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Never Be Embarrassed or Afraid to Publicly Praise God

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 2 Sam 6:14-17 KJV

 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. 2 Sam. 6:18-21 KJV

Psalm 149:3 KJV

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

No one is greater to be praised than our Father in heaven who sits high and looks low and by his grace we are saved. He is our healer, provider, and strength. God is there with us during adversity, affliction, and persecution. We are surrounded by “Debbie Downers,” cynical people, pessimism, negativity, and doom and gloom, but don’t allow your spirit to be sucked in by any of it. Keep that joy that’s deep down on the inside of you, sing, dance, shout, and play instruments, what I’m telling you is this, praise the Lord!!

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Psalm 150: 3-6 KJV

Michal tried to ridicule David for praising the Lord his way… by leaping and dancing. David reminded Michal of what the Lord was doing in his life, making him ruler over Israel. We all know this is typical of some people today; they question how we praise the Lord and display our deepest gratitude and thankfulness of what God has done and is doing in our life. I’m not saying you owe anyone any kind of explanation, but tell them why you sing, dance, shout, play instruments or write about the Lord, because he is worthy to be praised. David knew the God he served, the God that delivered him and helped him defeat the enemy time and time again. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Psalm 150:2 KJV.

 Never be embarrassed or afraid to publicly praise God and do it with all of your heart. He is worthy of such praise.

Psalm 117.:1 KJV

O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

Be Blessed

Truth, Faith, and Praise

 

Jude

It may not be the longest or shortest book in the Bible, but the book of Jude carries some weight with reminders of the importance to stand firm in our faith, beware of false teachers, and ending with praise for the Almighty God. Jude didn’t hold back, he hit hard telling believers to learn and know correct doctrine (2Tim 2:15.) Defend and fight for truth, (Titus 2:1 and Titus 1:9) not compromising the truth of the word of God by twisting it to sooth our sinful nature. Ephesians 4:21, If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus.
Jude makes very good points: the first being the rescues and punishments and false teachers. God delivered Israel out of Egypt, (Exodus 12:51) And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies, but destroyed those who did not remain faithful as told in (Numbers 14:26-35.) Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed for sexual immorality, but God rescued Lot. In (2Peter 2:6-9) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished.
Also, he shares of false teachers who have led people to believe that because of forgiveness you can live any way you want undermining the teachings of Jesus Christ. Examples of this are Cain murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy (Genesis 4:1-16), Balaam prophesied out of greed (Numbers 22-24), and Korah rebelled against God’s appointed leaders (Numbers 16:1-35.) Enoch (mentioned in Genesis 5:21-24) prophesied about ungodly acts in Jude verse 14-16, which is also found in the Book of Enoch.
Then Jude goes on to explain that believers should build up their faith through prayer. Keep close to Christ who will keep you from stumbling. And as you help others, be careful not to compromise your belief and the foundation of your faith, hate the sin, but witness to others. And give all glory to God who keeps us from falling. Jude is great book that reflects on consequences and deliverance, our need for prayer, to be a servant and praise God always.

7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST


Train Up A Child

Kids want to be loved and have fun. So simple right? It should be simple because kids don’t come into the world with the mentality to plan to do evil. These behaviors are taught by people they know or have some form of interaction with daily or periodically. Maybe over hearing conversations from unknown individuals in passing. You may think you have it under control by limiting the number of hours in front of the television and on social media or playing with friends and tech toys, but unfortunately that is not enough. You see, on the other side of that door is a life filled with bad influences and temptations and the things that are not of God. But it’s not too late to train up your kids in the way they should go and create a change in the atmosphere one child at a time.

Let’s get started!!

PARENT PREPARATION

Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

1Cor 3:19 KJV For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

We need God’s wisdom and knowledge to help with our children and with all things.

Proverbs 2:6 KJV For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of the mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 8:11 KJV For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared.

2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The word of God has to be in you, a part of who you are… parents obeying and applying the word of God. You are the first example of Christ for your kids.

(Below is a list of books and scriptures, but seek the word of God with your kids and find the ones suitable for them to understand.)

Ages 2-6

Bible Ages 2-6

Ages 4-8

Bible -Ages 4-8

Ages 4-8

Bible Ages 4-8

Ages 8-12

Bible-Ages 8-12

Ages 8-12

Bible Ages 8-12

Resource Bible for Kids

Resource Bible

7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST

  1. Read the Bible with your kids – help children build strength and character.
  2. Love – Share with them that God is love. 1Cor.13:4, 1Cor. 16:14, and 1John4:19
  3. Pray – Teach them about talking to God and spending personal time with Him in prayer. Jeremiah 29:12
  4. Praise – Let God know you adore him and show your appreciation of who He is and all that He has done, is doing and will do. Psalm 135:1, Psalm 150:6, and Psalm 148:13
  5. Have Empathy – Teaching children to have empathy to put themselves in others shoes. Having compassion and understanding for others because you see things the way God sees them. Because someone is not like you or is less fortunate doesn’t make them not important in God’s eyes. So, try to understand what they may be going through by envisioning yourself in that situation. Col. 3:12 and 1Pet. 3:8
  6. Be Giving – Be ready to act, be a giver of time, money clothing, or food to help those in need. For example, do volunteer work in a food pantry. Prov. 11:25, Prov. 22:9, Acts 20:35, James 2:15-16, and Deut. 15:10
  7. Forgiveness – To understand that we all fall short and need forgiveness. If you want God to forgive you, you must be willing to forgive others. Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 6:14

We want kids that go out in the world and in every situation before they act, they ask the question –

What Would Jesus Do?                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Glory of God

You worked hard for the raise, promotion, or that VP title. You worked hard and long hours on a project. You worked hard to get to the top. You worked hard to put together the biggest party ever – from securing the location to the caterer. And for all of this hard work, what you know for sure is everyone is going to be talking about it for weeks to come and nobody can tell you that notoriety is not coming your way. The compliments and kudos, in the form of congratulatory notes, cards, emails, phone calls, text messages and we can’t forget your social media is going to blow up!!

Well here comes the disappointment. You have about 1000 followers, you received 20 congrats…and you only know seven of those twenty people. Then you tell yourself I don’t care. Yes, you do care and then comes the question, do they know just how hard I worked? The “Recognition Plan” failed as far as you are concerned.

Did you do it for the right reasons? What was your intentions? Was your heart in the right place?

Colossians 3:23-24 KJV And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Everything we do, we should do it as if we are doing it for the Lord. People will let you down and not on purpose, but because they can’t live up to your expectations, plus they are too busy trying to figure out why the people they thought they could depend on for kudos and congratulations didn’t live up to their expectations. Therefore, as you can see there seems to be enough let downs to go around…. let downs are so universal.

We don’t want the let downs. We want to be praised. However, it’s not about us and our egos. It is not about what we deem success or greatness to be or should be. And we should by all means work hard, but whatever we do, we should do it to the glory of God. Praising God in the beginning, middle and the end of our hard work. Through it all give God glory and praise.

Psalm 150:6 KJV Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalm 117:1 KJV O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

All praise belongs to God.