Truly dear hearts I love to praise and worship our God because He’s so worthy of all the glory, honor and praise. No matter what life brings to our door step, He’s still worthy! Oh yes He is! I could not have said this from my heart some years ago because I didn’t understand or know that there is an in-spite-of praise that I would have to learn to give to our Heavenly Father.
It was real easy for me to praise God as long as He was blessing me (that’s called the-because-of praise); that kind of praise cost nothing but the in-spite-of praise isn’t free. This kind of praise can only be taught by the school master of test and trials – that’s what God allowed in order to make me who I am today and it will continue to make me in the future. I haven’t arrived where God wants me to be yet but I am changing, little by little and (I believe so are you).
It takes time to be molded and shaped by the power of God so don’t rush the process. Be patient with God and with your selves; don’t charge God foolishly but trust Him in what He’s molding and shaping you to become.
You can trust his plans for you because He loves us!
It took me many years to believe and accept His love simply because I didn’t love myself. I thought surely I wasn’t worthy of His love. But Satan is a liar and he can’t tell the truth. He can’t make me believe that lie anymore! Oh bless the living God! How can I believe anything but the truth: God loves me, me and yes, me again and again! God has brought me through so much, from the troubles I experienced in my youth through two bouts with cancer as an adult – I just can’t tell it all BUT I can tell you this much: there’s nobody who can do us like Jesus!
When I had colon cancer in 2006 God gave me this scripture to read:
Psalm 34:19 (KJV)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
In 2010 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer He once again gave me words of encouragement from His holy word:
Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
And it kept getting better! When my daughter and I went to my sister’s house to tell her the doctor’s prognosis (so that she could sympathize with me), I’d barely gotten the ‘bad news’ out of my mouth when God anointed her in the Holy Spirit and spoke these glorious, victorious and powerful words to me: “It’s not bad news. You shall live and not die.”!
Oh what a rejoicing time we had in that kitchen! Dear hearts I’m still here! A living, breathing testimony of God’s healing and keeping power. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
I have only to think on his goodness, his mercy towards me and I get so happy, happy, happy in my soul – I’m like David dancing before the Lord. Dear ones even at sixty years of age this living testimony can dance before the Lord all night and then some. Thank God there’s no age limit in the Spirit.
We are going to rejoice in heaven with Him for eternity what more for this short time while we’re here on earth?
Yes Dear Hearts, God will carry us through the rough stuff and it can get pretty rough but when you can’t stand like you want to, hang on where you can but whatever you do don’t let go. It’s in His name and through His blood that we have the victory.
Don’t do what I did years ago; don’t fall into Satan’s trap of despair. The last thing our foe wants us to do is praise and worship God. That demon of the soul knows that God inhabits the praises of His people. There’s no wonder the Heavenly host cry aloud, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
To those of us who have not lost the will to praise God from our hearts, continue to praise Him no matter what may come. And yet there are some who are not so sure they can hold on for one more hour let alone another day. This is why it’s so important that we pray for and encourage one another. I never thought I’d lose heart when it came to praising God but I did and that can happen to anyone.
To those who are in a struggle today I encourage you to keep praising your Heavenly Father. Hang on in there; your help is on the way. Our Heavenly Father loves us with a great and everlasting love. His love will never fade away and there’s nothing we can do about it except receive it, embrace it and hang on to it for dear life. Dear ones believe me when I tell you no matter how long you’ve been struggling this too will pass. That you and I have the victory through Christ’s blood and his powerful name is not just a saying, it’s a promise!
If you are in need of prayer ask someone you can trust to pray with you; if not please know that we’re here and if you’d like to make a prayer request be assured that we will take it before the Lord. He still sits on the throne; His ears are ever open to His children’s cry and His eyes see every tear we shed. Although we may not personally know you, our Heavenly Father knows us all in a very real and personal way. He knows His children and we are the apples of His eye.
Zechariah 2:8 (NIV)
For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—
There is a song that says: When praises go up God’s blessings come down. Those lyrics have ringed true in my life and in many others’ lives – why can’t it ring true in yours? God is a keeper, his power is sustaining and his love for us is never-ending. Look up and be blessed.
Finally, please know that you are more to Rebecca and me than a face we see on Facebook or here on the blog; you’re our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love you and hope to encourage you in Christ, when you hurt we hurt and so does our Heavenly Father.
Remember, no matter what, praise God anyhow!
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