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Consider your most recent prayer to the Lord. Did you spend as much time praising Him as you did making your requests known (asking) and/or worrying about the matter?
Praise both magnifies and pleases the Lord, but we actually benefit from the practice as well. First, adoration of God modifies our estimation of “self”—it’s impossible to truly elevate God while clinging to pride. Instead, we come to recognize our sin, weakness, and dependence upon Him. As Scripture tells us, the Lord’s power is manifest when we show genuine humility (2 Cor. 12:10).
Next, praise appropriately humbles us, as it is a reminder of God’s greatness and our dependence upon Him. But at the same time, exalting Him strengthens our sense of assurance, thereby increasing our faith. Then we are able to look beyond ourselves and our circumstances to see life from God’s perspective. And consider one additional benefit of praise that involves our physical bodies: when we focus on Jesus’ goodness, tension leaves and we find new strength. All these supernatural effects of exaltation are possible because as we lift His name, God is present—Psalm 22:3 tells us that He inhabits the praise of His people (KJV).
Think about the Lord’s attributes and His work in your life. What can you praise Him for today?
Father we come asking for nothing this morning -- we are here to praise You and lift up Your name. We thank You for Your majesty and Your power for You are God alone. We say HALLELUJAH this morning. May our actions and words glorify You today. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150
O' Lord how we bless Your Name this morning. We thank You that in You there is no failure -- only victory! You continue to show Yourself true, strong, powerful and all knowing! Thank You Lord when our back is against the wall or the circumstances of life attempt to overtake us You always come through. Thank You Father it is during these times our faith is increased and we are drawn closer to You through Your lovingkindness.
For those that are going through various trials, help them to hold on to Your truths [Word] just a little while longer keeping the faith -- little do they know a breakthrough is soon to come. Thank You Lord for the strong wings of an eagle this morning. In Jesus' name we not only pray but believe. Amen !
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57
2 - 8, 2017
"Accepting The Gift From God"
As one year closes another begins, one life ends as a child is born, life is a circle that repeats its self throughout time until meet our Creator. This week's message: "Do You Not See Me???" ~ shares these scriptures: Psalm 8, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and Matthew 25:31-46. Will this be the year that the world recognizes the Creator of all things and stops the violence that threatens to shred the very fabric of our existence or will we allow fear, hate, anger and jealousy to control our lives separating us from the love of God?
Psalm 8 ~ Our God, how majestic is your Name in all the earth...When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, what is humanity that you should be mindful of us? You have made us barely less than God, Lord, Our God how majestic is your Name in all the earth!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 ~ There is a time for every season and for every purpose under heaven..God has made everything in harmony with the divine; yet although the Almight has imbued eternity in our soul, we are unable to grasp the totality of God's work from beginning to end.
Matthew 25:31-46 ~ At the appointed time the Promised One will come in glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, and will sit upon the royal throne, with all the nations assembled below. The Promisded One will separate them as a shepherd divides sheep from the goats..."The ruler will say to those on the right, 'Come, you blessed of my Abba God! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world! For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.' Every time you did this for the least of my sisters and brothers, you did it for me..."
For those who were unable to attend below is the Christmas Eve Service.