

Say that you’re in the grocery store, walking down the cereal aisle. The next item on your list is pancake syrup. You glance up at the tiny $7 bottle of pure maple syrup on the top shelf. You pause—in this economy?—and with a sigh you grab the larger $3 bottle of Hungry Jack.

When it comes to syrup, there’s a reason the real stuff is pricy. Through a slow and painstaking process, the traditional Native American art of maple sugaring takes large quantities of an essentially useless substance and turns it into something worth stretching your grocery budget to buy.

First, the workers venture deep into the woods—called the “sugar bush”—and use hand drills to make small holes in the trunks of maple trees. A metal tube called a “spile” is tapped into each hole, and a bucket is hung on each spile. The sap that begins to drip into the buckets is thin and clear, like water, with only a hint of sweetness. On a good day, 50 trees will yield 30 – 40 gallons of sap.

As the buckets fill, they are emptied into large kettles that sit over an open fire. The sap comes to a slow boil. As it boils, its water content is reduced and its sugars are concentrated. Hours later, it has developed a rich flavor and golden-brown color. Then it must be strained several times to remove impurities before being reheated, bottled, and graded for quality. The end product of those 30 – 40 gallons of sap? One gallon of maple syrup. No wonder it’s so expensive!

When we came to Christ, like raw, unfinished sap, we could have been tossed aside as worthless. But God knew what he could make of us. He sought and found us, and his skillful hands are transforming us into something precious, sweet and useful. The long and often painful refining process brings forth a pure, genuine disciple easily distinguished from cheap imitations.2

Faith in God produces no cheap imitation, but Faith is a challenge. It brings both blessings and its struggles.
When life is difficult it is often a challenge to ask where God is in the process. And it is not always easy to see when you are just looking at your immediate circumstances.
But faith requires us to look more broadly, to see the finish line. I cannot imagine any marathon runner would endure the pain without a vision of the finish line.
As a teen ager, I was a sprinter. And I won more races than I lost.
What motivated me to put all I could into every stride was the finish line, which for sprinters, is tantalizingly close.
The other motivation was not to be overtaken. I wanted to keep all my competitors out of my peripheral vision.
If I could see them, I had to push harder.

Whether your challenge is a marathon or a sprint, run with both a vision of the finish line and a reminder of larger context in which we run–that by faith we are held and shielded by the love of God.

Theologian Jurgen Moltmann expresses the great span from Good Friday to Easter: “God weeps with us so that we may someday laugh with him.” 3

German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two. As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day—some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services.
Yet living in a world dominated by death, Pastor Rinkart wrote the following prayer for his children to offer to the Lord:4

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms,
Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

Praising God

Posted: August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you’re like most people, praising God is the last thing you think to do when faced with challenges.  It’s easier to bicker and complain than to praise God.  However, I encourage you not to exalt the bad in your life, but to instead praise God who’s able to change that situation around.

Philippians 4:4 states, “rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”  Sometimes you have to push all the mess aside – all the hurt, pain and challenges of life and reflect on the goodness of Jesus Christ.

Think about what He’s done for you.  Surely God is worthy to be praised.  However, with the devil magnifying every bad and difficult thing in your life, you oftentimes must PUSH your way into a praise – even when your flesh is unwilling to lift one up.

Praising God – The How To

You want to know the “secret” behind getting through obstacles – pressing your way through with a praise offering.  Praising God is not difficult to do.  It’s simply giving reverence to God Almighty for all He’s done.  This can be done in the form of a dance, song/psalm, musical instrument, hand clap, hum or simply telling God how good and wonderful He is.

I’ll be honest, I’m not one to scream and shout (not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just not my style of praise unto the Lord) but I enjoy praising God by simply talking to God and telling Him thank you.

“Thank you God for your protection.  I praise you God for loving me past my mess, sinful habits and rebellious ways.  I thank you God for clothes, shelter, food and water.  Thank you for keeping and never neglecting me.  I praise your Holy Name God.”

See how simple that was?  Of course I have much more to praise God for, but this is just an illustration of how praising God is not limited to just one particular way.  Just praise God for what He’s done – in your own way.

Praising God through Difficult Times

“I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips.  May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord, who heals them.” Isaiah 57:19

I encourage you not only to praise God for the good He’s done but also for the difficult times He’s allowing you to go through as well.  YES! Praise God for the difficult times He’s allowing you to go through. Now before you think I’m crazy let me explain.

Realize you serve a God who is majestic and sovereign.  Nothing happening in your life now is ‘news’ or beyond His control.  With that being said, God has given you the end story to the situation you’re faced with.   He’s told you through scripture that all things work together for [the] good to them that love [Him] (Romans 8:28).  Surely you love God if you’re reading this.

Notice the bible verse declares, “all things work together for good to them that love God.”  It doesn’t say some things will work out or that it will work out for everyone except you; it says ALL THINGS work together for YOUR good.  Your situation may not be good but it WILL work out for your good.  Hallelujah! That’s a reason worth praising God for right there. \o/

Praising God – Final Words

In closing, there’s something to learn during the mist of a difficult situation – although we don’t see it that way.  Sometimes it’s during difficult times that we learn to praise God; how to draw near to God and how to trust God to be a provider.

The situation you’re faced with today was tagged with a solution over 2000 years ago before the foundations of the world.  The only thing I encourage you to do is to pray without ceasing, hold steadfast to the Word of God, His promises and to continuously praise God while on your way to victory.

When times are pleasant, praise God!  When times are rough, guess what?  Start praising God!  Your deliverance is in your praise!  It’s by praising God with the fruit of your lips will you get through this hurdle.

Now, with that being said give praise to God; for the scripture declares, “let everything that has breath praise the LORD” (Psalms 150:6).  God bless you and may you be encouraged in Jesus name; Amen!