Sunday, May 11, 2008

You CAN Take it with You...

We cannot offer what we do not have. We often focus on moving our bodies in dance, but we must also move our lips. If we are to bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord, then we must already have it with us when we get there. Some who call themselves "praise dancers" often only give praise to the Lord when an audience is present. It is almost if these impostors are acting on a stage, playing a role that has been inspired by the life of someone else.

Praise and worship starts with the individual. It is not enough just to "go through the motions" without declaring our thanks to the Lord. It should not be difficult to get the movement ministers to participate in praise and worship settings, but at times it seems as though some dancers and groups are only waiting to hear their names called to jump into character.

The lines are being drawn and the true church is being revealed. It does not matter what we prefer or what makes us comfortable, we must praise. Praise is able to be given by every breathing thing. It is only in truth that we are able to worship. We must eradicate everything that would get in the way of giving the Lord our very best sacrifice. When we wake up in the morning, when we go to bed, or when we think of His goodness, we can offer a praise that will be pleasing to the Lord. It's time to move our mouths in praise!

Psalm 27:6 (NKJV)
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:26 (NKJV)
And they shall come from the cities of Judah and from the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from the lowland, from the mountains and from the South, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV)
The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the LORD of hosts, For the LORD is good, for His mercy endures forever”— and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the LORD.

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

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