Have you ever been in a tight situation and someone has said, “Well, just praise the Lord”?
Have you ever been in a tight situation and someone has said, “Well, just praise the Lord”? You could almost get bitter towards God when someone says that. You’re thinking “But why? Why should I praise Him? Would God only bless me according to how much I praise Him?” A god like that would be so egocentric!
Some people have thought that if you could only praise God enough, He will come to help you or you could get something out of Him. That would make God sadistic!
Actually it’s not that way at all with God; God already knows how wonderful He is! God doesn’t need our praise to make Him feel good. No! Praising God is for you!
Praise and worship works like a plug. When you plug yourself into God, you plug into whatever power you need. It gets you in contact with God and whatever He has and whoever He is, becomes yours!
You can plug into the different aspects of God’s person. As you do, you get more and more acquainted with Him, and those wonderful aspects of Him become part of you! You actually build a habitation for God in your very life.
How do you make a habitation for God? You do it with the truth you know about God. Whatever you learn about Him, incorporate that into your praise of Him.
If you need strength, praise Him for being the strong God. If you need patience, praise Him for being always patient and slow to anger. If you feel that you are faithless and weak, plug into His faithfulness and praise Him for being ever faithful.
That’s how to worship Him in spirit and in truth. You worship God according to what you know is true about Him; according to the truth of what He has done for you. And when you add your heart to it, the wonderful aspects of His person are going to permeate your life. That’s when praise and worship is powerful!
John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The presence of the Lord is a greenhouse to the plan of God that’s in your heart. Ephesians 2:10
I once knew a woman who was a minister and she ministered in such a powerful way. She moved profoundly in gifts of healing and gifts of knowledge. And instead of simply saying it, she would sing it and sing in a most beautiful voice. Oh, I wanted to minister like her!
But there was one huge difference between this wonderful woman and me. She was very elegant and graceful; even in her own home she was elegant and graceful. I would try to be elegant but I’d get my heel hung in the carpet, and the microphone chord around my leg, and I’d come back from ministering someplace and have one earring missing, or lipstick on my chin! Oh, I tried to be like her but I just wasn’t.
There are people like this woman who can inspire you and challenge your heart, but they are never to be the one who we prize to be like. The Lord didn’t want me to be like this wonderful woman; He wanted me to be like Jesus.
There’s going to be great diversity in the Body of Christ in these days. Not everyone is going to do the same thing. Everyone is to do what they are supposed to do. And when we do, we will have full power in our lives personally and as the Body of Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
If you are a new creature in Christ there are good things for you to do; things He has planned for you to do! You were born with a pattern to follow for your own life. You don’t find the pattern for your life in a book or by someone else’s life. You’ll get inspiration from them, but only in Jesus you’ll find the pattern for yourself.
In identifying who Jesus is, I can find out who I really am. In His presence, I discover who I am. His presence gives definition to my life and ministry.
The presence of the Lord is a greenhouse to the plan of God that’s in your heart.
What Are You Looking At?
God has a thought about everything and His thoughts are always glorious. He’s not grumpy about anything, He’s not sad about anything. Even when people are framing up on Him He is not upset. It must be because He knows things that those people don’t know. And it makes Him laugh! He knows the end right at the beginning.
When we go to God a lot of times we are stimulated by what we are hearing or what looks ominous or awful ahead of us. We are stimulated by those things to run to Him. But what we see is that He’s not even scared!
I have found that sometimes. When you look at the situation around you, you can get scared. Then you come into the Throne room and start worshipping Him and you look at Him and He’s relaxed! And you say “Don’t you know what’s going on down here? Don’t you know what’s happening?” Yes He does but He knows something else!
Whatever we look at, if we look long enough, we will begin to look just like that. We start looking like what we are looking at. Our face becomes a reflector of what we are looking at. Is it any wonder that we are encouraged to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”?
In troubled times, when times are strange we can always look at Him! The more we look at Jesus, the more our face becomes a reflector of Him! When we look at God, we begin to reflect not only Him but His thoughts as well. Then God’s thoughts become our thoughts and His thoughts are indeed glorious and make us glad. Ecclesiastes 7:8 says that the end of a thing is better than the beginning. When we know His thoughts we see the end of the situation and the end is GLORIOUS!
Oh God, help us to look at you!
Hebrews 12:2 Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.
Good News in Bad Times
It is a great stabilising truth that the Body of Christ can, and will, prosper and grow even in times of great national and political uncertainly.
We received this update from our dear brother in Nepal, Pastor Deu K, who takes care of the Hope For Children Home and also pastors a church in Kathmandu.
He writes that the Constitutional Assembly in Nepal is dissolved and elections take place in November. The interim government is shaky and law and order is “now very loose”. There is trouble in the nation and the economy is also seriously affected. He says that prayer has changed Nepal in the past and they are believing it will happen again.
But, despite all this, the church is growing “like wild fire” and as the situation in the nation grows worse, people are looking to Jesus like never before. They are seeing that humans will fail them, but Jesus never fails.
Pastor Deu K asks us to join with them as they sense a great responsibility to pray for their nation.
We believe, as in 1Timothy 2, there is a vital connection between praying for those in authority and God’s great desire to have all people saved. Let’s join with our brothers and sisters in Nepal and indeed, all over the world to pray because God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the Truth!
1Timothy 2:1-4 (GNB)
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.
This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth.
Help! I’m a Mother!
Tony and I got married when I was 31. Until then I had taken care of myself and things just worked out fine. When we got married, Tony took such good care of me. He loved to cook, knew how to clean and could manage my finances too. When I became a mother three years later, things changed suddenly! Not only was on my own as mother to my child, but we also moved to Italy and I was totally alone. There was no-one to help me be a mother. I didn’t know anyone; I didn’t speak the language and our neighbors were strangers to me.
I was now my child’s mother! I realized that if my child was going to be fed, changed or cleaned, I would have to do it. If my child needed help, I would have to help her. I had no external help to be a mother, but I found some help from another source. My great need made me look to the Holy Spirit.
As a mother, I often needed help and comfort for myself and The Holy Spirit was just that for me. But He also helped me to help and comfort my child. He helped me in practical ways. There were times when I didn’t know what to do for my child. Thank God for the Holy Spirit and the prayer language of praying in the Spirit. Many times I just prayed in tongues and answers came to my heart; practical answers to help me care for my child’s soul, her body and her spirit. Many times the interpretation of what I prayed came to me and I knew what to do.
I found out that if I followed Him in everything I did for my children, I got it right. Other people may be able to give you ideas about how to be a good mother. But no-one knows your child like God and, by the help of His Spirit, you can have help that is personal and precise for you and your children.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.