Don’t Stop Praising Him!

Every now and then I think about where I have come from, things I’ve seen, and things I’ve experienced. I look at how much the world has changed. I look at how much the church has changed. There was a time when no matter what happened in the world, the church was a place to run to for hope and encouragement. I remember seeing mothers crying out to God for their children who were in the streets. I remember seeing people suffering from depression getting delivered. I remember watching the older Saints praising God when we didn’t have a clue what praise was even about. It saddens my heart and grieves my spirit that people find it disturbing to see the Saints praising God in the church. Where else are they supposed to praise Him? Where else should they lift their hands to worship? Where else are the mothers supposed to cry our for their babies? We can’t really say it is the “church” that has changed, but we can say the people have! How can we stand up when the Pastor walks in, but sit down when the presence of God shows up? Who are we worshiping? God is still the same today, tomorrow and forever! His praises will fill his temple. The crying mother’s tears are still being stored in a bottle. The depressed are still being delivered. I declare Jesus is alive! He is real! He is ever present and sees everything and hears everything. Saints, don’t you give up. Don’t stop praising God. It took a whole lot of praise to get where we are and it is going to take a whole lot more to make it where we are going. Cry out for the families in Paris tonight. Cry out for America! Cry out for the person who is sitting right in church judging your praise. Remember why you started this journey. Rekindle your love of God and your love of freedom. It felt good when he set you free, and it feels great to still be free. You are loosed from the chains that have bound up your praise. Clap your hands all ye people! Shout unto the Lord with a voice of triumph! Celebrate his goodness. The church is the place to exalt his name and that is what we will do until he returns! Somebody needs this tonight. So, when you wake up in the morning, you give God your all. Then, take that praise with you and find a church to praise God with fellow brothers and sisters. What a celebration that will be.

Be encouraged,

T Brown

There She Is!

There is nothing more fulfilling than being you and being happy about who you are! So often we spend our days trying to figure out who we are because we have become what we do. Take a moment to strip yourself of all the things you do and all the positions you fill, and ask yourself, “Who am I?” When no one is around, are you laid back? Are you high energy? Do you like being by yourself? Do you enjoy crowds? What makes you happy when there is no one pulling on you? Once you find out who this person is, introduce her to the world. Yes, she has flaws. Yes, she can be a little quirky. She may be a little shy or even a bit outspoken. When she shows up, embrace her. Then you can begin to find out what God says about her. He loves her just the way she is. And since he is the creator, whatever he finds that is broken, he can fix it! Stop trying to be everything for everyone, and just try being you. The world will either love you are hate you, but the only one who matters is God. Believe me when I tell you this, he loves you! 

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth but….

How many times have we heard, “Get out of your feelings?” Our feelings will fail us every time. We get angry and blow up. We get sad and go into depression. We get frustrated and give up. There is no victory in our flesh. As Psalms tells us, our flesh and heart will fail, BUT GOD! Who needs a “BUT GOD” this morning? God is the strength of your heart. When you look back at situations and can’t figure out how you survived that one, know that it was only because of God. He is your portion. Portion is not the whole thing, it’s a part. He is the missing parts in your life. Let him fill the void and be your strength. You are guaranteed to be made whole. We will all have down times in our life, but we have to choose to experience them in a better way. So, get your day started with a “portion” of God. You need a portion here, a portion there, after a while you will be filled with his love, joy, peace and all of the wonderful attributes of who he is. I hope this encouraged someone today.

Be encourage,

T Brown