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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Praise"

Date published: 04/07/2014
Psalm 34:1 “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” (NIV)

Praise for God your Father should be the easiest thing that flows from your heart and mouth. The pure recognition of you not only being God’s creation, but also being the recipient of His love and grace through your redemption in Christ Jesus should flood your heart with praise for Him. Romans 5:8 reminds us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Your praise should not be limited to when you receive something from God, but praise Him for the mere fact that God Almighty recognizes you and loves you!  Your praise should not be limited to when God brings you out of hard times, but just for the normal things in your life. Your praise should not be limited to when you get a raise or promotion, but for the very job you have and the capabilities to perform it. Your praise should not be limited to when God heals you, but for the very breath of life itself. Praise should not be limited to Sunday morning, but to every waking moment throughout the week. Praise is the inexpressible recognition of Who God is, His immeasurable love for you, His never exhausting patience, and His unfathomable capacity to cover you with His grace. Your praise is not dependent on how good your times are, but how GOOD YOUR GOD IS! Romans 5:6 explains, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” A lack of praise might reflect how the world has crowded God out of your life. You have come to see God for what He can do for you instead of the sheer delight of knowing and communing with the Creator of the universe.  Purpose now to grow in your intimacy with Christ, so that your life is filled with praise as you begin to see and experience God in every detail of your life. 

Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” (NIV) 

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