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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”?

Moving from confession to obedience

Pastor Asa Dockery of World Harvest Church North in northern Georgia delivered an awesome, timely word from God today.  He said,

There will come a time when we must move from confession to obedience.  There will come a time when God will begin to set boundaries for you.

The title of the message was “What Happens After the Fast?”  Our congregation just completed a 21-day fast.  The temptation for many is to return to previous habits or addictions, but that is not what God wants for His people.  A fast should draw us closer to God and promote us to a new level of obedience.  I loved the entire message (which you can listen to if you click on the link above), but here are a few key points that I took away.

In Genesis 2:15, God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat a particular food and if they disobeyed, they would die.  You know the story.  They did and they died; both spiritually and physically eventually.  In the same light, when God speaks to one of His children and He tells us to abstain from something and we do not obey Him, it brings spiritual death (and maybe physical death) to us.  WOW!

I was blown away by this powerful word.  Did you know that food represents the desires of this world?  Adam and Eve lost their birthright to Satan, but in the wilderness, Jesus took it back from Satan and handed it to us after the Cross.  Still, Satan continues to tempt us with food and habits and addictions, when the Holy Spirit is trying to set boundaries for us that will guard us against death.  Today, my eyes were opened to yet another deception of the enemy and how he works through the lusts of our flesh to seduce us.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION FOR MY LIFE

I am a Certified Nutrition Counselor.  My years of experience has taught  me that food restriction alone does not produce any lasting change.  Diets fail.  People are miserable and I have known in my spirit that suffering is from Satan and is a spiritual matter.  Years ago, I told God that until He showed me the truth from His word about how to help people walk in obedience regarding destructive habits to our holy temples, I would not counsel anyone.  Today, my mind was totally transformed by this word and God clearly showed me His Truth in this area.

GOD’S GRACE IS OUR STRENGTH

Paul asked God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh.  God told Paul that His grace was sufficient; for in Paul’s weakness, God’s grace was made perfect.  Instead of looking at grace from the riverbank, we need to step into middle of the river, where we cannot walk and where the God’s grace becomes our strength in our weakness.  When fasting or abstaining from something that God has spoken to you about, when you are weak, remember that is when God will carry you through with His strength.  And when the battle is over, you will emerge victorious.

Grace becomes strength through our obedience to God!  How divine.  I have been set free from years of bondage!  Thank you Jesus.

The power of life and death is in the words we speak.

I remember when God first began to teach  me about my words.  It revolutionized my world and changed everything.  I want to quote from one of my favorite books, “Commanding Your Morning” by Dr. N. Cindy Trimm.  It was given to me by one of my dear sisters, Marina.  My life began to change in direct proportion to the words that I spoke.

“The Word of God has the power to realign anything that is misaligned, especially faulty mindsets, systems of belief, ideologies, traditions of man, and doctrines of devils that lie and exalt themselves above the will of God for your life.  They must be pulled down, cast down and brought into captivity under the Lordship of Christ.  If you are a believer, life does not have to be a mystery.  You can take control of your life and experience divine success and prosperity”.

I command all that God has for me into my life.

Speaking the word of God over our lives changes the atmosphere in our home, our places of business, everywhere we go.  Speaking God’s words into our lives releases God’s holy angels to cause our decrees and declarations to come to pass.  Words are  not empty.  Once spoken, they go into the spiritual realm and must be acted upon, by either the kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of Light.

In Genesis 1, God showed us how He created the universe.  He said, “let there be…” and there it was.  Do you understand that we have the same creative power with our words?  Maybe not, but this is the most important aspect of our being.

Be careful and watchful of your tongue or your words.  The power of life and death is in it.  Your miracles or your curses flow from your own mouth.  Remember, it costs nothing to learn to align your words with God.