Hebrews 13:15 Continue To Praise God

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Every day people are willing to sacrifice many different things for something else that they like more. People will sacrifice family, hobbies, sleep or more just to watch sports. Others will sacrifice the same things and more for other things that they love even more.

Sometimes the sacrifices are for something good, while many times it is for something that is harmful or destructive in the long run.

As the author concludes the book, he tells people to continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God as they profess His name.

One of the difficult things for people to do is praise God not just in the good times, but during difficult and trying times. It is when things are going bad and it looks as if God is against one, that praising God becomes a sacrifice. It is putting aside self, this world and putting God first.

The greatest advantage of praising God is that it takes one’s eyes off of self and the problems of this world and puts the focus back on God. It recognizes that although there are many difficulties in life, God is still in control and loves the person.

Praising God in this way is a sacrifice, because it is putting aside self and selfish desires and putting God at the forefront. It has to be a conscience effort to praise God in this way.

As one is sacrificing his own life to give praise to God, it will be a witness to the world as to who the person is serving and trusting. It will also empower God to be able to do more in his life because of the sacrifice of praise.

Every day you will be busy and have many challenges and trials. Rather than look at the challenges and be overwhelmed by them, turn your focus towards God and offer Him praise.

Think of all the good things God has already done for you and give God praise for each of those things. Offer a sacrifice of praise to God for how He is going to bring you through every difficult situation in your life.

Be willing to sacrifice everything to praise God. As you do that you will see God work great and mighty things in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will praise God for who He is; that you will praise God for what He is doing; that you will praise God for what He will do; and that you will sacrifice all to praise God first.

Philippians 2:14 No Grumbling Or Arguing

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14

Complaining is one thing that a person will see nearly every where he goes. No matter what is happening there is usually someone who is complaining about it. On every issue, there is nearly always someone that is not happy about it and finds fault.

The other characteristic that is commonly seen is arguing. People are always arguing with each other. Most often it is about who is right or which way to do something is right. Major wars have been started between nations because of arguments.

Paul tells the people to do everything without grumbling or arguing.

Grumbling is a sign of selfishness. One is complaining or grumbling about what is going on or what he has to do. He is not accepting what is happening or what he has to do, because he thinks there should be a better way, which then often leads to arguing.

In the same way as grumbling, arguing is often done out of selfishness. One wants things done his way and fights for it with words of arguing.

Many believers in the church can be seen grumbling and arguing. Complaining about how the service went or changes made in a church. Arguing as to which way something should go in a church service. Outside the church, many grumble about the traffic, the weather, other believers and more.

Everything that Jesus went through and did, He went through and did without grumbling or complaining. Instead of grumbling, He went to His Father in prayer for strength and direction to keep moving forward.

The focus is that the Father is in control and one is to trust Him in everything. As soon as one can fully trust God in everything, he will no longer want to grumble about a situation. He will no longer argue, but just present God’s word for the situation.

You will have times where things do not go as you had planned. Or things will be planned to go in a way that you do not necessarily like.
As you meet these situations, quickly bring them before God to give you wisdom and direction. Do everything that you do as unto God, that way you will have no reason to argue. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak to keep from senseless, sinful arguing.

As you do these things, you will find joy and contentment in life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will do everything you do for the Lord; that you will not grumble or complain with what God is allowing you to go through; and that you will find joy in serving God with your whole life.

1 Corinthians 7:11 Not An Option

But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:11

Divorce is the number one option of marriages that are struggling. As soon as there is some major struggle in a marriage, many people look to getting a divorce.

They want out of the marriage, feeling that there is no hope of reconciliation. Many will even right a clause into a marriage certificate to allow for divorce or nullification of the marriage under certain circumstances. People want to escape the troubles, rather than face them.

Paul gave his own opinion on divorce. It was that if a woman separates from her husband, she should not get remarried. And the man must never divorce her.

Divorce has become so common and mainstream, that there is very little to no difference between the world and the church. Marriages face some difficulty and the only way that they see as a way out of it is by divorce. They want to give up, move away and try again.

God had never planned it that way. His plan was marriage was for life, no matter what happens in it. He hates divorce. Throughout the bible, the relationship with God is always shown as a marriage. God does not divorce the believer, though He will allow the believer to go.

When a believer goes through with a divorce, he is saying that his problem in the marriage is bigger than God. That God cannot fix his marriage. This is selfish, prideful thinking.

There is nothing that God cannot fix in one’s life, if one is willing to obey everything God says to do. To stop getting a divorce, one must love and forgive as God loves and forgives, and not allow divorce to even be an option.

You may be in a struggling marriage and are contemplating divorce. Don’t do it. Give your life, your spouse and your marriage into the hands of God.

Seek God to know how to treat and love your spouse as God treats and loves you. Be willing to love and forgive as Jesus loves and forgives you.

With God, all things are possible. Do not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Allow God to rule in your life and marriage, and do not allow divorce to be an option, regardless of how ugly it may get.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your relationships with others; that you will trust God with your marriage; and that you will love and forgive as God does.

Romans 4:18 Believe Against All Hope

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18

As people go through life, there are situations that come up that appear to be without any hope of a good report. Doctors give a diagnosis of a sickness that is incurable and death is certain. A loss of a job and home, with no sign of relief in sight.

People will do one of two things when there is no hope, they will give up or they will work harder. While sometimes working harder will help, there are many times that it does no good, death is still certain.

Abraham had no reason to believe that he would be a father of many nations, but he still believed. He had hope against all reasoning or logic.

Believing in something when everything says not to is not an easy thing to do. Man’s reasoning or logic struggles with what appears to be impossible, yet, it is God who works in the realm of the impossible.

People often begin to realize that they are failures and are not pleasing God with their lives. They realize that they have a death sentence upon their head and strive to work to get past it. Yet, all the work in the world will never rescind the death sentence of sin upon a person.

In order to remove that death sentence, one must believe in Jesus. He must have hope, faith, in what appears to be hopeless. Faith is trusting or believing God when one cannot see or understand.

Forgiveness and salvation come by faith, not by doing good things or not doing bad things. What a person does or does not do is a result of being forgiven and saved.

At some point in your life, you had chosen to believe in Jesus. Now you must continue to believe in Him when everything tells you not to. You must trust that He has forgiven you and will save you.

There will be times in your life when everything appears to be fallen apart and that there is no hope. That is where Abraham was, but he still believed God.

Believe God and His word and wait for His salvation to come at the right time. God loves you and will never do wrong to you, but will do good when the time is right.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s word; that you will know the true hope you can have in Jesus; that God will strengthen your walk with Him; and that you will see God work in miraculous ways in your life.

Mark 4:38 Don’t You Care?

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:38

The actions or inactions of people are often interpreted to show how much they care or don’t care for others. If a person does nothing at all when another is going through a hard time, it is usually interpreted as if he does not care.

With this type of automatic interpretation, it refuses to know or understand the reasoning behind the refusal to act in the situation. There may be greater knowledge known by the one who ‘could’ help, but does not.

Jesus and the disciples had gotten into a boat to go to the other side of the lake. Jesus then went to sleep. As a severe storm came, the disciples woke Him in fear wondering if He did not care for them.

God, being the creator of everything and in complete control, will often tell His follower to go forward into what appears to be dangerous and deadly. Walking with God will, at times, appear to be life threatening.

As finite, not really in control, human beings, many will be afraid when danger arises before them that threatens their life or well-being. Immediately many are like the disciples crying out to God, asking if He really cares about them. They often feel as if God has sent them forward to their death.

Believers need to know that when God sends them forward on a path, it is for a purpose. Most often, He will bring them through to the other side. If He does not, the reality is that they will arrive on the other side stepping into eternity in heaven.

God really does care and the believer is on the winning side every time. Walking with God, he cannot lose.

As you walk your journey with God, there will be times that danger is in the path. Trust that God knows about it and has a purpose for it. Trust that God will bring you through it in the best way for you.

Do not allow thoughts of questioning how much God cares for you to enter your mind, bringing on doubts and fear.

If God cared for you enough to send His Son to die for you, He will care for you enough to bring you through whatever is in your path He has you on.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will trust God in dangerous situations; that you will continue to walk the path God has for you; and that you will know God’s presence in times of danger.