We should praise God with uplifted hearts and hands, thanking Him that His Spirit is dwelling in all of us who BELIEVE in Jesus! He said He’d never leave us nor forsake us!
We should be full of gratitude for all things, good and bad, because even difficulties are opportunities for us to learn and grow through our faith in God when we lean on Him for support and guidance through our most trying times.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
I don’t know how you feel, but when I’m in a room full of people who are lifting up their hearts unto the Lord in song and praise, I am filled with God’s love and gratitude and I cry tears of joy that I'm a part of it, and a member of God’s incredible family. It humbles me.
Trying to steal away time for worship and private prayer in our busy lives is difficult, especially in a house full of people in the holiday season!
But when you go to church, no one thinks anything when you kneel and bow your head. Everyone else is praying, too! However, not going to church; thinking you can pray at home, while being true, is actually kind of risky, because in battle there is strength in numbers. And in this spiritual warfare, if you don’t have someone looking out for you, (hopefully even praying for you) then you're like a bishop between your knight and queen with no pawns for protection. You could easily lose your bishop! Christians need each other, and we need to hear God’s Word! Remember Ephesians 6:11 “Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.” Everyone needs a prayer partner they can trust. It is like having a lock on the door, or a lookout. Remember, Jesus sent His disciples out in pairs.
Mark 6:7- “7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;”
Please read the following.
Deuteronomy 8:1-20 -“1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.
2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
7 For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.”
I encourage you to remember our blessed LORD, and seek him while you’re alive! It is written “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26