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GET YOUR PRAISE ON

 

With 2015 being declared the ‘Year of the Overcomer’, we can be sure to experience some outstanding victories! Victories over the challenges and obstacles that threaten to steal our peace and joy in life. The thing is, when we say we are going to experience great victories, it certainly implies that we will face great challenges too!

Well, to anyone who reads the Bible, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise really. It warns us of difficult, perilous times in 2 Timothy 3:1, “But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

Jesus Himself spoke of times of great stress and trouble in John 16:33, “ I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.”

This must be one of our favourite verses of scripture! Yes, there is no denying tough challenges and stressful opposition are lurking ahead, but do you notice what Jesus said on both sides of that statement of tribulation and trials? First, He declares that He is our safe refuge of perfect peace and confidence, then He concludes that we can begin rejoicing because He has already overcome the obstacles and challenges that were intended to harm us!

Don’t you just love this? It should stir up some serious joy and praise inside of you! No matter what we are going to face this year, we can be assured of three truths:

We are not alone! We certainly can rely on Jesus being your safe haven in any trial we face, He is our peace and confidence in any storm we encounter.

Jesus has already secured our victory! No matter what comes against us in this world, the Lord has declared that it will not be able to destroy us! The Amplified Bible says that Jesus has already deprived it of its power to harm us.

And thirdly, We need to begin praising! No matter how overwhelming the trials ahead may appear or how devastating they threaten to be, everything changes when we look at things from God’s perspective. His promises of victory bring hope and His faithful character fills us with peace and confidence in Who He is in our lives. He is the God of the impossible, Who is more than willing and able to work all things together for our good! “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labour] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” Romans 8:28

It is very important for us to understand that praising God when we face trials is imperative for our victory because praise precedes victory! Praising God in the midst of difficult times allows us to take our focus off the trouble and onto the One Who has overcome that trouble! Praising God completely changes the atmosphere around us. The Word says that God inhabits the praises of His people! This means that heartfelt praise acts like a magnet to the presence of God! It brings His supernatural power right into our circumstances, supercharges our faith and fills us with peace and confidence. While we are focused on praising Him, He works on our behalf!

That’s exactly what happened to the Israelites in 2 Chronicles 20:21. Even though they were facing an enemy that completely outnumbered them, their decision to obey God by trusting Him and praising Him with all their hearts brought them one of the greatest victories in history! Not one Israelite was harmed, not one enemy soldier escaped and it took them three days to collect and haul away all the loot they won after the battle! No matter how hopeless it looked, when they began to praise, the Lord fought for them!

The next time you find yourself facing trouble that looks too overwhelming, follow the example of those Israelites - get on your praise and watch what the Lord will do! ^f


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Faith Daily: He Has Spoken It

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Deuteronomy 33:23 (KJV): “Moses said this about the tribe of Naphtali: “O Naphtali, you are rich in favour and full of the Lord’s blessings; may you possess the west and the south.”

The name Naphtali means wrestling, so remembering that God has said “I have given you the power to stand upon snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy”, we wrestle not in our own strength but in His power in the spoken word. Go and possess, speak out the favour of God so that the west and south will be yours for His Glory.


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Faith Daily: A Life of Peace

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Colossians 3:17 (Amplified): "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]."

God has called us to live in unity and harmony with one another - contending for peace and kindness in all that we do. One great way to achieve this is to always remember the value of people to God, even in 'testing times'. So today, let the peace from Christ umpire and govern your words, actions and relations.


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Faith Daily: Held Together

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Colossians 1:17 (Amplified): "And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together)."

In Christ, we hold together - we will never fall apart or be shamed. Every work we put our hands into, inspired by Him, will succeed. Today, whatever it is that concerns you, place it in the capable hands of the Lord and He will provide a way. In Him all things are held together!


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Faith Life: The Fragrance of the knowledge of God by By André and Jenny Roebert

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On one of our travelling trips, my son woke up one morning rather unhappy with the smell of his sleeping companion, his teddy. He promptly got out of bed, walked to the bathroom and sprayed his teddy with his father’s deodorant. Then he climbed right back into bed, holding his cuddly companion tightly to himself and in a most satisfied tone, exclaimed that now his teddy smelled just like his daddy! So once again, all was well with the world because the fragrance that reminded him of his father was safely snuggled, close to his heart and under his nose.

When I thought about that, I remembered the scripture in 2 Corinthians 2:14, that speaks about the fragrance of the knowledge of God. I must say, as I looked into the verse and began exploring its depths, a ripple of excitement and a deep familiar warmth began to well up inside of me. I was reminded once again that the essence of our Christian faith has everything to do with getting to know and experience the reality of Who God is. You see, according to this scripture, living a life of victory has everything to do with knowing God.

2 Corinthians 2:14, says, “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.”

When trouble comes, and if you are alive, you know it does, as children of God, we have spiritually been positioned in Christ. The Bible says that we are one spirit with Him. Since our spirit is alive in His Spirit, we have the ability to hear His voice and we have His written Word that will lead us into victory, one step at a time. According to 2 Corinthians 2:14, being led by the Spirit of God guarantees us being led, step for step into victory, every time, without fail! Knowing God in His Word The scripture teaches us in 1 John 1, that Jesus is the Word of life. This means that the Spirit of Christ is alive in His written Word.

The same fragrance of the presence of the Holy Spirit we experience when we know Him and sense Him in our lives is found when we open our hearts to His written Word. Let me show you what I found to support this when I began to study 2 Timothy 3:16. It says that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God...

The word inspiration in the Greek translation is very powerful when you understand what it means! It comes from the Greek word theopneustos. This is a compound word made up of theos, meaning God and Pneuma, which comes from the Greek root word pneu. This communicates a dynamic movement or waft of air. It can be translated to emit a fragrance, or a sound, blown through a wind instrument. Now, when the word pneu becomes the word pneuma, as in this verse, it carries a profound list of meanings, such as, life-force, energy and power. The Jews used this word to describe the great creative, life-force of God that created the world and everything living as well as the power to sustain creation.

Together, these words literally mean, God breathed. It gives a picture of God breathing or emitting His substance into something, like a powerful, life-giving fragrance or sound. So like a musician plays an instrument to create a distinct sound or a perfumer creates a perfume with a distinct fragrance, The Holy Spirit breathed on the people who wrote the scriptures, they became the vessels that expressed the essence of Who God is, His heart and His will and recorded it on paper. The Word of God carries the sound and fragrance of Himself. They were the writers, the instruments or vessels and God Himself, was the musician and perfumer that blew His essence in and through them, into the very words that represent Him.

As we renew our minds to His Word it has the power to produce the powerful force of faith. According to the Bible, it’s that faith in God and His Word that always leads us into victory. But don’t forget, as we spend time studying and meditating on God’s Word, we are in fact, receiving and taking in His very fragrance - the life force and essence of who He is. As a result, no matter what trial we may go through, that very fragrance of the knowledge of God (the essence of Who God is), becomes so evident in us that when people see what we have come through, they are amazed. Instead of seeing someone burnt out, stressed or broken, they see the goodness and kindness and mercy of God. Your peace and inner strength is the fragrance of knowing God and it’s very evident! It’s spread in and through you, touching everyone you meet.

Knowing God in this way is living as an overcomer. While we are surrendered to living in Him and His Word, we will always carry His fragrance and be led into victory. ^F

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Faith Daily: New Mercies Today

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Lamentations 3:22-23 (Amplified): "It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness."

It is a new day and the Lord has new mercies available just for you. Hallelujah! This morning, consider the fact that God is giving you another countless opportunity to rectify the errors of before...take it and live your life on a completely 'new page' from this day on and enjoy the treasures awaiting you.


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Faith Daily: Wise Soul Winner

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Proverbs 11:30 (NKJV): “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and He who wins souls is wise.”

 

We are called by Jesus to make disciples. Just as we were saved, He longs for those around us to be saved too. It is up to us to tell people about the goodness of God. When we bring someone back to Jesus – the Bible call us wise. Tell someone about Jesus today, wherever you are – whether it be at work, in schools, in a restaurant or even at the shop.

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Faith Daily: A Mouth of Praise

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Psalm 34:1 (NKJV): “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

 

God is good all the time! When we are continually blessing and praising Him with our mouths – we are constantly aware of His goodness, His magnificence and His glory. There is no better way to spend your words then by blessing and praising our precious Lord. Today let us make a conscious effort to do exactly what this Scripture says, and watch as our positive words transform our day.

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Faith Daily: Acceptable Words & Thoughts

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Psalm 19:14 (NKJV): “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

 

Every word we say is a reflection of what is on the inside of us, what our hearts are dwelling on. As we align our thoughts to the Word of God – our mouths will speak of His goodness because that’s what our hearts are full of. This morning, pray this Scripture as a prayer and allow His Word to transform you, and in effect, please Him.

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Faith Daily: Stay Free

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Galatians 5:1 (Amplified): "In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]."

 

On this day, make it a priority to stand fast in the freedom Christ has given you and don't allow any situation or opinion to trap you back into 'slavery'. You are free - completely liberated - and the best is yet to come. Keep your faith, stand your ground, hold your head high and keep going!

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