Friday, September 25, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020
May we pray and hunger like David, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1-2).
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Key Verses: "Blessed be the name of The Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to it's going down the Lord's name is to be praised" (Verse 2-3).
The psalm opens and closes with "Praise The Lord" and give us three wonderful reasons for praising The Lord:
1) God's Name Is the Greatest! (Verses 1-3)
2) God's Throne Is The Highest (Verses 4-6)
3) God's Love Is The Kindest (Verses 7-9)
As His beloved children we have the responsibilities to praise Him:
A) We Are To Praise Him
It is a tragic when we forget to praise The Lord. God deserves our praise, for He does so much for us.
B ) Praise All Day Long
"From the rising of the sun to its going down" (Verses 3). Praise Him when we rise up in the morning. Praise Him when we are retiring at the end of the day. Praise Him during the day for the good things that happen and for the difficult things. Give thanks for seeing us through each and every situation.
C) Praise Him All Over The World
As suggested by the Psalmist's reference to the journey of the sun from the east to the west that our praise to Him should encompass the whole world.
We should never run out of reasons to praise The Lord. Is praise part of our daily walk with The Lord? Make it a habit to Praise The Lord Forevermore!
Prayer, Praise, and Promises - Warren W. Wiersbe
God has attached responsibility to our privilege. We never run out of reasons to praise the Lord. Our praise to Him should encompass the whole day and the whole world. Is praise part of our daily walk with the Lord? Let everything that has breath praise the Lord - PRAISE THE LORD! (Psalm 150:6).
Praise is the greatest work God’s children can ever do. It is the loftiest expression the saints can ever show. The highest manifestation of spiritual life is seen in men praising God - Watchman Nee.
Be inspired and be blessed.
#Psalm #Devotional #PraiseTheLord #GiveThanks #EastToTheWest
Sunday, June 28, 2020
How important it is for each of us to know the way into God's presence! How do we come into His courts? The psalmist points out the way that God has ordained: We enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise. It is only as we come to God with thanksgiving and with praise that we have access into His presence.
The prophet Isaiah likens the presence of God among His people to a city, concerning which he says, "You will call your walls Salvation and Your gates Praise" (Isaiah 60:18). The only way through those walls of Salvation is by the gates of Praise. Unless we learn to approach God with praise, we have no access into His presence.
Confronted with this requirement, we are sometimes tempted to look around us at our situation and ask: "But what do I have to thank God for? What do I have to praise Him for?" There may be nothing in our immediate circumstances that appears to give us cause to thank or praise God. It is just here that the psalmist comes to our help. He gives us three reasons to thank and praise that is not affected by our circumstances (see verse 5):
All three are eternal, unchanging facts. If we truly believe them, then we have no alternative but to praise God for them - CONTINUALLY!
Perhaps this could be one of the reasons and secrets why the psalmist desired to be a doorkeeper (Psalm 84:10) and that King David was steadfast in his heart to declare: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).
Be inspired and be blessed!
#Psalm #Devotional #Thanksgiving #Praise #GodIsGood #HisLoveEnduresForever #GodIsFaithful
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Question: "What does it mean to count it all joy (James 1:2)?"
Answer: In some English translations of the Bible, James 1:2 contains the clause count it all joy. It is the first command James gives in his epistle; to understand what he means by it, we must look at the full passage and surrounding verses: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2–4, ESV).
The word count is a financial term, and it means “to evaluate.” When James says to “count it all joy,” he encourages his readers to evaluate the way they look at trials. He calls believers to develop a new and improved attitude that considers trials from God’s perspective. James wants believers to know to expect “trials of various kinds” (James 1:2) in the Christian life. We should be prepared and not caught off guard when a sudden trial comes upon us. Trials are part of the Christian experience. Jesus told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).
Typically, a trial is not an occasion for joy. James isn’t suggesting that we pursue trials or court hardship; neither are we to pretend that trials are enjoyable to endure. Trials are difficult and painful. But they exist for a purpose. Trials have the potential of producing something good in us, and, for this reason, they are an opportunity for expressing joy. Knowing there is a bigger picture, we can consider trials as things to rejoice in. Even though joy is contrary to our normal reaction, James urges us to work on changing our attitude toward troubles from dread to positive expectation, faith, trust, and even joy.
James does not merely say “count it joy,” but he says “count it all joy”; that is, we can consider trials and testings as pure, unalloyed, total joy. Too often, we see trials in a negative light, or we assume that joy cannot exist in hardship; worse, we consider the hard times as God’s curse upon us or His punishment for our sin, rather than what they really are—opportunities to joyfully mature into Christlikeness.
James 1:3 explains that God intends trials to test our faith and produce spiritual perseverance. Trials are like training challenges for an athlete. They build physical endurance and stamina. The athlete looks forward to physical and mental challenges because of the benefits that follow. If we were to walk through life on easy street and never face hardship, our Christian character would remain untested and underdeveloped. Trials develop our spiritual muscles, giving us the stamina and endurance to stay the course (Romans 5:2–5). We can count it all joy in trials because in them we learn to depend on God and trust Him. Faith that is tested becomes genuine faith, rugged faith, uncompromising faith: “In all 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 the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:6–7).
God also uses trials to discipline us: “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). Trials help to purge our spiritual shortcomings and mature our faith. They promote joy because they produce holiness in the life of steadfast believers.
James encourages Christians to embrace trials not for what they presently are, but for the outcome God will accomplish through them. James 1:12 promises, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Joseph’s faith had been tested through trials, and perseverance finished its work. After coming through the trials victoriously, Joseph understood God’s good purpose in all he had endured. Joseph was able to see God’s sovereign hand in it all. Mature and complete, Joseph spoke these words of forgiveness to his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:19–20).
James 1:4 says a believer who perseveres through trials is made “perfect.” This does not mean he or she becomes sinless or without moral failings. Perfect speaks of maturity or spiritual development. Christians who face trials with a joyful outlook—trusting God to accomplish His good purpose—will develop into full spiritual maturity. They will be equipped with everything they need to overcome every trial they encounter. That’s certainly a good reason to rejoice.
To count it all joy when we face trials, we must evaluate the difficulties in life with eyes of faith and see them in light of God’s good purpose. The translation of James 1:2–4 by J.B. Phillips aids our understanding: “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.”
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020
“Gratitude changes who we are inside and enables the Lord to shine His love through us as we touch the lives of those around us.”
Living a life of gratitude is a choice. Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order for us to give thanks—we can choose to be grateful, regardless of our circumstances.
As a family of Believers, the presence of Jesus in our hearts should cause us to interact with one another with peace and thankfulness:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:15-16).
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever" (1 Chronicles 16:34). The Scriptures tell us to "give thanks in all circumstances," but some days that's hard to do! But we know that the Spirit of Thanksgiving releases the power of God into our lives and circumstances because the "Joy of the Lord" (Nehemiah 8:10) is the inner strength to enable us to stay cool in His will as we trust His goodness and love to work all things out for His glory (Romans 8:28). Therefore, we can make a choice to give thanks always!
A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But a complaining soul complains even in The Promised Land (1 Corinthians 10:10-11) "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). "And do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come" (1 Corinthians 10:10-11)
PURE JOY is an inward thing! While a smile is a great witness, it frequently camouflages what is really going on inside. God cares, and He wants us to experience "The JOY of The Lord - Our Strength" especially in time of trials and tribulations. \0/\0/\0/ "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,fn whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).
"The joy of the Lord is my strength" (Nehemiah 8:10) "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:24) - Jesus