Sunday, December 13, 2015

In all things give thanks and praise. Be all out about it, and all into Him!

All out and free.. out of the world ..and into Jesus regardless of what others may think. 
Start early in the morning. Let your mind, ears, inquiries, friendship-conversation and affectionate singing go towards Him first thing before your feet even hit the floor. Why not? And in all things through out the day.. do find something to thank the Lord for. This is the season for it. I respectfully challenge you with all that's in me .. to be expressive in your praise to the Lord this Christmas Season. 
We praise you Lord in spirit and in truth cuz You are so worthy. Thanks for coming to this earth for us. I want to bless You during this time of year when we celebrate Your birthday.. and then beyond this time as well. Don't want to be a fair weather follower or become distracted by what the world says this season should be about. Wanna follow you all year and every year. Sure, via grace please help me shine and go the distance with You. Use me and be glorified in Jesus Name. Amen!  
I want to encourage people to sing of their love to the Lord.. daily. Yes, cuz He's such a 24/7/365 daily kinda loyal Friend. 

You can do this. It's not religious or too hard. I want to exhort, to motivate, to implore you to spend some time away meditating upon the Word of God today. He loves it when we get real with Him. And I want to encourage you to be thinking about His glorious majesty, His holiness, His faithfulness, the consistent greatness of Jesus Christ. Remember His promises and His mighty works. Left primo heaven. Was born in Bethlehem for you. Died on a Cross and risen again.. for you. 
Please give Him your whole-hearted praise and obedience daily. I can so relate to the words of missionary J. Elliot. Wanna be and do better each day. Every day I wish I was more like the Lord and closer to Him. Too often I think I rely on my own understanding, but when I pause to worship Him who is perfect it doesn't seem to matter where I'm at in the process. Just being with Him matters--He always understands.

"Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God." ~ Jim Elliot

Listen, you taking the time to biblically worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, that's far more important than all other types of ministry that you can do. And all else good flows out from this vertical relationship. You already know this deep down in your heart. After the worship and praise relationship.. then go tell people ..sure, as an overflow from the peace, the joy, all the truth, and the genuine love you've found in Christ. 
Christ has done a lot of wonderful things in the past and He will do em in the future as well. He delights to bless us. This is good reason to thank God and sing. 

The happiest Christians are those who worship the Lord with all that they are and have. Yes, the goin' vertical type of em.. where that relationship goes horizontal in red-hot evangelism and ministry to believers as well. It's a real good day for us to refocus on Jesus Christ. It's a good time to cut your flawed friends some slack cuz you know how we're all so imperfect. It's a good month to move on into all that God has for you, and to lay aside all nit-picky unfounded gripes, all whining, all unforgiveness, all bitterness, and unfair criticism! The time is short for what really matters. 

"It’s time for us to rise up, get out of the rut and routine, and begin to take our Christian faith seriously." ~ A.W. Tozer
"Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness." ~ Jim Elliot

“Praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe.” Psalm 150:4

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord,” the psalmist declares (v. 6).

Praise is the song of a soul set free. Are you really free--does worshiping the Lord come easy or hard for you? Join up with the Lord, with His family, and with His world-wide purpose. Have you turned to Him and been born the second time as God commands? Praise is not really the song of the religious or of others who are bound in deadness and sin. Been there, done that. Was raised in a dead church that even has some singing at times. God can make real praise our song of liberty as we turn to, turn back to.. and fully trust Him. One is too small a number to be involved in, to receive, and to achieve real greatness. Partnership is better than goin' it solo. Start with Jesus as your closest Partner--won't ever let you down--then partner tight with God's sold-out growin' kids. Yes, way smart or Christians! Let's each do our part and go fish for peeps around us.. partnering with Him and with a healthy Bible teaching local church that honors Him! Don't put it off. 

There's something winsome, effective, and so comely about at least two persons coming together with a singular purpose to really make a difference in other people's lives. 
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