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"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation............" - Psalms 95:1-11
Keys To Powerful Living: PRAISE!
GIVING GOD THE GLORY NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE FACING.
Witnessing a magnificent fireworks display, hearing a stunning symphony, or seeing a glorious sunset can evoke a response of praise.
But often, it's easier to praise a sunset than the Creator of the sunset. In that same way, the difficulties of life often cloud our vision and keep us from praising God. What can we do to restore a heart-attitude of praise?
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power." - Psalms 150:1
"What is the difference between praise and worship?"
Understanding the difference between praise and worship can bring a new depth to the way we honor the Lord. Throughout the Bible, the commands to "praise the Lord" are too numerous to mention.
Angels and the heavenly hosts are commanded to praise the Lord (Psalm 89:5; 103:20; 148:2).
All inhabitants of the earth are instructed to praise the Lord (Psalm 138:4; Romans 15:11).
We can praise Him with singing (Isaiah 12:5; Psalm 9:11), with shouting (Psalm 33:1; 98:4), with the dance (Psalm 150:4), and with musical instruments (1 Chronicles 13:8; Psalm 108:2; 150:3-5). Read more .....
Miracles of every sort have occured when men and women offered up their praises to God.
Have you ever noticed in reading the Bible how important fragrance is to God? His Word speaks about it in both a negative and a positive sense. For example, the sin of the Israelites is often described as a stench in the nostrils of God. Esther's preparation for her audience with the king, on the other hand, is shown to be at least part of the key to her receiving his favor. She bathed in special lotions and oils to give herself a pleasing scent. Read more.....
What are you afraid of?
Fear is one of the enemy’s oldest, most effective tools for manipulating God’s children and manipulating those who would become so if they knew how much God loved them. Read More.....
Be Specific with GOD!
by Dr Adedayo Adegbulu
My mother was ill, and in and out of the hospital during most of year 2008, and early 2009, and her condition really sapped us to the hilt. Early one morning,...
Why Do Christians Suffer?
by Joyce Meyer
As Christians, we like the thought of sharing in Christ's glory, but what about sharing in His suffering? Jesus took care of the death penalty once and for all so we don't ever have to worry about that again. Read more ....
7 Ways to deal with a Mountain.
1. Turn around, if you can’t go forward then go back. Numbers 14:1-4 (I pray you will never go back)
2. You can try and go around the mountain, but the problem is you might not know how big the mountain is and how long it will take to go around it. It took 40 years for the children of Israel. Number 14:34
3. You can choose to climb the mountain. climbing the mountain requires efforts. Matthew 17:1
4. You may choose to create a tunnel through it, once you go through it, it will still remain behind you.
5. You may choose to blast it and turn it to rubbles.
6. You may choose to sit on it, you can control your problems and turn it into your strength (a testimony).
2 Kings 1:9 -12, 2 Kings 4:8-12.
7. Finally you may choose to fly over it, you will just be looking down at it. How do I fly over mountains?
Is there a mountain in your life, and how do you want to deal with it?
Put it to JESUS today.
--- Pastor E A Adeboye (G. O. R.C.C.G)
God’s Moral Will and Sovereign Will
By Pastor John Piper.
I would like to help you distinguish between God’s moral will and his sovereign will. This will help you make sense of the apparent contradiction between these two statements:
1. God does all things according to his will (sovereign will).
“He does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand” (Daniel 4:35).
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalms 115:3).
2. Some things happen that are not God’s will (moral will).
“Whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17)—implying some don’t.
“The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)—yet some do perish.
In other words, the Bible makes a distinction between God’s will, understood as his purpose that is never frustrated in any event; and God’s will, understood as his moral command to act a certain way.
One of the clearest evidences of the difference between God’s sovereign will and his moral will is the fact that God morally forbids murder:
“Do not kill the innocent” (Exodus 23:7).
And yet he willed the murder of his Son:
“Truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:27–28).
One of the high and holy truths about God that we embrace in submitting to biblical truth is that God does not sin in willing that sin be. This is crucial, because the design of God in the cross hangs on it.
God’s ways and will are pure. He has his holy purposes in ordaining all that comes to pass.
“He works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).
“All his works are right and his ways are just” (Daniel 4:37).
Let us worship and bow down.
Pastor John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
"What is the difference between mercy and grace?"
Mercy and grace are often confused. While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.
According to the Bible, we have all sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). As a result of that sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23) and eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12-15). With that in mind, every day we live is an act of God's mercy. If God gave us all what we deserve, we would all be, right now, condemned for eternity. In Psalm 51:1-2, David cries out, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin." A plea to God for mercy is asking Him to withhold the judgment we deserve and instead grant to us the forgiveness we in no way have earned.
We deserve nothing from God. God does not owe us anything. Anything good that we experience is a result of the grace of God (Ephesians 2:5). Grace is simply defined as unmerited favor. God favors, or gives us good things that we do not deserve and could never earn. Rescued from judgment by God's mercy, grace is anything and everything we receive beyond that mercy (Romans 3:24). Common grace refers to the sovereign grace which God bestows on all of mankind regardless of their spiritual standing before Him, while saving grace is that special dispensation of grace whereby God sovereignly bestows unmerited divine assistance upon His elect for their regeneration and sanctification.
Mercy and grace are best illustrated in the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ. We deserve judgment, but if we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, we receive mercy from God and we are delivered from judgment. Instead of judgment, we receive by grace salvation, forgiveness of sins, abundant life (John 10:10), and an eternity in Heaven, the most wonderful place imaginable (Revelation 21-22). Because of the mercy and grace of God, our response should be to fall on our knees in worship and thanksgiving. Hebrews 4:16 declares, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
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Are You Someone's Angel?
In their time of darkness and despair are you the person who arrives to bring the warm bright light of love into someone's life? You don't have to be perfect, for no-one ever claimed angels have to be perfect. You just have to sincerely care and take action to help another in their time of need.
Are you the one with a big smile and an even bigger hug? Are you the compassionate listener people so desperately want and the one with the golden nugget of wisdom if it is requested?
Are you the one to share your strength and do it in the most gentle of ways? Are you the one they can count on when others have turned a cold and callous shoulder to them?
Are you the one for those down on their luck, who buys them a meal or who puts groceries in their empty refrigerator?
Are you the one for an elderly or physically limited neighbor no longer able to maintain his or her property and unable to afford a gardener, who waters and who mows their lawn and trims their shrubs?
Are you the one who visits those who have few visitors or the one who takes them out when they would otherwise be sitting alone, isolated from the outside world?
Are you the one who visits a sick person, sitting bedside to provide words of comfort or who offers strength in the silence and compassion of your presence?
If so, you are their angel, for you are inspired to make a marvelous difference in the lives of people whose hearts call out to you. You don't need wings or magical powers, for what you offer is magical, it is a little piece of heaven when it is most needed.
Success Tip of the Week: If you are no one’s angel but wish to be, that could change today if you find the inspiration in your heart to make a wonderful difference in the lives of others.
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Three Types of Grace from God
There are three types of Grace issued from above for faith in Christ.
(1) The first is grace for salvation is poured out to those who are unconverted.
This includes those who are seeking Him but have not yet received the baptism of the holy Spirit with tongues and instruction in His way of righteousness through living apostles.
This also includes those who have received the baptism of the Spirit with tongues but have not yet received the foundation of truth. As Jesus said to Peter, "After you are converted, strengthen the brethren..". (Luke 22:32)
(2) This leads us to the 2nd type of grace which is grace for growth. God issues grace for growth to those who are resourcing His holy ordered knowledge and the sanctified spiritual tools to increase the substance of His kingdom and glory.
(1 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 3:18)
(3) The 3rd type of grace is grace for calling which God issues to those who have experience with the anointing of truth and are overcoming and have had their calling revealed by God and confirmed by the chief elders. (Ephesians 3:2-4).
----- Apostle John Welty
When You Feel Like Giving Up
BY PASTOR RICK WARREN
“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.” (Hebrews 11:39-40 NLT)
It’s not easy to live by faith. We live in a broken world. The weather doesn’t work right. Our bodies don’t work right. Our relationships don’t work right.
When God kicked Adam out of the Garden of Eden, he told Adam that life would be hard. And it is. There’s a cosmic battle for your life going on inside of you and outside of you. You battle with your own sinful nature. You also battle against Satan himself, who wants nothing more than to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
And sometimes it just gets to us. We just want to give up.
But in Hebrews 11, God urges us to hang on, because God hasn’t forgotten us and will fulfill his promises one day. He promises to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He promises to take away our tears (Revelation 7). And he gives us multiple other promises throughout his Word.
Hebrews 11 mentions a variety of biblical heroes who demonstrated faith in God’s promises — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Gideon, Samson, and others. Though they endured many difficulties, they kept going in their spiritual journeys.
Then Hebrews 11:39-40 says, “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us” (NLT).
Talk It Over -
- Living by faith involves pain. If you give up when life isn’t going well, you never learn to trust God. Why do you think this is so?
- It’s easy to love God and serve him when life is going well. Will you trust him when it’s not?
MIGHT BE DEALING WITH ANGELS; PLEASE HELP THEM!
Last month, I narrated the story of Brother Curtis (not his real name) who contracted a mysterious illness, which knocked him down and out for some years. I also narrated how God delivered him through a man of God. You may wish to read the whole narrative on my website via http://www.mindofchrist.org.uk/god-will-slay-your-goliath-for-you/
Today, I will narrate how I met the said man of God to underscore the importance of helping people. His name is Bro. (later Pastor) Joe! He used to be the butt of ugly jokes in a small community in Nigeria where I did my National Youth Service. Some people said he was a bad man, a loafer, busybody, drug addict, cheat, etc. But, I believe he is a good man who had kind words for me each time I ran into him.
Bro. Joe lived in a dingy two-bedroom apartment with his uncle, his uncle’s two wives, and several children. Suddenly, he was thrown out, and he found himself on the street, living rough. Then one day, he came to my clinic and begged me to house him (I was living in a three-bedroom house plus a two-bedroom boys’ quarters, all by myself, at that time). I gladly gave him my boys’ quarters! Swiftly, some people in the community arose, and asked me to evict him ‘for my own good’, but, I stood my ground, and they left me alone after a while.
Bro. Joe later gave his life to Christ, and I noticed he was always reading his bible, praying very hard, and speaking in tongues (usually loudly). He was also attending crusades after crusades all over the place. Soon, people began to tell me how he preached to them, healed them, and cast out demons from them. I was stunned, but, very happy for him.
Early one morning, he knocked on my door, but, I ignored him because I wanted to be alone. He did same at 9. o’clock, and again at 12 noon. At that point, he shouted, ‘Lord, please get my doctor to talk to me’. I got up instantly, opened my door, and he told me he had a divine mandate to heal someone I know, and from his description, I knew he was referring to Bro. Curtis! Quickly, we travelled to where he was, and Bro. Joe and his team delivered him promptly. Bro. Curtis lived a normal life afterwards to the glory of God.
Friend, I helped Bro. Joe, because that was the right thing to do (Hebrews 13:16), I never knew he was the ‘Angel’ God had arranged to fix Bro. Curtis (Hebrews 13:2). There are many people out there who needs help in some way like Bro. Curtis. Some of them need jobs, while others need money, food, water, shelter, clothes, drugs, education, etc. Please help them if you have the power to do so (Proverbs 3:27); they might just be the ‘Angels’ God has arranged to help you.
Besides, some people needs encouragement very badly; please encourage them (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Call them, send messages of hope to them, and if you can, visit them and pray for them. Guess what? God will remember your labour of love one day (Hebrews 6:10), and reward you as appropriate (Proverbs 19:17).
Yes, you may have helped some people in the past without commensurate rewards; please don’t be discouraged. Just keep doing good, and keep trusting God (Psalms 37:3a), and He will reward you sooner or later (Galatians 6:9). And when your journey on earth is over, He will give you a place in His Kingdom so that you can be with Him forever (Matthew 25:34-40), in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies. and The Prayers That Speak.
"God, where are You? " by David Wilkerson.
One night Jacob sat in an open field and had it out (wrestled) with the Lord: "God, how did I end up in this mess? You made such great promises to me. You told me You would guide me, keep me, fulfill Your plans in me. How could any of this be Your leading? What kind of covenant walk is this? Lord, I simply have no future" (see Genesis 32:24-26).
Now, you may reason to yourself, "Maybe Jacob didn't seek God about some of the choices he made. Maybe he acted out of his flesh.” Well, perhaps he did, but all that is beside the point. God could have intervened on Jacob's behalf at any time but He did not.
The fact is, we can have a contrite spirit and still have problems. You and your spouse may be going through a terrible trial. You have prayed, "Lord, I don't understand. I know my heart is right, and I'm walking with You, so why are You allowing this awful trial?"
Most of us think, as Jacob did, that contrite, praying Christians should not have to endure great sorrows. We should not have to face awful times or fearful conditions in which our very future is threatened. Yet, the reality is that humble, repentant, praying Christians still suffer great peril and sorrows.
Nowhere in the Bible does God promise to keep us from problems. Never does He promise us a smooth ride in our job or career. Nor does He promise us exemption from affliction. In fact, He says: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all" (Psalm 34:19). This verse does not say God delivers us from afflictions, but out of them.
Paul speaks of knowing the heights and depths of God's love for him. Yet the Lord didn't keep Paul's ship from sinking. In fact, He allowed the apostle to be stoned, beaten and disgraced. Paul says he was exposed to perils on land and on sea, from robbers and from his own countrymen.
At times we may weep, wondering, "God, where are You? Why haven't You taken me out of this?" But even though the Lord allows us to go through things that try our souls, in one way or another He delivers us out of them all, just as He did Jacob and Paul.
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Louis Braille: whose Braille language has opened a treasure trove of knowledge and opportunity to millions of blind and visually impaired people.
Born in 1809, Louis was a surprise to his family. At the age of 42, his mother had thought she was beyond child bearing age, and she and her 44 year old husband were already the parents of two teenagers and a 12 year old.
But now in the small village of Coupvray 25 miles east of Paris, baby Louis was a blessing to his family. But Louis’ birth was hard and he was so weak, his father rushed him to a priest to have him immediately baptized in the likely event the baby would die.
Yet nurtured by his family, Louis survived. And his struggle brought him much closer to his family, who adored him and played with him, in the lovely little cottage where they resided.
To support the family, his father made saddles and other leather products on his work bench in their home.
While the father cut and shaped his leather products, sometimes he would set the child on his workbench just to enjoy him. And the bright and curious Louis would absorb what his father was doing and he would want to imitate him.
But when his father was not working, his tools were kept carefully out of reach of tiny Louis. But one day when his father wasn’t present, 3 year old Louis somehow got ahold of his father’s tools and to imitate his father thrust a sharp instrument into either the bench or a piece of leather.
Suddenly, the sharp instrument bounced back into Louis’s right eye and the child screamed out in pain.
His family rushed to him and saw the blood running between the teeny fingers covering his eye. As they moved his fingers away, they knew the injury was severe and immediately got him medical attention. But at that time, no-one knew of microscopic bacteria and Louis was treated by unwashed hands and bandaged with unsterile coverings.
The result was that his eye became infected and the infection spread. Soon he lost his vision in both eyes.
Most blind people of that time became shut-ins but Louis’ parents and sisters and brother compassionately helped him cope with his disability. His father made canes for him and with the help of his family; Louis learned to navigate his home, the village and the country paths that surrounded it.
And despite being blind, he was enrolled in the local one room school where he became a top student, one who so impressed his teachers and the clergy that he was encouraged to continue his education.
At the age of 10, Louis was accepted at the Institut Royal des Jeunes Aveugles (National Institute for Blind Youth) in Paris, the world’s first school for blind children, joining about 70 other blind students.
The school’s sighted founder, Valentin Hauy, a humanitarian, was determined to educate blind children and he created text books with raised imprints. The children could feel the text and slowly absorb its message, a real breakthrough for its time.
But by the time Louis was enrolled, the French Revolution had taken place; Napol�on had seized power and was overthrown, with the Bourbon dynasty restored. In the chaos, Valentin’s original school was closed and then reopened but in a rundown rotted building, overwhelmed in stench from filth, mold and mildew.
Instead of restoring the now 70 ish Valentin to run the school he had founded, the French government chose Dr. Sebastien Guillie, a disciplinarian who tightly controlled costs. Despite icy winters the children did without heat. And although Guillie was a doctor, he took no special care of their heath.
Their daily diet was often just soup, a small piece of meat, with some bread and water to sustain them on a six day a week school schedule that began at 7 am and ended at 8 pm with a break for lunch.
But despite those terrible conditions, these blind students were among the lucky few to receive an education and they grew to accept being cold and hungry, as they built bonds of support among one another.
And that was especially true for Louis who joyously immersed himself in learning.
Using Valentin Hauy’s method in text books, the children learned to finger read Greek and Latin and learned English, Italian and Spanish grammar as well as poetry and math. And they were taught to play music using violins, cellos, a piano and even a small organ.
By the time Louis was 12 years old, not only had he become a top student, but also along with his friend and fellow student Gabriel Gauthier, both boys became talented musicians.
But Louis had also begun to rethink Valentin’s method of raised lettering in text books to determine if he could create a far more effective tool for reading and writing.
And soon Louis Braille had some profound ideas that would revolutionize education and communication for the blind and open a whole new world to them.
Success Tip: If your life is difficult, don’t let it defeat you. Louis’ success began with a positive frame of mind focused on what he might be able to achieve.
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