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!

Stay With Me Lord!

Because in my weakness I might fall to despair; because in my pride the enemy might lead me astray; because in my strength I might think too highly of myself … Lord, please be every moment near me!

Protection from the enemy; guidance so that I won’t wander; wisdom from You for daily life; strength in weakness; nearness to You always and for everything — I need Thee! O! I need Thee! Every hour I need Thee!

Psalm 38:21 LORD, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me!Don’t dump me, GOD; my God, don’t stand me up.

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!

The Wilderness …

The wilderness of this world. Have you ever thought about that? The wilderness of this world. In old English, the word (wildēornes) means land inhabited only by wild animals. Have you ever thought about that?

I could see the world right now while I was thinking about that term. Wild animals are fully self-sufficient. They find a home in a location that fits their needs. They live in an environment that provides them with the food and space that their species needs. They disguise themselves to blend in with any area they find themselves in, allowing them to avoid predators and stay healthy during harsh weather. Animals who only consume plants are eaten by meat-eating animals. They all go to rivers and ponds to get the water they need to survive. Habitat degradation, climate change, illegal trafficking, pollution, climate change, and other factors are putting them all at risk. Have you given it any thought?

For the time being, we depend on people to survive. Farmers, water treatment facilities, physicians, nurses, grocery stores, building crews, general contractors, security firms, air conditioning and heating companies, airlines, lodging facilities, hotels, entertainment industries, power companies, and so much more are all essential for our survival. This can be considered self-sufficient in the sense that people depend on one another. We settle in places that fulfill our needs for culture, low taxes, proximity to work, comfort, and proximity to family and friends, among other things. We make adjustments to fit in at work, in the church group where we serve, among new friends, and to interact with our neighbors, among other things. We do this to hide from people who might see something we have and go for it, as well as people who might notice that we have nothing. We all see others who think like us as members of our people group, and others as members of another. Many who believe in Christ divide themselves from one another due to differing behavioral values. We don’t allow our faith in Christ to remind us that He died for all and that those who believe in Him are members of His Body. Some of us would not go across the line to join the rest. Some of us tend to associate with other Christians of various kinds. For the sake of the Gospel, some of us communicate with everyone. Some of us would rather be with our own race or ethnicity. Some of us are just interested in our own political party. Some of us would rather be with people our own age. Humans just want to make sure that the teaching of God’s Word is strong around us, but even that divides us because each people group believes that they are right. It’s the middle of nowhere. Have you given it any thought?

Difficulties come in the wilderness. And we’re in it. All of us lean into what we think is right, what we think is needed and we cast others to the side. We judge, with hate, those who do not walk down the same political path and we seek to destroy them. We have no care in our hearts for those who don’t look like us …. red and yellow; black and white … many of us see no need for us to be together. We condemn those who have differing behavioral beliefs within the Body of Christ …. women wear dresses, men rule, what the filling of the Holy Spirit looks like, ordination of women, liturgies only, sacraments observed … and SO much more. The bottom line is this … Our Dependence is Upon The God of ALL the Earth!!

All that we need comes from Him. He created every single one of us. He loves every single one of us. He sent His son, Jesus, to die for every single one of us. In the distress we are brining to on another for the sake of our own glory, the only way that we will see His hand at work is if we truly understand that as believers in Christ, we are one Body! We are not all hands. We are not all legs. We are not all eyes. We are not all feet. We are not all arms. We are a complete BODY!

Let’s do better y’all! I want to see His glory, not yours? I want to see His hand at work, not yours. I want to see His kindness, more than our kindness. I want to see His hand in bringing all things He has called His children to do to victory. Let His work be seen among us, not our own. Let Him rebuild us. Let His face shine upon us – so that our peace will be real. Let’s allow His grace to come in to us. We don’t deserve His help, but He grants it to us when we are doing all for the sake of His glory. All that we are and all that we do has to be for His glory and not for our own. Only then will we see His favor in our lives.

WILDERNESS. Just as he delivered the Jews, He will deliver us if only we can stop trying to meet our needs but, rather, seek to glorify Him.

Praying that our ways and our hearts will change so that the favor of Our Lord can rest upon us. Praying that He will replace all of our current bad days with good days. Praying that we will know how to let Him rule over us and bless us; and that we will cease trying to rule over one another and fill our minds with the lie that we are the ones that bring blessing to one another. He is wonderful!! He is awesome!! He is all powerful!! He is ALWAYS right! Praying that the Body of Christ will yield to all that we need from Him and that we will all be praying every single day that He would hide us behind His cross and fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit!