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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Becky Harling's 30 Day Praise Challenge

Day 18:  by Becky Harling

“Do not judge, & you will not be judged. Do not condemn, & you will not be condemned. Forgive, & you will be forgiven.” – Luke 6:37

The Invitation

“Praise Me for the people who drive you crazy & are difficult to love. Thank Me for their annoying habits & irritating idiosyncrasies. I can use these people to mold & shape you into My image. Thank Me that I am able to meet your needs even when others let you down. Praise Me that I am able to transform their lives as well as yours. Just as My Son died for you, My child, He died for them. When you judge & condemn them, your attitude breaks My heart. I love the very ones you condemn. Praise Me for the good things I am teaching you through your most difficult relationships. Thank Me for the opportunity to offer grace to those who offend you & forgiveness to those who hurt you. You become more like Me every time you offer mercy instead of judgment. When you dare to praise Me for the difficult people in your life, I receive honor & glory, & you receive blessing. As you look into My face & worship Me, My love shines through you.” 
Bible Verses: "Judge not, that ye be not judged."[Matthew 7:1]; "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."[Romans 8:28]; "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive." [Matthew 6:14]

Today, praise God for the difficult people in your life & how He is using them to shape you. I know this will be hard, but if you will do this, the Holy Spirit will soften your heart & help you forgive these people. Forgiveness is not something natural. It is a supernatural work of the Spirit in our lives. Praise Him by faith that He will empower you to forgive.

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” [1Peter 3:9]

Listen to “Losing” performed by Tenth Avenue North & “Oh Great Merciful God” performed by Ben & Noelle. [ I couldn't find that link, so put the song sung by Hearts of Saints]

Pray: Lord Jesus, I thank You for the difficult people in my life. Thank You for ______________ [name specific people]. I praise You that although they irritate me, misunderstand me, or spread rumors about me, You are using them to refine my faith & to teach me about forgiveness. I know that as I thank You for them, You will set me free from judging them & will empower me to forgive them. Thank You that even when I feel angry with them, You empower me to refrain from pouring out my anger. God, it feels impossible to love those who have hurt me deeply, but I praise You that nothing is impossible with You. I praise You that as I struggle to love these people, You promise to be my refuge. If at any point I feel overwhelmed, I can hide in You. 

Bible verses: "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."[1Peter 1:6-7] "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil."[Psalm 37:8] "For with God nothing shall be impossible."[Luke 1:37] "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."[Psalm 73:28] "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings."[Psalm 17:8]

Journal: What did God say to you during your praise time today with regard to the difficult people in your life? 

If you follow this link it will lead you to the 30 Day Praise Challenge package of songs


Dennis Edward said...

The above post is a page from Becky Harling's book "The 30 Day Praise Challenge." If you haven't read the book and did the challenge you need to do it. It changed my life by helping to bring more praise into my life. If for some reason you are not able to read the book and follow the challenge day by day for 30 days, at least download the 30 Day Praise Challenge songs and begin to listen to them throughout the day. I guarantee you'll become more praiseful, relaxed and loving. Please don't neglect this important aspect of your spiritual life any longer.

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