V is for Victory

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The reason we are victors when we accept the Lord Jesus in our lives is because of his Resurrection. When Christ died on the cross and rose again from the dead, he not just defeated Satan and banished him to everlasting darkness but also fulfilled the promise of life and eternal acceptance for us in him to the father.

Victory is not a victory in one battle but in the entire war. Christ won the war for us which was since the garden of Eden and through his victory we have by default victory. Victory over satan, victory over weakness, sickness, financial burden, any thing negative and all we need to do is claim. The power of the blood of Christ is the redeemer and is the most powerful power in the universe. Such matchless power has been given to you and me to win over obstacles and be victors with Christ Jesus. Will you claim that power today and win over your worries?

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U for Upright heart

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The most important thing we need to praise God is to do that with an upright heart. Jesus clearly mentioned that it is more important to abide by the laws of the Bible than to make a sacrifice to the Lord. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t praise but means that we have to be cautious when we approach the altar with our praise.

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As the psalmist sings our praises are the burnt offerings to God and he is to be praised. Though we may feel Praise is almost a ritual, there is mighty significance with the praise. Praise wins battles. Praise breaks barriers. Praise breaks satanic chains and bondage a. Praise clears the path to God’s blessing.

Praise is simply the solution for all our issues. Praise gives faith. Praise is through obedience and following the simple rules of the Holy Spirit. Praise with an upright heart carries more weight and is readily accepted. Let us praise and pray with a clean heart and let the holiest of all be exalted.

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T is for Taste

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We all have heard and sing songs about God being a good God. Being a kind one at that an a gracious one. How do you know that the God is good?

The Psalmist has a solution for that. Why do you want to assume that God is good? Why don’t you try do yourself? The goodness of our God is eternal. Unlike most other things and people labeled as gods, our God is a living God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the living fire and the water of life. He is the comforter and the defender of the weak.

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Take refuge in Lord and you shall never be left thirsting again. He is faithful and has been faithful for thousands of years. He is committed and has never gone back on his word. He remains the ultimate power and gracious god in your life and mine.

So here is an invite from the heavenly buffet. Taste the goodness of God and you shall not be left wanting. The psalmist also concludes that the ones who seek the Lord for his guidance and refuge are blessed. Why let blessings go?! Taste and see our God is good. Experience the pure power and the faithfulness of God. Come and try for yourself and see how joyful your life can be!

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Shield of strength

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The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10).

Strength is power. Strength is emotional toughness and resistance. Strength is defensive ability. Strength is effectiveness to succeed and achieve. Strength makes you progressively better. We offer this type of sacrifice singing melodies, dancing, reciting psalms, and declaring aloud those things that are not as though they are, smiling, laughing, clapping our hands, and rejoicing in what the Lord says about us.

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We can lift our heads high as our Lord God is a god who keeps his promises and is worthy of Praise. When the psalmist claims that the Lord has his strength around him and lifts his head high despite all the defeats and losses in the battles of life, there is no looking back. When you are God on your side, who can be against you? Who can stand and fight the Lord? Our Lord is the Lord of heavens and the Earth and all that is in it and has control over everything. When you put your trust upon the Lord, the Lord takes it seriously and would protect you like a shield against all the harmful darts and arrows of the enemy lest nothing touch you.

When David was asked to wear the armour of the warriors before fighting Goliath, he said, I am not used to all this but will trust my Lord and God and he will deliver me. Such blind faith comes only from experience when David killed the lion and the bear when defending his father’s sheep. The strength also comes from his experience and bonding with the Lord on a personal basis. Have a bond that is strong, personal, alive and real with the Lord and nothing can touch you. Our Lord is a living god and is faithful. praise be to his name.

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Rise up in Praise

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David never went back or withheld from praising the Lord. The amount of Praise that David sent to God is unmatchable. He rose up in praise every time life pushed him down.

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High; To show forth Thy loving kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night.”
Psalm 92:1 & 2

Most of the prophets though they speak to trials and tribulations that lash out at the people of Israel and Judah, have always exalted the name of the Lord and thanked him for his kindness then the times of captivity and how God is a gatherer and preserver for his promise to King David is kept regardless of how the people might have changed, his mercy endureth forever.

The most unexpected praise in the Old Testament comes from King Nebuchadnezzar.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all His works are right and His ways are just; and those who walk in pride He is able to abase.” Daniel 4:37

When a gentile can understand the power of praise and rise up to praise the Lord and testify to his greatness we should take heed and do the same.

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Quoting Bible verses for victory

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Do you know we can use the verses of God and Bible to win over Satan easily? The verses have power of God as they have been written by the guidance of the Lord and hence have the divine power in them and anointed to breathe his word in to the one who uses it. As it is said in the Gospel of John, the word was with God and the Word was God and the Word came down to Earth to be with us. The powerhouse of the Lord is in his scriptures and has come down to be with us in the form of the Bible.

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When we use his name and the blood of Jesus along with the verses, it makes the most powerful combination to your faith and the promises in the Bible reassure you and me of the deliverance and redemption which is already paid for. Praise the Lord for such huge credit he has given us to be his representatives on this Earth to carry on his good work and his message of peace for the children on the Earth.

It is said that Satan knows the Bible by heart and can only be defeated by the power of the Word as Jesus himself used it when he faced temptation from Satan right after his 40 day fast and Satan couldn’t come back with a logic or a better temptation. Jesus gives us the ultimate example here when he quotes the word of God. Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ – Luke 4:12.

Satan just left him and moved away. Next time you are faced with tribulations from Satan, use the might powerful sword of the Word and defeat the temptation and you would find solace and redemption in the process. May the Word of the powerful God be with you all the time.

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Victory through Praise

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There is a beautiful story of the power of Praise in the book of Acts 16:23-26

“And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.”

This Bible story begins the unjust arrest of Paul and Silas. Because they had cast a spirit of divination out of a girl, the local Philippian authorities beat them and then threw them into a jail cell. Besides the trauma of the severe beating, they were fastened in stocks which clamped their arms and legs in an immobile position, causing cramps and loss of circulation. The atmosphere there was depressing. According to the standards of that day, a prison was more like the resemblance of a dungeon. A dark, damp, stench-ridden place, with no facility for waste or comforts of any kind.

Yet, in spite of the throbbing pain in their bodies and the disheartening atmosphere, at midnight Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God! What a strange sound this must have been to the other prisoners, who were used to only hearing the groans or cursings of those who had been beaten.

Then suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison! The doors flung open, and amazingly, the bonds of Paul, Silas, and every other prisoner were released! What caused this mighty discharge of power?

Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God’s presence and power. Through praise and worship their hearts were raised into the joyous presence and peace of God, and provided God a channel for his power to operate in their circumstances.

There is victory through praise and Paul’s episode is one such brilliant example.

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