Living with people in mind.

“Paul said, “Whether it is a short or a long time, I pray to God that not only you but every person listening to me today would be saved and be like me—except for these chains I have.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭NCV‬‬
Paul was in prison and he was speaking to King Agrippa who wanted to hear his story.  When he heard it, he said are you trying to make me a believer in a short time.  Paul says basically,  whatever it takes I want you to be saved.  This is living with purpose.  This is living with people in mind.  The situation would have seemed appropriate to talk his way out of, he was a Ronan citizen.  But, he simply shares the truth of the Gospel and the truth of his life changing experience.
Our purpose in life is to reach people… so when we are given an opportunity, we can seize it or avoid it.  We can grab onto it, or we can let it slip thru our grasp. What will we do with the opportunities we hear to reach people?
Lord help us to seize the opportunities inn front of us.  Help us to see what you are up to .  Help us to focus our attention on the truth of the gospel and share our experience.  God you are so good.
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Not everyone will like your praise!

“Now as the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal the daughter of Saul was looking down from the window, and when she saw King David dancing and spinning, she despised him in her heart.”
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭15:29‬ ‭MEV‬‬

Praise is a personal response to what God has done in us and for us.  Michal David’s wife did not go thru what David did to bring the ark to Jerusalem.  The first time he attempted to bring Gods presence back, he mishandled it and Uzzah dies by the ark.  They tri d to roll it in on a cart. We need to handle Gods presence well.  But, David just wanted to bring the ark back, and not everyone was happy.  Not everyone will like it. Even at the point where the ark entered the city, David was praising because of what he had been thru…Michael disposed his praise.

Don’t despise someone’s praise. Don’t look down on people because of how they praise.  David was dancing and spinning!  It’s time we learn to just be free enough to praise him based on all that He has done for us.  We have been thru a lot, but that does not change who God is!

Praise is a response…so let’s praise him!

Lord help me to never gage my praise on the response around me!  You have done so much more for me!  Forgive me for the times where I was reserved, because of who was near me..I want you to be near me.