I read a story this morning that really challenged me and this is what the author has to say :
When Becky Harling was diagnosed with cancer over ten years ago, she begged God for healing. A friend of hers had another idea. She challenged Becky to spend twenty minutes a day in praise. Becky thought, What if I’m not feeling thankful? But as she intentionally praised God, she began to experience new joy—and her relationship with God has never been the same. She took a step of faith.
Now, in The Thirty-Day Praise Challenge, Becky guides you in praising God for twenty minutes every day for one month. Arranged topically, the book includes music selections to enhance your praise journey and creative ideas for continuing the habit of praise.
Let’s praise Him.
As Becky writes, “If you take this challenge, your faith will grow more than you dreamed possible. You will experience more joy, less insecurity, more courage, less anxiety. Thirty days of praising God. Are you ready?” Taken from ‘The 30-Day Praise Challenge’ available on Amazon
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We are commanded to praise Him continually: Hebrews 13:15 ‘Through Jesus we should always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, words that acknowledge him’. God’s word translation: ‘Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name’. We need to respond in obedience to what we read. Continue reading Praise Him continually→
‘Count it all joy when you fall into various trials or temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience’. James 1:2 It goes on to state that patience produces maturity and contentment.
This is another challenging verse. Our natural reaction is to be angry, disturbed, upset when bad situations arise.
If I lose my job, I should count it all joy? This requires a high level of thinking or maturity. Loosing your job is not the end of the world. It may be an opportunity to regroup and enter a different industry or take on another challenge. Opportunities abound in many difficulties only if we have the eyes to see it. Rejoicing in the midst of adversity may be the key that just unlocks the opportunities
I thought I’m supposed to avoid difficult situations or curse people who bring such situations into my life. The answer is not avoiding situations or feeling bad when they occur but in asking for the grace to accept such situations as opportunity for growth and development of character.
Why should I count it all joy when going through a difficult time? Joy comes from within regardless of the circumstances I see AROUND ME. On the other hand, happiness is induced by what we see happening around us and can be temporary. It can also be based on how we feel whereas Joy is dependent on who is the author of your faith.’When they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil… rejoice in that day; and leap for joy…” (Luke 6:22-23) Continue reading Count it all Joy→
Do you know that you can feed 5000? ‘How’? you ask, by being grateful for the little resource you have. You don’t have to wait for plenty before you stretch out your hand. The power to increase and to cause increase has been given to you by your creator. Before you were created He said ‘I want to make man in my image’. If the manufacturer has decided to make you in His image you can do whatever he can do because he empowered you. In fact the book says ‘I can do all things because he strengthens me’. What ever I imagine I can do. So the problem lies in ensuring that whatever I choose to do is for the benefit of mankind. Power will move in you as you serve mankind and it is important you don’t ignore yourself.
The story went like this: A young boy gave his lunch as a request was made for food for a crowd. How could a boy’s lunch feed 5000? The important thing is that the boy offered what he had, five loaves and two fishes. He did not rationalise and allow analysis to paralyse his thinking. He offered, the meal was received and thanksgiving was made for the meal. The miracle started as thanksgiving was being made for the meal. Not only were the 5000 fed but twelve baskets full were left over. The officers or disciples had already done the calculation and decided that there was not enough money to feed the crowd. In those days, only men are counted so the miracle could have fed twice or three times that number of women and children. Continue reading You can feed five thousand→
How could failure be a friend or ally when it proves you couldn’t achieve, you ask?. The seed for success lies in the failure you think you passed through and makes you feel less than you should be. Are you lying in the dust because of your failures? Rise up to the challenge of finding a different method of doing the same thing you failed at. You only failed because you did not apply the right method or process. Continue reading Failure is an ally→
Wow! I have read this scripture many times and some translations actually make it read : ‘He gives his beloved sleep‘. KJV . I have used it in this way in the past to solve my temporary insomnia problems. It is wonderful to know that there is more to this verse.
I was thinking of the same scripture this afternoon and not for any particular need. I’ve been doing some study on money and material possessions in the bible when this passage came to me . I decided to look it up in different translations and lo and behold, it says in the Amplified version: ‘It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep’.Continue reading Blessings in your sleep!→
‘God daily loads us with benefits‘, He carries our burdens on a daily basis because He is our salvation. He carries our burdens day by day. It is good to know that I don’t have to bear them. Today I renounce my ability to ‘worry’.
‘The yoke destroyer has removed every burden and destroyed every yoke’, is my confession. Is 10:27
The psalmist encourages us to praise Him for this.
If I truly believe this, why would I fail to praise knowing that the praising Him is His delight.
In the world, the more you praise someone the more they want to please you.
Praise involves speaking and He enjoys listening to our praise as the bible says he dwells in the midst of our praises. Most times we are deceived in thinking that prayer is the only way God meets our needs.
The whole message of the law of attraction is the Kingdom message Jesus preached: The kingdom of heaven on earth and in you. He taught us to pray that ‘His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth and it is in heaven’
He also said the Kingdom is in you and me. The King’s dominion is in me. I am the temple of the living God. This is a lot to take in.
I would like to add here that this requires no occult manipulation but simply believe in a person-Jesus Christ who God sent to redeem man and restore man to God. Continue reading His Kingdom come→
In the new testament, we are no longer obliged to bring the sacrifice of flesh in terms of killing animals or grains as described by this scripture which is one of many in the old testament:
Numbers 28:1-8 (The Lord said to Moses,2 “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.’3 Say to them: ‘This is the food offering you are to present to the Lord: two lambs a year old without defect, as a regular burnt offering each day.4 Offer one lamb in the morning and the other at twilight,5 together with a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil from pressed olives.6 This is the regular burnt offering instituted at Mount Sinai as a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord.7 The accompanying drink offering is to be a quarter of a hin of fermented drink with each lamb. Pour out the drink offering to the Lord at the sanctuary.8 Offer the second lamb at twilight, along with the same kind of grain offering and drink offering that you offer in the morning. This is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord).Continue reading Sacrifice of Praise→