November 9, 2022

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation, the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me. He delivers me from my enemies; surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man. Psalm 18:46-48

1. LET GOD BE YOUR VINDICATOR. It’s a fallen world. People can be manipulative and hurtful. The Bible tells us we are not to take revenge or get bitter but instead let God deal with someone (Romans 12:19). God’s results are way better than if we try to act in our humanity. He will always deliver us.

Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord, and I will sing praises to Your name. He gives great deliverance to His king, and shows lovingkindness to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever. Psalm 18:49-50

2. PRAISE GOD TO BREAK OPPRESSION. One time I was miserable over something, and the Lord said to lift my hands and praise Him. When I began to praise Him, it broke the self-pity, self-loathing, and anger that was trying to dominate my head space. Even if it feels like the last thing you want to do, say or sing praises out of your mouth right now. When we leave room for God to work and instead focus on praising God, breakthrough happens – both in our hearts and external circumstances.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

3. HAVE A LIFESTYLE OF REPENTING AND FORGIVING. We’ve all sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23). Sometimes we need to ask forgiveness when we have offended. With our kids, in our marriage, in all our relationships – let’s be quick to say we’re sorry. In the same way, when someone offends you, be quick to forgive. We can ask God to help us with this every day. Because repenting and forgiving is how we will walk in breakthrough.

God is working!
Pastor Jeff Perry

I will bless You, Lord, at all times: Your praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1). My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. I give thanks to You, Lord, and sing praises to Your name, O Most High. I declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night. You, O Lord have made me glad by what You have done. I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands (Psalm 92:1-2, 4). I sought You Lord, and You answered me and delivered me from all my fears. I look to You, and I am radiant. My face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:4-5).

praise, noun
Commendation bestowed on a person for his personal virtues or worthy actions, on meritorious actions themselves, or on any thing valuable; approbation expressed in words or song. The expression of gratitude for personal favors conferred; a glorifying or extolling.

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