Lift Your Spirit The Praise Way

A few years ago I lost my oldest daughter. She went to be with the Lord on September 24, 2011. This was the first time that I had ever stood by the bedside of anyone and watch them pass quietly into another life.

At first I didn’t know what I felt. However, after a few moments it all hit me like a ton of bricks. Janice was gone, and I would never see her again on this side of eternity. I found it so hard to realize. I could not bring myself to feel the pain of losing her; so I lived, or so I thought, beyond the reality of her passing.

After a few days of living in denial, I found myself caught up in a state of a type of depression or sadness that I could not shake off. I could not bring myself to pray, as I felt so far away from reality.  Almost as though I was in another world and another time. I found it hard to recognize the life I had been living. Nothing seemed real anymore. In other words, I was in a daze.

Realizing that I could not go on this way (being so detached from reality) I began to force myself back to reality. I began to pray, but words would not come. I tried to busy myself, but that did not do the trick. I tried reliving events in the past that we had shared together. . . nothing worked.

Finally, in desperation, I threw up my hands and began to PRAISE THE LORD! As I lost myself in praise, I found myself in reality. I was alive again! Thank God, I was alive again! My joy that had been lost in mourning was found in praise. My zest for living was alive and well again.

PRAISE IS WHAT BROUGHT BACK THE JOY IN MY LIFE. It was as if God was waiting for me to acknowledge Him in all things, even in death; for it is God who gives life, and God who calls those to Himself at his appointed time.

If you ever find yourself in a state of depression, or just feeling down and out, just lift your voice to heaven and begin to PRAISE THE LORD! Begin to thank Him for all of life, even that part of life that we find hard to accept. It’s all God’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!

This experience has taught me to cherish every moment of my life; every moment with my children; every moment with my family and friends. I now make the most of every opportunity to sow into their lives and enjoy all that they have to pour into mine. In other words, I have learned to MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT!


How Big Is Your Revelation of Jesus?

How Big Is Your Revelation Of Jesus

Have you ever wondered why some Christians are richly blessed and are walking in health and happiness, contentment and joy while other Christians suffer in poverty, sickness and despair, serving God out of a spirit of weakness and uncertainty? It all has to do with the size of their revelation of Jesus and His finished work on the cross.

Christians who understand and embrace all of the benefits of Jesus’ suffering, scourging, death and resurrection enjoy a healthy and fruitful life.  They have believed and accepted, without reservation or doubt, all that Jesus’ blood purchased for them.  Not only did His death pay our sin debt, but also made us righteous before God.  In other words, He took our sins upon Himself and, in return, gave us His righteousness.  Because of this great exchange, we are no longer under the condemnation of sin.  Also, according to Isaiah 53:4-5, He bore our sickness and pain.  He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, striped for our healing.  And as if that was not enough, we have eternal life through Him.

Believers who have such great revelation of all that was accomplished by Jesus on that cross for us, rest in that revelation, trust in its truthfulness, and are blessed because of their faith in it; while those whose revelation is small (believing that it only bought them a ticket to heaven when they die), never enjoy the fullness of the Christian life.  They never experience all that the Father intended for them to enjoy while on this earth:  health, wealth, happiness, an intimate relationship with Him, the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, and every good and perfect gift that comes from God.

If you are one of those believers in Jesus who thinks that the “good life” was only meant to be experienced when we get to heaven, begin to broaden your revelation of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.  Search the scriptures and learn all that Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished for you and trust in that accomplishment.  Know that God did not sacrifice His Son just for you to go to heaven, but He meant for you to bring heaven to earth.  That is what Jesus meant when He taught His disciples to pray:  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Yes, it is possible to live a healthy, happy and prosperous life right here on earth.  When our faith is without doubt, and we wholeheartedly trust God for His word, we will begin to understand what the perfect will of God is for our lives.

Take another look at Jesus and all that His death and resurrection accomplished and receive it in its entirety as the greatest gift you will ever receive!

Today’s Thought

If the high reached down to lift the low,

The rich reached out to secure the poor,

The honored bestowed honor upon the least esteemed,

The privileged considered the underprivileged,

The master lived a servant’s life;

Each seeing the world through the others eyes,

What a different world this would be.

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