The True Sacrifice of Praise

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Psalm 3:2-6 (NKJV)

Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. It can also be a challenge to offer up the sacrifice of praise in the midst of a storm. After all, don’t the storms in life darken the inner joy that shines from our hearts to the world?  At least, that is what Satan would like to see happen. Not only does it keep us from being a witness to others, but it also keeps us down, weak, and ineffective, rendering us helpless.

Sadly, most of us allow it because we give up and lay down without a fight. Why do you think it is called the sacrifice of praise? Instead of sacrificing our flesh and surrendering to God’s will, we sacrifice God’s will and our faith in Him.

Here’s what Hebrews 13:15 and Psalm 50:23 have to say about the ‘sacrifice’ of praise:

Hebrews 13:15

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Psalm 50:23

But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.

Hebrews 13:15 tells us to ‘continually’ offer the ‘sacrifice’ of praise–happy, sad, mad, frustrated, hurt, confused, etc. God knows it’s hard, that is why it’s called a sacrifice.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, one of the definitions of sacrifice was:

The act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

When we are depressed, angry, worried, stressed out, sad or feeling any emotion that is negative in nature, part of us wants to hold on to it. That part of us is the flesh. Paul tells us throughout the New Testament that our spirit and our flesh are always waging war with one another, but that we are to overcome the flesh with the power of the Holy Spirit.  In fact, Ephesians 6:10-20 gives us detailed instructions how to overcome the enemy in this great spiritual battle we fight daily.

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Say to the Lord today:

Despite all the negative circumstances, people, and thoughts that surround me, swallowing up my peace and joy, help me, Heavenly Father, to please You in everything I say, think, feel, and do. Your Word tells us time and again that it is far from an easy task. In fact, it can be downright painful to pick up our cross and carry it, just like Jesus did on His way to Calvary. It is a sacrifice (to give up, abandon, surrender, renounce, forfeit, betray) indeed! To abandon, or betray, our own fleshly desires to please You, Father.

So today I will begin new by replacing any negativity in faith with the promises of Your Word.  In Jesus’ name, amen!

Final Thoughts

When we dwell in our negativity, worry, doubt, unbelief and hurts, or when we focus on what someone else has said or done that has hurt us, we are not proclaiming our allegiance God the Father. Rather, we are proclaiming unbelief and distrust in Him as our God and as our heavenly Father.

Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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19 replies

  1. Great post Lyn, very encouraging. He is always good and enough.

  2. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Attacks are everywhere against body, soul, and spirit, and in every possible circumstance and situation. The pale (green) horse, Rev. 6: 8 belongs in the glue factory, he is here to “take over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Some translations use “disease” instead of”death.”

  3. God bless you, Lyn. We are all under greater attack by the serpent in Rev. 12 every day. These are his last days, and those with common sense will side with the Lord. Ephesians 6: 12, “For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Prayer and praise, and, when wounded, ask the Lord for help, call for medics. Unfortunately, the medics may not always be human beings, we people all being what we are.
    2 Chron. 7: 14 is a needed reference. Look at Isaiah 65, the God America has rejected is waiting for our call.
    By the way, when will I be able to purchase your second novel? That serpent must be very angry, it sees you as a weapon of God.

  4. Lynn,

    Good article. It has been awhile since we conversed. I hope that all is going well.

  5. MOSES WAS A WAR CRIMINAL
    We often hear people say, “If only Jews would return to the Law of Moses!
    “Instead, they follow their secular, atheistic, and Zionist ways!”
    They express horror at the recent deliberate slaughter of Gazans, particularly the slaughter of women and children. (1)
    But haven’t these folks ever read the Jewish Bible? Are they unaware of the influence of the Old Testament on Judaism?
    Please open your Jewish Bible. Turn to the Old Testament. For the moment, focus your attention on the Book of Numbers.
    You are about to learn that Moses, the great “law giver,” was a war criminal who ORDERED his followers to commit war crimes. The most heinous were crimes were committed against women and children.

    NUMBERS 31:13-18:
    (13) Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
    (14) But Moses was furious with all the generals and captains who had returned from the battle.
    (15) “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded.
    (16) “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people.
    (17) So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.
    ( 18 ) Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

    The rest of Chapter 31 is concerned with distributing the Midianite plunder. Thirty-two thousand (32,000) virgin girls were counted in the booty (Verse 35). Thirty-two of these were given to “the Lord.” That is, 32 of these little girls were set aside for the Levities (heave offerings), to be used as concubines (Verses 40 and 41).

    Yes, Numbers 31 says what it says. The Talmud sages used Numbers 31 to justify having sex with children. And since the Talmud sages, along with Christians, regard the Old Testament as “the word of God,” why beat up on the Talmud sages? Why not beat up on Jehovah and Moses, who set the standards?
    For further discussion of Jewish teachings on sex with children, see the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Yebamoth 60b, Soncino 1961 Edition, page 402. Discussion and links at http://www.come-and-hear.com/editor/america_2.html

    It’s true. Moses was a war criminal. The Jewish Bible tells you so. Should we be surprised at how women and children were treated in Gaza?

    Footnotes
    (1) New Evidence of Gaza Child Deaths, BBC, 22 January, 2009
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7843307.stm

    TORAH JESUS ENDORSES TORAH
    For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    Matthew 5:18

    JESUS ENDORSED MOSES THE RAPINE MURDERER:
    “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46 If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”…
    John 5:45 47

    MUHAMMAD: THE PROPHET LIKE UNTO MOSES

    WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PROPHET LIKE UNTO MOSES:

    MUHAMMAD WAS A WAR CRIMINAL

    VIOLENCE IN THE QURAN:

    Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

    Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

    Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

    Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

    • The Torah is not needed in this discussion, because it is Israel that had its women and children attacked by Hamas in Gaza. Gaza, Israeli territory given to Hamas, complete with advanced agricultural production facilities beyond anything the new residents could construct. And Hamas attacked Israeli women and children while hiding behind their own! By the way, Israeli hospitals provide excellent medical care to Palestinians who were wounded attacking Israelis.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 God's call to the world! Are you ready?

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