Scripture of the Day:
“When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.”
The Power of Praise (part two)
Yesterday, we talked about how the Power of Praise worked for the people of Judah when they were about to be attacked by the combined armies of four of their enemies. We talked about how, the king, their leader, called for a prayer meeting. I believe our leaders today would fair so much better by acknowledging God and calling for national days of prayer – instead of gathering their advisors, wringing their hands and deciding “they know what’s best” for the country.
Anyway – they don’t. But God does! Glory to God! Amen!
If we would just walk in the light of the Word and continually be in an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, we would be a witness to other people for the Lord. Amen! People would see our continual gladness of heart and would desire to experience that joy and gladness for themselves.
They would actually start to seek YOU out and ask, “How do you do that? Why is God answering your prayers all of the time?”
This is just one area in which being baptized by the Holy Spirit will help us. Although a person can have joy and have a thankful heart because of the new birth, being born again – it is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit that helps us to Praise God in times of trouble and to be a powerful witness to the power of God in any situation. Amen!
I remember, now this was many years before I was born again, but a person lived across the street from us back in the little town of New Llano, Louisiana. He was born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. I would talk to him sometimes when we both happened to be outside in the front for whatever reason.
I noticed he had a habit of always saying something like, “Praise God” or “Amen” or “Praise Jesus” when we were talking. It seemed that every time I would say something positive that was happening, maybe, “I finally got my old truck running again,” he would say, “Praise God! That’s awesome…”
I just thought he was a little weird. I’m just being honest here, folks. Remember, I said I was not born again at the time.
But, for him, it had become a habit of giving God praise for all of the little things. Amen! I thought it was weird, simply because I was not in a relationship with the Most High God like he was – through Christ Jesus! Amen!
Now, as I was preparing to teach on this today, I realized I had developed the same, “habit.” Amen!
Because I received Jesus on January 25th, 1992 in a little empty apartment in Columbus, Georgia at 1135pm ET while in the midst of despair and contemplating suicide – GOD SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OFF in my life! Amen! And my life has never been the same since! Praise God!
That one night changed my life, changed my destiny, forever. I was born again AND Baptized in the Holy Spirit all at the same time!
It was not long before I realized “I was praising God” like our neighbor was doing!
That is why I am emphasizing here, over the last several days about praying to God about the little things – well, in addition to praying about the little things, you need to PRAISE HIM about the little things! Amen! Praise the Lord! (there, right there…did you catch that? I can’t help but Praise Him!)! Amen! Don’t shout me down when I’m preaching good!
You need to praise God in the little things and in the BIG THINGS! You need to Praise Him when things are going great and when things are looking bad. You need to praise Him in the closet and Praise Him on the roof top! You need to praise Him in the car and Praise Him in the shower! You need to Praise Him church and Praise Him in the Hospital and Praise Him in your job…you need to develop a continual PRAISE from your lips to His ears! Praise you Jesus! AMEN! Did you catch that? There it was again!
I can’t help to NOT praise Him. I give Him Praise ALL DAY LONG! I can’t help but Praise Him. Praise for Jesus is continually on my lips and Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart – the mouth speaks!” Praise God (there it is again)!
Anyway – I could go on and on giving praises to Jesus just as an example of what Praise should sound like on a continual basis. Amen!
I want to pray for you to be able to Praise Jesus and Praise God the Father like that, too. Amen!
Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!” Be blessed in all that you do!
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