Psalm 71:8 "My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day"
Have you ever tried the power of Praise? The sacrifice of Praise to God when you have felt the least like it? That is what sacrifice is, doing what you should when you don't want to! I have been thinking of the Power of Praising God the Father for all His goodness; for the wealth of His love, mercy, and grace when I feel the least like it. I have learned that it doesn't matter what I feel, it is what I do. And I have learned to do what the Word tells me to do - praise Him and move with a thankful heart. It isn't easy because I don't want to, my flesh doesn't want to. My flesh won't respond right away but my spirit will - and almost immediately. This is a discipline of a warrior in Christ. Stand your ground, praise Him for what He IS doing and for what He WILL do. We should not be moved by the problem but by the Word of God - His Promises to us!
Praise, trust, and thanksgiving go hand in hand:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 "Be joyful always (purpose to be); pray continually (be in constant communication with the Lord); give thanks in all circumstances (a command), for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (trust Christ knowswhat He is working IN you). Do not put out the Spirit's fire (do not stop the Holy Spirit's perfection IN you and through you)."
Listen..............You must remember, and know, that our God is working for our good in all situations and through all circumstances, constantly and continually. The Power of Praise turns our focus and spirit back onto Him and off the problem; our spirit rises up TO Him, our heart begins to sing IN Him, and our understanding and feelings come INTO alignment with His Word and His purpose for us. We 'see' through His eyes and then our focus changes.
A thankful heart is undefeatable. A mouth filled with praise for Him is incorruptible. A mind filled with His Word is unchangeable. A spirit filled with His praise is unshakable.
The Power of Praise is a tremendous weapon of warfare and the devil hates it! Purpose to praise until your feelings catch up with your spirit - uniting with His Spirit! Fill your mouth so full of praise that no negative word can escape from it, and your heart is full of Him!
And, watch and see what the Lord will do for you, and for your life.......
The Power of Praise moves the hand of God!
- Pastor Sandi