GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …
Do you sometimes feel that you’re not praising God enough? This could easily be an affirmative answer. Do a quick inventory of your life, past, and present. Include your younger years; aka (also known as) when you did stupid stuff. There was a period where I had stopped going to church – I wasn’t praising – worshiping – praying – and I was not a disciple of His Word. Yes, I must admit that this was me during a short period of my life. I’m so glad God kept me during this time in my life.
God kept me despite me. I didn’t deserve His Goodness and Mercy then, and I still don’t, but I’m working on becoming a better person than my younger self. My younger self was taking credit for all the good things in my life. I thought I was all that! Good health – education – job – house – car. I was taking credit for all my successes. Not once did I acknowledge God or tell Him, “Thank You!”
“Our Incredible God deserves our incredible praise!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice
This is a quote from our Sunday sermon on: “Look at God!” During his sermon, Pastor Brice made the point that we’ve lost our focus on God and fail to recognize His Greatness. Yes, this statement was true for me during my younger years. I had lost my focus – I took my eyes off God. Reflecting on my past, I thought I was happy. But what is happiness? (happiness: the state of being happy – contentment –a pleasurable or satisfying experience.) Yes, this could describe me during my younger years. But was I really content while focusing on everything but God?
“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you.” – Psalm 71:23 (NIV).
Joy! (joy: a limitless reservoir waiting to be tapped into – requires utmost surrender).
It wasn’t until I re-dedicated myself to God that I found real joy that only He can give. I praise Him every chance I get because everything that I am – all that I have – belongs to Him, and I thank (praise) Him for it. God is good!
What assurance do we have that God is good? God saves – God sanctifies – God secures.(This is also from Pastor Brice’s Sunday sermon.)
“But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sons. And in him is no sin.” – 1 John 3:5 (NIV).
“I’m saved because God saved me! God made me and God saved me!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice
Yes, this is reason to shout for joy – reason to sing praises to His Name – reason to thank Him for all He has done – reason to acknowledge Him for being the One – our Almighty God!
Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan