LOVE LETTERS TO AND FROM GOD
PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
BY ROSEMARY KEENER
A while back, as I was cleaning my room, I realized I was on a hunt. If you’ve never been on one, let me tell you Beloved they are fun. You “think” you are doing one thing and then you realize God wants to show you something. So all of a sudden I “happened upon” one of my older journals. As I picked it up and started reading I realized that this was why I was doing, what I was doing. Many years back when I was a young Christian I was in bed thanking and praising God, for all that He had done ,and all He was doing,and as I did, I said,” Lord no matter what happens I’m going to praise you!” Did I mean it? Absolutely! Did I do it? No, I couldn’t. Why? Because see Beloved, we aren’t or ever will be strong enough in our own strength. We need the Lord to do in, and through us, what we cannot do! Does God desire us to praise Him in all things? Yes, He does. But too many times,we think it’s something “I” can do without Him. It is written in Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. See, Beloved one Christ is the one who strengthens us. It is in Him alone that we live, and move, and have our being! See, my desires were right , I just didn’t realize at the time, that it is Christ in me, by the Holy Spirit, that does the praising, and worshiping through me. I believe with everything that is within me, that as we learn to spend time with the Lord, we learn through His Word, and through anointed teachers, and preachers how to do things God’s way, which is the best way!
When Paul and Silas were in prison, after having been beaten, I believe it was a supernatural praise and worship that they offered up to God. And the results? An earthquake, everyone’s chain’s fell off! Wow! Heartfelt praise and worship will do that. They weren’t looking at their circumstances, but to the God who was above their circumstances. Did God meet me right where I was? Absolutely! And so will He also meet you right where you are. He is such a good God and loves us so much! So many people have been so lied to about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But He is soooooooooooooooooo Good! I pray as you read this it ministers life to you. Praise and worship is a good place to start! You can start, by just thanking Him,and praising Him, that you are alive, and let it just go on from there. And I can promise you, according to His Word, if you draw near to Him, He Will draw near to you. Amen? AMEN!