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    Devotions Praise and Worship

    Do you need a reason to rejoice?

    May 9, 2019

    Sometimes we think we will  rejoice  as the result of great news- I’m engaged! I got a pay raise! I got a new house! These are definitely times to rejoice. But they are not the only times to rejoice.  As worshipers, have we made a decision that we will rejoice in God in spite of the good or bad news that comes our way?

    Habakkuk 3:17-18 states:  “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

    This passage of scripture written to an agrarian society would be equal to our current day news that the economy is bad, the stock market crashed and we lost our job. There is no apparent source of supply that we can see.

    The declaration to “rejoice in the Lord” means to jump for joy and be exceedingly glad. “I will joy” means to be full of cheer or happy.  The only reason to act this way is that our eyes are on the God of our salvation. God is our Deliverer . What will God deliver us from? It is God- not the economy that is our source. He gives us favor for a new job if we need it. The God who still knows the recipe for manna can create it again if you need it. When we go through tough times our rejoicing is vital as we look to our Loving Father and Source.

    Apply it:

    • What bad news may you be facing today that you need to focus on God’s supply?
    • Are you thinking more about the problem than reminding yourself of the Answer?
    • Use “yet I will rejoice” this week as you encounter difficulties
    • Confess who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do because of Him
  • Praise and Worship

    Bursting with Joy

    When something is bursting, there’s no room for anything else. A balloon bursting with air pops because there’s no space left. A little kid is bursting inside to tell gramma the exciting news he…

    March 29, 2019
  • Faith

    3 Fearless things to do when Trouble Comes

    Jesus told us in John 16:33 (NCV)”I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.”…

    March 27, 2019
  • Prayer

    Ways God’s power can benefit you

    Imagine your house is wired for electricity but you don’t tap into that power with your appliances by plugging them in. You can complain that you don’t see anything happening because of the power.…

    February 27, 2019
  • Praise and Worship

    What is a sacrifice of Praise?

    I still remember when my husband bent down and asked me to marry him and extended me a box with an engagement ring. It was an expensive expression of how much he loved me.…

    February 5, 2019
  • Praise and Worship

    How songs are truth containers

    There are containers for everything from shoes to candy. But words are containers of truth or lies. Lies come in all shapes and sizes. Frequently we don’t recognize the lies. Lack of self-esteem is…

    January 2, 2019