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Continuous Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial… and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

Mouth Full of Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial, and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

Passionate Hope

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)

Hope does not disappoint, because God loves us passionately. His heart is filled with good thoughts toward us… and beyond the pressing weight of life, there still remains a purpose, a plan, a destiny of significant meaning. Our lives are in His hands. Hope does not fail us when we lean into it. Its more than just a spiritual principle, its a platform that allows passionate love to stir us toward our future. You see, hope is what gives us our faith. Believing is nothing more than stepping out on a hope.

 The Meaning of “Hope”: (1 Cor. 13:13)

Hope is a way of seeing based upon an inner confidence. Even though hope is often connected with faith and love, it helps us to know the difference.

  • Hope Concerns the Future (Rom 8:23-24)
  • Faith Concerns the Past and Present (Heb 11:6)
  • Love Concerns the Present (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

While the modern meaning of the word “hope” implies merely wishing for something which may or may not happen, the Greek word used in the New Testament was a word which implied absolute certainty. There was no vagueness or uncertainty connected with this word.

The New Testament meaning of the word “hope” is: The inner attitude of joyful and confident expectation and anticipation that everything God has promised in His Word will come to pass.

An Inner Attitude:

We all have inner attitudes, right? Some are rather difficult to get past, but hope moves us into faith, because of the inner attitude it releases. It does an amazing work in us by giving us a way of mentally viewing and responding to life. When God’s passionate love is bubbling up on the inside of us, then hope begins to rise. Inner attitudes are created by love’s activity. This is a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit.

Joyful & Confident:

Who doesn’t want to be joyful and confident? We all see positive and visibly victorious people who seem to overflow. They inspire joy and optimism. They shift the atmosphere when they enter a room. Joy is infectious, because it flows from hope. Feeling positive is a fruit of the hopeful believer, knowing they are loved by God and confident in the stability of that passionate relationship. Nehemiah said that the “joy of the Lord was his strength.” (Neh. 8:10)

Expectation & Anticipation:

Hope wells up inside… stirring and seeing from a spiritual place. Passionate love has been poured into our hearts and now we see clearer. In fact, our seeing becomes almost pregnant in hope. It lets go of old and stale perceptions and embraces something undefined. This is expectation and anticipation in full measure. Its the motivation that hope emboldens. When the Holy Spirit begins to release the Father’s passionate love toward us, our plans begin to shift and our hearts lead us into a way of seeing that goes beyond understanding or human reasoning. Hope invites us to expect goodness and anticipate favor as a foretaste of things to follow.

Everything God has Promised in His Word will Come to Pass:

Hope is the platform for faith in God (Heb 11:1). What the Bible says about our future will happen. We can count on it! But counting on something, means getting beyond the past contradictions and difficult experiences of life. When struggles have stolen our ability to hope, God’s love breaks through to heal the brokenness of our wounded spirit. Believing needs an emotional motivation that comes from a spiritual transformation. Love captures our heart. Love is the substance that engages our ability to hope again. God so loved the world that He gave His Son to die. He proved His love and the Holy Spirit pours that passionate resource into our hearts. Like putting fuel in a car, we get filled with the potential to activate faith and believe what has been promised by God. Passionate Hope does not disappoint, because the Holy Spirit activates it by filling us more and more with the love of God.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb 6:19-20)

Pray in Humility

Humble Prayer

“So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, bowed down on the ground and put his face between his knees.” (1 Kings 18:42)

Elijah was bold, yet humble before God. This should be the character of all true believers. We ought to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, but in a spirit of humility (Heb 4:16). This is something many believers stuggle with today, because our hearts get so easily overcome with worry or we have become so used to fighting our own battles. We must run to God and fall upon His strength.

Defining Humble:

To be humble is to live in such a way that we are conscious of our frailties and limitations, but we are willing to approach situations with a teachable spirit. Jesus offered an illustration by the use of a child. He said, “whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 18:4).

Vulnerable and Willing to Trust:

It would seem that; although humility creates a sense of vulnerability, it also carries a willful desire to trust and believe the words of those in authority over us. In this case, God is our highest authority; the One in whom we trust and obey and the refuge in which we take cover. In these words of Jesus, we are introduced to a posture of conviction that shifts our approach. We must  approach God in humility, in order to walk in the Kingdom of Heaven properly…  ”like the child”. 

Humility is a Posture:

We can all learn some lessons about praying humbly from the Prophet Elijah. Just a few hours prior to this moment the confident Man of God calls down fire from heaven and now he postures himself in a fetal position at the top of the mountain, where he prays seven times for the rain to come. It was promised, but it needed to be birthed in the natural. His posture speaks to the deep commitment to lean on God. In Christian circles it is called intercession. Praying in humility is our greatest leverage, not to force God’s hand, but to pull upon His heart.

The Cloud… out of the Sea:

This cloud, the size of a man’s hand, speaks potential to me… “it rises out of the sea”. Think about that for a moment. The cloud itself was called upon six other times without showing up and now it appears as the size of a man’s hand arising from a huge resource. It was Elijah’s posture in prayer that released the heavy rain.

Humble Prayer Connects Us: 

We all want to connect to the resources of God’s power and provision in our lives. It releases breakthroughs and victory moments, where the joy of the Lord actually becomes our strength (Neh 8:10). Yet its our humble posture in prayer that will always be the key to reaching His heart and pulling that resource into our need.

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