Have you ever had to praise your way out of a situation? Have you ever been under such great attack that the only thing you could do was lift your
hands unto the Lord? Have you ever experienced an attack so fierce, violent and brutal that you couldn't say anything ... your tears was literally
your praise? The specific focus of today's encouragement is admonishing you to practice praising God for who we are in Jesus, and how praise will radically impact how we go through times of struggle. I don't profess to be an expert, but trust me, I've had my share of ups and downs where praise was all I had to pull strength from! I discovered early in my walk as a Believer that
praise is the mechanism God created for us to focus on Him instead of everything around us. We look at Him and worship Him for who He is and then He shows us what He means “in us.” Wow! When we are going through, we might stop for a
moment and glance at our circumstances, but our total gaze is on our Savior! listen to me carefully. In times of struggle, God gives us an incredible
amount of grace. In that grace, He teaches us of His purpose and that He is working. He makes scripture come alive for us and speaks to us to give us a word when it is needed. He gives us wisdom when we need it. If you never praise and
have no faith in this process, then you will miss it. This is when we make poor choices due to being stressed out or depressed. Praising Him opens up the door for Him to give you supernatural wisdom. Get this, He fills us with so much Jesus, that Jesus comes out during trials to such an extent that people are amazed at our strength and faith. Have you ever had someone say to you, “how are you being so strong?” And you say, “It's my God strengthening me.” God does not just get us by. No sir. He raises us up in grace and strength to
be a testimony of His grace and strength! Hallelujah!! Whatever trial we are in, we are there to display His glory and the glory of His
graciousness. He will lavish so much of Jesus in your life that you cannot help but be a testimony to His glory. Now tell me – how powerful is that? How strong does that make you! Glory to God! My friend, no circumstance, crisis, or critic can take away our real, actual life. No circumstance, crisis, or critic can keep God from working His purpose. No circumstance, crisis, or critic can create any struggle beyond what we can handle. No circumstance crisis, or critic can remove His presence from our lives. Now, those perceptions should change your life! When we praise God, we proclaim our faith in Him. Psalm71:14-15 says, "As for me, I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure." That statement always blows my mind!!! A sacrifice of praise is something that we offer to God — in times of well being and in times of sorrow. Never allow praise to become a habit or a trite activity. It is a
priceless honor to kneel before the throne of our Lord and Savior. God does not need our praise, but certainly, He desires it. He knows when life takes an unexpected turn toward sorrow or when a serious illness lingers for months and even years, praise has the ability to lighten our hearts and fill us with a sense of love and security that can only come from one place....... God's throne! Personally, I have experienced trials so horrific that I forgot breathe! Praise helped me to be joyful and thankful regardless of my circumstances. It prepared me to continue in God's service and it helped me to see beyond my present circumstances to the immense possibilities that were mine through faith in Jesus Christ. Nehemiah wrote in 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Praise teaches us to turn our eyes away from circumstances to the One who has the ability to heal, save, renew, and mend every broken heart. Lots of people think I'm happy all the time, but that is certainly not true! I explain to them, there is a difference between happiness
and joy. Happiness is something we experience for a moment and is often short lived. Joy is eternal. It comes only as a result of living a life of praise. Praise comes as a result of a heart that is overflowing with joy that may even come in lonely moments. Suddenly, you find yourself being comforted by the One who created you and who understands your grief and sorrow. You may be in a situation right now where you feel as though you cannot praise God, but if you will just take a step toward praise, you will sense God’s arms surrounding you. Your praise doesn't have to be eloquently spoken or deep, your praise can be as simple as this: "To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God." Just let praise steady your heart when trouble comes and gain God's perspective on your current situation. Take time to thank God for what He has done for you. He has saved you and given you an opportunity to know
and love Him. Remember He loves you with an unconditional love and will not withhold any "good" thing from you. In closing, when God wanted to bring down the walls of Jericho he didn’t send an army he sent the musicians and choir. There is power in praise. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were waiting, praying and praising God, and the Holy Spirit came and the world was changed. When Paul and Silas were in prison they were praising God at midnight and their prayer and praise released an earthquake that all the doors of the prison flew open and their chains came loose. When God’s people praise him powerful things happen. Again I say, there are times we do not feel like praising God. Just as there may be times when we do not feel like saying “I love you to our spouse. It is a choice. It is what we were created to do. It is what we are commanded to do. The Psalmist felt he was
going to drown yet he still said he was going to praise God.
Let's pray: "Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy that You have extended towards me. Thank You for showing Yourself mighty and
strong in every detail of my life. I ask Your continued favor upon my life, finances, health and careers. Teach me how to have a steady
relationship with You. Teach me how to trust You. Teach me how to share my faith. In Jesus Name, Amen"
A Simple Nugget: "Even if you don't make a sound GOD still hears!"
FYI: "Nothing qualifies for worry; everything qualifies for prayer!"
My Confession: "I've been let down and I've been knocked down; but God has
never failed to help me up again!"
All my love and prayers,
Minister Dorothy King