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The Power of Praise

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Knowing ye that the Lord he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generations – Psalm 100:1-5.

The Hebrew verb for make a joyful shout is a highly charged command for public praise.  The command is addressed not just to Israel but to all the earth.  The Israelites were to be a people who would attract the nations to worship God.  The word “praise” in the superscription is actually the word “thanksgiving” or thank-offering that one presented when God had especially answered a prayer or given a great deliverance. Praise is powerful in places us in the presence of God. Read More

Anchor

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye be rooted and grounded in love. Maybe able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:17-20).

 To be rooted and grounded in love is similar to an anchor, it’s holding on to God’s Word no matter how the enemy may fight you in your mind with unbelief. When we place our faith like an anchor, the Father gives Himself to us like an anchor. Read More

Five Minutes

And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (lose heart) – Luke 18:1

 Jesus knew as humans we would become weary and lose faith in God as well as believing that our prayers would be answered. He instructed His disciples then and now to have a prayer life. Prayer shouldn’t be when one is in trouble or in a need, but as Christians, we should be praying daily and throughout the day.  Prayer keeps us connected with God, it keeps the relationship with our Heavenly Father and it also builds our faith in God when we pray and receives answered prayers. Read More