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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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One Step Closer

I started out my morning praising God. I called Him my rock, my refuge, my provider, my healer, my life giver, my personal surgeon. I called Him my joy and my peace. I thanked Him for healing my body. I said cerebral palsy couldn’t stay in my body because my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.

I said that He always gives me the victory. I am the head and not the tail. I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony.

He’s given me victory over being bedridden for many years. He’s given me victory over weak muscles. He’s given me victory over tight muscles!

Then, I reminded God of something he said to me last year. “When you take one step I take two.”

I said, “As I’ve taken steps toward you, I am one step closer to my miracle manifesting. As I’ve worshipped and fell down in your presence, I am one step closer to walking normally. I am one step closer to not being startled when someone speaks in a loud voice or being startled in my sleep.

As I’ve read Your word, I am one step closer to my miracle. Every time I come to church, I am one step closer to getting up out of my wheelchair. Every time I come to prayer, I am one step closer to Jesus. As I come to Oasis, I am one step closer to Jesus.

Every move I make by faith means I am one step closer to victory.

God told me earlier this year that every little step leads to MY victory. He confirmed it this morning! All praise and blessing to God!

I heard God SPEAK to me about three weeks ago! I am one step closer to my miracle!!!!

~Madison Sanders

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The Appointment

It had been one of those weeks. It seemed as if I had more to do than I could possibly get done. An adorable grandchild was coming to visit for two days. I had things I needed to do in the outreach at church. I was getting ready for an appointment with my chiropractor. The phone rang. It was the dentist office reminding me that I was to go have my teeth cleaned.

Adding to my stress was the fact that I could tell I was coming down with something. I had gone into the bathroom to run my bath. That is when things began to change. I started out complaining to The Lord about how pitiful I was. I stopped myself, began singing praises to God, and proclaiming His greatness. I began thanking him for His love and mercy. His presence filled that little room. God’s love poured over me. His peace took away all of my stress.

I began to thank Him for my precious grandchildren. I let Him know how grateful I am that I have the means to go to a chiropractor and dentist. I was humbled when reminded what an honor it is to serve Him in ministry. We have too much to be thankful for to wait for a special day in November to remember all He has done for us and continues to do. We should always take time to praise Him, no matter what else is going on in our lives.

That is an appointment I never want to miss.

~Connie Robinson

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We Remember

imagesThe Lord instructed Joshua to build a memorial so the children of Israel might look back and be reminded of their miraculous entry into the Promised Land. The memorial was a reminder to look back, not to go back. So often, we get those two things confused.

Consider gravestones. They are markers, memorials, for the purpose of looking back and honoring a life. But you can’t live there at that marker; there’s no room there for the living. Nor can you dig up that past and carry it with you.

On this Memorial Day, we pause to look back and honor all of the American service men and women who have given their lives for the cause of liberty. We acknowledge their sacrifice, understanding that we owe a debt of gratitude to them. But at the same time, we celebrate those who remain. In celebrating the living heroes in our midst, we draw from their wisdom and experience.

Likewise, we recognize that we have a great heritage of faith in the Body of Christ, the foundation of which has been laid by those who have gone before us. We look back and honor the saints who laid down their lives so that we can possess the territory God has called us to. It is what they died for, but it is what we live for.

So we look back; we don’t go back. There is no room back there for the living. We build the Kingdom from here, not stuck where they were, but moving forward. We honor those saints who are part of our great cloud of witnesses, but we run our race, pressing on towards our prize. And how do we press? Through praise! Yes, we acknowledge the victories of the past, but we don’t hang around the memorial stones and live there. We praise God for what He is doing in our lives today! We praise Him for His goodness and mercy, for His glory and presence. We praise Him because He is good to us…all the time!

So, we give honor to whom honor is due. We pause to remember the lives that they gave. And through praise, we lay hold the victory that has already been appropriated to us and we keep pressing on!

~Linda

Using Your Authority

 

Anybody can praise God whenever things are going great. What about when your children are ill, you lose your job, divorce, death in the family, and the list goes on. What do you do then?

I have had many circumstances over the years come against me and my family.  I had a choice to make to either duck tail and run or go right through the middle of it. To tell you the truth at times I would love to have run, but God on the inside of me just would not let me do that.

He’s always been bigger than anything I have ever faced.  At times I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me, and then I would remember that He was right there with me, seeing me overcome every obstacle that came my way.

I’m so glad that I have learned how to believe God for myself.

Confess His word and watch it come to pass.  Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them.” The devil is just the devil; he will always put up a fight to keep you from the things of God.  Don’t listen to his lies. If the Bible promises you something, you have a right to fight for it. God has given us every tool we need to win.

The sword of the spirit which is the Word of God is one of our greatest weapons against the devil.  Jesus always used it when He was tempted of the devil. Now, it is our turn to do the same thing. The next time the devil comes telling you anything contrary to the Bible, and trying to beat you up, use the Word.

Just like David said to the uncircumcised Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and a spear, but I come at you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.  ~1 Samuel 17:45

~Tammy Sanders

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I Have a Right to Praise Him!

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!

~Ronda Sullivan

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What is Worship?

Breakthrough Worship

If you ask most people in churches today, their answer will be something like, “Oh, that’s when the band plays at the beginning of church services.” The Church has neutralized the true power of worship by lumping it into the phrase “Praise & Worship” and limiting the meaning just to music. Worship and praise are actually two very different actions that play distinctly different roles in our lives.

The word for worship in the Hebrew is shachah and in Latin it’s proskyneo. Both words mean to bow down and prostrate one’s self in reverence: to physically lower yourself as an admission of your own lowliness in the presence of One So Holy. Another definition is “to kiss the hand as a dog licks its master’s hand” as a show of respect. Another is to perform obeisance, which is the word for when a servant bows or curtseys before a superior.

The thing is, we Charismatics get all caught up in praise and forget about the worship. We love to shout and sing and dance and clap. We love to celebrate our victory. More than likely, half the people reading this article could probably tell me the Seven Ways to Praise right now. We know all about using praise to help our faith through trials and tests. We know all about the time Paul and Silas got thrown in jail and, at midnight, started to sing, pray and praise God until an earthquake literally set them free. Just makes you want to shout, “Hallelujah!” doesn’t it? We love to hear those stories of breakthrough praise!

But what we don’t really know much about, what we don’t have very much teaching on or experience with, is the breakthrough that comes in worship. The number one thing that stops most of us from being all that God has called us to be and fulfilling all of the call of God on our lives, is our unwillingness to admit that we can’t do it by ourselves. We are incapable of doing anything good apart from God’s grace, mercy and anointing. When we worship, we remind ourselves of our inequity and of God’s perfection. In worship, we admit our inabilities and our need for God’s power. Through worship, we see very clearly how small we are and how great He is.

In the year King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah received a glimpse into what worship looks like in Heaven when he saw and heard the seraphim calling, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa 6:3 NIV). Isaiah immediately recognized his unworthiness and cried out, “Woe is me!” True worship is all about humility, focusing on the greatness and holiness of God rather than fixating on our problems or making excuses for ourselves. When we worship and really focus on who God is, we automatically realize just how in need of a Savior we are.

When we worship, we see God for who He is, and the sight of Him always marks us. It shames us. It scares us. It overwhelms us. But then He gives grace to the humble and He exalts us in due time. So when it’s all said and done, worship enables us to breakthrough our pride, self-sufficiency and fear and helps us boldly say, “Here am I: send me.”

Most of us already know that we aren’t capable of doing what God called us to do, but we still try to wear our façades in front of people and soldier along doing the best we can. Our façades, however, cannot stand up in the presence of God. True worship requires us to tear down those false images of ourselves and learn to rely on Him for everything. This is what Paul was talking about in 2 Cor 12:9 when he said “[God’s] strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Do you need a breakthrough in your life? Press into times of worship and allow God to reveal His greatness. He is truly all you need.

~by Anessa Back

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