Praising God Through the Storm

Andrew Wommack

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say REJOICE.”  –Philippians 4:4

The Effects of Praise

A life of praise is not only the most enjoyable way to live, it’s also one of the most powerful ways to change your life. It doesn’t only affect you, It also affects those around you, God, and even the devil!

While we can all agree that praising God is good, many only choose to do so when they feel like it. They think that praising God is only the response of a positive outcome. They allow their emotions and circumstances to lead them, which should NEVER be the case. Praise is not the inevitable byproduct that comes because everything is going right. It is the driving force!

We may not feel joyful, but Galatians 5:2 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is joy! Therefore, if the Holy Spirit is dwelling inside you, you have joy. You may not feel it, but you can still choose to life up your hands and speak forth praise by faith. When we praise in the midst of our hardships, our problems shrink, helping us keep our focus where it needs to be–on God.

We will never be victors until we stop being victims. With the help of daily praise, you will get there!

Flow With Righteousness, Peace And Joy

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

If we are supposed to seek first the kingdom of God every day (Matthew 6:33), then we should know what the kingdom of God is in the first place. I used to think that the kingdom of God was the mission fields and that to seek it meant doing missionary work.

Then, I realized that the kingdom of God was not something outside you flowing in—“the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking”, but something inside you flowing out—“righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.

So to seek first God’s kingdom means to make it a priority every day to have your inner man flowing with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Righteousness is not your own righteousness based on what you do. It is not good works. It is a gift from Jesus who is your righteousness. (Romans 5:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30) God wants you to be established in the truth that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“Peace be with you” were the words that Jesus spoke to His disciples when He appeared before them after His resurrection. He also showed them His pierced hands and side. (John 20:19–20) God wants you to know that His Son’s finished work has given you peace. Your conscience can be at rest because your sin debt has been settled. You have peace with God and the peace of God.

Joy will come into your heart when you see Jesus in the scriptures, worship songs or anointed preaching. It is the same joy from the Holy Spirit which filled the disciples’ hearts when they saw Jesus, His hands and His side. (John 20:20)

So every day, make it a priority to see yourself righteous in Christ. Don’t be conscious of your sins. Instead, be conscious of your righteousness. And whether you are reading your Bible or listening to anointed preaching, see Jesus with His pierced hands and side, which speak of His finished work. See all your sins forgiven, and you will flow with peace and joy. When you do this, you are seeking the kingdom of God!

Thought For The Day – To seek God’s kingdom is to have your inner man flowing with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

JPM Daily Grace Inspirations

Oh Joy

[Father], You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps 16

Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing. James 1

God is not the author of our troubles.

No one who is tempted should ever be confused and say that God is testing him. The One who created us is free from evil and can’t be tempted, so He doesn’t tempt anyone.

God does not put sin on us; neither does He put sickness, or lack (peace, joy, patience, self-control etc.) on us.

Christ Jesus bore our curse for us, so that we might bear His blessings. The greatest and most mind boggling blessing of all is His Holy Spirit taking up residence inside of us.

Christ in you…Christ in me, the hope of glory!

God only has good and perfect gifts for His children.

The carnal believer reads this and assumes you’re saying believers will be free from distress, despair, discouragement, (problems). It’s one thing to experience difficulties (everyone will); it’s quite another to  believe that God is the one putting and refusing to remove difficulties from us. As God told Paul three times before he finally understood it, allow His grace to be sufficient in overcoming.

God is not the author of our problems.

Jesus tells us clearly, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

A careful read shows that we may/may not have peace, depending on our focus/perspective. However we will have tribulation – no exceptions.

The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thanksgiving: Enduring Love

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Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness and delight;
Come before His presence with joyful singing.
 
Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His].
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.
 
For the Lord is good;
His mercy and loving kindness are everlasting,
His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.  Psalm 100

 

We’re exhorted to be thankful in all things, not for all things. So whatever circumstance you’re in, look for the things that you can be thankful for and keep your focus on those.

Many Flavors, One Fruit

water“As free people [in Christ Jesus], the Spirit gives us the characteristics of Jesus; we, too, can freely love in joy and peace. We can have patience along with kindness and faithfulness that can only come from the Father. We can reflect the goodness of God while being gentle in operating with self-control. For those who follow Him and live in the Spirit, these characteristics or fruits are a gift from God. As we grow in the faith, we find that we belong to God and can walk daily in the Spirit.” 

Voice Commentary

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-23

Joy is  love rejoicing

Peace is love resting

Patience is love enduring

Kindness is love caring

Goodness is love motivating

Faith(fullness) is love trusting

Gentleness is love esteeming (others)

Self-Control is love restraining (power under control)

Dr. Jennifer & Dennis Clark

Known by your Fruit

Image result for free clip art fruit treeIf you were to look at a tree and saw apples growing on it, you have identified the type of tree you’re looking at.

In similar fashion a Christian is known by the fruit he produces. Jesus said I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.” John15:5

So what does this fruit taste like?

Paul gives us the answer in Galatians 5:22… the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).

If you’re a Christian and your fruit bears no resemblance to the fruit described above, then humbly ask Jesus to prune away all those unfruitful areas of your life; to allow His life to flow through you, thereby producing more, richer, and excellent fruit.

I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].  Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. John 15:1-4