Praise

May 6, 2016 at 12:45 am (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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What is the essence of Praise?

Is it just knowing God is? How often does it come easy when He paints a wondrous sky? When He does anything to make us smile? How does one apply the sacrifice of praise? This question lays heavy on my heart theses days. Almost every believer I know (almost) doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of sacrificial praise. When asked in a poll, nine out of ten believers could not quote a scripture that speaks of sacrificial praise. May seem rather inconsequential unless you realize how often its referenced in the Word. 218 times the word sacrifice is in the Word, half of them include praise with them. In the half that doesn’t refer to praise directly with it, it gives strong indications of it being in conjuction to or related to, or a result of. ..pretty incredible.

To sacrifice means to give something up. To praise means to lift something or someone up in exaltation. Put together, as the Word repeatedly states it, we sacrifice the opposite of praise for praise of God . After all it would hardly be a sacrifice to praise God when I’m happy. It would seem these days that we have this assumption that we are entitled to our feelings. So praise can come after I’ve had my pout, rant, disappointment, hurt, anger – especially if it comes on the heals of injustice. Yet as I enter into the presence of God, and He teaches me, He clearly says to sacrifice my feelings and with all my heart, mind, and soul praise Him, especially when I can hardly dredge up a thin whisp of His praise-worthiness, this is true sacrifice. It requires faith. Faith in the God who is working at all times to and for the good of those that love Him. This is a foundational truth that must be lived. How better to live it than to practice it? Or do it. Something can’t live, as dead words on a page, it must become active to live. Dying to oneself will always come with the sacrifice of one’s feelings. Not the ignorance of them, or denial, but the will turning towards the Father and actively willing itself into the Kingdom of Praise. It’s the arm wrestle of me and my view verses God and His. Every promise He has made can be used to contradict a complaint from human lips. Yes, every single one. Noone keeps their promises like God, not one.

Someone once said, “I really can’t see one thing today that is worth praising“. For those in throws of this temptation let me share a perspective. Everyday, in order for the day to be called a day, the sun must have risen(God be praised), in order for one to be able to call a day a day, one must have been given breath to enter into it(God be praised). One may argue, “what if I wish God had taken me Home instead?” Simply put, then your will has not entered into His, for if you were willed to go Home to be with Him, your breaths would have ceased and there you would be. So. ..sacrifice your will to the sovereign God you say you believe in and thank Him for the day He has made, ask Him to change your heart and open your eyes to the gift of the day you are in and thank Him for your purpose in His will to be here, now.

What does it cost you to call yourself a follower of Christ? Have you been stoned (with real rocks, not weed) for your belief in Him? Do you know the sacrifice of not doing the thing you think you can’t live without, just because He said “Live without it.” Do we truly know that when He says that He is prophecying? Literally, if you give it up, you will really and truly live, actively putting His Word to action, faith being a real live thing working inside you. This is Life, the Life Yeshua (Jesus) came to give. The Life He lived, and now we can by the power of His Spirit live too. I can honestly say I never succeed at such sacrifice, until I’ve admitted my defeat in ability and asked for the Spirit to give me praise instead. I can’t drudge praise up on my own. So, you see the denial of the feelings that cause complaint, pout, rage, bitterness, doubt, comparison, etc – may indeed be acknowledged but not lived instead they must be sacrificed, exchanged for what we don’t possess. The only reason we reason to our advantage to keep our feelings and “work through them”, is simply because we don’t want to let them go. Not one person has ever worked through their feelings leading to life, faith in God. Read Hebrews 11. There is no mention of one hint of one person of Faith who “worked through their feelings But had faith. Not one. Every single one, sacrificed their feelings and turned towards God to obtain faith. Often our feelings are cronic lairs. Why? Because they are hitched to our comfort, our perspective, our desires, our failures, the fallen nature of this world. But, what about delight, joy, love, compassion. ..aren’t theses feelings, you ask? Depends. Depends on Who gives them to you. Do you delight at the sunset? Any question as to Who gets the credit for it? And love? This is constantly being defined by feelings, it’s not a feeling, Love is and always will be a choice. Love is sacrifice, if you don’t sacrifice for the one you say you love, you don’t love them. To sacrifice in love, one must give up something of themselves for the other. It must cost something. Another long subject for another blog, but love is not a feeling, it’s a result of feelings being yielded to Love Himself. What does the Word say about joy? I won’t answer this for you, look it up, study it, it’s not a feeling we come by as good little human beings in and of ourselves. All things good – every single good thing ever only and ever will come from God. If you experience it, thank Him for it, cause we don’t get joy without Him or compassion, or delight. One may argue; “but non-believers delight in sunsets“. So? This is evidence of the contrary of what is true about sunsets? Whether one believes or not, God made sunsets, and if one delights at one, they delight in Him, whether they acknowledge it or not. The Author of the sunset does not change, and why wouldn’t He give delight to anyone for admiring His work? That is the amazing thing about God, He doesn’t wait to be who He is, do what He does, on us to believe Him or acknowledge Him. Never has, never will. He came while we were yet sinners, remember? Yes, indeed, even the sinners are given delight in the things that come from God alone.
But, praise, sacrificial praise, this is only given to them that believe and acknowledge Him. Those without Him are quite incapable of faith. But lest, we who follow and live for God be proud, we, too are incapable without Him. The difference is, we who have let Him take over our lives, have been given the power of the Spirit of God to do the things of God. So we see, it all comes from Him, not us. This why, I believe, that nine out of every ten of those believers in that poll, had no clue about sacrificial praise. It’s the stumbling stone we trip over, living a life we get credit for vs. living a life He gets credit for. Indeed it’s a contradiction to even say, I can live my own life. My life is dead if lived for me. Only Life and God go hand in hand. Without Him, death is the only result of anything.

I belabor, but I do so at the lead of the God of Life. Read up about sacrificial praise in His Word, ask Him to expand upon it into your limbs. You’ll find, much of the walk with Him will have this sacrificial praise as it’s hallmark. It takes faith to praise God when bills are due and money is no where to pay, it takes faith to believe He is working in such detail while the over due notices are stamped out. It takes faith to praise God for accidents and floods. It takes faith to praise God for hiccups and delays. Faith is trust in action. A moving, living trust that moves our lips towards praise and our hearts, minds and bodies in line with them. Every single person on the planet has trust issues. Don’t claim that as special or unique to you. Hint, God never said to trust anyone but Him. Most the time we have trust issues, it’s because we trusted the people He made, or ourselves instead of Him in the first place. Trust issues are cured only by trusting only in God. Faith can only come from a living active trust in God. Sacrificial praise is the epitome of faith!

Hebrews 11:1
Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Him, therefore, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise continually. For this is the natural product of lips that acknowledge His Name.

Psalms 50:14-15
Offer thanksgiving as your sacrifice to God, pay your vows to the Most High, and call to Me when you are in trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.

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♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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The Wind Knows Me

January 18, 2013 at 2:27 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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John 3:5-8
Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. Stop being amazed at My telling you that you must be born again from above! The wind blows where it wants to go, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”       

Ezekiel 37:9
Next He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy, human being! Say to the breath that Adonai Elohim (the Lord God) says, ‘Come from the four winds, breath; and breathe on these slain, so that they can live.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you;
I will take the stoney heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
I will put My Spirit inside you and cause you to live by My laws, respect My rulings and obey them.

Ezekiel 37:14
I will put My Spirit in you; and you will be alive

In Hebrew; breath, wind, Spirit, and character are all connected. The scripture in John from above becomes so much clearer when one knows this. Yeshua (Jesus) was reared in a Hebrew culture, its language and perspectives. He spoke mostly to Hebrews! So they would have had the ability to understand why He used the wind as an example in context to being born again. Often it may seem a bit odd to the “Greek” thinker (most every other culture aside from Asian, Middle Eastern); that Yeshua would bring up the wind while explaining the nature of being born again.

It was the Wind of God that breathed into the dust that made Adam! It says in Genesis 1:26

“Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves…” (character)

And in chapter 2, He blows!! (Verse 7)

Then Adonai, God, formed a person (Hebrew: Adam) from the dust of the ground (Hebrew: adamah) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being.

Its important to note here – this was before the “fall”! There was no need for “rebirth” at this point. God made man, spirit and full of His Spirit right there at the beginning! The fall is where we lost our ability to live only in the Spirit! Hence our need, spoken by Yeshua to be reborn, re-breathed because of the fall.

Wind is actually a very vital part of life and its sustaining power. Just like water, the earth without wind will die! As will we. But!! Our wind comes from Above – God! His very nature, character, spirit, breath is the wind we must have to be alive! Just like the Water Yeshua speaks of as His character that He gives that we may never thirst again.

The wind knows me! What a profound thing! It does! It knows me inside and out! It created me! It takes me where His Will wants me to go, and knows where it is from whence I came! Draw a line…way back…back through the halls of decades upon decades…straight to where He first blew upon the dust of the earth!! How could anyone else know where and when that is/was besides God?? Not even Adam, was aware he was being born. Only God!

The Wind knows me! May He make me a strong current of His Love!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Holy One ~ Approachable

October 30, 2012 at 1:50 am (Poems) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Holy Unapproachable!
What grace You give to me!
That through Your Gate
I now approach
Yeshua who’s for me!

A blessed, sacred honor
Once kept for none but One
Now offered out from within Him
Now can Your Kingdom COME!

Not only does He bid me
Come into My Home
He walks and talks with me at every turn
And makes Himself be known

And if that wasn’t exceedingly more
Than I could ever have asked
Yeshua takes me Home to meet
The Father from Whose will all is cast!

Then topped beyond all imagining
He send His Spirit to guide
My every errant tendency
To run away from His side

Oh Great abounding Love that shakes
My all to often comfort zone
To complete this wretched soul
Moving heaven and earth is NOTHING!
To the One who makes me whole!

The other day I woke to Him
A pen moving on a Book
Curious I crept up to Him
And He let me have a look!

THERE! MY NAME!
Infused to HIS!
The pages ebbed and flowed
Written upon the Book of Life
From within the Word I glowed!

Oh Jesus, real You are to me!
How can my eyes still fail?
To receive the Grace that sets me free
Unhidden behind the Veil?

His voice was soft in answering
Unhampered by my fright
He took my face into His hands
And said, “Because you are My Life!”
“Now go and pour it out just as, You see that I have done!”
“The story of Me and victory, that I and My Father are One!”

Such Life was poured right into me
My heart near took off in flight
Yes, this flesh remembers the Breath
That blows me newly reborn

O Holy Friend – Approachable
I long to never leave Your heart!
I thank You for the miracle
Of Love that proves
You never will depart!

O Strength of God, Yeshua
That now defines my soul
Speak from my mouth
Reach through my hands
Breathe from my lungs
Walk in my feet
Bend low my back
Yourself that is so real

I will worship at Your feet
And praise You while I sit still
May all that comes from knowing You
Be Love for You increased
Love that sustains Trust in You
The Trust that creates in action
Reflecting You, only You
Love lived from compassion

Glory, Glory to the Son
That sits upon the Throne
That one day shall descend from Heaven
And rescue Your Children home!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Psalms 119:17-24 ~ G ~ Gimmel

October 23, 2012 at 4:17 am (The Shepherd's Words) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Letter ~ G ~ Gimmel ~ 3

Psalm 119:17-24
Deal generously with Your servant;
then I will live and observe Your word.
Open my eyes, so that I will see
wonders from Your Torah (Law).
Though I’m just a wanderer on earth,
don’t hide Your mitzvot (commands/instructions) from me.
I am continually consumed
with longing for Your rulings.
You rebuke the proud, the cursed,
who stray from Your mitzvot.
Remove scorn and contempt from me,
because I observe Your instruction.
Even when princes sit and plot against me,
Your servant meditates on Your laws.
Also Your instructions are my delight;
they are my counselors.

As before I have continued to post each section of Psalms 119, according to the “break up” corresponding to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is very likely that Yeshua (Jesus) learned His letters and numbers starting here in Psalm 119.

**For further study and significance please note. Youtube videos by ancienthebreworg on Youtube. (The videos can be found here in the Shepherd’s Words button on the menu)
And for the amazing correlations with the number 3:
http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/3.html

May Yeshua bless you as you study to shine within in the Light of  His approval. 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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