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What does the “sacrifice of praise” mean?

Hebrews 13:15

Amplified Bible (AMP)

15Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
God showed me something this past Sunday as I was worshiping.  My thoughts distracted me as I pushed to enter into His presence.  I was mentally thinking about my guests (first-time visitors) and how they would perceive the building, the service, etc.  I was thinking about the chains that the enemy has people bound in as I looked around the room and noticed that many could not raise their hands in praise and worship.  I was observing people and allowing my thoughts to wander about in the natural happenings in the sanctuary.  I had to press in.  So I closed my eyes and purposed to decrease so that He would increase.  I wanted the soil of my heart ready to receive good seed.  And He spoke quietly to me about the “sacrifice of praise” while worshiping Him.
Forget about the other people, what you are having for lunch today, what so-and-so said to you, your finances, your physical body, everything,, including what your guests will think.  Sacrifice all those thoughts to Me.  Enter into a praise of Me where  you  have sacrificed all of you, your circumstances, others all your thoughts about self and laid them at the foot of the Cross.  Then, worship Me.
That’s the sacrifice of praise.  Oh, that the Bride of Christ will enter into such an intimate place where only She can go.  Let us  not be distracted by outside thoughts when we are in the bed chamber with our Husband.

Will you past the test?

Testing occurs on a regular basis in the battle for your soul and today, I was given another test.  I had an opportunity to obtain an item for “free” that I really wanted and was a desire in my soul.  At first glance, I was excited about the “gift” from God.  I even had loved ones tell me it was a gift.  So, I made plans to go get the item.  But a problem arose.  I began having an uneasiness in my soul about the item.  So, I asked the Holy Spirit specifically to let me know if it was okay to obtain this item (valued at about $2,000) at no charge.  He began to whisper truth into my spirit.  I tried a few more times to “rationalize” the find as God and I talked back and forth.  But the uneasiness persisted and suddenly, my spirit was settled.  I knew, just like a teenager arguing with a parent about why she should have something (knowing that it was wrong, but wanting permission from her parent to do it anyway).  She suddenly realizes that her parent was right.

The peace of God flooded my soul.

Then, I saw it clear as day.  The enemy was trying to rob me of my future destiny by getting me to come into agreement with him, thereby opening my soul up to demonic spirits.  By my own permission, I would have allowed these spirits to mess with my blessings that God has in place for me.  I quickly repented and thanked God for His guidance.  He reminded me that I must be tested and tried and come through the test in order to receive promotion in the Kingdom.  Just like Jesus in the wilderness, Satan made the temptation seem right, even using Scripture.  But Jesus rebuked him and defeated him at his own game.  I did the same thing today.

It’s difficult to explain the joy in my spirit as I realized that I had passed a test which I had fallen victim to several times in the past.  What test?  Trying to obtain something that God says is good through methods that are not or before the timing and release of God to possess the item.  Pastor Asa Dockery just preached a message on January 29, 2012 about this very subject, called “After the Fast Has Ended” and today, I passed the test.

Thank you, Father, for perfecting me.

Why did You let these things happen to me, God?

One of my dear friends, Sue, posted this on her Facebook.  I don’t know the author, but I tweaked it a bit.  We blame God for many things that are not His fault.  In fact, nothing is God’s fault.  We need to grasp this and stop placing blame on our Beloved Father.  And, actually, this is how our conversation should be with our Papa!  Intimate!  Smile, God loves you.

Me : Father, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won’t get mad?

GOD: I promise.  I love to reason with you.

Me (frustrated): Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late…

GOD: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start…

GOD: Okay….

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait so long.

GOD: Hmmmm…

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

GOD: All right.

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work.  Nothing went right today!  Why did You do that?

GOD: Well let me see….. the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh…

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.

Me (ashamed): …

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed): Oh…

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see, Father.

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight.  I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry, Father.

GOD: Don’t be sorry, I’m just trying to help you trust Me in all things, whether they seem good or bad to you.

Me: I will trust You, Father, forgive me.

GOD: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.  Remember, My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.

Me: I will remember, Father, thank You for everything today.

GOD: You’re welcome, my beloved.  Remember that I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.

What if we treat our Bible like a cell phone?

I received this in an email and copied it here.  I can’t give credit to the author because I don’t know who wrote it.  I cleaned up the grammar a bit.  There are people who love the Word of God more than their cell phones.

Have you ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

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What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to our children and grandchildren as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

Hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the  bill.  No dropped calls.

So, what are your priorities?

Do you “pick up” when God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit is calling you or do you “ignore message”?

God’s story about you is intense and has a happy ending.

This is a blog about the story of the lives of women.  The purpose of this blog is to set women free to be all that God created each one to be by exposing lies and half-truths that hold women in bondage.  By freedom, I mean the freedom to live in the fullness of the pages of the book that God Himself authored about you.  Did you know that?   Neither did I.

For the majority of my life, I had no clue that God penned a beautiful story about me before I was born and that it is more romantic, adventurous, exciting, rewarding, mysterious, loving, fun and challenging than Cinderella.  And in this blog, I’ll share some great insight into this beautiful story and many others, that will help you see that you are just like Cinderella and your Prince Charming will come.  It’s a promise from God.  But, in each of our stories, there are also ugly stepsisters who are determined to rob us of our royal inheritance.  Let’s uncover and expose the lies that may be keeping women in the ashes, hidden from her royal destiny.

God sees all women just the way that Prince Charming saw Cinderella.  If you’ll think a moment about any love story and consider the hero who pursues the one he loves, you can draw some conclusions about God.  Another favorite of mine is Gone with the Wind.  But the end of that story is sad.  The villain destroyed the relationship and we were left disappointed and empty.  Many women are living like Scarlett O’Hara; in those last words that Rhett uttered to her, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”.  Well, thank God our story does not have to end like Scarlett’s and we can learn some important lessons from her story.  In fact, I will discuss several love stories in this blog because we can find characteristics of God in each one.   The only reason that I say that is because all stories are derived from the first, highest and original Heavenly Love Story.  We are the crown of God’s creation and He created us to be something very special.  He will never forsake us or leave us!  That’s why I want to discuss God’s story that He wrote about you.

I welcome you, beloved women, to express yourselves here, to ask questions about the identity of a woman and to share things that God has shown you.  Maybe you don’t yet know the living God or you think that He has not shown you anything yet, so this is also a good place to ask questions about Him and to discover Him in a deep, intimate way.

Just to let you know, I will not tolerate any slander of God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  I will accept questions about God, but I am on guard for the ugly stepsisters who want to keep the Cinderellas from attending the ball.  There are also the false hopes like Scarlett had in her “love” for Ashley that kept her from true love.  Although we should all be respectful of each other, it is only to the extent that God is revered, honored and respected first, above human opinion.  He is our Creator.  Jesus is our Beloved and the Holy Spirit is our Protector and Teacher.  Heaven adores us and has a specific, beautiful plan for each of our lives.  Remember that the purpose of this blog is to discover how to live in the story that God wrote about each of us.

Truthfully, if any woman really knows God and His intense love for her, she would never reject Him, like Scarlett rejected Rhett and his love for her.  But I know that, like Scarlett, many women have a counterfeit “love” that is keeping her heart blinded to her real love.  I want to change the ending of the story for all the Scarlett’s of the world.  The only reason any woman would reject such a Lover is because she is being blinded by another, false love.  We will discuss this topic at great length in this blog.  So, be blessed women!  Discover who you really are and enjoy life in the palace of the King as His beloved Queen.  What is your favorite love story?