Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy. Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.” My worship of… Read More
“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;” – Jesus (Mat. 15:8 ESV) I can fool others, and I can even fool myself; but God always knows the true condition and motivation of my heart.
Few statements are more untrue than this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is, words are powerful, because words are spiritual. They can be seeds to produce a harvest of blessing and peace, or swords to wound and destroy a person’s reputation. The world was created by God’s words. That same creative force has been given to us! Kingdoms, nations, businesses, churches, and marriages are either built up or destroyed by words. The writer of Proverbs said: “Death and life are in the… Read More