Daily Devotional – 8/3/16, “How’s your lip service?”

As long as you have your mouth (voice), you have the ability to cast out demons, destroy the enemy’s plans and deliver and set God’s people (and yourself) free from bondage. As long as your voice can be heard, you have the ability to send the enemy on his way. As long as you open up your mouth, you have the capability of sending praises up to God. As long as you use praise with your mouth, the Holy Spirit will inhabit your praise. See, praise isn’t clapping your hands but it’s opening your mouth. Yes, shouting is good but a praise offering to God by way of your mouth is even better. The bible says in Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Beloved, every chance we get we ought to offer up lip service to God, thanking Him for all the things He’s done, what He’s doing and then thanking Him in advance for what He’s about to do. We ought to say like Psalm 119:108, “Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

We have to get to a point in our natural lives that praise shall continually be on our lips. Because when praise is on our lips, nothing bad shall be able to get in. See, when our mouth is filled with praise, we don’t have room to eat gossip. When our mouth is filled with the goodness of God, we don’t have the time to speak ill over anybody else. This is why you have to be careful what you put in your mouth because then it can taint what comes out. It’s like eating garlic or onions. If you don’t clean your mouth before you speak, the next words that come out will be overshadowed with the smell of garlic/onion. It’s the same with speaking bad. If you don’t clean your mouth, the bad can overshadow the good and then your lip service won’t be any good to God nor your body. This is why it says in Proverbs 10:31, “The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off,” or Psalm 37:30, “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.” As children of God, we’ve got to be mindful of the lip service we give to God and to His people because it can either destroy or deliver. This is why we have to get to a place where we say like Psalm 49:3, “My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.” So I’ll ask you the question, “How’s your lip service?

Lip service

Daily Devotional – 4/12/16 “Praise nevertheless!”

Waiting until Sunday to praise the Lord is like waiting for someone to tell you to breathe; you won’t survive. Baby, we’ve got to praise the Lord at all times. Why, because praise is what God is due. Let’s be transparent for a moment … We owe the Lord and we owe Him too much and because we owe Him and know that we can’t pay Him, the least we should do is offer Him His due praise. We can’t repay the Lord but we can serve Him with our entire heart. We can’t repay the Lord but we can show Him our thanks through our service. We can’t repay you Lord but can I work off my debt? See, we’ve got to start saying like Psalm 119:108, “LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations.” Beloved, don’t you know that when we praise the Lord, thangs start happening? When we praise the Lord, it makes the enemy tremble and withdraws from your presence because praise confuses Him. When we call on the name of the Lord debts will be demolished, sickness will be healed, finances will be fruitful and our spirit will be sanctified. When we praise the Lord while in the wilderness, He’ll allow us to come out whole. When we praise the Lord while in the pit, He’ll allow us to come out prospering. When we praise the Lord when we have nothing, He’ll restore to us everything we lost. Chile, when we make praise our testimony, the Lord will prepare a bridge over our troubled water.

This is why praise shall continually be in our mouth, spilling over on our lips. This is why it’s crucial that praise is always in our hands and feet. This is why it’s important to have a heart full of praise and worship. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning, we can praise wherever we are. We don’t have to wait until the choir sings our song, we can praise right now in the midst of the hell staring us in the face. You don’t have to wait; praise the Lord while the chemo or dialysis is running through your body. You don’t have to wait; praise the Lord in the midst of the circumstances that don’t make any sense. Why, because I’ve found that when you praise, God will show up. When Solomon finished his prayer and worship in the temple’s dedication, the bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:1, “When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.” What do you think will happen when you’re done? I’m just faith crazy enough to believe that God will send down the fire of the Holy Spirit to fill our temple! What do you believe when you praise?