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Psalms 131:1 [NIV]I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

Some things are easier said than done. “Never criticize people who are doing what you have never done”,(Proph. Vincent Bannerman). Do not talk about or involve yourself in things you know nothing about, like someone’s marriage, a Christian’s scandal or downfall etc. Concentrate on yourself and pray that when you get there, God should give you the grace to sail through.

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Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10 KJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

A lot of times we pray this prayer without really knowing what we are asking of God. “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself”[C.S. Lewis]. That is what it means to ask God to create in you a new heart.

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You Either Pray or You Praise; No Room For Depression

James 5:13 says,“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Life is like a see-saw; it goes up( the good times), and it goes down( the bad times). That’s the way it is. Some people have been driven to suicide because of the latter. Some have lost their faith because of the same. But what do we (who want to serve God forever) do? The Bible says in the above verse, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
This sums up our lives as Christians. As Christians we are not called to be buffeted by wherever life takes us.
“PRAY”
Whenever we go through bad times, we don’t have to go to anybody. We should pray to our Father in heaven.
Jesus depicted this clearly in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to God in the time before His gruesome death. “If any one is in trouble let them pray.” PRAY, not complain, not give up, not darken other people’s doorsteps with our gloomy trouble, but to pray. Prayer takes our perspective from ourselves and unto God. Jesus was led to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done” when He prayed in a time of impending trouble. We are often tempted to try everything within our power to resist troubles when they come, and leave God as our last resort. But when we pray, we acknowledge that we are only so able, and leave everything in God’s capable Hands.
 “PRAISE”

Jesus provides another powerful example of living through happy times by praise: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Luke 10:21, NIV)

Jesus being (more than just) happy showed His joy by praising God {Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5)}. That’s the way we are called to live. Either you are praying or you are praising at any particular moment of your life…

ENTERING HIS GATES

Psalms 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

‘It is better to live on the corner of a roof than to live with a nagging person’. Sometimes, we can be nagging in our relationship with God. Even earthly children know that to receive the best from Mummy and Daddy, they must butter them up to ensure that they are in a good mood. How much more should we praise God and be grateful for what He’s already given us before we ask for more? Us human beings eventually tire of people who call on one only when they need something. Though God is not a man to get tired of His people, neither is He a genie. Let us balance our prayers with praise and thanksgiving as well as our requests and confessions. Good morning and have a blessed day.