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PRAISE AND JOY

How well do we praise God in singing? Do we do it with joy?

"Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds." Psalm 149:1,5

When we praise God, we are giving Him honor. We need to praise God more than we normally do. Sometimes in church we don't clap or sing and if we do, sometimes we don't sing with our whole heart or with joy. If we are joyful then we want to clap and sing. If we praise in the congregation of His people, and the others are praising Him too, then it will be a joyful sound.

"Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands: Sing forth the honor of His name: make His praise glorious." Psalm 66:1,2

When we combine praise and a joyful noise to the Lord, it will sound glorious, but ONLY if we praise God joyfully.

"O bless our God ye people and make the voice of His praise to be heard:" Psalm 66:8

"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;" Psalm 149:6

If we, the people of God, praise Him joyfully then we can make the voice of our praise be heard . Our words of praise and honor to God are not going to be very convincing if we are not joyful.

"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 need to declare, as David did, that we will sing praises to God as long as we live. Even when we don't think anything is going right, God is still God and deserves to be praised with the highest praise; from a joyful heart.

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 150:6
                      Tom Spearman - 13

THOSE INTERESTED IN KNOWING GOD!

The time of Autumn is a time of change. The leaves on the trees change and fall away. Now is the time to change like the trees. Put off the works of the flesh. Let them all die off. Every single little leaf (fleshly thoughts and doings) must be put off and done away with.

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19- 21

Search your thoughts and doings deeply. The little things are just as important as the big things. Just like a little white lie is still a lie. It is one of the little leaves that are not that heavy. It takes longer for it to fall off the tree. Harder to get rid of! We all have those little leaves to get rid of. The best way to help rid ourselves of these dead leaves (dead works) is to apply the Fruit of the Spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

"For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;" Ephesians 5:9

"In your patience possess ye your souls." Luke 21:19

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29

We are the trees that need to grow the fruit of the Spirit. When we allow the old, dead ways to fall away, there is room for new life, new fruit, to spring forth that we may touch other lives to encourage them to grow the same type of fruit. Fruit that is sweet, of good color, texture, and flavor.   by Nancy Bixler

For more understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit; please write to us and ask for the book entitled "Trees Planted by the Living Water" by George Kirkpatrick.


Hey YOUth! If you have scriptures or an experience that you would like to share, please write to us; we'd love to hear from you!


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