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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Jan. 4, 2010 - Revive My Heart to Praise Him

By Greg Ebie

Anytime it rains heavily our bedroom catches some ground water. One morning when I got up, I took two steps from my bed and discovered that our bedroom floor was soaked. What a way to start the day!

Having cleaned things up, I gave some more thought to what had happened. I have so many reasons to be thankful. First, God graciously forgives me of ALL my sin. I am His child, and nothing can separate me from His love.

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders” (Psalm 9:1 NIV).

Praise should be a natural part of our day. God has been gracious to you today. Regardless of the circumstances that you may face, have you been made aware of His goodness to you? Have you stopped to give thanks to God today?

Ten lepers cried out to Jesus for mercy. Because of their disease, these men had become outcasts excluded even from being with their family. Jesus sent them to show themselves to the priests according to the requirements of the Law. As they went all 10 were cleansed of their leprosy. Only one stopped and ran back to find Jesus. With a loud voice this man gave praise to God and fell at Jesus feet, thanking Him for healing him (Luke 17:11-19).

It’s easy to be like the other nine, to go on about the activity of our day and forget to give praise to the Lord. Yet when we neglect to praise the Lord with thanksgiving we forfeit the benefits of praise. Through our worship we grow strong in the Lord and are spiritually energized. Praise excites our hope and increases our faith. Praise lifts our burdens, and our hearts are renewed. Our praise spills over to benefit others as well. Others who walk through the valley of despair or carry the weight of anxiety will be encouraged to likewise praise the Lord. The weak will be strengthened and revived through our song of praise. “Magnify the Lord with me!” (Psalm 34:3, KJV).

I will revive my heart to praise Him today. Will you?

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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