THE POWER OF PRAISE – 9

Better than good greetings, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

I am too persuaded that as you agree & cooperate with God in the covenant of praise, this month won’t end till your blessings & inheritance come to you, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

At KDCG yesterday, the concluding part of the teaching series for this month was taken, captioned, Acceptable Praise!

Be blessed & lifted as you read, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

When it has to do with God, it’s not just doing things that matter but doing things in His own ways, terms & time, so that the great & exceeding rewards that should come with the results of your walk with & work for Him will be real!

For instance, He said in Galatians 5.6, that faith will only & always work by love.

Also, in Hebrews 12.28, He tells us that, you & I must be fully persuaded in His Kingdom & therefore, be thankful always & have or take grace whereby we’ll serve Him acceptably in His  fear & reverence.

Now, there’s a very short report of a king in Israel, who though, he did what was right in God’s sight but not with a perfect heart – 2 Chronicles 25.2.

The Amplified version renders “…not with a perfect heart” as “…not with a blameless heart”.

The New Living Translation puts it as, “…not wholeheartedly”(that is with reservations, grumbling, murmuring & complaining).

The Message Bible says it this way, “…wasn’t wholeheartedly devoted to God”.

The Good News Bible says it that, “…but did it reluctantly”.

So, there’s what to do &how to do it, & praising Him too, has the set patterns, if the saint must triumph & be put on top of the issues of life – Psalm 106.47(KJV):

“Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise”.

2 Corinthians 2.14(KJV):

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place”.

Habakkuk 3.17-19(KJV):

[17]”Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls”:

[18]”Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation”.

[19]The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

1 Corinthians 15.57(KJV):

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ“.

What then makes for acceptable praise?

1. It must be in God’s Word – Psalm 56.4,10(KJV):

[4]”In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me”.

[10]”In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

Not in happenings around town or in slangs or coarse jesting.

Hebrews 13.15,5-6(KJV):

[15]”By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name“.

[5]”Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

[6]”So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

2. It must be with loud songs – Psalms 149.5(KJV):

“Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds”.

Acts 16.24-26(KJV):

[24]”Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks”.

[25]”And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them”.

[26]”And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

3. It must be by dancing(joyful, exorbitant praise), also – Psalm 149.3(KJV):

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp”.

Revelation 5.8-9; 7.11-12(KJV):

[8]”And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints”.

[9]”And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”;

[11]”And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God”,

[12]”Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen”.

Remember, our Saviour & Lord Jesus Himself told us to pattern our lives to heaven’s style & enforce same – Matthew 6.10(KJV):

Matthew 6:10

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”.

4. Acceptable Praise is in talking & showing the things that pertain to God’s Kingdom – Acts 1.3(KJV):

“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Stop talking chaff, things that don’t glorify God & heaven, be mindful of & speak of matters of eternal value, not mundane things!

What you say is what you’ll reflect in life!

5. Acceptable praise must be in faith – Psalm 57.2(KJV):

“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me”.

Romans 4.20-21(KJV):

[20]”He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God”;

[21]”And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Philippians 1.6(KJV):

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”:

6. Acceptable praise must be with the motive & attitude of God’s kind of Love – Matthew 22.37-40(KJV):

[37]”Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”.

[38]”This is the first and great commandment”.

[39]”And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”.

[40]”On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Your faith will only produce results & attract rewards when you’re operating in love – God’s kind of Love.

I see every chain holding down your golden, glorious & royal destiny break off, now, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

As you exercise yourself in praising God faithfully, He’ll see to it that your rising in life is unlimited, unquestionable, enviable with speed, ease, peace, in a very grand style & colours, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

God bless you, richly!

See you unfailingly next month in your multiplied forms with blessings, in Jesus’ most colourful name!

PEACE!

JESUS IS LORD!

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