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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Sacrifice of praise?...Really? 2!



Hey People, welcome again, talking about the sacrifice of praise still, so here’s what I found out.
To get the full gist of what I’m sharing, please read my earlier post. Just click on this link right here!
The fact is that praise should be our culture (according to my sister 3JI) indeed our consistent way of life, it is neither a reward given to God for his goodness and kind acts, nor a “sacrifice” in the self denial sense of the word when things are not working out the way we want them to, rather it should be our reality in good or in bad.
 Now you may be thinking there’s nothing different from what we’ve heard all along and let me be quick to say that the truth is that it encompasses both of this thoughts, but the answer or revelation for me lies in the intended meaning of the word “sacrifice”. The sacrifice of praise is primarily for the mercies of redemption. According to Rosenmuller ( Alte u. neue Moergenland, in loc) the Jews had a species of offerings which they called peace or friendship offerings. These were designed not to produce peace or friendship with God, but to preserve it. Burnt offerings, sin offerings and trespass offerings were designed to remove transgression.  But in the peace offering s the offerer was regarded as one who stood in the relation of a friend with God and the offering was a sign of thankful acknowledgement for favors received. …or as a means to continue themselves in the friendship and favor of God (Lev 7: 11-12)(Barnes Bible commentary)
Basically according to Barnes in his commentary,  Back in the day, along with the peace offerings and the sin offerings there was also an offering set aside which was called the praise offering otherwise known as thanksgiving offerings (2ch 29:31, peace offerings (2Ch 33:16))in which unlike the sin  offering which were being offered for the removal or forgiveness of offence,  was offered to acknowledge celebrate and be grateful for the relationship which the almighty God , had graciously allowed his children to have with him. It was a constant and consistent offering which they had to fulfill just as they were obliged to fulfill the other offerings. It is safe to say therefore, that the phrase sacrifice of praise simply can be rendered as “offering of praise” or “praise offering”.  
So in our day,  our sacrifice of praise should mean a constant and consistent offering / expression with words or otherwise, of gratitude and thanks giving for the salvation Christ wrought for us, which has placed us in a place of right standing with our heavenly father (Col 1:12). It should be in my opinion a non negotiable aspect of our lives which should be unshakeable regardless of circumstance. (God help us!)
 This sacrifice/offering is that which according to Jewish tradition had come to abolish and replace all other types of sacrifices, first after the Davidic order and then after our lord Christ the messiah. This was the apostle (the writer of Hebrews) way of declaring or proclaiming that this was the season of the messiah- that Christ Jesus IS the messiah So I guess the issue here simply lies in the use of the word sacrifice: - apply a substitution and use offering of praise instead, and we see that it takes a whole new meaning at least an all encompassing one. With this few points of mine I hope I have convinced and not confused you…. Lol! Drop your comments below please!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The sacrifice of praise?...really?



Hello everyone, welcome.

 Hebrews 13:15 says, "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
say what????.... i mean like seriously? is that possible? does that make sense? These are the questions that pop into my head each time i come across these scripture or hear someone quote it. i have heard some explanation of this scripture still these two words "sacrifice" and "praise" placed side by side like that get me thinking... how does one give a sacrifice of praise? I and am sure a lot of other Christians too think of sacrifice as offering something at great cost to ourselves, giving something at a very inconvenient time. like for example if i had just enough money to feed myself and i saw someone in need and had to give up that money for their feeding or any thing else,that would be a sacrifice. while the word praise would mean to say something good about some one so help me out here, how do these two go together? why would the bible ask and expect us to put these two together? well i have done a little study and  i think i have found an explanation but i would like to hear from you,so please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section,and ill be back to share mine (what i found). tata!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

woman on top!!!

my meekness is not weakness it only means my strength is under control...
photo: deposit photos

i am a woman .
fearfully and wonderfully made
unique in my calling
a help perfectly meet for my husband
i have a role, a pivotal role to play in this world
and it begins in my home.

i am a woman
i have great strength and influence
wrapped up in my meekness
 influencing strong leadership
through gentle followership

i am  a woman
a God lover, made in His image and likeness
made not from dust, but beautifully refined from the rib of my man

i complement my husband in ways no one else can
i am not afraid to step back and let him be the man,
i enjoy his attention and protection

i am a woman
not afraid to be his reflection,
to reflect his glory as he reflects God's
 not weak
not inferior


i am a woman
feminine not feminist and am i glad
not afraid to be who i am
woman not ashamed to be so created
not ashamed to be soft, emotional, and expressive
not ashamed to shed an open tear or two

i am a woman
not ashamed to be who i am
soft gentle and tender
a lover a nurturer a helper

i am a woman
a wonderful example to my daughter
a great model for the next generationbirthing and bringing forth offsprings
into their purpose and destinies

i am loving
i am gentle
i am tender
i am kind
i am bold
i am confident
i am strong
i am complete
i am a woman

.....inspired by michelle mckinney hammond's the power of being a woman!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Highly Favoured!!!



Exo 3:21-22   
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”


Why do you think it was women who were asked to go and ask  their neighbors for articles of silver and gold for the plundering of Egypt, a recompense for their labours and to facilitate the worship of their God? I think the answer can be found in a word in the preceding verse which talks about favour, it means to me that women are fashioned to be highly favoured of God. No wonder the bible says he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains (there's that word again) FAVOUR from the Lord, it means then(to my mind) that women have a very vital role to play in the prosperity or otherwise of their husbands and family. In  my opinion, it is given  to us to receive favour on their behalfs. May we as wives and   mothers rise up to our God given strengths and be what he has called us to be indeed!!!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bible in 90 days day 3 -Joseph Joseph!

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Reading through the life of Joseph in the bible makes for quite an interesting read, the story flows so easily you almost want it to keep going as you go through the chapters no wonder Preachers have a field day drawing sermons and messages from these pages... its amazing and it just brings to bear the wisdom of God in all things, especially in bringing His plans for our lives to pass. you know you have a vision, or you have a word of where you are headed but life's circumstances seem like they are taking you in the opposite direction while in reality they are actually leading you to your place of destiny, wow! Joseph's brothers thought they would get rid of him and be done with the pestering little dreamer, little did they know that they actually gave him the first step towards the achievements of those dreams, there was no way it would have come to pass if he had remained in his doting father's bosom, now he got to the land of his slavery and rather than be allowed to enjoy his life of servitude quietly and humbly, Nooooo Potiphar's wife had to take a fancy to him. but then again she was another Pawn in this chess game, she was to be used to get him to go to prison, yeah okay so while there he comes across the two members of Pharaoh's staff did them favors(okay so maybe only one looked like a favor, after all the other had his head taken off!) but was forgotten by the one who could have helped him get out of prison, but it was only for a while he the cup bearer was yet another pawn in the game, and the fact that he forgot to mention Joseph immediately was just that it was not the right time for that pawn to be moved. i say that because if he had done anything at that time the best that could have happened probably was to have Joseph reinstated as Chief servant in Potiphar's household or maybe get him a higher servants position in Pharaoh's palace. but Nope that was not the plan so he needed to forget about him until the time was right. and hmm when the time came, of course remembrance came. it kind of reminds me how i came to meet with my husband of 10 years now, suddenly in my life it seemed like all hell had broken loose i had no job, no money i was kicked out of where i lived, and there seemed to be no place to turn to i was totally down but then if all of that had not taken place i would not have been where i was at the time i saw a job advertisement that gave me the job i was working at and if i was not there i would not have been behind the desk i was when a young man who had just been employed himself  walked in and....... 11 years later, here i am... if we all take a look into our lives we would find that they are full of such stories of things taking a sudden turn for the worse only to turn out that it was for our ultimate good! and you know the best part of Joseph's story is it also was for the good of these brothers who meant him so much harm. they better have been glad he didn't bear any grudges(well that's a matter for another post)!!!!

use the comment box below to share your stories please I'll love to read them!