Friday Funnies

MISS UP

A business was opening in a new location and one of the owner’s friends wanted to send flowers for the occasion.

They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card. It said, “Rest in Peace.

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was,
the florist said, “Sir, I’m really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, ‘Congratulations on your new location.'”

NEW CAR

After years of scrimping and saving, a husband told his wife the good news: “Honey, we’ve finally got enough money to buy what we started saving for in 2009.” “You mean a brand-new Cadillac?” she asked eagerly. “No,” said the husband, “a 2009 Cadillac.”

SAY WHAT?

A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said “Why did you put up such a fight?” To which the man promptly replied “I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!”

HIGH COST

One day a lady took her pot belly pig to the veterinarian. The doctor looked at the pig and shook his head. “I’m sorry your pig is dead” said the doctor. “How could you be so sure” the lady said.

So the man left the room and come back with a Labrador Retriever. It stood up on its hind legs and sniffed the pig and shook its head. The doctor left the room again and come back with a cat. The cat also sniffed the pig and shook its head. The doctor said that the pig was 100% dead.

With the lady still in shock, the doctor handed the bill to the lady. “$200, why $200?”.

The doctor replied “If you had’ve believed me first it would of been $60”.

“But why still, why so much?” the lady insists. To which the doctor says “Because you insisted on had a lab report and a cat scan!” 

FAKE NEWS

When a visitor to a small town in Georgia came upon a wild dog attacking a young boy, he quickly grabbed the animal and saved the boy.

A local journalist saw this happen, congratulated the man and told him he wanted to write a story called, “Valiant Local Man Saves Child by Killing Vicious Animal.”

The hero told the journalist that he wasn’t from that town. “Well, then,” the journalist said, “the story will be called, ‘Georgia Man Saves Child by Killing Dog’.”

“Actually,” the man said, “I’m from Connecticut.”

“In that case,” the journalist said in a huff, “the story will be called, ‘Yankee Attacks Family Pet’. 

Bible Study

1.  We Will Love The Lord – Ephesians 6:24  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

a.  It Is A Submissive Love – John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23-24  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.   He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

b.  It Is A Serving Love – 1 Corinthians 5:14-15  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again

c.  It Is A Sacrificial Love – 2 Corinthians 8:8-9  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

d.  It Is A Surpassing Love – John 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

2.  We Will Love One Another – John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

a.  It Is A Witnessing Love – John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

b.  It Is An Assuring Love – 1 John 3:14  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

c.  It Is A Forgiving Love – Ephesians 4:31-32  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

d.  It Is A Compassionate Love – John 15:12-13  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

e.  It Is A Sincere Love – Romans 12:9-10  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Galatians 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

3.  We Will Love Sinners

Romans 13:9-10  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

4.  We Will Love God’s Word

a.  We will highly esteem it – Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

b.  We will meditate in it – Psalms 1:1-2  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

c.  We will obey it – 1 John 5:1-3  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

c.  Shown through participation – How often do you attend extra-curricular activities

5.  We Will Love God’s House

a.  Shown through faithfulness – If the everyone came as often as you, what kind of church would we have?

b.  Shown through willingness to help and work – If everyone did as much as you do, would the work of the Lord get done?

Wade’s Wednesday

House-Hunting Ants

By Mart DeHaan

According to researchers from the University of Bristol, the European rock ant may be better than we are at staying on top of the housing market. The researchers found that the ant colonies use scout ants to continually monitor their colonies’ living conditions. Using social skills complex enough to stun the scientists, the rock ants work together to find the right living space, darkness, and security needed to give the queen mother and her larvae the best available housing.

In the days of Moses, the families of Israel were looking for a new home. The slave yards of Egypt had been brutal. The wilderness of Sinai was no place to settle down. But there was a problem. According to Israelite scouts, the homeland to which God was leading them was already occupied—by walled cities and giants who made the scouts feel like grasshoppers in their own eyes (Num. 13:28,33).

Sometimes it may be helpful to compare ourselves to insects. House-hunting rock ants instinctively follow the ways of their Creator. But we often let our fears keep us from following and trusting God. When we rest in the assurance of His presence and love, we can say, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

Father in heaven, please help us to see that today there is no better place to live than in Your presence and love. Help us learn to settle in and be comfortable with our place in You.

Finding ourselves at home in God is a good place to be.

Tuesday With Karen

 
by Karen Icenhour
When God has control, we’ll see peace bestowed,
His leadership is the sweetest thing we’ll know;
His eyes will see the extent every need,
And His hand is beside us waiting to lead!
When God has control, we’ll walk the right direction,
Then our life will see His hedge of protection;
We might have times things will go wrong,
Following His guide will keep our heart strong!
When God has control, we’ll know abundant grace,
Oh, what love is there when His Spirit fills a place;
When we obey His instruction as we live,
There’s nothing like the sweet joy He can give!
When God has control, we need not worry or fret,
Rich blessings from His hand is what we’ll get;
Seeking God’s face, in knowing His perfect will,
Gives precious peace, & a life richly fulfilled!

Cupcake

Lessons From A Cupcake
Julia Bettencourt


” And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. “ Ephesians 5:2

What I love most about cupcakes is baking them and decorating them. I have several cupcake recipe books with all kinds of variations and decorating ideas. When it boils down to it though, it’s not how cute and appealing they are entirely but what people think of them when they bite down into those cupcakes.

It’s the appearance, flavor, and all the qualities of a cupcake combined that makes it good. There’s a similarity between what makes a good cupcake and what makes our lives good as Christians.

  • Appearance
    The first thing I think we all notice about cupcakes before we eat them is their appearance. When I bake cupcakes, my kids have to look over all of them before they pick one. They usually take their time before they get the one they want and go on their way. They want the biggest, prettiest, and the one with the most icing on top.

    What do you look like as a Christian? Got your icing on just right? Are you a little lopsided? Are you showing Christ’s love to others? Are you pleasing to be around? Are you bearing that fruit that we are to show in our Christian lives?

  • Smell
    The next thing I think we can tell about cupcakes when we pick them up is the smell. Do they have a particular scent? Do they have a pleasing aroma or even a burnt scent to them?

    What about you? Are you repugnant to others? Are you living your Christian life with that “sweetsmelling savour”?

  • Sweetness
    As you bite into a cupcake one of the first things you are going to notice is the sweetness. None of us normally like our cupcakes not to be sweet. It’s what is expected of them. If we wanted something that wasn’t sweet, we’d choose some type of muffin.

    As Christians, we are expected to be sweet too. Sweetness shouldn’t be something we are lacking in. We are to show Christ’s love to the world and we do that by how we act and what we say. Words and actions that are not sweet don’t further the cause of Christ.

  • Flavor
    Next as we bite into the cupcake, one thing we notice is the flavor. What does it taste like? Do you recognize any spices, flavors, or special ingredients? Do all the ingredients combine to make it taste good?

    As Christians we are reminded to keep our flavor as well. Matthew 5:13 says,“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

    If we don’t live our lives like Christians, how can the world ever tell the difference between us and those that don’t know Christ? They won’t be able to recognize our flavor.

  • Moistness
    While eating our cupcake, another thing that will stick out is how moist it is. There’s nothing I like worse than a dry cupcake. Moisture is a vital part of how a cupcake tastes.

    As Christians, when we aren’t allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us, we turn out pretty dry too. We don’t accomplish anything for Christ and don’t bear that fruit that we are told to bear.

  • Ease of Eating
    Cupcakes are made to be easy to handle. It’s the biggest difference between a cupcake and a regular cake. You can pick the cupcake up in your hand and eat it. No forks necessary. I love cupcakes that have all those pretty decorations and I like making them that way, but sometimes it does hinder the ability to dive in and eat that cupcake.

    What about you? As a Christian, are you easy to swallow? How do your actions come across? Are you easy to be around or can you only be handled in small doses? Does your attitude get in the way?

  • Icing
    I know there are cupcakes out there that people don’t ice and sometimes my husband will steal cupcakes off the cooling rack before I can get mine iced, but really it’s not a cupcake to me if it doesn’t have some icing on top. You can’t have too little or too much icing on a cupcake. Also the icing has to be the right flavor to enhance the cake part of the cupcake.

    It is like that in our lives too. We need to have balance and some self-control. Our bodies are a temple and we have to be very careful what we allow into our lives. What are you topping your life with? Are the things you allow in embellishing you as a Christian?

Praise

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” – Psalm 104:33

  • We have a God who is simply presented in all of creation; we should recognize Him.
  • We have a God who is sovereignly powerful; we should respect Him.
  • We have a God who is surely purposeful; we should reverence Him.
  • We have a God who is savingly personal; we should receive Him.

All of that is in Genesis 1:1 which says, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.”

We have an obligation to God. We are twice His. First, we are His because of creation, and secondly, we are His because of redemption. He made us and He bought us.

Have you ever had something very precious and lost it? Then gratefully, it was restored to you again? That’s just an inkling of the treasure you are to God!

ARogers

Faith

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1

The Bible tells the story of a man who had everything this world says one should have to feel happy and fulfilled: power, wealth, influence, and fame. But along with that came an emptiness that sent him on a search for God. As secretary of the treasury for a powerful nation, he was second only to the queen. But there was a hole in his heart, so it led him on a search to the spiritual capital of the world, Jerusalem. He did not find what he was looking for, but as he was returning home, he unexpectedly found the answer to his questions. He had an appointment with God that resulted in his conversion and complete transformation.

His story shows what happens when a person becomes a Christian. When someone truly believes in Jesus Christ, his or her life changes dramatically. This man went from emptiness and misery to overflowing joy. His story ends with the statement, “He went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:39). It is no exaggeration when the Bible says that we pass from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God, when we believe in Jesus Christ. It is describing what takes place in our lives.

But we also need to recognize that not every case is identical. There are different types of people who come to faith in different ways. Some have a tremendous emotional response, while others have no emotional experience at all.

An emotional experience has little to do with the reality of a person’s conversion. When I prayed and asked Christ to come into my life, I felt nothing. And because of this, I falsely concluded that God had rejected me. Thankfully, I discovered later that Christianity is a walk of faith and not of feeling.

Summary sentence: True conversion is about faith and not feelings.

Friday Funnies

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

A small town had three churches — and all three were virtually overrun with pesky squirrels.

The first church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that God must have wanted the squirrels there, and the church shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

The second church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creations, so they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The third church came up with the best and most effective solution: they baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

WRONG ANSWER

A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full-length mirror taking a hard look at herself.

“You know, love” she says, “I look in the mirror and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, my chest sags to my waist, my rear is hanging out a mile. I’ve got fat legs and my arms are all flabby.”

She turns to her husband and says, “Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself.”

He thinks about it for a bit and then says in a soft voice, “Well…there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.”  

KID’S LOGIC

A nursery school teacher was delivering a minivan full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children fell to discussing the dog’s duties.

“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.

“No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck.”

A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”

Bible Study

IT’S TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND Joshua 24:1-28

These were exciting times for the people of Israel. They had defeated their enemies and claimed the promised land. Each of the tribes had received their inheritance and now they could settle down and enjoy life a little. It was a time of hope, prosperity and blessings.

It was also a very dangerous time for these people! There was the danger that they would forget where they came from, how they had gotten to where they were and what the Lord had done for them. There was the danger that they would begin to adopt the idolatrous religion of the Canaanites who still lived around them. There was the danger that they would fall into a state of complacency. A state in which they might feel that they could let down their guard just a little. These were dangerous times for Israel indeed!

In the midst of this situation, Joshua stands up to deliver to the people a challenge from the Lord. God wants them to dedicate themselves to Him and to His work. He does not want them trying to live for Him on the one hand and the gods of Canaan on the other. He wants wholehearted dedication or nothing! That is the clear message of this passage.

Remember that these are dangerous times for the church as well. We are seeing the church develop an appearance that is more and more like that of the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. A church that has everything it needs, except for the presence, power and glory of God. Just as the Lord issued a call through Joshua, all those centuries ago, for His people to make of their minds as to whom they would serve, so He issues the same call to His people on this day. Let’s take some time to look into these verses and hear the call God is giving to us in 2021. 

I. V. 1-13 A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION

Joshua begins his remarks by calling them to a time of contemplation. He wants them to remember who they are ,where they came from and what the Lord has done for them. It would do us good to think back on those things ourselves!

A. V. 1-12 To Contemplate God’s Power In Their Lives – They are reminded about God’s choice and call of Israel. How He redeemed them and delivered them from Egypt. How He manifested His power and glory on their behalf time and time again. They are reminded of the victories they have enjoyed and the blessings that have been theirs because of the Lord’s work in their lives. 

We need to contemplate all the Lord has done for us! Remember where He found you. What He did for you. How He has blessed you. How He has worked on your behalf time and again. How He has answered prayer and met needs. Remember His power in your life

B. V. 1-12 To Contemplate God’s Presence In Their Lives – Israel is reminded that God has ever been with them. In everything they faced, He was there to help them and to see them through. 

We need to remember that since the day we were saved by grace, God has never left us nor had He forsaken us, as He said, Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20. Remember His presence in your life.

C. V. 13 To Contemplate God’s Provisions In Their Lives – Now they are reminded of how they enjoy blessings that they do not deserve. They are clearly partakers of grace and have more then they could have ever imagined! 

We need to contemplate the fact that we have much this morning that we simply do not deserve! Think of it! We are saved, secure and headed to a home in Heaven! We are hell prove and in the body of Christ. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and live in the presence all the time. We have more than anyone can understand or imagine! God has been so good to us!

In light of these truths, I wonder why so many of God’s children seem to have a hard time just simply loving and serving Him as they should. Of course, this is nothing new! Israel was guilty of walking out on God even when He had been so good to them, Jer. 2:5-19! I wonder if we would not have to admit to the same kind of sin? Everything under the sun is allowed to come before the Lord in our lives. This simply is not right! Perhaps we need to contemplate what the Lord has done for us once again. Remember where He found you and all that He has done for you.

I. V. 1-13 A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION

II. V. 14-15 A TIME OF CONFRONTATION

A. V. 14 Confronted By A Command – Joshua’s command to the people was three-fold. They were commanded to “fear” God; clean up their lives by putting away their other gods; and they were to serve the Lord. This would put them in a position to put God back in the forefront of their lives. 

Note: This is a command that God’s people need to take heed to today!   We need to 1.) Fear the Lord – That is, we need to reverence and honor Him for Who He is. He deserves to be respected and loved by those He has redeemed! 2.) Put away our other gods! All those things in our lives that come ahead of the Lord need to be put away forever! 3.) Serve the Lord with sincerity. The word “serve” means “to fulfill the role of a slave.” We are His possessions and should live as such, 1 Cor. 6:19-20. The word “sincerity” means “wholeheartedly, completely, with integrity” The English word “sincere” comes from two Latin words which mean “without wax“. It was used to refer to scrupulous pottery dealers who sold first class pottery that did not have cracks patched with wax. When patched pottery was held up to the light, the wax patch was easy to spot. So it is with people who live insincere lives. When they are held up to the light, their hypocrisy shows! The implication for us is that God does not want His people to live lives of hypocrisy! He wants us to be what we claim to be!

B. V. 15a Confronted By A Choice – Joshua challenged the people to choose who they would serve and to get about it! 

Note: The same choice stands before us this morning! It’s about time people got off the fence and made up their minds who’s team they are on. Ill. The people Elijah confronted on Mt. Carmel – 1 Kings 18:21. Friend, you cannot have both God and the world! You cannot have Him and all your distractions. Either He is in first place, or you have a different god!) (Note: The question that comes to my mind is this: “Why would anyone think it evil to serve the Lord?”

C. V. 15b Confronted By A Challenge – Joshua set the example and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the people by stating his clear intention to serve God. (Note: We need some Joshuas in our day! We need some men and women who will settle it in their hearts that Jesus Christ and His Word and will are going to come before everything else in life! We need some who will set the example for others. We have too many who, by their lives, give justification for slackness in life. We need some who have a backbone of steel and who would rather die that let something come ahead of God in their lives. (Ill. Daniel – Dan. 1:8-19; The 3 Hebrews – Dan. 3:1-30; Daniel – Dan. 6:1-28; Ruth – Ruth 1:16-17.)) (Note: does your life stand as a challenge to godly living, or as an encouragement to godless living? It is one or the other!)

I. V. 1-13 A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION

II. V. 14-15 A TIME OF CONFRONTATION

III. V. 16-28 A TIME OF CONSECRATION

A. V. 16-18 The Resolve Of The People – The people consider all that the Lord has done for them and they declare their allegiance to Him alone! They seem almost incredulous when offered the opportunity to serve other gods. (Note: Is the Lord your choice this morning? If He has to compete for your time, your attention, your money and your love, it calls your whole profession into question! If you had to rank God on a list of priorities in your life, where would He end up?)

B. V. 19-23 A Reminder To The People – Joshua takes the opportunity to remind them that God is holy and righteous. If they serve Him, He will bless them, but if they renege on their end of the agreement, there will be a high price to pay. (Note: God’s people need to remember that while God is a God of love, grace and mercy; He is also still a holy and righteous God. He will not tolerate sin in the lives of His children! Friends, there is a terribly high price to pay for disobedience, Heb. 12:6-12. Sadly, many people pay the price for their sins in their children, their health and in their homes. You better understand today that you will reap exactly what you sow, Gal. 6:7.)

C. V. 24-28 The Reaction Of The People – The people respond by setting about the business of serving the Lord. They and Joshua set up a memorial, a record if you will of their decision. There was a record of their decision and it would be used to hold them accountable. Sadly, Israel did not keep their vows to the Lord and they paid a terribly high price. Just read Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. (Note: God keeps good records! He will hold us to the vows we have made, Eccl. 5:1-7. He wants us to serve Him, love Him and honor Him. When we do that, He will bless our lives. When we choose to walk in a way that does not please Him, then we can expect Him to chastize us, if we are truly His children.)

Conc: Don’t you think that it’s time to make up your mind? If the Lord be God then serve Him. If He isn’t, then go ahead and serve whatever has your heart. Whatever you do, stop trying to have the best of both worlds! A Christian that refuses to live for the Lord is a poor advertisement for the Lord Jesus Christ! While a life lived in His power and victory is a powerful advertisement indeed! Which are you?

Perhaps you aren’t even saved. You know that if you were, your life would be vastly different than it is. Today would be a great day to come to Jesus. Others may want to come before the Lord and just let Him do a spiritual checkup on your heart. Let’s get it right so that the church can grow and go for the glory of the Lord!

Wade’s Wednesday

The Benefits of Praise

By Charles Stanley

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD”.—Psalm 150

Consider your most recent prayer to the Lord. Did you spend as much time praising Him as you did making requests?

In our selfish society, many people even attend church to get needs met—singing helps emotions, sermons “feed” the flock, and the choir entertains. . . . We forget thatthe primary purpose the Creator has for our lives is to exalt Him. 

Praise both magnifies and pleases the Lord, but we actually benefit from the practice as well. First, adoration of God modifies our estimation of “self”—it’s impossible to truly elevate God while clinging to pride. Instead, we come to recognize our sin, weakness, and dependence upon Him. As Scripture tells us in 2 Cor. 12:10, the Lord’s power is manifest when we show genuine humility.

Next, praise appropriately humbles us, as it is a reminder of God’s greatness and our dependence upon Him. But at the same time, exalting Him strengthens our sense of assurance, thereby increasing our faith. Then we are able to look beyond ourselves and our circumstances to see life from God’s perspective. 

One additional benefit of praise involves our physical bodies—when we focus on Jesus’ goodness, tension leaves and we find new strength. . . .As we lift His name, God is present—Psalm 22:3 tells us that He inhabits the praises of His people (kjv). 

Think about the Lord’s . . . work in your life. What can you praise Him for today?