Through Him, we are given everything we need to live a life for Him and His praise. He died so that we could live with Him forever if we just believe that He is God and the Saviour for all. Let us give thanks to Him this day, for He has died and now risen!
Archive for praise
There are just some points in my life where I see my wrong and the sin within, maybe by comparing what I do to someone else, and wonder how I could deserve such grace. How many times have I walked away from Him, or been a hypocrite, pretending that I was a Christian but living the way that I wanted to live in my dark little hole. I’ve seen so many other people that look and do so many good things, and have wondered why me and not them, but that is how grace works. See, its really not the fact of what I have done to be deserving of any of what God has given me, but its hopefully the praise and adoration that will come from a heart that knows without Christ it is worth nothing and having God get all of the praise and glory. And for those that look good and do great things, they pretty much have believed in themselves and will believe in themselves until something big changes their lives, or they meet the Creator face to face on that Judgment day. I am humbled each and everyday for what God has done in my life and the chance for me to be in Heaven with Him when I die.
Here is an excerpt from a friend, and I think he explains it well enough for everyone to understand where we stand with Christ:
Every now and then I realize anew how unworthy I am of everything that God does for me every day; the way He loves me absolutely unconditionally. That’s when I break. When this happens, it is usually the highlight of my week. Is this strange to you? What does the Bible say on this?
Read Luke 7:36-48. (own commentary) The woman, a “known sinner” cries, washes His feet with her tears, dries it with her hair and anoints His feet at huge expense while the watching pharisee judges. Jesus’ response? v47 “But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Jesus tells us that the most important important thing we can do is to love God(Mat 22:37). If we’re honest with ourselves about where we are(and as Paul points out in Rom 3, we’re all in a bad place), we will love Him more.
CS Lewis puts it this way: “Knowledge of broken law precedes all other religious experience.” Not to condemning us, but making us realize our constant need for our Savior!
Jesus speaks about Himself in Luke 20:17-18: The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone. Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.
Personally, I choose being broken. André Baladi
This prayer is in the book ‘War of Words’ by Paul Tripp, and I think it really speaks to what my life was like and how I am still working on the later part, and becoming more like Christ.
That temper of mine!
Forgive me, Lord —
I let it get the better of me again.
When will I ever learn to wait
until I’ve heard the whole story,
to respond under pressure
as Christ would,
to meet evil with good?
I’m growing, Lord,
but my growth is far too slow.
Till my life —
break up clods of pride,
root out weeds of selfishness,
plow under every vestige of stubbornness.
Cultivate me and sow liberally
more of the Spirit’s
and storms (if need be);
shine brightly on my soul.
Then I will sprout forth
patience and kindness and love–
And my tongue will learn
to help and heal
and praise the Name
of the One through Whom
The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”
God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)
This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons. With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power. We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God. We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.
“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us; it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray. It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind; it is crying out, “Abba, Father”; it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”