A LIFE OF PRAISE:DEVELOPING ATTITUDE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,” Psalm 92:1-2KJV
We have come to the eighth and last principle that we would discuss in this series. In discussing each of the principle, what I have done is to sow a seed or seeds. My prayer is that it has fallen on good soil so that it will flourish. There is no short cut, these are not formulas, I would like to reiterate, but spiritual habits. For you to flow in them , you must understand that you are a spirit , you are not just human . I have tried to codify these principles for the purposes of simplicity, but in actual fact they are like a fabric, interwoven. To recap, 1. God is your source, God is your only source 2. He anticipated all your needs, and made provision before they arose 3. The provision is always more abundant than the need 4. All that you need is in your born-again spirit 5. Faith gives you access to what He has provided by Grace 6. You are blessed to be a blessing 7. Hold no grudge. Amen!
In this capsule we would consider living A LIFE OF PRAISE: DEVELOPING ATTITUDE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE. I am using the word PRAISE in the generic sense, it covers Thanksgivings, which is expressing appreciation for certain privilege or favour both already received or anticipated. This can be universally applied to man or God. Praise, is an expression of admiration or honour in response to certain intrinsic qualities or achievements. This also can be appropriately directed at man and God. Lastly, Worship on the other hand is exclusively reserved for God without any exception (Luke 4:4-8, Exodus 34:14) To really understand the meaning of Worship we need to apply the 'law of first-mention' in bible interpretation. Worship was first mentioned in Genesis 22 with respect to Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. The heart of worship is to offer one's life as an offering or sacrifice to God. It figures, since you have only one life, we offer it to the only one true God! This is the basic reason why we bring our offerings (money or otherwise) or anything that represents who we are to God exclusively. This is also the reason why angels refuse to receive any form of worship when they appear before men . Acts 12:21-23 is a lesson in the consequence of wrongly directed worship. With all these in mind, Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude for favours we have received or hope to enjoy and Praise is in recognition of the intrinsic quality that is uncommon. Both of these can be for God or man, but WORSHIP is to offer your very essence, your life as it were and it can only be to God exclusively.
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.” Romans 14:7-8 KJV
With this in mind; Thanksgiving, Praise and of course Worship is not something we do occasionally or in spurts, but what we express continually. It should not be a chore but joy if we properly appreciate the first seven principles we talked about. When you live a life of praise, an attitude filled with gratitude, it affects Satan and his cohorts, it has an effect on you and lastly it affects the manifestation of God in your life. In the next capsule we would consider these three effects of praise.
PRAISE IS THE FRAGRANCE THAT MAKES YOUR LIFE A SWEET SMELLING SAVOUR
At the end of this series we would look at two stories told by Christ which I believe have been completely misunderstood and interpreted (Luke 11:5-13, Luke 18:2-8), you will be blessed.
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