Praise God Anyhow!

Praise God Any How - Saint In
Truly dear hearts I love to praise and worship our God because He’s so worthy of all the glory, honor and praise. No matter what life brings to our door step, He’s still worthy! Oh yes He is! I could not have said this from my heart some years ago because I didn’t understand or know that there is an in-spite-of praise that I would have to learn to give to our Heavenly Father.

It was real easy for me to praise God as long as He was blessing me (that’s called the-because-of praise); that kind of praise cost nothing but the in-spite-of praise isn’t free. This kind of praise can only be taught by the school master of test and trials – that’s what God allowed in order to make me who I am today and it will continue to make me in the future. I haven’t arrived where God wants me to be yet but I am changing, little by little and (I believe so are you).

It takes time to be molded and shaped by the power of God so don’t rush the process. Be patient with God and with your selves; don’t charge God foolishly but trust Him in what He’s molding and shaping you to become.

You can trust his plans for you because He loves us!

It took me many years to believe and accept His love simply because I didn’t love myself. I thought surely I wasn’t worthy of His love. But Satan is a liar and he can’t tell the truth. He can’t make me believe that lie anymore! Oh bless the living God! How can I believe anything but the truth: God loves me, me and yes, me again and again! God has brought me through so much, from the troubles I experienced in my youth through two bouts with cancer as an adult – I just can’t tell it all BUT I can tell you this much: there’s nobody who can do us like Jesus!

When I had colon cancer in 2006 God gave me this scripture to read:

Psalm 34:19 (KJV)

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

In 2010 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer He once again gave me words of encouragement from His holy word:

Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

And it kept getting better! When my daughter and I went to my sister’s house to tell her the doctor’s prognosis (so that she could sympathize with me), I’d barely gotten the ‘bad news’ out of my mouth when God anointed her in the Holy Spirit and spoke these glorious, victorious and powerful words to me: “It’s not bad news. You shall live and not die.”!

Oh what a rejoicing time we had in that kitchen! Dear hearts I’m still here! A living, breathing testimony of God’s healing and keeping power. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

I have only to think on his goodness, his mercy towards me and I get so happy, happy, happy in my soul – I’m like David dancing before the Lord. Dear ones even at sixty years of age this living testimony can dance before the Lord all night and then some. Thank God there’s no age limit in the Spirit.

We are going to rejoice in heaven with Him for eternity what more for this short time while we’re here on earth?

Yes Dear Hearts, God will carry us through the rough stuff and it can get pretty rough but when you can’t stand like you want to, hang on where you can but whatever you do don’t let go. It’s in His name and through His blood that we have the victory.

Don’t do what I did years ago; don’t fall into Satan’s trap of despair. The last thing our foe wants us to do is praise and worship God. That demon of the soul knows that God inhabits the praises of His people. There’s no wonder the Heavenly host cry aloud, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

To those of us who have not lost the will to praise God from our hearts, continue to praise Him no matter what may come. And yet there are some who are not so sure they can hold on for one more hour let alone another day. This is why it’s so important that we pray for and encourage one another. I never thought I’d lose heart when it came to praising God but I did and that can happen to anyone.

To those who are in a struggle today I encourage you to keep praising your Heavenly Father. Hang on in there; your help is on the way. Our Heavenly Father loves us with a great and everlasting love. His love will never fade away and there’s nothing we can do about it except receive it, embrace it and hang on to it for dear life. Dear ones believe me when I tell you no matter how long you’ve been struggling this too will pass. That you and I have the victory through Christ’s blood and his powerful name is not just a saying, it’s a promise!

If you are in need of prayer ask someone you can trust to pray with you; if not please know that we’re here and if you’d like to make a prayer request be assured that we will take it before the Lord. He still sits on the throne; His ears are ever open to His children’s cry and His eyes see every tear we shed. Although we may not personally know you, our Heavenly Father knows us all in a very real and personal way. He knows His children and we are the apples of His eye.

Zechariah 2:8 (NIV)

For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—

There is a song that says: When praises go up God’s blessings come down. Those lyrics have ringed true in my life and in many others’ lives – why can’t it ring true in yours? God is a keeper, his power is sustaining and his love for us is never-ending. Look up and be blessed.

Finally, please know that you are more to Rebecca and me than a face we see on Facebook or here on the blog; you’re our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love you and hope to encourage you in Christ, when you hurt we hurt and so does our Heavenly Father.

Remember, no matter what, praise God anyhow!
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I’ve Got Another “Yes” Lord in My Soul!

Keep the Faith and Say Yes Lord
Have you ever felt as if life has handed you too much to bear? Too much pain, too much loss, too much uncertainty, too much regret? Well when those times come it is up to us to reach down into the depths of our souls and pull up a word of praise to see us through to the other side – another “Yes!”

David encouraged himself to press onward, Paul determined to do the same and if we are to see our victory manifested we must follow suite.

God never promised us a rose-garden walk, a bed of ease and sun-shiny days for the duration of our journey along the Holy Highway but He did promise that He would not fail us or leave us. Joshua 1:5 NLT

Indeed, Jesus Christ was more than frank concerning the troubles a child of God would face in this world – this foreign land in which we are strangers and only passing through.

He explained it this way, “Is the servant greater than the Master?” (Matthew 10:22-25) If the Master is required to suffer should we expect to do less? Are we to come into our inheritance without opposition when Christ Himself was beaten, spat upon, whipped, and died an agonizing death to secure our victory? While it is true that we are saved by grace it is just as true that we still have work to do, mountains to climb, storms to endure and pain to bear. God’s promise is of our ultimate victory but the very word implies that there must be something to be victorious over.

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

It is easy to be overcome by reasoning thoughts and deceptive emotions; thank God for the Spirit that gives us power! The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead gives us the ability to press on in the face of disappointment; the strength to endure hardship without murmuring and complaint and the grace to wait on the Lord when time seems to have passed us by. This is why we can find that YES in our souls because God supplies us with all the ingredients we need.

Paul tells us that we are co-heirs with Christ: we share in his suffering and in his glory. (Romans 8:17) Jesus Christ witnessed to a lost soul, prayed for his tormentors, saw to his mother’s care and obeyed his Father’s will all while dying on the cross. The same power that gave him strength to carry out his Father’s plan is within each and every last child of God. There is no favoritism in God and those who seek wisdom (or anything else) have but to ask and receive.

There have been many days when I’ve cried to our Father about the cares that weighed me down but I can honestly say he never let me cry for long. Eventually the cries of distress would turn to words of praise. It takes but a thought, a turning of the mind to the thing that God has done and then “Why” transforms into “Yes!” “When” becomes “You’re will” and “Help!” becomes “Thank You Jesus!”

Beloved, God is not slack in his promises nor is he an absentee Father. The word of God says that the eyes of the Lord are always on the righteous and his ears attend (wait on) unto their plea. The Word proclaims us to be God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10) – do you truly believe that God created you only to leave you hanging? Your heart knows the truth – God is ever with you.

I encourage you to look back over your life, reminisce about the many times you thought that you just couldn’t take any more only to find that God had already pulled you through. Instead of fixating on the whys of life, seek out and stare at the promises of God. Oh, I know, our flesh doesn’t want to suffer. It doesn’t like pain or disappointment. But remember beloved, we are spirit not flesh. While we were once dead in sin, we are now living through the Spirit. The Spirit knows and so must we that those of us who suffer with Christ will rein with Him too.

Reach down into the well of your soul and draw up another “Yes”, pull it out, cry it out, scream it at the top of your lungs and declare to the God of your salvation that “Yes! I will wait. Yes I will trust. Yes I believe and I will obey.”

Beloved join with me and speak it aloud right now and together we’re sure to be victorious once again!”

I’ve got another “Yes, Lord in my soul!” Do you?

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“He Didn’t Have to Do it, But He Did!”

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

What was it about us that made our God sacrifice His only Son? He knew no sin, could not sin – what a sacrifice! A debt that was impossible for man to pay became possible through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Oh dear hearts, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of the cross at Calvary. He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so glad he did!

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He’s done for me my soul cries out, “Hallelujah!” I praise God for saving me! I have to give Him the glory; I have to give Him the praise. Where would we be dear hearts if Jesus didn’t love us? Just where would we be if He really didn’t care?

I know where I would have been and I thank our God that I am not there! I agree with King David when he said, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV)

David was a praiser and we should be like-minded because Jesus is worthy of all our praises – Christ and Christ alone.

I am so thankful that what I have in my wallet or what kind of car I might drive doesn’t determine who I am in Christ Jesus. If it did I would be locked out of the kingdom of Heaven for sure! Isn’t it a blessing to know that material possessions and wealth will not determine our eternal destination? Thank God it’s not about stuff!

Jesus dropped the charges against us at Calvary and dismissed the case Satan had laid out before Our Heavenly Father. Christ redeemed us back unto himself and through His death, burial and resurrection He set us in Heavenly places, there to reside with Him for eternity.

Tell me, what more could we ask for? It just can’t get any better!

There’s a line in a song that goes like this, “You can have this whole world but give me Jesus.” This should be the testimony of every blood-washed believer.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV)

Dear hearts, we can’t afford to go spiritually bankrupt. Our account is secured in heaven. Satan can’t make any withdrawals from it nor can a thief break in and steal it. We must use wisdom in guarding our Heavenly inheritance. If we’re not careful and mismanage our account we can end up with a balance of zero.

Let’s not make the wrong investment – this world is only temporary, filled with stuff that won’t last and holds no value at all. Let’s be wise and invest all our spiritual wealth in the Kingdom of God. We’ve gone through many tests and trials to retain the wealth God gave us on the cross and like the good servant, we should add to what He’s given us daily.

I can speak only for myself but then again, I believe it’s safe to say that most of us have gone through so much and worked too hard to miss out on eternal life in Heaven. I want to hear our blessed Savior say, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

I want to go back with Jesus when He comes back for His church and whatever I haven’t obtained on earth naturally, I won’t need it in Heaven. I refuse to be like the rich young ruler, rich in natural wealth but poor in spirit. He couldn’t let go of his earthly wealth, he couldn’t see beyond his material possessions and he made the wrong choice. (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22 and Luke 18:18-23)

And what about the five foolish virgins? The poor dears went too far, stayed too long and got back too late! We can’t make it off of each other’s oil, we have to have our own on this journey or else we too will miss the bridegroom’s return.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelations 22:12-14)
Oh dear hearts, be blessed and always remember, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of Calvary’s cross.

He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so very glad he did! God loves you and I do too; you matter to God and you matter to us!