Flattened dreams = No praise?

Dreams of chocolate chip goodness wafting through the house promises of a warm, gooey and tasty delight.

“I should have checked to see if we had all the ingredients kids, sorry.”

Promises shattered we stared into a bowl full of ingredients but devoid of baking soda. Without baking soda, the mixture would be flat, dense and unrecognizable as cookies. All of that work not to mention drooling for nothing?!

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What is the one ingredient if left out of your spiritual life will create flattened and lifeless Christians?

                        Praise:

  • Is our purpose
  • Is the highest form of warfare
  • Is arguably the most individualistic ingredient in our Christian walk
  • Is a point Christians seem to ridicule the most (to raise hands or not to, to dance, or sway or even to bring out banners, flags etc. or to stand with hands folded across our chest)
  • Praise scares the daylights out of Satan and his minions because it negates every curse he could ever think to lay on us

 

What is stopping you from praising?

Your circumstances? God forbid.  Praise releases you from your rotten circumstances and unleashes God’s promises into your life.

We cannot go down aisle #4 and pick up some praise to add to our Christian walk but we can begin where we are at and build from there.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

 

When we begin to take account of His promises and live not by sight but by faith. Praise naturally explodes from within us.  You can’t hold it back any more than if you tried to hold your breath your body would burst out into life.

If your life looks like a rotten pile of steaming junk, do not speak life and strength into your rotten circumstances.  Speak glory and praise onto the Lord of your salvation.  Did He save you or not? If He saved you once, He can do it again.

 

Please pray with me to release God’s will.

 

I praise You for Your promises You say You will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  How great are the riches found in the depths of Jesus- I seek those riches, grant me my heart’s desire to know and walk within Your promises.  I proclaim that I seek the Lord, restore my heart to You as You grant me my heart’s desire- Your Presence.  You know the plans you have for me and they are for good.  Help me to rest in Your goodness.  Darken my eyes to the world and awaken the eyes and ears of my heart to Your Kingdom.  Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  My life is Yours and I praise You for my finances for what You have given me and for the provisions that are to come.  Every knee shall bow to the glory of Christ Jesus and I bow now.  Your ways are so far above my ways.  Holy, holy, holy great is the Lord God almighty and greatly He is to be praised.  I lift my life as a living sacrifice available for Your great plans.  I desire my obedience and praise on earth to match my obedience and praise I live out in heaven.  My joy leaps within me let my praises lift You higher.  Please forgive me of where I had You seated in my life previously.  Cover me in the blood of the Lamb who is worthy to be praised.  Awaken the sleepers let the shofar blast be sounded- I will be found in You.  I proclaim and declare as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  Teach me what it is to abide in You and You in me. My great and glorious Lord I praise You. Thank You, for loving me.  Amen.

Does God ask you to praise for His benefit or yours? (consider this question as you enter this time of thanksgiving)

What do you need to praise for?  Let me know and I will praise with you.

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Are you dodging every blessing?

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Have you ever started an assignment from God, got two steps in and realized this is too much for me to handle?  If so, then you are headed in the right direction.

Position:  Being a servant of God comes down to position.  Where are you?  Is your obedience positioning you to be used mightily for God’s good purpose or are you dodging every blessing? I am praying for the Holy Spirit to fully manifest in me.  God is faithful in the answering of the prayers He receives.

Confessions of a tired mama.  The mom, mom, mom, mom and the poking and tugging on my arms is past what I can stand.  To just lay it out there, I don’t even like to start something unless it looks easy.  If I glance at something and its going to require; work, thought, time, effort or any amount of my coveted resources I run.  I tell myself I can’t do that, it’s just one more thing stealing my joy.

God has been asking me to do some tough stuff.  Stuff that requires my full heart, soul and all of my physical strength.  I have been under huge spiritual attack, because of my obedience. My faith, obedience quotient and strength have been thoroughly stretched these last couple of weeks. I have been barely able to lift my head up, let alone continue to be, all that is needed for four beautiful children.  I cried out to the Lord to sustain me and grant me some peace to continue.  He answered my prayers.  Other godly women came along side of me and ministered to me, in stories of their own lives and with prayer.  I know at least one of the women prayed for me late into the night.  Ironically I had just completed a late night and early morning prayer vigil literally just the day before, for that very woman.  The attacks abated allowing for the peace that passes human understanding to reign and for me to get some sleep.  Not by accident but by hard work.  Warfare is, as it sounds a tough and grueling business.

Today I went in to teach a class at my children’s Christian school, and the teacher asked if she could read from the bible first before I began.  I said yes, because I love to read the bible but there is something satisfying about hearing children read from it.  It gives a mother a much needed, breath of fresh air.  They read from Luke 10, the chapter that discusses Deuteronomy 6:5 command to love the Lord you God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.

I had prayed that morning for God’s perspective to reign in my heart and mind.  Here was my direct answer.  At no point anywhere in the bible, does Jesus say things will be easy or little will be expected of us.  Quite the opposite you will find, at even a cursory glance at God’s word.

I prayed for discernment to determine what within me was blocking me from fully seeing or embracing this fact.  My prayer rewarded me with the answer, the spirit of entitlement.  We all think of entitlement as something the younger generation carries with them.  The need to have all the latest things, look a certain way and a ‘don’t I deserve it’ kind of attitude.  The evil one is both covert and subtle.  The spirit of entitlement attacking me is subtle in its destructive corrosion of my life.  I was accepting as truth; because I am working hard for the Lord, and am doing what is right everything will be easy.  I will get a free pass from the bombardments of spiritual warfare.  Clearly a lie.

I bound the evil spirt of entitlement in Jesus name and asked the Lord to grant me His perspective on my life.  He asked me, “What is the world?”

A fleeting dust storm?

A thing to be conquered?

The place where I acquire as many toys as possible?

The place where I win as much as I can, making losers of as many as I can?

Where I create servants for my every need?

Or is it the place that in my serving, I learn what it is to have all eternal riches given to me, with the                                         resulting responsibility and privileges?  God is good, wise and just.  We serve a sovereign God of                                           mercy and light.

To much is given much is expected.  I cannot receive the full manifestation of the Holy Spirit and all His giftings, to edify the church, and have it easy.  That seems like a simple enough statement and it’s truth is unshakeable.  Jesus said, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NLT).  He has overcome the world, but the fact is we are still living in this world and we will have trouble.

Lord Jesus I come before you with a humble heart.  Not my natural heart but the heart you are transforming within me to create a position and place for me to accept Your blessings.  I can not accept Your blessings without being in a position of thankful gratitude.  Lord Jesus transform my heart from a heart of entitlement to one of gratitude.  I need you Lord God in all aspects of my life. I surrender all of my heart, soul and all my physical strength to You Lord.  Use me for Your good purposes.  Let the Holy Spirit fully manifest within me.  Lord Jesus.  I accept the responsibility that comes with Your privileges.  You are a kind and just God I praise Your name.  Amen.