The Quotable Round-Up #48

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “God’s Promise of Happiness” by Randy Alcorn  . If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.  Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“Sin is the biggest enemy of happiness because it results in a broken relationship with God.”

 

“As fallen, rebellious creatures, while we still want happiness, we don’t even want to want God. In spiritual darkness, we attribute our happiness to everything but God. But when we know Christ, we can cultivate our awareness of God as the Source of all happiness. Every flower, cup of coffee, meal, and song can stir within us gratitude and happiness.”

 

“Seeking happiness without God is like seeking water without wetness or sun without light.”

 

“God’s gift of happiness for believers is more than simply recognizing that happiness comes from knowing, loving, and serving God. We must do something: open God’s Word; go to a Bible study; join a church; volunteer at a homeless shelter; write a check to support missions.”

“God makes it clear that seeking happiness through sin is wrong and fruitless. But seeking happiness in him is good and right.”

“It’s not just okay to be happy; it’s right to be happy. The Bible clearly tells God’s children to be happy. Jesus commanded his disciples to be happy, and for a compelling reason: “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). If we’re not experiencing happiness in God, then we’re disobeying and missing the abundant life Jesus came to give (see John 10:10).”

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 4)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

Now let’s see the 3 ways to have a contagious praising.

How to Contagiously Praise God?

1.) It should start with me.

saying,”I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Hebrews 2: 12

If you noticed chapter 34 opens with the undertaking to bless the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

There is an initiative of the Christian individual to bless God. It is a spontaneous praising for God because He dealt with the Christian personally. Check verse 4 and 5:

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

That Christian is confident that God will deal with the others as God had dealt with him. It’s our duty is not just to point others to the things God will do but to bless God and praise Him at all times. Of course as we exhort to bless and praise God, a visual display of that emotion can be seen as the evidence of the goodness of God. It encourages people to come and join us to praise God. Therefore, praising should start with that individual.

2.) Praising Him should be continuous.

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Before we discuss the second point, let’s go to Acts 2: 46-47 and see the secret formula of the early church success:

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

This is one God given formula the Jerusalem church did that God moved people to be saved. It’s their continuous fellowship as a church. Turn your Bibles to this familiar verse in 1 Thessalonians 2:45:

“ pray without ceasing,”

The secret formula is not just doing God’s will but to do it continuously. The intention of this is not a sort of ritualistic repetition to be accepted by God but an evidence of an overflowing praiseful heart. A brimful of praising is the key for successful spiritual growth and maturity. Abundant praising invites others to experience what God had set to a Christian’s heart.

(to be concluded next week…)

The Quotable Round-Up #47

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp and “God’s Promise of Happiness” by Randy Alcorn  . If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.  Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

 

“Creation is awesome. God designed it to be awesome. And God designed you to take in creation’s awesome display. You are meant to be inspired and to celebrate the awesome things that come from the Creator’s hand.”

“The gospel offers an exchange of misery-generating sin for happiness-giving righteousness provided by Jesus. That’s an incredible bargain—and startlingly good news!”

“When we lose ourselves in God’s purposes, Jesus says we’ll find ourselves—and also happiness.”

“Countless people in worse situations are happier than those in better situations. This demonstrates that happiness is dependent not on circumstances but on perspective, which is determined by our focus.”

“Christians see the world seeking happiness instead of holiness, so we assume we should not seek happiness at all. But this false contrast between holiness and happiness is both unbiblical and impractical. The devil’s lie is that embracing holiness brings unhappiness. But God says duty and delight are connected.”

“The happiest people in the world are those who have a deep, gratitude-drenched relationship with Christ.”

“Happiness is impossible without repentance, forgiveness, and a right relationship with Christ.”

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 3)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

Let’s check the last reason why we Christians praise God together.

Why Praise Together?

Because of the nature of Joy

  • Joy like any other emotions is expressive through physical or verbal visible manifestation. It would be weird to be happy if there is no appropriate or corresponding gesture for it. We can laugh, smile, cry and jump because of what joy brings to us. People can see, relate easily and join us as we express joy.

 

  • Joy is not joy if we don’t share or let others experience it. True joy is something sharable. It encourages others to celebrate with them something we possess. We possess Christ as our true joy; will we not share it to others?

(to be continued next week…)

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 2)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

Before we list out the 3 things we should consider in having a contagious praising, we must first detour and remind ourselves of why we want others to come and praise God. In this way we can fully understand why praising is contagious.

Of course we can praise God individually. We can actually have a personal dealing with God that will overflow with joy that is acceptable with God. However, we shouldn’t limit it as a personal experience only. We are lead to come and praise together.

Why Praise Together?

  • Because Christianity is an accountability religion.

We are accountable to lead people to salvation. We are accountable to lead people to sanctification. If we consider that Jesus Christ is the ultimate joy and we express our joy to Him by praising Him, the logic will flow that we are accountable in leading people to praising Him.  Salvation and sanctification are the gates to see Christ as joyous and praiseworthy.

(to be continued next week…)

A Call for Contagious Praising (Part 1)

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adwdafejfdy-raul-petri_zpspm1kvcf1“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalms 34: 3

We all know that the Psalms is overflowing with spectacular verses and chapters on praising God.  Reading through it will give you every variety of praising and thanksgiving whether it victory, fear or doubt, the Psalmist has words that is meant for you to focus on the Lord. As we come to this lesson we shall see praising as an invitation of a praiseful individual to look at God’s goodness.

Psalms 34 has plenty of goodness God bestows to those who calls upon Him. Checking out verses 4 and 6 to see God extending His help in a personal level:

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.”

Also this psalm points out confidently that God will answer anyone:

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” v.5

“Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!” v. 9

“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” v. 15

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” v. 19

“The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” v. 22

If we can experience goodness in our personal lives and others can also claim that blessedness, therefore we as Christians has a duty to express that joyful truth.

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” v. 1

My soul makes its boast in the LORD…” v. 2

That duty should lead us to encourage people to experience God.

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” v. 8

By praising Him continuously and inviting others to do it too.

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” v. 1

“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” v.3

 

(to be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round-Up #46

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Here are some of the quotes from the book “Awe” by Paul David Tripp. If you enjoy these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.  Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

 

“Awe of God means that God has a plan far bigger and better than any plans I have for myself.

 

“When awe of self replaces awe of God, praise will be rare and grumbling plentiful.”

 

“If human beings were created to live in heart-gripping, life-shaping awe of God—and they were—then replacing awe of God with awe of something else will never go anywhere good.”

 

“So many of our prayers are self-centered grocery lists of personal cravings that have no bigger agenda than to make our lives a little more comfortable. They tend to treat God more as our personal shopper than a holy and wise Father-King. Such prayers forget God’s glory and long for a greater experience of the glories of the created world.”

“Here’s the danger: it is always easier for bad agendas to slither their way into our hearts and into our ministries when we are unclear about the big, grand agenda that we are serving.”

“The war that rages in all our hearts is a war between the awe of God and the awe of self.”

“Horizontal awe is meant to do one thing: stimulate vertical awe.”