PRAISE PEACE & POWER, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/17/20 From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk from a church in Texas this morning.)
“And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat.” (Joshua 6:5, ESV)
Praise Brings Down Walls
Jericho was the last city that stood between the Israelites and the Promised Land. Its towering city walls were so wide that chariots rode on top of them. It looked impossible. God told Joshua to have them march around the wall for six days, then on the seventh day on the seventh time around, they were to give a great shout of praise. It didn’t make sense to them, but God was saying, “If you’ll praise Me while the wall is still standing, you’ll see things begin to change.” There’s always a Jericho that stands between you and your Promised Land, one last obstacle that looks insurmountable. Will you trust God enough to praise Him in spite of a bad medical report, to thank Him for freedom when you still have the addiction? You’re so close, but you don’t see how you can get passed it. Don’t complain. Turn up your praise. Praise is what’s going to bring the wall down.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no obstacle is so high and wide that it can withstand Your touch. Thank You that You’re fighting my battles, and You hold victory in store for the upright. I believe that You will get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Again, a good message to consider. Praise to God is the sacrifice of our will & understanding. It is us putting ourselves on God’s side regardless of how foolish and improbable the effort may seem. David (Ps.119) learned this lesson well, the Psalms are full of Praise to God and much of it when he was being hunted down by Saul to kill him. If I am tempted to be depressed I try to remember to turn on some really deep praise music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHXHncArKcM And of course with the reminder of Holiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u88AiyFKJ6g And of course, let it rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG7v8jJKAOk And: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVFzxazTQNM Worship to the Lamb of God…..
And if you just did this then you should be feeling much better as also am I. Of course each of us are different that what brings peace, love and God’s Grace into our lives can be different. But Grace also allows us to enjoy each other in our walk together towards the Kingdom of God in Light and Righteousness. Listen to a bunch of marines singing the “Days of Elijah” Some are really free and some are not but they all seem to be into it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjZ_IlP9c5A And of course the alone and peaceful side of the coin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT5u2xVEO5M
It is good to take 5 and hang 10 and relax a little in the arms of God each day. We are all different but with the same needs. We all have God shaped hole inside of us that only HE can fill. We do try to stuff it with other stuff but it always falls out. But when we really 100% make Jesus our LORD then our life is in HIS hands as it was designed to be and we can find real peace and contentment in even the small things of life. And little is much when God is in it. Floyd was used by the Holy Spirit to bring me to Jesus in 1955 by only his love of the Lord. He took such good care of a little church for Jesus that I was able to really see Jesus in Floyd. Floyd was not a talker but a doer. And that spoke so loud to me that I had to find out about what had changed him. He was a janitor and did his work (way underpaid) like Jesus came to church each Sunday morning. I never went to church there, only borrowed the piano. But I sure met Jesus there…… And I fell in love with the Jesus I saw in Floyd. And ask so many questions that he got Dick to help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwKCvuorI9E
So we are here on earth and can choose to be the friend of God or not. To enthrone Him as our LORD and to allow HIM to live HIS life in us so as to touch the lives of others for HIM. We are either self centered or we are Jesus centered. There is only 2 options and we have only one life time to figure it out. And when we choose to make Jesus LORD, then our praise and worship allows HIS grace to flow into our needs and give us HIS victory. Romans 7 @ 8 is a good study concerning the new birth that Jesus taught to us in John 3.
My deep feeling is that until the Church comes into the maturity of Eph.4:11-16 and John 17 that we will still be experiencing the birth pains that we find around us today. I keep writing about the Prophesy of Jesus in Matt. 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 as being the beginning of what is happening around the world today. I have written a paper of 11 pages on, “The Return of the King” but few seem to want to read about it? Even for free. Bible teaches, “Freely received, freely give.” And the election one way or the other will change nothing. Only that persecution will be stronger for Christian if atheistic socialism gains more of a foothold. But our time on earth is very short even if we get the full Gen.6:3 120 years that God meant for us to enjoy. But if you believe the Bible your soul is eternal and you headed for eternal light or eternal darkness? Are you Jesus centered or self centered? Your soul placement for eternity is made during your life time.. And Jesus said, “Few find it.”
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