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Praise God (November 2018)

Today we are blessed to be a blessing! We praise God for giving us a chance to share of His goodness to us with others.
Many times we feel like we have little to give, but God is an expert at taking the little that we seem to have and multiplying it to meet
the needs of others. The key is that we give freely with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts, for God loveth a cheerful giver!

Many special offerings are described in theScriptures. But in the end of the day, God is not concerned with the offering as much as with the willing and obedient heart that gives. ‘And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ 1 Samuel 15:22

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good, and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.’ Hebrews 13.15-16. Communicate here means to help meet someone’s needs. So praise isn’t just with our mouth, but with action! And then God is well pleased!!! ??

Sacrifice of praise’ is a term that is often used. It sounds a bit strange. Why would it be a sacrifice to praise God? Sometimes God asks us to part with something or someone very dear to us. Perhaps to keep us focused on God. Perhaps to test our sincerity. Perhaps to prove to the ungodly that we are fully trusting Him. Job said, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’ Job 13.15. Through the many storms and trials of life, we must be able to say, ‘Still I will praise You!’

IN REMEMBRANCE AND GRATITUDE

Today is a day to recognise the sacrifices made by so many in the past to give us our freedoms today. The high price of freedom is never fully realised. The cost is valued in human lives, in suffering, in deprivation, in imprisonment, in injuries sustained. Loss is carried throughout the life of those who grieve. Never forgotten. Always remembered.

Similarly, the price that Jesus paid for us will never be fully understood until we get to Heaven. We cannot put a value on the sacrifice our loving Saviour made for each of us. Who can value a soul? He has paid our sin debt, redeemed us, given us a new life here on earth, and promised to provide a place for us for eternity.

‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.’ 1 John 3.16

‘For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…’ 1 Peter 3.18

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