This is Thy Praise

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This is Thy Praise

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Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. (Psalm 146:1 KJV)

God created Man as a living soul. When God was creating the Heavens and the Earth, on the sixth day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. “(Gen. 1:26-27 KJV).  Man was God’s planned and thoughtful creation.

God had a design; “in our image, after our likeness”; God said;and a grand purpose in mind; “let them have dominion…over all the earth”. So, God created man in his own image. We must always reflect on this grand picture to view ourselves and the purpose for being on the earth. We were made after a design that bears God’s image and a grand course to fulfill God’s purpose.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7 KJV) Man had the breath of God in Man and by that breath, Man became a living soul. Man, unlike other creations has a nature or character of God in him that makes Man alive, that nature and feature distinguished and classified Man as a unique creation from all other creations on the earth.

The Psalmist would later reflect on the thoughtfulness and goodness of God to Man and said, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:1-4 NIV).

Beloved, God is thoughtful and mindful of you and me. He has good and rich thoughts concerning us; He designed and desired Man for glory, honor and dominion. We are His prized and valued creation and possession. Unlike other creations, God speaks and relates with Man; in Eden God would come in the cool of the day to relate and fellowship with Man and in these latter days; God dwells in you and me who would accept His redemption plan in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God delights in Man, it is upon this and God’s rich blessing on Man that every Man should ascribe worship, honor and glory to the God of Heaven who richly blesses us with all things.

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” (Psalm 146:1-2 KJV)

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Exploring the Grace of God

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And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9 KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ asserts that His Grace is enough, adequate, suitable and sufficient to overcome all lives issues and contentions. We must therefore glean learning from the exploration and composition of Grace to derive help as we may both need and require it.

The Bible says something of note when it says; “…we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16 KJV). Notice there is “grace to help in time of need.”.  It is upon this notice that we must learn to explore the Grace of God to find the help we may need from time to time.

In Paul’s life’s encounter, he was fraught by a challenge he described “as a thorn in the flesh by the messenger of Satan to buffet me”. To buffet, torment, pound, or plague could be a very excruciating experience concerning which by his account, he “besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” But The Lord said to him to rather look up and look into His Grace for…that is what he, Paul needed. As the Lord said to Paul, so He says to you and me to always explore Grace to find help in time of need. If The Lord says “grace is sufficient’, then it is truly sufficient if we find it.

 Man, typically wants to boast in natural capacity and ability; the carnal or natural person wants to assert and assume his on strength as being sufficient. Paul had hinted that had that messenger of satan not being there buffet him, he would otherwise be “exalted beyond measure”, would have become proud and self-conceited.  Now, the Bible says, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (Gal. 5:4 KJV). God’s grace does not flow or attend to those who gratify themselves in their own strength for by strength shall no man prevail. Grace is inoperable to those who seek to excel by their own strength.

Beloved, Grace is the source and basis of life’s triumph and victory. God designed His Grace to help and aid us; we must not look to ourselves for sufficiency. The Bible, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” (2 Cor. 3:5 KJV). We must never arrogate human attempts or strength above the strength available through the Grace of God for by His Grace alone are we sufficient. Let’s us look up to the Grace of God…always.

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Our Father

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And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33 KJV)

Grace is the riches of God’s goodness and favor to earn and relish the salvation offered by the Good will of God. It is the expression of God’s goodness to cure shame, lack, ill and the malady of the wicked. Grace is the hand of God upon someone to perform supernatural feats.

When our Lord Jesus Christ was born, the Bible says, “…suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:13-14 KJV) The expressed “good will” is the Grace of God toward men that seek to redeem every man from the peril and damnation of wickedness to the eternal bliss of God’s goodness and kindness. This Grace is packaged in our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

About the Grace of God, Apostle Paul in his Epistle to Titus says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” (Titus 2:11-12 KJV) We find salvation as the content of the Grace of God. Grace is God’s offering for salvation from every insidious craftiness of the devil to deceive and destroy. Grace is released by God to aid and relieve man from the oppressive tyranny of the wicked and settle man in the glorious freedom of God’s favored children.

We inherit Grace through our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth… And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17 KJV). Notice of his fulness have we all received…; of that in Him have we derived, obtained or participated grace for grace. It is the Grace of God that establishes and launches every man into the riches of God’s goodness and salvation. 

In the formation and operation of the early Church as recorded in the Bible, the Grace of God was the active driver of the outreach and exploit of the Church… with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. The Great Grace of God was upon every one of them…” Neither was there any among them that lacked” by the Grace of God.

Beloved, the Grace of God is the active element of our salvation, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8 KJV) The salvation derived from the Grace of God is able and sufficient to rescue from every ill and vice that seek to oppress, depress and suppress one. The Grace of God is God’s hand of salvation revealed in our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must actively engage the Grace of God to gain salvation and find help as we may need or require from time to time. We derive Grace through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…for by Grace are we saved through faith (Eph. 2:8 KJV). Praise the Lord!!!

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