Did you ever want to do something great with your life? Have you ever desired to make such an influence upon people that the effect would be estounding? Did you know that each of us can? In fact, it is part of God’s design and plan for your life.
God has equipped you in at least two areas of your life for this purpose. One enabling comes from the Holy Spirit giving you at least one gift for purpose of minister to others. Another equipping are the words that you choose to speak. Death and life are in the power of your tongue. (Prov. 18:21). It is important to understand that the words that you say can either make or break someone. Consider the following passage.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (Psalms 34:2)
There are key words in this passage that are important to identify and understand in order for the principle to be understood. The word humble carries with it the idea of being depressed and glad is another term for meaning to brighten up. In this passage, we can see that when I praise the Lord, those in depression will hear and brighten up or become glad.
As you live your life, The Lord wants you outwardly to praise him and as You do, he will use your words to encourage those who are struggling in their lives. You may never know who these people are and may also never see the outcome of your words, but he has assured you that he will use them.
Instead of complaining about circumstances in life, why not look to the Lord for your help and then praise him for his wonderful works. By doing that, his work continues through you to reach others.
How good is good enough? We know for certain that sin can rob believers of blessings from the Lord. Therefore, in an effort to keep God from removing his hand of blessing, we strive to live a holy separated life.
At one point in my life, I thought that I lived a holy life, but as I grew in wisdom, I realized that my desperately wicked heart had been deceiving me. To myself I may have appeared to live righteously, but I was wrong.
Around10 years ago, my son called to speak with me as he often had done. During our conversation he stated that he came to recognized that although he was saved, he was a “wicked” person. I chuckled and said, “Yeah, I know. I raised you.” He then went on to explain that for years he had focused on outward behaviors and because they were in line with righteousness, he believed that he was living righteously. He continued to explain that as of lately, he recognized much more evil sins such as pride, stubbornness, unforgiveness, and self righteousness. He too had been deceived.
It seems that for so many people as they strive to become more holy, they may in fact become the opposite. If you separate yourself enough from sin to where you believe you are then living holy enough to be blessed by the Lord, you immediately become more sinful. We never have and never will live holy enough to be blessed.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; (Psalms 33:18)
What God expects is for us to fear him and to believe that his blessings only come as a result of his mercy. This is something that each if us can do each day. There is no level of holiness to achieve, but instead a condition of the heart and this condition reflects the principles of the first or great commandment.
Do remember the days back when you were dating and the whole process that you went through to get ready for the date? I remember making sure that my favorite shirt and pants were in perfect order. Then, I would shave twice just to make sure my face was free from nubs and baby soft. I spent unlimited hours getting every hair in place and making sure that it stayed there. Why did I do this? I wanted to look appealing to the beholder or to stretch the term, I wanted to be “beautiful”.
We should do the same with God, but remember, God is not focusing on the outside of the vessel, but the inside. Make the inside right and the outside will follow, but if we focus on the outside instead of the in, we are merely pharisaical at best.
How do we make the inside beautiful? Our inside is beautiful when we genuinely praise God.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. (Psalms 33:1)
When we praise God, he experiences pleasure in the same manner as we do when gazing upon the beauty of our children or are enthralled with a spectacular sunset.
Do you want to be beautiful? Focus on the goodness of God and then lift your heart in praise to him. You will be stellar.