Welcome to the 7 Keys to Purpose blog series. This post will cover week 2 out of a 6-week series. In case you missed it, last week we dived into how to use prayer to activate your purpose. Below you will find the 7 Keys and a summary of each week's topic. Week 2 is all about praise, so let's get started with this God-given key.
Key 2: Praise
You can use praise to activate your faith even through the storm. During praise your purpose will overflow.
God has given us a powerful key to unlock purpose. This key is praise. If only we would use praise throughout our daily lives. I define praise as thanksgiving and worship going forth that invites God's presence. You can evoke God's presence anywhere at any time. Praise is an overflow of adoration and gratitude for who God is. Below I will share some ways you can praise God. The Word states that God inhabits the praises of his people Psalms 22:3. When we praise we unlock purpose.
Type of Ways to Praise (Tips)
1. Praise for Victories You Have Experienced
Gratitude is a form of praise you can use. Being able to praise God for the current blessings in your life. If you have experienced any victories in your life, nothing is too small or too big to come to God with thanksgiving. Just simply stating things around your home that you are grateful for can evoke the presence of God and lead you into deeper levels of worship. Most likely God has brought you through something to receive the current victory or blessing you are standing in.
2. Praise for Victories to Come
Praise God for what you are believing him for by faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1. As children of God, we are expected to live with faith, Hebrews 11:6. For we walk by faith not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7. Therefore you can praise God for the victories that are yet to come into your life. This posture of faith comes from knowing that God can do all things and is not limited by your current circumstances.
3. Praise for What You Have Overcome
If only we would remember, all the things that God has brought us through. You can praise him for what you have overcome. If you are currently experiencing a trial praise him in faith that "this too shall pass" and you will overcome once again. God is faithful to deliver us out of trouble. Psalms 46: 1-3 God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. A good way to use this type of praise is with a song. Singing verses over and over until you remember 1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith.
Side Note: Trails don't necessarily mean you are out of God's will it can be a distraction because you are doing good. Allow the trail to strengthen you and praise God in the midst of it.
4. Praise for Forgiveness
If there was only one thing we had to praise God for Forgiveness would be enough. The fact that Jesus died for our sins and gave us redemption. We now have a free gift of salvation through his loving character and grace. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
5. Praise for The Holy-Spirit
Praise God that he has given you a constant comforter in the Holy Spirit. John 14:16 and I will ask the father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. I believe that we grow more in love, joy, peace, and hope as we let the Holy Spirit lead us. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we can not walk in the spirit and live out the Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23. Thank God he has given us a comforter in the Holy Spirit.
6. Praise for Gifts
There are many gifts as children of God that we have access to. From the gifts that come through the power of the Holy Spirit to the Promises of God in his word. The question is are you receiving these promises of God? When you know your gift I pray you will allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to use it, this brings purpose into your life. I know for me I have the gift of exhortation and faith. I believe God is allowing me to use this gift through writing to uplift and inspire others.
7. Praise for Who God is
One way to praise God is by speaking his name(s) out loud. We can praise Him for being a mighty God in our lives. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is dependable, we can trust him to be our source and strength. There are many names of God that you can add to your time of praise. Here are a few and the scripture references to get you started.
-God our Shield Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that puts their trust in him.
-Jehovah Sabaoth- God of angel armies (The Lord of Host) 1 Samuel 1:3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty...
-Emmanuel- God with us Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall birth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
-Jehovah Jireh- God our provider Deuteronomy 2:7 The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
There is no greater purpose than to bask in the goodness of God through praise. God loves you and he wants you to come to him in praise. When you praise it activates a key that you will need to live with purpose. Praise is more than just words and singing, however recognizing that without God we would not have a purpose. We have a purpose in him and we can always come purposefully in praise. Which of these 7 ways to praise are you committed to trying this week to unlock more purpose in your life?
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Upcoming Series Topics and Keys to Purpose below:
Week 1- Prayer
Week 2- Praise
Week 3- Perception
Week 4- Provision
Week 5- Preparation
Week 6- Promises and Profession
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