Archives For Worship

God desires to bless you. It is as simple as that. He desires to bless you and make you a blessing to others. No need to overcomplicate it – the word declares we need to grab ahold of that promise!

One of the scriptures that I have taught on in the past starts in Psalm 67 verse 5:

5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Pay particularly close attention to verse seven. Why is it that the ends of the earth shall fear Him? What is causing that fear?  What leads to it? The answer: His blessing on us. That means, His blessing must be so great that others will take notice and fear Him because of it.

I fully realize the topic of prosperity can ruffle some feathers amongst Christians – but the truth is God desires to bless you not just financially but in all areas – relationally, spiritually, health, favor amongst others and yes even money. The list goes on and on.

So how do we receive this blessing? It begins first with praise. Once we stop and praise Him, the exchange is open. You must praise Him in all areas. (Take a look at my most recent post – it all begins with worship!)

You must also declare the truth over your life! If you walk around saying “nothing good ever happens to me” than I promise you, nothing good will ever happen to you. But, if you walk around declaring God’s desire to bless you stating “I am favored and blessed by Him, the Lord of all” the blessing has no choice but to infiltrate your life!

Perhaps you don’t quite feel as though God is “blessing” you in the season that you are in right now. There are always seasons in our lives that can feel like that. Let me challenge you today to try something different. If you have never taken the Word of God and spoke it over your life and made it personal, now is the time. Take the verse above, write it out, make it personal and read it every morning. For example, I would write and read this for my self:

I, Paul, will praise the Lord! Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, my own God, shall bless me, Paul! God shall bless me, Paul, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him!

If you take this simple step for even a week, I know (because the Word promises it) your world will start to change. Things that seemed helpless will suddenly show hope. Areas of lack will suddenly be areas of surplus. You have to trust and praise Him!

Question: Do you have a testimony you can share when you put this principle into action?

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Have you ever been so consumed with life that you forget to pause and worship the One who made it all? Especially during those tough seasons? I know I am guilty of this! And sometimes…a simple act of worship is all that is needed to make the walls come crumbling down.

Awhile back I wrote about Joshua and the plan that God gave him in order to overtake the walled city of Jericho (click here and read that post). No matter how many times I read the story starting in Joshua 6, I always seem to take something new away from it. No matter the season you are in, you can learn a lot from that chapter.

What I really love about it all is that there was no great military strike, no convening of the military commanders to develop a plan of attack. What brought down the walls was so much more amazing than that. It was worship!

They marched around the city and on the final day they gave a shout of praise!

Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

I love that! When they paused to simply give a shout to the Lord, the troubles disappeared. The walls crumbled before them. Victory was theirs.

Worship can come in so many different fashions. Music, singing, dance. You name it, there are so many different expressions of worship. That is our key to victory!

Today, I challenge you to pause wherever you are and simply worship Him. Turn off the distractions. Turn off the computer, cell phones, televisions – and just pause and worship Him. When you do this, the chains are loosed and true breakthrough happens!

Question: When has a time of worship provided breakthrough for you?