Friday, July 22, 2016

What the Power of Praise Can Do

Praise means “to commend, to applaud or magnify.” For the Christian, praise to God is an expression of worship, lifting-up and glorifying the Lord. It is an expression of humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon the Lord with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration and thanksgiving 

8 Things About Praise

1. Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God.  In our often “selfie” focused world, we need this constant reminder - life is not all about us.
 2. Praise brings us to a place of humility.   We remember our dependency on God, as we acknowledge our need for Him.  As we praise Him as Creator and King of this world, we admit and recognize that we’re not in control, but He is.  He is above all
3. Praise makes the enemy flee.   It pushes back the darkness the surrounds, and blocks the attacks and hissing lies over us.  Evil will not stick around if we’re praising our God, who will fight our battles for us
4. Praise leaves no room for complaining and negativity.  through praise, we’re focused on Him, no longer allowing too much attention to be centered around the struggles.  We’re reminded of what He has already done in our lives.  We’re reminded that He knows what concerns us, and is capable of taking care of all that burdens us.
4. Praise makes room for God’s blessings over our lives.
5. Praise opens the gateway of blessing as we come into the Presence of our King. 
6. Praise invites His presence.  God dwells close to us when we praise Him.  He lives there.  He looks for it.  
7. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in His presence.  We're strengthened by His peace and refueled by His joy.  Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems, He changes our hearts.
8.  It paves the way for God's power to be displayed, miracles ​happen. 

We have a choice every day in this life.  To live absorbed in worry and stress, on the fast track of busy, focused only on what surrounds us, tuned into the roar of the world. 
Or, we can ask God to help us take our eyes off all that may be swirling around, our problems and mess, or the voices of others. And we can look Him, the One who holds it all together, and who holds us in his hands.

Dear God,
We praise You today with our hearts and songs, we praise You for your faithfulness, we praise You for Your great power and love. We confess our need for You, our lives don't go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet You never leave us. Thank you for Your presence. Thank You for Your care over us, thank You that You breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for Your Spirit to fill us, to draw us close to Yourself, and to work Your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on You.

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