Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (1 Chr 16:29); O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised The Lord (1 Chr 16:34-36)~ man will throw a party and celebrate just about anything … we will create holidays and let the world know of our galas! If only we put that same effort of excitement into Him that truly sustains us! Let us show our celebration of The Lord! Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to Him may be led to adore Him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy and praise. Let us be mindful of His promise and take joy in offering Him praise. Let God’s former mercies to His people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to Him. We have reason to celebrate Him from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known his deeds among the people (1 Chr 16:8). Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. (Ps 150:6)
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name (Ps 100:4)~ Yes, God’s presence has a gate. But you have the keys to enter freely: thanksgiving and praise. When you praise God, It shows you TRUST Him. It shows that you BELIEVE His promises to carry you through; you focus on His proven character and His faithfulness to His promises. Praise demonstrates that we put more trust in God’s promises than in our problems, and that is faith. And our Lord responds to faith! How does He respond? Well, we believe that in Him, our victory is already done.. When we praise Him, show our trust and faith and truly believe and are thankful to Him for what we have faith in, blessing His name, He clears our vision of those things that hinder us…saying “Behold, I am doing a new thing, it shall spring forth, do you not see it? (Isa 43:19)” then, it all becomes clear to us! Do you want clarity of what God has already done? Then PRAISE HIM and believe Him today! Of course, you don’t HAVE to enter by the gate. You can stand stubbornly outside the walls, hoping to get God’s attention by the volume of your whining and complaining about what you see is wrong in your life. The more you remind God of what ‘is not’ in your life, the more you are denying what He says ‘IS’. No wonder He seems so quiet…you don’t even believe…and your complaining shows it! Have you ever thought that the trial He’s ALLOWING in your life might just be an exercise to get your focus on Him? Where is your FAITH??? If you want His attention, stop complaining and start praising Him and thanking Him for who He is and what He has already set in eternity for you. So are you ready to “see” it? Then start praising!
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me (Ps 63:8)~ so many instances I have to be thankful and grateful because if I didn’t have His hand to hold me up… To order my steps…to walk with me through the peaks and valleys!!! My life is engulfed in His hand and there is no place I’d rather be. There is such strength in His hands, but also great gentleness. In my childlike weakness, I rest in my Father’s strength. I know a place of security. How great is the hand of God? Out of the depths of His love and mercy, He ordained that He would provide Himself as the payment for our unpayable debt. He knew there would be no other means of rescue. So out of eternity, God reached forth His mighty, loving hand into the pit of destruction to gather His people unto Himself. He undertook to do for us what we were unable to do. The Bible tells us that once we were darkness, now we are light (Ephesians 5:8). Our sin has been forgiven, our debt has been cancelled, and we have been transferred from the kingdom of evil to the kingdom of God. We are rescued by His hand and pulled safely out of the darkness into the light. We are a radical transformation…in His hand!
It is one thing to pray for God’s will to be done in your life, but it is quite another to accept His will. Many of us talk a good game about wanting His will for our lives, but once it is revealed, we get scared and we run away from it. We let fear take over. Or we refuse to accept it because God’s will actually isn’t what we wanted at all. I can say all of this because I’ve been there and in many ways, I am there right now. I’ve long prayed for God’s will and purpose to be revealed in my life, but I never really took into consideration how I would respond to the revelation. I realize that not only should my prayer be, “Thy will be done” but also, “Let me accept thy will.”
God’s word in Isaiah 55:9, says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Thankfully, He’s above us and knows what is best for us. In this life, we are all searching for our purpose and asking for His will to be done. But let us keep in mind that OUR will is not always HIS will. Let us not be blindsided and naive to think that as we ask, so we are ready for it to be revealed and respond accordingly. I pray that as each of us comes to a point in our lives where we dare to ask God to reveal HIS will for us, He would put us in a place of acceptance of what He reveals to us. It may not be what we want, but it will surely be what we need in order to live a life fully invested in Him. When fear attempts to consume us, He is the destroyer of the fear by His perfect love for we know it casts out all fear! When He sees that we are tempted to turn back and ignore His will, may He chasten our spirits and help us to see that He only wants the best for us. May we realize that anything He brings into our lives and anything He reveals to us is for our good. May we have a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to His moves in our lives. Most of all, let us never get so caught up in seeking Him out for a revelation that we forget to seek Him, for Him. Let us always desire to be with God above all things. Seeking His kingdom first and letting everything else be added afterwords. Letting His love surround us and cast out any fear or doubts. May we live in love with Him, accept HIS will for our lives and give us the proper response to HIS revelation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord…(Num 11:1)…Do all things without complaining and disputing (Phil 2:14)~ I’ve had some good days; I’ve had some hills to climb; I’ve had some weary days; And some sleepless nights; But when I look around And I think things over; All of my good days Outweigh my bad days; I won’t complain. Sometimes the clouds are low, I can hardly see the road. I ask a question, Lord; “Lord, why so much pain?” But He knows what’s best for me, Although my weary eyes They can’t see..So I’ll just say thank you Lord; I won’t complain.
My friend: God doesn’t want us to be complainers, He wants us to live with a spirit of joy and thanksgiving. The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. The truth of that is found all through the Bible even in just the things that happened when God spoke! Imagine the power released when we constantly complain…. we are constantly giving life to negativity, stress, bad experiences and troubles. We are literally giving those things that bother us…more power to bother us! Go on a no-complaining fast.. Permanently!!! It will change your whole approach on life. It will help you experience more of the peace and joy that God wants for you, and it will help you build strong, positive relationships with others.
You have the power to choose your beliefs and the actions around them. Eliminating those negative beliefs and issues starts by taking away their power: don’t complain about the pain, the stressful things, the issues and tribulations. As much as they are in you, they will start to leave when you stop waking them up by complaining about them! Those people and those things that spark negativity; that irritate you; that get on your last nerve… move on past them! They’re not worth the stress! This is not denial of their existence, it’s just denial of the power they’re trying to have over your life! And in your focus on the positive instead of the negative you’ll find the faith, strength and confidence to take on life’s challenges and identify the solutions to your complaints. So rather than whine, moan and groan, or throw pity parties, here’s what you do: Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thes 5:17-18)
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov 15:3)~ What can we hide from God’s sight? David could not hide his thoughts, dreams, or even his unspoken words (Ps 139:1-6). Where can we hide from God’s sight? David could not hide in heaven, hell, the farthest parts of the sea, or in darkness (Ps 139:7-12). God is everywhere to see everything. God fully knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts. There is nothing of our lives that we can hide from Him. His eyes see and hate all of our hypocrisies, sins, and evil thoughts. Though we may excuse our sins to others or influence them by other means, we cannot so affect God. All our ways are naked and opened to His all-seeing eyes. Though we may have secret sins that others do not know, He knows each one fully. Men have lied to themselves that God does not see (Job 22:13-14; Ps 10:11). The devil is a lie! Don’t be deceived! But the GOOD news is… God also sees our good works. He does not miss a single prayer we make in secret (Matt 6:6). A poor widow sneaking her two mites into the treasury was fully known to God (Luke 21:1-4). Every good thing you have done will be remembered in the great Day of Judgment, even those you forget (Eccl 12:14; II Cor 5:10; Matt 25:31-40; Heb 6:10)! God sees every person, all eight plus billion of them. Though very great, He humbles Himself to behold His children on earth (Ps 113:4-9). Though perfectly holy, He sees a man’s entire life and heart to overlook all faults (II Chr15:17; I Kgs 15:3-5). God sees all you do for your spouse and children and family. He knows of your good deeds and the intent of your heart in well doing to others! Comfort yourself at the end of a long day that our Heavenly Father sees and cares. He knows and avenges any trouble that others cause you. He sees all your afflictions, so comfort yourself in distress. He bottles your tears and writes them in His book (Ps 56:8; Mal 2:15). He hears you talk about Him with others, and He writes your name down for it (Mal 3:16). Not a sparrow can fall without His providential care, and you are of more value than many sparrows. God sees and knows all about you so believe that He will keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him; because you trust in Him!