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CONTINUAL PRAISE

Through Yeshua then, let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15 TLV Through Yeshua we have the privilege to offer up continual praise. Your first thoughts in the morning should be a time of worship. Give God the firstfruits of each day. Let the Holy Spirit fill you fresh and new. You cannot eat yesterday’s manna. Rather, be filled today with the new wine of His love for you. Show God your love for Him in a fresh way each morning. Praise Him, for He is worthy of your praise. Open your heart to have a continual flow of His Holy Spirit. Focus on Yeshua. Remember to thank Him all day long in every situation. If you find yourself in a wilderness or dark shadow, offer praises to Him for He is still with you. That is true worship – when it’s a sacrifice. When Abraham offered Isaac up on the altar; it was worship. When your heart is breaking, worship Yeshua. Never lose the opportunity to be thankful and grateful for God’s presence in every area of your life. Don’t miss the small miracles. Continually offer up continual praise.

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THE ENDLESS SONG

A violin that cannot be played was sold for $1,500,000. Its value was not in its musical quality but in its history, for it was played the last time in April 1912 by a doomed musician named Wallace Hartley aboard the Titanic. Hartley and his fellow musicians reportedly played, “Nearer, my God, to Thee”, as the vessel slipped beneath the icy Northern Atlantic. Hartley’s body was recovered 10 days later with his violin strapped to him.

We never know when will sing our last song in our life; but we know we will be a part of endless worship in God’s presence. As the psalmist said. (see above)

Since heaven is a literal place, and since will have resurrection bodies, will all be capable of singing and rejoicing and praising. The new heavens and the new earth are literal places with never ceasing meaningful activities. And praise will be a rich part of that activity. Our joy there will be unending and unimaginable.

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THE GREATEST REWARD

There is a trend to award trophies, metals, certificates, or prizes, to any children who participate: winners and losers alike. If you compete, you get a prize; no one goes away a loser.

There will be rewards in heaven as well, based on her faithfulness to Messiah and His glory during our life on earth. “For if what is passing away is glorious, much more what remains is glorious. Therefore, having such a hope, we act with great boldness. For if what is passing away is glorious, much more what remains is glorious”. (2 Corinthians 3:11-12 TLV)

But even if a faithful believer receives no rewards for faithfulness at the judgment seat of Messiah, will be one where world that every believer will receive: Messiah Himself. Paul said: “More than that, I consider all things to be loss in comparison to the surpassing value of the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things; and I consider them garbage[a] in order that I might gain Messiah and be found in Him not having my righteousness derived from Torah, but one that is through trusting in Messiah—the righteousness from God based on trust. (Philippians 3:8 – 9 TLV). He, iand every true believer, will certainly gain Messiah as his or her ultimate reward for following Him. Even though Abraham was a very wealthy man, God told him, “After these things the word of Adonai came to Abram in a vision saying,

“Do not fear, Abram.

    I am your shield,

        your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)

Regardless of any stature we may attain on earth were in heaven, gaining Messiah will be our “very great reward.” All the rewards are nothing.

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GLORY

GLORY

But as it is written,

“Things no eye has seen

    and no ear has heard,

    that have not entered the heart of mankind—

these things God has prepared

    for those who love Him

(1 Corinthians 2:9 TLV)

When we see of the Earth’s natural wonders, we are often stunned at the awesomeness of God’s creation. Amidst such natural beauty, we are often shocked when we remember we are looking at a creation cursed by sin. If Earth is so beautiful in a cursed state, how much more beautiful will it be when the whole creation has been redeemed? “For behold, I create new heavens

    and a new earth.

The former things will not be remembered

    or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17 TLV)

It is important to remember that heaven is going to be on planet Earth – actually, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Peter referred to this as the “restoration of all things”. “Restoration” refers to the perfect environment God created “in the beginning”, the creation was cursed by Adam’s sin. Since we never saw the garden, we don’t know what the restoration will be like. But if what we see now seems glorious at times, how much more glorious will the new heaven and earth be?

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1 or 1 million

1 or 1 million

2 Timothy 4:2

proclaim the Word! Be ready when it is convenient or inconvenient. Confront, rebuke, encourage—with complete patience and instruction.

In 1957, evangelist Billy Graham spoke in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This outreach lasted nearly 16 weeks, from May 15 to September 1, and was attended by more than two million people. Billy Graham spoke to more people and live audiences than anyone in history: nearly 215 million people in 185 countries and territories.

That is one form of “evangelism.” While that format has been used by God to bring many to salvation, evangelism simply means to “proclaiming the Good News.” It can take place one on one over a cup of coffee or at a gas station. Billy Graham simply used his spiritual gift; that every one of us is called to be the bearer of God’s Good News.

Most of us will never preach to thousands, but all of us will have the opportunity to share the “reason for the hope that is in us.”

1 Peter 3:15

Sanctify Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.

Ask God to arrange for a divine opportunity for you to be an evangelist!

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Who do you watch?

Psalm 25:15

My eyes are always looking to Adonai,

for He will pull my feet out of the net.

I’ve watched the conductor at my grandchildren’s concerts. Every eye is upon him as he stands in front of them; responsibility for the timing and execution of this musical piece rests on him. As he raises his baton, the silence of the room expands. When he signals, musicians raise their instruments and music fills the room. He knows each member and instrument in the orchestra and has spent many hours preparing them for this performance.

God is the director of the world and all its inhabitants. We may not always be aware of His directing, but He has created all things and sustains all things. He oversees each detail of our lives.

Psalm 139:1-6

For the music director: a psalm of David.

Adonai, You searched me and know me.

 Whenever I sit down or stand up, You know it.

You discern my thinking from afar.

 You observe my journeying and my resting

and You are familiar with all my ways.

 Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, Adonai, You know all about it.

You hemmed me in behind and before,

and laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

When we lock our attention onto God and ask for His wisdom, He generously gives it to us. We can count on His sovereignty.

When we wait for God’s cues and direction He guides every note of our lives. He will orchestrate every moment to create a masterpiece that sings His praise and reveals His glory.

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The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

Psalm 14:1

The fool said in his heart:

    “There is no God.”

They are corrupt; their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.

Creationist physicist Tony Rothman wrote an article for Discovery Magazine discussing the problem secular scientists faced with the complexity of the universe and the remarkable scientific laws and fine tuning of the cosmos. “When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and the strange coincidences of nature,” he wrote, “it’s very tempting to take the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many physicists want to. I only wish they would move it.”

Acknowledging the creative power of God isn’t really a leap of faith; it’s obvious for those who are honest and objective.

The Universe is filled with evidence of God’s greatness. In awesome wonder we can consider the world He has made. When we see His stars and hear His rolling thunder, we can praise Him. We can agree with the psalmist:

Psalm 14

For the music director, of David.

The fool said in his heart:

    “There is no God.”

They are corrupt; their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.

Adonai looked down from heaven on the children of men,

to see if there are any who understand,

    who seek after God.

They all turned aside, became corrupt.

There is no one who does good

—not even one.

 “Will evildoers never understand—

those who consume My people as they eat bread—

and never call on Adonai?”

There they are, in great dread.

For God is with the righteous generation.

You would frustrate the plan of the lowly.

Surely Adonai is his refuge!

O may He give Israel’s salvation out of Zion!

When Adonai restores His captive people,

Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad!