Listen-again I say-Listen. Press into knowing the voice of God on a new level this week. “BE STILL AND KNOW…”
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Holy Saturday – a day of mourning for the disciples observing Jewish Sabbath. The weekly events were nothing shy of a treacherous rollercoaster ride of emotions. Can you imagine how they felt? Defeated, confused, astonished, afraid…maybe even a close resemblance of a negative mindset leading way to skepticism of what was yet to come. Perhaps they had even forgotten about Jesus’ proclamation of rising on the third day.
How often does our own mindset leave us hopeless? In the midst of crisis, it is easy to fix our eyes on the surrounding issues and forget the promise we find in Romans 8:38-39. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The promises of God have the authority to align our frame of mind to an eternal attitude. An assuring view focused on the Father and the confirming love of Jesus.
When we employ an infinite mentality, God is acknowledged as the reigning authority working in us and through us. We can acclaim to the fact that the Trinity is alive and well despite the pain and suffering we face. It fills us with hope and ignites the Spirit of God within us. This light in the darkness transports meaning and purpose into our circumstances. It conveys the message to fix our eyes on things above rather than wallow in a sea of self-pity and grumbling.
Grasping to an everlasting outlook and an interminable approach brings God praise. What a beautiful display of belief and trust in the Lord. It is the ceaseless hope the disciples needed on that Jewish Sabbath. A conviction that the physical death witnessed could not rescind. The vision Jesus explained prior to his crucifixion.
For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. This is our concept, a timeless life with the Father. Christ Jesus paid the fee for the pathway to salvation. God’s revelation of truth gives way to us choosing an eternal mindset and approaching life with praise.
Welcome God’s viewpoint into your life. This eternal mindset will open the door to great praise. Let it take root in your thoughts, actions, and beliefs. Hold on to the everlasting results God has promised.
Happy Easter my friends!
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:26-27
Thursday of Holy Week is a reflection on the Last Supper, Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, and a new covenant. As the disciples watched and listened to Christ, the information didn’t quite make sense. They had questions—How can your body be broken and your blood shed for mankind? Why are you serving us when you are the Messiah? Who is this Spirit coming to live within us as part of the new covenant? What do you mean someone will betray you or even deny you three times? Why are you going away? When will you return? How can this be? Why does the world as we know it have to change? Within a short period of time, their grasp of the Savior’s knowledge began to unfold and their intellect began to align with the very words Christ shared and displayed.
The intellect of God is exceedingly great. Psalm 139 describes the Father as an all-knowing Lord. Scripture continually reminds us of His power and wisdom. God is magnificent in all of His ways. It is difficult for our human minds to completely comprehend the vastness of the Almighty nor understand His methods and approaches because they contrast from our human nature. Therefore, we have to rely on His Holy Word and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide. Wisdom and insight come from our faith in the unseen. The marvelous light that fills our heart, mind, and soul is far above anything we can physically see or touch. Knowledge in God produces an awareness of our purpose and who we are. We come to realize that we are created for Him and His glory. Without this discernment, how can we praise Him?
Praise can be accomplished when we become very familiar with what we are adoring. How can we bring worship and honor to something or someone we only know on a minimal scale? What makes it worthy of praise? Could it be a false act and we do it because everyone else does? Or is it a genuine celebration of the most valuable thing in life deserving of honor because of what we know about them? Do we have a deep personal connection establishing meaning for our praise?
I would encourage you my friend to examine your reason for praise. The intellect of it is pinpointing the purpose and intention. Get to know the Father on a higher level. Let Him reveal who He is through your reliance on His Word and the Holy Spirit. Embrace the stretching of your faith and be open to God’s intelligence. It is a sure way to increase your praise and defend your reasons for honoring your #1.
Body language-need I say more! Scrunched up face, crossed arms, bobbing head, mocking mouth, rolling eyes—total disrespect. Oh, don’t let me forget outward actions like slamming a door. Yep, that will cause any father to take the door right off the hinges. You understand if there are or if there had once been teenagers in your household. Maybe, you’ve had the privilege to be an educator, childcare worker, coach, youth pastor… Yet, who am I kidding? I was a teenager once and still this youthful posture will arise its ugly head.
As we dive into Holy Week, let us ever be mindful of not only our body language but also the stance of our heart, mind, and soul. Praise is an expression of something relished and adored. When you possess love for someone or something, it is evident in your posture. You radiate with admiration and you can’t hold back your feelings. You want the world to celebrate with you because of the emotion it generates.
So why is our outburst of discontent sometimes easier to display than our compassion for God? (Ouch! That hurts even more when I see it displayed in words.) It is a question we must visit when we exam how we praise the Father. The position of our entire being bears the demonstration of worship on many levels. Posture exposes and presents the owned passion for God. Although we all retain a level of public display, God recognizes a heart for Him. He is never fooled.
Luke 19 describes the Monday of Holy Week as a day when Jesus discovers a stance of disrespect and unbelief in the Temple. His intense desire to purify His children is clearly seen by His intolerance for disgrace and lack of honor. He found their demonstration far from exalting God. It looked more like a proudful strut flaunting selfish desires and parading their gods in the presence of God.
What is your posture of PRAISE? How do you show reverence inwardly and outwardly? Does the world know who you love above all else? Where can you improve upon your praise stance? In what posture do you want Jesus to find you on any given day?
May God’s word encourage you as you examine your entire praise pose:
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Rev. 7:9
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. Psalm 134:2
When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. Genesis 24:52
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
It came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:11
May we be found leaping for joy, bowing down in worship, standing in honor, lifting our hands in reverence as we gaze upon His glory.
Share your position knowledge and experience of praise with someone today. I can’t think of a better stance on Monday of Holy Week.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103: 1-5
Hi friends! Welcome to Holy Week. This is my favorite season. It signifies such an outpouring of love. A time where the Almighty Father awarded His very best, His son, Jesus Christ, to a lost and dying world. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the Lord’s all sufficient mercy.
Our Great and Mighty Jehovah is beyond worthy of our adoration. He has prepared things before us, is present with us, and is fashioning the days ahead. How can we not bellow it from the mountain tops and even in the valleys low with all that we possess?
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord God Almighty!
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him!
The Lord God Almighty is worthy to be praised with all that I am.
Bless His Holy Name.
As an invitation of praise, come join in six days of P.R.A.I.S.E. during this Holy Week. Let us discover together how to offer our very best to the one who gave it all. May we unite with one another through a Spirit of praise and allow the Lord to fill our vessels to overflowing. During these days, may we be energized to rise up and offer our daily takeaways with at least one other person, each day for six days.
Father God we pray for a Spirit of Praise to be forever present in our posture, reflection, attitude, intellect, surrender, and eternal mindset. We give you all we have in sincere worship because You gave all you had for us. We aspire to grant our best to You. Thank You Father God for Your Love shed on the cross. Oh gracious Lord, it should have been us.