5 WAYS OF PRAISING GOD

praiseThere so many ways of praising God and you can find them written in the scriptures. Just as you already know, praising God is thanking, glorifying and honouring His name. Some of the ways to praise Him are:
BY SINGING & DANCING: ‘Sing unto the Lord a new song, play skilfully with a with a loud noise'[Psalms 33:3]. Dancing, singing, and playing instruments is one of the ways of praising Him. You don’t need to be the best dances or singer to be able to praise Him through this medium. All you need is a sincere and a glad heart to praise Him.

SHARING TESTIMONIES: Another way for praising God is through sharing testimonies. Whenever you share your testimonies, you honour His name because you’re telling others that He alone did it for you and it’s not by your own making. ‘with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations'[Psalms 89:1]. Always note that any testimony shared, gives birth to another testimony in your life and other people’s life because testimonies always boosts the faith of others and appreciation is an application for more.

RECOUNTING HIS GOOD DEEDS: ‘Let us offer sacrifices of praise to God continually that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to God'[Hebrews 19:15] This method of praising God is a form of one on one praise because it’s just you talking to God, and recounting His good deeds to Him. The bible says ‘say unto how terrible art thou works'[Psalms 66:3].

BY GIVING: When you give unto God, you are thanking Him for one thing or the other and as such, you are praising Him. ‘Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name, bring an offering into His court'[Psalms 96:8]. You give to God by giving to the church and the needy.

YOUR LIFESTYLE: ‘Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God'[Phillipians 1:11]. This talks about your character and your reputation. Always honour the Lord with your body and your attitude. To praise Him with you lifestyle, you have to be filled with the fruits of the spirit which are, ‘…love. Joy, peace,longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance'[Galatians 5:24].

In conclusion, there are so many ways of praising God. Whatever way you choose to praise Him with, do it freely and joyfully.

PRAY OR PRAISE- WHICH DOES MORE?

Most people don’t really know which of these two tools gets more speedy and efficient result when used for making supplications. This post would give an answer to this.
Prayer is talking and hearing from God. Whenever you pray for something, God sends your angel to you to help you in whatever way you desire. When Peter was in prison, the bible recorded that ‘…prayers was made of the church without ceasing'[Acts 12:5] and as a result of these prayers, ‘…the angel of the lord came upon him'[Acts 12:7]. Daniel also prayed and an angel was sent unto him- ‘Yea while I was yet speaking in prayers, even the man Gabriel…touched me…'[Daniel 9:21].
On the other hand, praising God is thanking, honouring, and glorifying His name. When you praise God, He gets up, moves closer to you and does all the needed job because He inhabits the praises of His people. He would never allow any angel come close to you because He will never share His glory with any man. Whenever you praise God, He takes over your battles and then, turns you into a mere spectator. Jehoshaphat and the children of Isreal praised Him and He took over their battle- ‘And when they began to sing praises, the Lord set ambushment against the children of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, and they were all smitten'[2 Chronicles 20:15]. When Joshua came face to face with the wall of Jericho, he praised God and the walls couldn’t withstand God’s presence- ‘…when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat…'[Joshua 6:20]. Also, when Paul and Silas were in the prison, they prayed but their prayers had no effect before they decided to step up their supplications to the next level- ‘Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God…And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately, all the doors were opened and everyone’s band were loosed[Acts 16:25-26]. God had to be present at the prison to inhabit the praises of Paul and Silas hence, the earthquake had to occur.
Furthermore, in grammar, if pray is singular and you want to make it plural, you have to add an ‘s’ to it. It then becomes prays[praise]. What this means is that the effect of praise is always minimum the double of the effect of pray. Therefore, if pray can give you a house, praise can you a minimum of two houses.
Now I want you to answer this question- PRAY OR PRAISE- WHICH DOES MORE?

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6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD FORGIVE

We all know what it means to forgive as this is not the first time you are coming across this word. In the bible, forgiveness means to have mercy on someone. There are so many things that happen when you forgive and this post contains only 6 of them. When you forgive,

GOD FORGIVES YOU: God would never forgive you your trespasses when you fail to forgive others. Jesus mentioned this when He was teaching His disciples how to pray- ‘But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses'[Matthew 6:15] and also ‘Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy'[Matthew 5:7].

GOD HEARS YOU: God either hears you when you pray or when you praise and for Him to hear you, you need to forgive everyone that has offended you. The bible says ‘Grudge not against one another brethren, kept ye be condemned, behold the judge standeth at the door'[James 5:9] and also, ‘Leave thy gifts at the altar and go thy way first and be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift'[Matthew 5: 24]. Gift here also means praising and thanking God.

YOU GET DIVINE HEALING: When Jesus was reproved by the scribes He said unto them, ‘whether is it easier to say to the sick…your sins are forgiven thee; or to say, arise and take up thy bed and walk?'[Mark 2:9]. This means that for you to get healed your sins have to be forgiven and for your sins to be forgiven, you have to forgive others.There are also many instances in the bible where the sick asked for mercy in order to get healed.

YOU ARE FORGIVEN BY OTHERS: ‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would have men do to you, do ye even unto them…'[Matthew 7:12]. You never can tell how many people you have offended because you can never please everyone. So, if you want to be forgiven, start by forgiving others.

YOU DELIVER YOURSELF: Vengeance is of the lord and the best thing to do always, is to forgive your enemies and by so doing ‘thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head'[Romans 12:20]. Just try to imagine what would happen when your enemies forgive you but you fail to forgive them.

YOU FIND JOY: Whenever you forgive, you become joyful and free from devil’s oppression because each time you see an enemy, you tend to loose your joy. If you want to be more joyful in life, forgive more and keep less enemies