Praise in Victory!
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ~ Colossians 3:17
As usual the events and circumstances of my week have molded and guided what I felt in my heart to elaborate on. We all navigate our weeks in a similar fashion and I, like others, was faced with both decisions and trials, some naturally worse than others. In all of it I was once again given the opportunity to show my faith or my flesh. Generally you can tell from most of my writings the danger I believe the flesh can hold. In fact the flesh is so powerful that it becomes our own rival, which we mistake for Satan.
Without getting off on a tangent here I can say that I in the end my faith won over my flesh. I prayed harder than ever before only to seek the answers according to the will of the Lord. During this process we all go through when we seek the answers we’re asking for we must also have the faith in the power of the Lord to know that he not only has the power to fulfill our prayers but the grace and timing to answer our prayers. Often as soon as we pray Jesus is already answering our request and we must only wait on His perfect timing to reveal the resolution to us.
So that’s where everything stops right? We pray in earnest and the Lord hears our prayers and we move on. We simply move on to our next request and issue since the one at hand has been resolved. NO! The truth is that praising and rejoicing in the Lord and what He given, granted or shown us is the final part of the prayer and praise process. This integral part of this wonderful process is truly one of the most awesome pieces of our prayer life and praise for God.
This scripture helps guide us in this principle telling us that whatever we do that we do it in the name of Jesus, giving thanks through Him. We don’t ever want to forget to return praise and worship in the victory we have been shown. The wonderful thing about this is that any response on our part is truly unique to us as individuals and also our relationship with Christ. If you want to sing, dance or cry in victory that is perfectly normal and acceptable. Whatever we do and however we do it, I hope we can all make the victory the final event and rejoice in thanksgiving at the grace and mercy of our Lord when we seek His will.