Week 3 bought us to recognize the power of praise and all praise brings to our lives:
- Praise brings power. The readings are Romans 8:9-10; Philippians 4:13; and Romans 8:37. It was good to be reminded that we are controlled by the Spirit. Our lives need not display our sinful nature because Christ will give us the strength needed to overcome our nature. It is His power displayed in us. A commentary states: “The love of God gives us “a glorious hyper-victory,” more than can be described or contained in one word. God’s love and grace has made us hyper-conquerors, empowered to be unrivaled, more than a match for any foe!” This is what He has made us –> Hyper-conquerors! In reading these Scriptures, the Lord brought back to mind this song:
- Â Praise brings connection and productivity. The readings were John 15:5; Isaiah 11:2; and Galatians 5:22-23. Patricia reminded us that we can praise God for He promises that His Spirit will rest on us — the spirit of wisdom and understanding. We need a new dose of wisdom and understanding in every area of our lives. God’s promises are true and reliable.Â Only the Holy Spirit can produce the fruit in our lives. His Spirit is a constant flow in our lives, much the way sap constantly flows the branches. All we need to do is stay connected and He will do all the work of producing fruit.Â
- Praise brings new life. We read John 11:11; Ephesians 2:10; and 1 Peter 2:9. In John we read it was Jesus Himself who woke up Lazarus. And it is Jesus who wakes each one of us up as well. We are living in death until He calls us to Himself and makes us anew. He makes us His own, a royal priesthood, and through our very lives – messy and broken – somehow others can see the goodness of God. All that has been done in our lives, and happens in our lives, is for one specific purpose … to point others to Christ. Lord, we praise You for waking us up and calling us to yourself. Thank You for not leaving us to live this life “dead” but You have made us alive in You and for the glory of Your Name. Amen.
- Praise brings memory. We read Isaiah 46:9; Psalm 105:16-20; Deuteronomy 1:33; and Psalm 16:7-8. We have such a memory problem, don’t we? Yet God has always been faithful and done wondrous things for His people. Lord, I praise You for the way You protect and guide us. Thank You for always being with us, instructing us, and keeping us from shaking when life causes us anxiety. Help us to remember that You alone are God, the everlasting and faithful God. Amen.
- Praise brings joy. Our readings were James 1: 2-4 and Romans 8:28-29.”WHEN troubles comes your way [because they surely will on any given day], consider it an opportunity for great joy.” This does not say the troubles themselves are joyful. It doesn’t say there will be joy in that moment. James is telling us to consider it an opportunity for great joy. Anticipate the joy that will come from the trouble. Consider the opportunities our troubles may present for joy. Troubles may yield JOY in your life.
brings much to our lives
every single day.