Praise is a weapon, and it’s so important that we learn to use it appropriately. We all have challenging days, and it’s those very times that we need to cling to Jesus. The Bible tells us that God inhabits our praise; Inhabit is defined as: ‘to exist or be situated within; dwell in’
I don’t know about you, but when I encounter difficulties or trials, there is nothing better than knowing that God is in the midst of it with me; moving and working on my behalf. I’m not going to say that my flesh doesn’t fight against this, and that there aren’t times when I want to ‘clap back’ as they say...after all they deserve it right? You hurt me, so I hurt you? It’s the way of the world after all, and we have so many sayings that attest to this...that speak of revenge, and payback...but God doesn’t agree with the things of this world.
Psalm 22:3 KJV 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Something starts to happen when I begin to praise God for who He is, and not just…
Today I finally had a chance to get outside and tend to my garden. I've been working a lot lately, and unfortunately the neglect was evident, based on the overgrown vines, and plants barely hanging on to life. Though my garden was looking pretty pitiful, I still had hope because I had revived failing flowers in the past. As I stooped in the dirt, with what sounded like a million mosquitos singing in my ears despite the repellant i was covered in, I started to think about the garden of my soul.
It's so easy for troubles, and cares to creep in to our hearts like vines if we're not careful, and choke out the Word of the Lord. I'm sure you've been there, so concerned about a certain problem, or situation, that your fears -also known as the lies of the enemy- begin to drown out those things you know to be true about God. You even begin to forget those miracles He's done in your life previously, the giants He has slain, and His all sufficiency. Before you know it, yo…
It's not hard to find the heart of God, it's nestled in the very words of scripture, painted across the night sky, can be seen in the faces of your children, and even in the twinkle in the eye of strangers as they pass by. You see love is not just what God does, love is who God is.
'Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.' 1 John 4:8 ESV
Yes friends God is love, and oh how He loves us. Before the foundations of the Earth were laid you were in His thoughts.
'even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love'
Ephesians 1:4 ESV
He numbers every strand of your hair, wrote your name across his palm, collects every tear you've ever shed, and His thoughts towards you are for good and not evil. This is true love, not that we loved Him, but that He first loved us, and calls us to Him with loving kindness.
'In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved…