Praise! Can Make Us Free!

Midnight is equaled to a time of trouble and distress. (Late in the midnight hour, etc.) In the midnight hour we picture ouselves as lonely. But what if we decided, in those moments, not to despair – but to pray and praise?

Besides the obvious benefit of freeing our own minds and hearts from bondage and distress, who else would be made free? As believers in the power and presence of God, the time has come for us to pray & raise through our midnight … so that we can be set free!!

And our freedom will lead others to be free.

In the midnight hour – Paul and Silas worshipped their way to freedom, not just their own, but the freedom of all!

I pray that our Father will give us hearts that know how to turn to Him at midnight. When all seems dark and we feel alone, let us be found praying to Him and lifting Him above the situation. Praying that others see our attitude of praise and be freed from their own oppression, depression, doubt, fear … that they will be free indeed!

Father – thank You for Your word that has made us free!

He Testifies to His Own Greatness!!

When hearing a preacher who communicates the truth clearly, we must give honor where it is due. Often we praise their oratory gifts, but truthfully we should marvel at God’s presence in them as He bears testimony of His grace. You see, He is The One who gives “utterance”! He gives them the words. He Speaks Through Them. He grants them the boldness and the power. And if we see miracles — truthfully, we must acknowledge that God, Himself, has manifested by granting the miracles as a testimony to His grace! There is little to do with us, apart from obedience.

A true man of God speaks and ministers with reliance upon the Lord, who testifies to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3) In other words, speaking with clarity and boldness; and signs and wonders that follow, are evidence of God’s own testimony and His enablement — not the skill or faith of men.

Father, Help us not to be carried away by our impressions of men. Place in our hearts an acute awareness of Your desire to testify in and through us – concerning Your grace. Purify our hearts that we may be worthy of use by You! Grant that the world will see You and not us — and know that You, Our God, are The One! Humble us Lord — and teach us to humble ourselves. Gie us hearts that will give ALL glory to The One to whom it is due!

Brenda Waters – “First giving honor to God, who is the head of my life. In whom we live and move and have our being, to whom all honor is due. Now to the pastor, elders, saints and friends and, to the sinners if there be any. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died. To whom all honor is due. The Word says render unto Ceasar what is His, Withhold not good from them that deserve it. We’ve come to lift up the name of the Christ who died and to whom all honor is due. Why don’t we praise Him, to whom all honor is due!

Who Belongs?

Instead of rejoicing, with the desire of the lost to hear the truth, the jews despised sharing what they perceived as ‘their truth‘ with anyone outside of their people.

When we proclaim God’s truth concerning salvation, it should be with the hope that people will be drawn in – desiring to know the truth. It is not for us to decide who hears – only that we proclaim. Our attitude toward the lost must be that God loves them and thus we too must love them. Tattoos, short skirts, sordid pasts, etc. should never keep us from sharing the truth. Our truth is the truth meant for the whole world.

I mean … think about it. People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand. Then the light shines for everyone!! He gave us this gift, our salvation through Jesus Christ, to tell all people the Good News about the riches Christ has. (Matthew 5:15; Ephesians 3: 8)

Father help us not to be selfish with our truth and our faith. Place in us a desire that all men should know and honor You!

Who belongs?

When we proclaim God’s truth concerning salvation, it should be with the hope that people will be drawn in – desiring to know this truth. It is not for us to decide who hears – only that we proclaim.

Our attitude toward the lost, those who do not believe in Jesus, must be that we want them to know that God loves them and thus we too must love them. Tattoos, short skirts, sordid pasts, etc. should never keep us from sharing the truth! The Truth that is meant for the world!

Instead of rejoicing at the desire of the lost to hear truth – the book of Acts shows us that the Jews, during those times, despised sharing what they perceived as ‘their truth’ with anyone outside of their own people. Well, in present day – we fit the definition of God’s people if we are believers in Christ. We need to be careful not to have the same heart as that!How much are we doing to ensure that this truth is recognized by us as His truth and not our own. How much are we doing to ensure that we understand that all who believe, belong with us! Now – there is no such thing as our own people, there are only people who belong to Our God. We are his people – and the sheep of His pasture! Children of God! Servants of God!

We better make sure that we see that all who believe … belong!

Father, help us not to be selfish with our truth and our faith. Place in us a desire that all men should know and honor You!