Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Praise Has Power by Joyce Meyer - posted October 21, Wednesday

But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. 
- Psalm 22:3 NKJV
Many people are familiar with the statement: “There’s power in praise.” It’s true, and when we praise God from our hearts, we exert power in the spiritual realm. God Himself inhabits the praises of His people, according to our scripture for today.
When our ministry holds conferences, I make sure to be in the service as soon as the praise and worship begins because I love to be in God’s presence. In fact, before I speak to an audience, I make sure I have entered into praise and worship—not because God needs it, but because I need it. I need to express my joy over everything He has done for me and everything He is going to do; I need to engage my heart to focus on Him and my mouth to speak about Him; I need to tap into the power that is released through praise and make sure I have a clear connection with heaven. I do all this because I love God, but also because praise creates an opening in the spiritual atmosphere, which enables people to hear the Word clearly, receive it and hold on to it through faith.
Think about how this applies to your life. How many times have you walked into a church service or a conference and felt “blah” when you first arrived, but then felt better after a few minutes of praising God? You see, praise brings a release of our burdens; it takes our focus off of ourselves and our problems and puts it on God—and that always makes us feel better.
You don’t have to wait for a church service or a conference to praise God and experience the power of praise in your life. I encourage you to praise at home, in the car—and everywhere you possibly can. Live every day with praise on your lips and you’ll find that your power for living everyday life just keeps increasing.
Love God Today: "Thank You, Lord, that there is power in my praise."

From the book Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
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