Fresh Hope – 29th September 2016

I have to admit that I’m very much a creature of habit.

Now of course, we all know that habits can work both for you and against you, depending on whether they are good or bad.

A bad habit can be your down fall, whereas a good habit can be a life saver.

A simple habit of brushing your teeth regularly can keep you out of the dentist’s chair later in life, whereas a life of eating unhealthy food can send you to an early grave.

Many years ago, I chose to give the very first part of every day to God. It’s a habit that I believe keeps me on the right track and means that I can live each day in the fulfilment of what God has for my life.

Not every day is good, in fact some are just the opposite, but no matter what, I know that God has a plan and that He is good.

There are also days when I don’t feel like praying and days when I don’t know what to pray, but my habit of spending time reading the Bible and in prayer have been a constant in my life that keeps my feet on a firm foundation – in fact, I feel underdressed if I don’t start the day in this way.

The principle of leading the way in prayer and praise is at the centre of every part of the Bible; it indicates that if you want to win your daily battles, the first thing you should do is focus on God.

There is an incredible story in the Old Testament in which the Israelite army was under attack and certain annihilation, from a vast army that was advancing against them.

Jehoshaphat the King, knowing that his army was about to be defeated did something that sounded completely backwards, but brought about supernatural victory to his troops.

Here’s what he said…
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever.’ As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Victory was secured by allowing a chosen group of worshippers to lead at the front of the army; they carried no weapons, just musical instruments, and all they sang was a simple worship song that declared that God was good.

That powerful lesson leads us back to where we started…let prayer and praise lead your day to victory.

There will still be days where God doesn’t seem to take your battles from you, but He will certainly enter your battles with you – which ever way it happens you will still get the victory.

So, don’t just pray and praise God when you feel like it, as good though that is, but make a habit of doing those very things right up front from now on.

At the front of each day, declare that ‘GOD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.’

Victory!

Pastor Mark

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