Have you ever wondered, “What right do I have to praise God?” Maybe you do not have to deal with thoughts like that. I know I have had to deal with this myself throughout my walk. How could I possibly praise Him when I mess up so often and do a good job when I do?
The other morning, about 3:00 am, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to pray in tongues and worship. During my time of worship, these words bubbled up into my head, “You have a right to praise Him.” Like many of you, I have sang that song over and over many times during worship. Like a lot of people, I was singing the song and not really letting the words register into my spirit. During this prayer time, IT REGISTERED!
My right to praise is not based on my being good enough. If so, I would never be able to praise Him because I will never be good enough. My right to praise Him comes from the fact that I am HIS CHILD because I have received HIS SON as my Lord and Savior.
Because of what Jesus did for me on the Cross and my believing in that and receiving Him as my Lord and Savior GIVES ME THE RIGHT TO PRAISE HIM! I have been adopted into the FAMILY OF GOD!
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What does it mean to walk in comfort and joy anyway? I have been asking myself this same question.
For starters, what is comfort? Comfort means to “soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to, to make physically comfortable, to aid; support or encourage”. So looking at the meaning, and hooking it up with scripture, then when we say “Jesus is our comforter,”we are saying that He provides relief in our afflictions (healing), and He gives us peace.
I don’t know about you but I have not been walking in a lot of comfort and joy. At least not until recently when I got a breakthrough. You know when you take your eyes off of the one who gives you the comfort and joy and start to focus on all of the circumstances surrounding you that comfort and joy leaves you. You may be able to put on the façade of joy but it does not last long. I should know since I had been doing that for a while.
It is important that when thoughts that do not line up with God’s Word are flooding your mind, that you take those thoughts captive. I went to leadership for advice for assistance and was provided a good swift kick in the rear that I needed to help me get back on track. Don’t get me wrong, God had already been dealing with me about the price and the swift kick in the rear was done in love. It was the truth and the truth will set you free if you will listen. I chose to listen, and I have felt more joy and comfort than I have felt in months!
My focus has shifted to where it needs to be and not on the circumstances that have tried to infiltrate my mind. Will I have to battle thoughts in the future? I know I will.
Gateway leaders are here to help you overcome all circumstances that has tried to present itself in your life. You just have to be willing to take correction and to change and grow. Showing up for services and ministry opportunities is a vital role in your spiritual growth. At one time it was said that 80% of our victory is just showing up. Spending personal time in the Word for yourself, worshiping and praying are also necessary in order to overcome obstacles and circumstances in your life. Trust in Him and His Word for His Word is His Will. He sent His son to die on the cross for our salvation, healing, comfort, and joy. Embrace the comfort and joy that comes from the love of our Father.
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I remember a particular time when I was a teenager. There was a ballgame at school, and I wanted to go so bad. One problem I faced was my dad. I was scared to ask him anything. Then I had an idea. I would write him a note.
My dad always got up early to go to work and so, the stove was the first place I knew he would come to. My fingers trembled as I wrote the note and laid it on the stove top. I could hardly sleep. I just knew he would say yes and could hardly wait to get up in the morning.
I woke up bright and early and headed for the kitchen and picked the note up. To my surprise, the note was lying there just as I had left it. I quickly opened it anticipating the answer. No answer. I was heartbroken. How could he just not answer me?
My mom walked in the kitchen, and I said to her, “Did daddy not read the note?”
She said, “He did read it, but Daddy said that if you could not ask, it was not worth going to.” I was stunned and mad for not asking him.
Why had I been so scared to ask him? All he could have done was say yes or no. In my little mind I thought of him as a big bear and was scared he would bite me. In reality he was not, this was just the image I had. Rest assured I was never afraid to ask my daddy again. I found out all he wanted was for me to ask. To take this a step further that’s all God wants us to do is ask.
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
What we ask must be in line with God’s word. God wants us blessed spiritually, physically, as well as materially. Don’t let the fear of asking keep you from attaining God best for your life.
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A few years ago, I was going through a building. I came across an old chair. I have always liked old furniture. This chair caught my eye. It had been painted with green house paint, the seat was torn, but I could tell it had a quality about it. Like they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I took the chair home and began to work on it. Why would anyone paint such a beautiful chair with green paint? Not just one coat but multiple layers.
I thought it wouldn’t take long to restore, maybe a couple of weeks. I bought some paint stripper and sandpaper. I started the process with much enthusiasm knowing it wouldn’t take long. I applied the stripper and began to scrape off the layers. I used a wire brush, a scraper, and many sheets of sandpaper. I would work on the chair for hours, get discouraged, and quit. I knew the chair had great potential; that’s what kept me going back to working on it. It took me about a year of stripping and sanding. I was finally able to put a new finish on it. My wife and I picked out some beautiful gold cloth for the seat. The hard work finally paid off. I’ve recieved many compliments of the beauty of the chair.
A few years later, Holy Spirit began speaking to me about the chair. He taught me there is a process we must go through with His guidance. When we come to the Lord our lives are a mess. Like the discarded chair our Heavenly Father knows our potential. He begins the restoration process called salvation. Because of our fallen nature sin has covered us with layers of hurts, wounds, scars, fears, and rejection. We are being changed and transformed from glory to glory as these layers are being stripped away. At times other members of the body of Christ seem to rub us the wrong way, like sandpaper they are part of our restoration. When we read and study the Word it strips away those layers of our old nature. As we grow and mature our lives will be a reflection of God’s transforming and restoring power. We are truly being transformed into new creatures in Christ Jesus our Lord. Enjoy the process, don’t give up.
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I was raised on a farm. We had a large family of eight, and I was the oldest. My father taught me how to garden, and we got up early to work in the fields. When I got off of the school bus, I would have a snack, change my clothes, and head to the garden. I wanted to play with my friends or watch TV. My father wanted me to learn and work. I remember lying down in the field and yelling “I hate farming!” When I grew up and had a family of my own, I missed those fresh vegetables. Now as an adult, I am glad I went through the hard process of learning to farm.
I like Jesus’s parable of the seed. He describes four types of soil. A fruitful garden begins with good ground. That is true in both natural and spiritual growth. We must learn to culivate our lives in order to be productive and fruitful in our christian walk. Before a seed can germinate and produce fruit , the soil has to be prepared. Our lives, like soil, has to be conditioned to obtain optimum results. We have weeds, rocks, and thorns in our lives that need to be removed so that the seed can take root and grow.
There is nothing better than fresh vegetables. A bountiful garden is something to be proud of. The rewards are many. I have learned in order for the (seed) Word of God to work and produce fruit in my life, I had to be willing to cultivate my soil. Is your life unproductive? It may be time to dig your soil. It will be hard work. The Lord will be glorified as others benefit from your fruitfulness.
DNA might stand for something scientific to you, but for me it always stood for “Daddy Not Available”!
See, I wasn’t raised by my mom and dad, so I didn’t look much like the people I lived with. Because of this, I was often asked the question,”Who do you favor?” This always made me feel uncomfortable, and I didn’t know how to answer. I never really favored anyone in my family.
I have heard when a couple has been together for a long time, they begin to resemble one another. I’m not sure if you can really start to look like someone over time, but have you ever been around an older married couple (like my husband and myself!) who finishes each other’s sentences? As a Christian, that question, “Who do you favor?” no longer irritates me, but challenges me to become more and more like my Heavenly Father. I have a long way to go, but I am believing that the more time I spend with Him, the more I will “favor” Him. Of course, I can spend time with Him because, unlike my natural father, my Heavenly Daddy is ALWAYS available!
All of us, intentionally or not, reflect someone or something. Wouldn’t it stand to reason, then, for us to make a conscious choice as to who or what that is? I choose to strive to be more like my Heavenly Daddy!
As I continue to spend time with Him, I am changing my D.N.A. to stand for “Daddy Now Available!”