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Cultivate Your Praise!

This phrase came to mind the other day. It got me thinking. Cultivate means nurture, develop, or work on. Praise isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. Our minds are geared to think on the negative things. It is easy to get bogged down by people and situations. Without even realizing it, you will fall into a pit of negativity.

That is why it takes effort to develop our praise. In hard times, we have to plow through those negative feelings, reach down deep on the inside of us, and praise Him!

You will develop an attitude of gratitude if you shift your perspective. Look for the best in a bad situation. Like a song at our church says, “No matter what comes my way, I’ll lift my voice and say, Hallelujah anyhow!”

The more you choose joy; you will bear much good fruit in your life. The more you look for the good in things, the more you will find it.

My prayer today is, “Lord, help me to see all the many blessings in my life. I have so much to thank You for. Thank You for being patient with me. Thank You for Your mercy when I mess up. Thank You for loving me in the middle of my bad attitude. Thank You for reminding me to focus on Your goodness. Thank You for all You have brought me out of. Thank You for what You are bringing me into.

Praise shouldn’t be determined by what kind of day we’ve had. We shouldn’t just praise God on Sundays in church. God is good all the time. It’s time for us to stop letting the cares of this life rob us of a victorious life!
~ Madison Sanders

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Faith or Fear?

We used to sing a song, “Whose report will you believe?” The answer was; “We will believe the report of the Lord.” With news being available 24/7, we get bombarded with a lot of fearful news reports. We have friends, loved ones, and ourselves receiving negative medical reports. It’s natural to have some fear when we face these situations. At times such as these, we have to make a choice to have faith in God or not.

As Christians we have to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

I know what it feels like to live in fear and depression. In 2000, I turned fifty and had a heart attack a few days later. Up until this time in my life I was always upbeat and had a positive attitude. I had a close relationship with the Lord and believed His word. All of a sudden I had a dreadful outlook about everything. I knew what the Bible said, I listened to good singing and preaching, but I couldn’t shake depression and fear. I was constantly being bombarded with thoughts of dread and fear. I couldn’t sleep. I would lie awake with my mind racing with all kind of negative thoughts. Depression, anxiety, and fear are real. I couldn’t seem to get a breakthrough. As Christians, we sometimes put up a facade that everything is great. We don’t want people to know we are under attack.

The Bible warns us not to be ignorant of satan’s devices. He uses pride, self-sufficiency, and isolation to gain advantage over us. We need each other to overcome trials, troubles, and temptations. The only way to get a break through sometimes is to ask for help and prayer from the Body of Christ.

I had to be honest and open with my brothers and sisters about what I was going through. We need each other, so much more as we see the day of Jesus’ return approaching. We are living in perilous times. It’s a time to come together in the power of agreement. We need to lift each other up in prayer before the Lord.

Don’t try living life in isolation. Be open and a caring member of the Church. United we stand and divided we fall. Let’s learn to lean on the Lord and each other. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

~ Ricky Robinson

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