SEEK, PRAY, PRAISE, BELIEVE, HOPE, EXPECT, REPEAT
by Lisa Walker Thomas
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One thing Iím going to ask you to do as you read this, is smile. You see the Holy Spirit gave me the recipe for your relationship with God and I give Him glory, honor and praise for the revelation. Iím going to ask that you smile as you read this because the recipe I have for any circumstance no matter what it is, is this, seek, pray, praise, believe, hope, expect, repeat. So Smile. Iím not asking you to smile because youíre happy, or even because I asked you to smile, Iím asking you to smile because you can! Iím asking you smile because the Lord Jesus has equipped you with the ability to move the muscles in your face to form the ability to smile. Even in our pain, in the midst of it you have to pinch yourself in the middle of your pain and realize that you are still here and God allowed you the power to feel the pain that your in right now! Do you know what that means? That means youíre still here, and because youíre still here that means that He allowed you to see another day, that means that God blessed you with thoughts, feelings, ideas, hurt, and pain do you know what the blessing is in that? The blessing is, ďthis too shall pass!Ē
Smile and shout with a voice of triumph PRAISE YOUR NAME! Do you know why? Because you can! Because God the Father gave you a voice to praise the name of God, the bible declares to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, so say again with a shout HALLELUJAH! You have a voice, and do you have any idea what you can do with your voice? Well God the Father said in his word, you can say to that mountain be thou removed and be cast into the sea to be remembered no more, for you shall have what so ever you say! So my beautiful brothers and sisters, use your voice and say to that mountain whatever the barrier is in front of you standing in the way of the path the Lord has already made for you, say to that mountain, be thou removed and be cast into the sea to be remembered no more! Remember the recipe seek, pray, praise, believe, hope, expect, and repeat.
Smile and look around and see the glory and majesty of the Lord. Now remember the bible says faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of God. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT seen. What is it youíve been praying about? Look at the issue with your spiritual eyes, not your natural eyes and Trust him, sight unseen trust Him, because the bible says without faith it is impossible to please God, for those that trust God must first believe that He Is God and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! Remember seek, pray, praise, believe, hope, expect, and repeat.
Smile and do two things, SEEK HIM. Have you forgotten how to seek him, open the word of God, talk with him in prayer and read the word of God and as you read the word of God ask God the Father to give you wisdom so that He may reveal his word to you, that He may reveal what the Spirit of God is saying to the church, remember we seek Him through his word, especially when we donít feel like it thatís when we press forward through depression, pain, guilt, doubt and unbelief, we press forward and open the pages of the word of God and we SEEK HIM with everything we have, seek him, pray, praise, believe, hope, repeat. To God be the Glory for the things He has done!
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That "Hallelujah!" sure was loud in the quiet stillness of my home. :)
Thank you for this beautiful article Lisa. Everthing that you say is true, it is relationship that counts. It tells us in the 24th chapter of Psalms verse 6: This is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who seek your face. Then in Gen.35:10-And God said to him, Your name is JACOB; Your name shall not be called JACOB anymore but ISRAEL shall be your name. Now the Scriptures become far more personal as we read them. I like what you said about the mountains as well. For if we pray we can change that mountain of doubt into a mountain of faith and nothing will be impossible for us. In His love Sharon
Dear Lisa... This was excellent - AMEN to all that you wrote so beautifully! Yes, may we all learn to focus on God and praise Him in all circumstances! Despite our personal struggles, we can have the JOY of belonging to the Lord, and THAT IS THE GREATEST JOY OF ALL! Thank you for inspiring so many of us... Peggy