Dec
11
2009
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Why You Should be Thankful to God and Praise Him!

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4, 5)

Blessings to everyone who follows this blog. I apologize for not updating it for the past couple months… there were some issues going on, on my side… but hey, there is no better time to start doing the right thing like the present!  🙂

Anyways, this morning while I was in prayer… as I typically do, I began to thank God for the blessings He has ALREADY given me… and praise Him for the “little” things he has given to me.

Your heavenly Father & Daddy God LOVES it when when you begin your communication with Him by praising Him and thanking Him for what He has ALREADY given to you.

Praise and Thanksgiving is how you and I are able to “literally” walk into the presence of an ALMIGHTY, an all KNOWING, and an all LOVING God when we are in prayer.

Praise has a special way of breaking things that tend to hold us (such as anger). It has a way of setting us free from things which can have us bound and in bondage (such as unforgiveness). Would you even dare to believe that Praise has a way of giving us hope, in the hopeless and dark times that we all encounter during life?

So you might be asking this question: “Brother Daniel… what you say sounds ALL good and gravy and everything like that, but what have I got to be thankful for? I’m going through a mess right now, I am depressed, the economy is bad, my car broke down… blah, blah, blah”

The real question to ask my friend is this: “What have you NOT got to be thankful for?”

You see, the reality of the situation is this: If you currently live in the United States of America (or any other 1st world country)… you are more financially blessed and taken care of than 97% of the world’s population. By the blessing of God, you are in the TOP 3 percentile of the world.

There are currently people living in countries where they are being murdered, slaughtered, starved to death, being ran out of their homes, persecuted, living in lands ravaged by war… and that’s all on a GOOD day!

So I ask again — what have you NOT got to be thankful to God for?

If you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, people and family that love you, disposable income, health in your body… you are TRULY blessed of the Lord in GOOD measure… and should take a minute or two to THANK and PRAISE God, for what He has already done for you and your family!

Have a great weekend, and walk in God’s abundance for your life today! Have a comment or question, go ahead and leave them 🙂



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Apr
15
2009
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Shout With a Voice of Victory… and Watch the Walls Fall!

Back in the ancient times before civilizations had tanks, full-metal armor, nukes, and weapons of mass destruction… the strongest thing that a king had to protect his kingdom, people, and possessions with, were stone walls.

These kings would raise up tall, mighty walls that were fortified with stone and mortar… and surround the city with these walls, so it would make it ALMOST impossible for any enemy to invade their city.

Many times in life… we feel like there are external forces against us, which there are… and often it feels like these forces OVERPOWER us in our emotions and make us feel like giving up… or make us feel depressed. We want to accomplish something in life, or go further… but it seems like the enemy has built up “tall, mighty walls” around what we want to attain, and we feel powerless and drained emotionally.

In order for an army to break through the walls… it would often times take incredible strength and effort, and in the case of Joshua of Nun… it took a DIVINE effort for him and his armies to break through into the city of Jericho.

Consider this verse:

“Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in…. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men… March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” (Joshua 6:1-5)

Before Joshua was even within eyeshot of the mighty walls surrounding the city of Jericho… God PROMISED him the city! All God wanted of Joshua and his army… was for them to (1) Obey what He commanded… and (2) Give forth a loud shout of praise… and the walls of Jericho WOULD fall.

The Bible continues on and tells us that Joshua did as he was commanded… and that the Mighty Walls of Jericho did indeed fall, when the fighting men of Israel lifted up a shout of praise to God. They then RUSHED into the city, and TOOK what belonged to them!

My encouragement to you this day is this:

WHEN YOUR PRAISES GO UP… THE WALLS WILL COME DOWN!

Sometimes you just have to shout with joy to God in the midst of your confusion, anxiety, and troubles… and many times that is all it will take to bring those mighty walls down. Try it and see what happens. When you shout for joy, it puts you in a happy, child-like state… where problems that seemed SO large, no longer seem so large anymore.

Today… if you are feeling down and out, under the weather…. or if you feel like you’re fighting a battle that is just too large for you… remember that the battle is not yours, its the Lords, and He has NEVER lost a battle. Give Him a SHOUT of JOY for what He has done in your life… and WATCH those walls come tumbling down!



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