Sacrifice of Praise! 02-06-11

posted Feb 5, 2011, 12:00 PM by Kalyn Burke
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.”  (Heb.13:15 NIV) 

We all like something tangible; something we can see or feel that gives us assurance.  At times, in a walk with God, he gives us a sample of the reality of his presence.  It is a taste of that which is to come.  I remember the experience of joy I had shortly after I came to Christ.  The joy was so intense, so real, I thought I would explode.  What a wonder moment!

The writer of Hebrews challenges us to offer continually the sacrifice of praise.  A sacrifice is something that costs.  It is something that is offered when there is no clear blessing; when there is no feeling to encourage the offering.  And we are to do it continually.   Our life is to be filled with praise and thanksgiving to God, and we are to do it because of Jesus.

Ah! Jesus!  He is always God’s answer.  We are complete in him! (Col.2:10 NIV)  He is the one we are to trust.  Why can we trust him?  Clearly, as we look at the Bible and see Jesus, he is the revelation of God to us.  We see steadfast love; faithfulness.  We see great patience.  We see power and deliverance.  We see grace; God’s unmerited favor.  We see a God of reality!  These things challenge us to trust even when life seems to have gone crazy.  Because we know there is someone in charge that is for us and he is working the best for our lives.  God’s promises are sure; they are “yes” in Christ.  

Let’s choose the way of faith; the way of trust.  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Faith in action!  This is a completely new way for many, but it is God’s way.  Let’s start; let’s keep at it and let it be a new lifestyle for all.  

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