God Resides in Praise

Grace and an abundance of peace, from the Father and our LORD Jesus Christ, What do we do as Christians when at times we feel perplexed at life’s stressful events and we perhaps feel uncertain? Often times we do not feel like praying, because of lack of energy.

This is a wonderful time to praise His Holy name the Bible declares, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”(Psalm 22:3) It is your praise that God will indeed “inhabit”.

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary INHAB’IT is defined as (To live or dwell in; to occupy as a place of settled residence.) Wild beasts inhabit the forest; fishes inhabit the ocean, lakes and rivers; men inhabit cities and houses. It is the praise from your lips that your God will inhabit, God takes up residence and dwells with you, in your moments of turmoil.

The same God who dwells in eternity, will reside in your perplexing circumstances.
“Thus saith the high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15)
The result of your praise beloved is deliverance. Notice what is said right after Isreal praised our Father,  “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst “deliver” them.” (Psalm 22:3-4)

They trusted God, praised His name and they were delivered. This is precisely what our dear Jesus knew. He understood that it is the glorification in your praise, that will produce breakthrough. I pray beloved Saints of God, that we too, will honor God with the fruit of our lips and give Him the glory, the praise He deserves and as a result, Father will reside with you in your most vulnerable moments.

 

The Word of God Cannot be Quenched

Grace and peace from the Father and our LORD Jesus Christ, There have been many attempts to suppress the Word of God throughout history. Christians have been maliciously persecuted for the faith given to us by our Father in heaven.

Unbelievers have foolishly thought that they could snuff out the Living Word by the sword and fire, or other means of tortured, but the Bible declares, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

In A.D. 303 the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued an edict to destroy Christians and their Bible. The persecution that would follow were insurmountable and grievous. Over a burned and extinguished Bible, Diocletian built a monument on which he wrote these triumphant words, “Extincto nomene Christianorum” (the name Christian is extinguished). However some twenty-five years later, Diocletian was dead and the new Emperor Constantine commissioned fifty copies of the Bible to be prepared at government expense.

“Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)

In the year of our LORD 1776 a world renowned French philosopher by the name of Voltaire announced, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible in the earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity-seeker.” One hundred years later Voltaire was dead, and it is said that Voltaire’s house was used as a repository (storage) for Bibles by the Geneva Bible Society.

The first edition of Voltaire’s work sold for eleven cents in Paris, but the British government paid the Czar of Russian one-half million dollars for an ancient Bible manuscript.

“But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25)

Let us remember that the Word of God has and will continue to endure from everlasting to everlasting despite opposition. Allow this to comfort you beloved of the Father and may you be blessed by the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Let Us Pray Beautiful Prayers Today

I rise today

with the power of God to pilot me,

God’s strength to sustain me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look ahead for me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to protect me,

God’s way before me,

God’s shield to defend me,

God’s host to deliver me

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me; Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me;

Christ to the right of me,

Christ to the left of me;

Christ in my lying down,

Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising;

Christ in the heart of all who think of me,

Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,

Christ in the eye of all who see me,

Christ in the ear of all who hear me. ~ St. Patrick

Faithlessly Prosperous Vs. Afflicted And Faithful.

What we really love and trust aren’t truly seen until we are tested by loss.

This is essentially the point that Satan made when talking to God about Job. In that odd scene in the first chapter of Job, when Satan presented himself before God, God said to him, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” (Job 1:8).

Satan’s response was,

Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face. (Job 1:9–11)

Yeah, God, of course Job “fears” you when his life is full of blessings. But take away the blessings and his trust will turn to cursing.

Note the irony here. In this manipulative moment, Satan inadvertently pointed out the core error of Prosperity theology: prosperity obscures, rather than reveals, how much fallen humans love God. “Blessings” easily turn into curses as sinners subtly (or not so subtly) come to love and trust the blessings more than the Bless-er.

Satan knew this by experience. He was so confident that Job would curse God if the blessings were removed because he had seen it occur thousands and thousands of times in others.

Satan knew that the “take away” more than the “giving” would reveal the truth — what Job really trusted and loved. So did God. So God gave Satan permission to take away Job’s children, wealth, health, and reputation — all that most men place their hope in during life.

And the result?

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:20–21)

Satan was proven wrong about Job.

When You Know You Love Her

But Satan wasn’t wrong about the concealing power of prosperity and the revealing power of loss. Even the world sometimes catches glimpses of this principle, as the band Passenger captures in the song “Let Her Go.”

     Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
     Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
     Only know you love her when you let her go

     Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
     Only hate the road when you’re missin’ home
     Only know you love her when you let her go

You “only know you love her when you let her go.” Having concealed love, loss revealed love.

Satan gets no pleasure out of humans enjoying real pleasure. He would prefer to kill, maim, steal, destroy, and deprive, if doing so doesn’t push someone toward faith in God (John 10:10).

But he also knows that a consistently effective tool to weaken, impede, and disease the church is to let her prosper. Prosperity has a greater tendency to conceal idolatry and false faith. So like he tried with Jesus, Satan sometimes will offer us the world (Luke 4:5–7). He would rather us be faithlessly prosperous than afflicted and faithful.

Loss for the Sake of the True Prosperity Gospel

But Jesus wants us to embrace the true prosperity gospel. He wants us to have real “treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21), the gift of “pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). So when Jesus calls us, he often asks us to leave homes, land, family, and vocations for his sake and the gospel’s (Mark 10:29). It’s why he requires us to deny ourselves and take up our crosses (Matthew 16:24). Because, like Paul described, when for Christ’s sake we are willing to abandon those things that the world considers the only gain worth having, it shows that Christ is truly gain to us (Philippians 3:8).

It is also why, as God disciplines us (Hebrews 12:5–6) and conforms us to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29), he will, like Job, take away earthly things that are precious to us. The affections of our hearts, both sinful and righteous, that were more concealed in the having are more revealed in the losing. The sin that is revealed he seeks to mortify; the righteousness of faith that is revealed he seeks to display for us and for the watching world.

Testing Is More Than Just for Us

Yes, our testing is more than just for us. We must remember that, like Job’s experience, there is often more going on in our experience than meets our eyes. Job didn’t know when the calamities hit that God was putting Satan to shame.

Peter and the disciples wouldn’t have known Satan’s involvement in their temptations during the Passion week had Jesus not told them (Luke 22:31). Likewise, we often aren’t aware of the full cosmic struggle in which we are involved. But these texts and others remind us that the struggle is occurring, and we should be careful jumping to conclusions based on our perceptions alone.

God Takes Away for Our Joy

The crucial thing for us to remember is that all that God does for us as his children is for our good. He is blessed in both the giving and the taking away because both are for the sake of our joy.

Often it is in the taking away that our true love and trust are revealed, which is a great mercy to us and usually for others. And often, in this age, the most valuable, most satisfying, most beneficial, longest lasting gifts we receive and pass along to others end up coming through the experiences of our losses. ( Jon Bloom)