It’s amazing how the Lord works in our lives if we are open to hear His voice. I think after a couple of unreal, shocking, life changing years people are getting weary. So many Believers continued living their lukewarm lifestyles when the attack hit 2 years ago and are now paying an unbelievable price with sickness, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’m not judging or condemning just stating a reality that affects us all. The awakening is about Believers waking up to the Truth and nonbelievers wanting the Jesus they see demonstrated and working in the lives of faithful Believers. The awaking is happening. All of us have the need to awaken a part of our lives or hearts that fell asleep during the confusion. It’s time to hear His voice.
The Lord has definitely been working in my life and I share what He is doing weekly. The year 2020 was a year of complaining about this whole country instead of praising Him. In 2021, people started listening to the voice of the Lord and praising Him, speaking life. 2022 is a year of breakthrough.
2021 was the year to run. Run from the deceptions, run to Him, run with the vision and thanksgiving. In 2022 it’s time to break through that paper thin wall that is built up around our hearts and lives to try and protect us from the hurts, deceptions, confusion and strife. The Lord’s been speaking to me for months, maybe all year about the power of praise but I wasn’t listening. I heard and I agreed but I didn’t act on it as He was showing me. I got caught up in my broken heart, shock, confusion, deception, unforgiveness, anger and bitterness and I felt justified in having these feeling. That’s a part of grief that is dangerous. I honestly knew better and sought His guidance but daily I had times of overwhelming grief. Then depending on how exhausted or busy I was depended on how I handled the pain. I sought Him but didn’t listen to Him about the power of praise. I felt too weary to figure out how to fill my home with praise with some of the existing situations. It wasn’t a simple thing in my mind.
After a few months, I noticed the effects on my physical body and decided to wake up! Bitterness is rottenness to the bones and I was feeling pain and arthritis in my back and hands. I declared healing but continued to hurt because I wasn’t heeding His voice on praising Him continuously. My lightning-fast mind just realized lately that all the bitterness I justified all summer long had built up in my bones. I praise the Lord that I know I’m already healed and I don’t have claim any kind of destruction in my body. It’s a time of awakening for me. Now it’s a time of breakthrough as I trust the Lord and receive His unconditional, unwavering, uncondemning LOVE! I receive with no doubt or hesitation the healing that was purchased at the cross and given to me as a free gift. It’s time for me to praise Him in ways I have never thought of. It’s time for me to openly praise Him with no thought of myself. The Word is Truth and full of Truth and a demonstration of the power of praise.
My thoughts are short today but the truth is deep. Here are some verses on praising Him and the result. Start praising Him more than you complain. Seek His definition and perspective of complaining. Sometimes we have our own definition of complaining and griping but we have to see what He says about it to be able to have victory in our life issues. My definition may not float when it comes down to His perceptive and I realize that when my body starts to hurting. Spend time mediating on His Word this week and let His peace and joy wash over you as you soak in Him.
“But I will give my thanks to you, Yahweh, for you make everything right in the end. I will sing my highest praise to the God of the Highest Place!” Psalm 7:17
“You have built a stronghold by the songs of children. Strength rises up with the chorus of infants. This kind of praise has power to shut Satan’s mouth. Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you.”
Psalm 8:2 (A favorite verse for children’s ministry)
“I will worship you, Yahweh, with extended hands as my whole heart erupts with praise! I will tell everyone everywhere about your wonderful works! Listen, everyone! Sing out your praises to the God who rules in Zion! Tell the world about all the miracles he has done!” Psalm 9:1, 11
“My prayers for you are full of praise to God as I give him thanks for you with great joy! I’m so grateful for our union.” Philippians 1:3-4
“Even though I’ve seen their ways, I will heal them. I will guide them forward and repay them with comfort, giving mourners the language of praise. I offer peace to those who are far from me, and I offer peace to those who are near, and I will heal their deepest wounds,” says Yahweh.” Isaiah 57:18-19
Notice, it says the language of praise!
“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Praise God in his holy sanctuary!
Praise him in his stronghold in the sky!
Praise him for his mighty miracles!
Praise him for his magnificent greatness!
Praise him with trumpets blasting!
Praise him with piano and guitar!” Psalm 150
2022 A year of breakthrough – a TIME of breakthrough. It’s time now. Let His praise inhabit your whole being. Let the world see His love.
“Rise up and put your might on display! By your strength we will sing and praise your glorious power!” Psalm 21:13