Fact vs. Truth: Learning To Praise God In Spite Of

Sometimes I just do not feel like praising God and that is a fact! I feel like hiding and disappearing. The truth is God has been good to me even when I didn’t notice or thank him. The truth is He sent his son for me while I was yet in sin. The truth is if it had not been for him I don’t know where I would be. My feelings are not my absolute but my God is!

We as believers have to be careful to know the difference between fact and truth. Facts are true for a moment but can change over time. Truth is not subject to time. It is steady when everything else is shaken.

Let’s take King David for an example. Through the Psalms he started out stating the current facts but always ended on the truth. The facts were that his enemies pursued him to kill him but the truth is God was with him.

Psalm 7
Fact:
1 LORD my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Truth:
10 My shield is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
he will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of theLORD Most High.

The remedy for a down trodden spirit has never been recluse but to, “bless the lord at all times and let his praise continually be in your mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

The result of praise is God dwelling in it and in his presence all is well. When you worship you magnify the Lord. It is to say “God, I may not feel this thing but I will worship you in spite of because my praise and worship is not based on how I feel.”

So dear devil, I will not sign for the package of depression.

My resolve is to lift God high because that is where he belongs. On my best days and even on the worst ones I will bless the lord.

Psalm 116

Sometimes I just don’t know what to say so I will let the word of God be a testament to what is happening with me.

I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy.

He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.

Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels.

Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help:

“Please, God !” I cried out.

“Save my life!” God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.

God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.

I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”

I’m striding in the presence of God , alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, Despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?

I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God ! I’ll pray in the name of God ; I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people. When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Oh, God , here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service! I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God . I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people, In the place of worship, in God ’s house, in Jerusalem, God ’s city.

Hallelujah!
****Psalm 116:1‭-‬19 MSG

Thankful

Sometimes I find myself complaining internally, a lot.

Even if I don’t verbalize it my attitude towards life is not always good.

My perspective at best is usually set on how I feel from one moment to another unless I have my mind on Jesus.

Things I complain about:

Bills: too many to pay

My son and my parents: they can be a little needy at times

My job: I go in ready to go home

My house: Grass to cut and rooms to clean

Worship tips my perspective back into the correct position. There are two sides to every coin, I’m flipping mines to the grateful side.

Things I am thankful for:

Bills: thank you for the amenities in my life, you blessed me with extra

My son and my parents: Thank you that I have them around still

My job: thank you that I am not in the unemployment line

My house: Thank you that I have a safe place to rest

It’s bill day Friday and while I’m writing checks and pushing “send payment” I will be saying, Thank you lord for all of the extra you allowed me to have.

I am so glad that the Lord is not in heaven keeping a bill of sale for everything he provides because we would be bankrupt and hopeless.

The next time I set my lips to trip I will consider the cost of the cross. Thank you Jesus that you paid it all.

John 4:23-24 (MSG)

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-14 NIV

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand

Open the Door

There is something on the inside of you that rumbles and shakes begging to break forth and life and all of its circumstances are trying to suppress it.

Its unshakeable, banging on the door with insistence that you let it out.

It’s the one that makes you giddy when you mention it, makes you tremble at the thought of losing it.

That one that as a kid you saw it and you knew that if you could get your hands on it you would hold tight to it and never let it go.

When you close your eyes to recover from the day you see it.

When you hear its voice in the sound of the crowd you long for it.

When someone speaks ill against it you fume.

When you think of how great it would be to possess it you search for areas of your life where you can make room.

It’s the spot on the earth that God has carved out for you and only you can fit into it.

It’s your destiny.

What’s Left Standing When The Earth Quakes?

Devastation can leave you disoriented and feeling squeezed out.psx_20180503_2027101542261664.jpg It’s the blow that knocks your entire being sideways. The contents of you heart are exposed, and you are forced to face what you thought you knew, what you thought you felt, and what you did and didn’t mean to say.

Every now and then God will allow the enemy to press you to show you what is on the inside of you that needs to be excavated. Be sure there is not residue from the enemy on the inside of you. Kill everything that may resemble him. Clean your house and fill it with the word of God. Renew your mind daily because what is inside will come out! From your lips you can feed the flame, or you can choke it out with the covering of the word of God.

 
Negative self-talk is not beneficial to the health of your spirit. Speak in the direction of your purpose. The power of words is described as being a small fire that can set an entire forest on fire. It has the power to cause irreparable damage. It can kill your spirit, your dreams, and your destiny. When willed by the Holy Spirit it has the opposite affect, blazing a trail of success that is built to last. 1525354882810_image1716752210.jpg
When devastation crosses your path be sure that it does not trip you up and misdirect you from your purpose. Be careful that you do not kill your purpose with your own sword. Our words are powerful and with them we can build or tear down.

Moments like these we need a sure foundation. The one thing that will stand when everything else is in a disarray, the unshakeable truth which is the word of God. it is  the one thing that will not and can not change. In it’s unchanging state is has the power to bring about change.

 

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Dear friends please know that your pain is not in vain.

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Resting In His Promises

Some days I need to manage my feelings more than others. The enemy wants nothing more than to play them up in my weakest moments, but I have the reassurance of God’s word to help me grasp the hope he provides. Instead of complaining I will say what he says. His promises for me are a sure thing. When Jesus was tempted He did not respond with how he felt but only with the word of God. Jesus gave an example for how we are to respond. “It is written…”
I want to share the comfort of the words that lift me up in my lowest moments. Say them aloud and experience his grace for this day.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way.
Psalm 142:3 NIV

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Psalm 119:50 NIV

…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
Psalm 66:12 NIV

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NIV

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19 NLT

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11 NIV

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

The faith formula: Out of the mouth of Jesus

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This is the season of manifestation where the power of God is going to be displayed in his people. I want to be the conduit for miracles, signs, and wonders, the true greater works that Jesus speaks of. The key to this is faith. Faith is not a cliché that people use to distort the facts but is the evidence or proof that God will provide exactly what we need to fulfill kingdom purpose.

Jesus provides a formula for faith that we must use to see the evidence of those things we have hoped for.

Have faith in God.
It is a sure thing to trust in God. He is the creator of all things and without him nothing exist. Everything was made by him and for him. (Revelations 4:11)
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Whoever says…
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:20) Dare to say out of your mouth what you want from God. God did not think the world into existence, he spoke it. (Psalm 33:9)

Does not doubt in his heart…
Speak as God spoke things into existence. Even in the beginning God gave an example of how to manifest what is needed to sustain the entire world. He simply said let there be and so it was (Genesis 1:3). He was specific and sure that what he said would take place. He left no room for doubt.

But believes that what he says will come to pass…
Faith is the very essence of our connection with God, if we believe that he is who he says he is and that he can do what he says he will do, we have the necessary components to see him. “According to your faith be it done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)

It will be done for him.
Faith is God’s signature on the dotted line, the guarantee of what you ask for. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1)

Whatever you ask in prayer…
Prayer is essential. This shows that outside of prayer we are hopeless. Take what you need to God in prayer. Devote those moments to him and ask what you will. Seeing what you ask for come to pass is evidence that prayer is working for you. This is why it is necessary to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Believe that you have received it.
When we pray and lay our request down before God we can believe that we have received what he says. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14‭-‬15)

It will be yours.

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Trouble is…

There are moments when this journey gets weary. Trouble presents itself and forces us to stop and consult the God of strategy. Trouble will exalt itself until in our minds it is bigger than God on the throne.Trouble will beat you up until you face it. Trouble can be viewed several ways. From the improper perspective trouble is a means to close up shop and return once the smoke has cleared. The goal is to pull from God’s perspective. Remember that even your vision is your choice. 

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life..”(Deuteronomy 19:20)

Thank God that His thoughts are better and his ways are higher. Because of him, even trouble can serve a purpose.

 Trouble will push you to your destiny. Trouble be can disguised as a problem, but it’s the shove that when viewed correctly, can push you into an uncomfortable place and expand your capacity to receive what God wants for you. Trouble is the authentication process. It shows you what is on the inside that needs to come out. It also can build your confidence about the greater One on the inside of you.

 The place of trouble will show you who God is. Through some of my most difficult seasons I have come to know God so much better. I want to be clear that God is good and does not create trouble but he can make trouble benefit you. In other words, the enemy meant for trouble to harm you, but God intended it all for your good (Genesis 50:20).

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10 MSG

This trouble you are in isn’t punishment; its training, the normal experience of children. Hebrews 12:6 MSG

God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. Hebrews 6:18 MSG

The Holy Spirit: Power and Presence

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This past week God has been dealing with me on the Holy Spirit and how many are denying his power, his presence, and his voice. He longs to show himself strong but sadly most of the time he is uninvited or discounted on his capabilities.

There are so many great things that we as believers have access to. When we accept Jesus as our savior we get the Holy Spirit. He is the package deal and equips us with everything we need to succeed. He will fill us, grow us, instruct us, and guide us. When we receive the Holy Spirit he is a guarantee from Heaven, the one who seals us until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:14). It is up to us to get to know him, his person, and his functions. He is the direct contact with heaven, the go between, the interceder. He is the spirit of God.

The truth is he is the spirit of the living God bearing witness in the earth. He was given to us as an advocate, a helper, and a comforter. Jesus himself said it was better that he go away because if he didn’t the comforter would not come. It is in him, or he in us, that we have the power to do the greater works Jesus talks about.

When we leave him out he will wait on us, and the moment we call his name he will answer. If you have ever had a doubt about him, I dare you to address him and listen for his answer. Friends, let us not grieve the Holy Spirit by denying his power! He is the gift many leave unopened. All the while we are left wondering if there is something more. The answer is yes! The true gift of the Holy Spirit, his indwelling in you, puts you at the greatest advantage.

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I do declare that if you seek you will indeed find. If ever in doubt about whose voice you heard remember Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice but a stranger’s voice they will not know.” Paraphrased from John 10:4-5