Sunday, July 7, 2013

Let Praise Awaken!

To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:25) 

Hello friends! I know it's been quite some time since I have posted any music videos to the blog. My hope and prayer is that you have been blessed in the series on humility. Humility is a subject that is not talked about enough yet so very essential in all areas of our lives. 

With that said, let us give God all the praise, all the glory and all the honor. Let's give God His rightful place in our lives. For those of us who are called into full-time pastoral/evangelistic/missionary positions, let us shout praises to our God because He is worthy of all of our praise. For those of us who have been called to spread the love of Jesus Christ into the marketplace, sing praises to our God so that the light of Jesus Christ will become a beacon of light for the numerous people that continue to live in darkness.

We all know that it is one thing to lift praises to God in church or among ecclesiastical circles. We also know that it is a totally different matter altogether to lift up the name of Jesus and praise His name forever in a secular environment. Each of the environments present unique challenges for all of us. 

At church, it is dramatically "easier"  to be one in mind, body, and soul because the environment is conducive to preparing us in lifting up the name of Jesus and praising His name. The unique challenge that is posed here is whether or not our praise and worship before the Lord is authentic/genuine. So how do we know if the person next to us is actually being genuine in their praise? On our own strength, it would be impossible for us to know this for sure. But, as we test the spirit by the spirit, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us the fruits of that person's praise. With that said, the revelation doesn't usually happen overnight. It usually happens over an extended period of time.

In the marketplace, lifting up the name of Jesus takes on a totally different challenge. The unique challenge that presents itself here is in the HOW we lift up the name of Jesus. As a marketplace leader, it is extremely important in how we are able to lift up the name of Jesus in the marketplace. Lifting up the name of Jesus in the marketplace requires some amazing creativity and craftiness. In most areas within the marketplace, open witness of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is strictly forbidden. 

How do we as Christians openly praise the name of Jesus in the marketplace? It boils down to remembering why we praise His name in the first place. My fellow marketplace leader, God has called you to the marketplace not only to connect with them for the sake of enriching your brand, but more importantly, win those souls for the kingdom of God. I have had the awesome privilege of being friends with an employee who happens to work in a western company whos culture is secular in nature. In spite of the secular culture, my friend has continuously gone out of the way of always giving God the praise. As a result of the continual praise, my friend would occasionally be asked about God. The residual effect of the continual praise resulted in being able to start a bible study group in my friend's place of employment and at a nearby cafe.

My dear friends, all of us have a responsibility before the Lord to win as many souls for Christ as possible regardless of where our calling is being fulfilled. Some of us could very well be in spiritual boot camp, while some of us are already in the front lines accomplishing the work that God has called us to do. Thank you very much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!...:-) 

Here's the lyrics below...enjoy!!!!

LET PRAISE AWAKEN BY PLANETSHAKERS 


Lyrics:
Let praise awaken
Inside of every heart
For He is awesome
Our God is awesome

VERSE 2:
The ground is shaking
As weʼre singing loud
For He is awesome
Our God is awesome

PRE CHORUS:
You are faithful, and Youʼre able to do anything
So I trust You, never doubt You, 'cause You hold it all

CHORUS:
Everyday of my life Iʼll praise You
Every moment Iʼll bless Your name
You have given me love unfailing

H-E-Y H-E-Y

BRIDGE:
Let praise awaken in this generation
Let praise awaken all around the world