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Why were we created?

Lately, we’ve been hearing Christian songs (for our kids and also for adults) talking about how “we were made to praise.” In other words: our purpose in being created was to praise God. While I fully agree that we ARE to praise God, I have wondered about this passage:

Luke 19:37-40 | As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (ESV)

Bottom line: God doesn’t need us to exist in order to be praised. He can make the rocks praise Him. Even inanimate objects can offer Him praise. So there’s got to be more to us than that. Ephesians 2:10… “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, FOR GOOD WORKS.” The original word translated as “workmanship” is actually “poiema” which means “poem.”

So we are God’s POEM – created for good works.

How cool is that?

I recently read Mr. Stanley’s October 2016 “From the Pastor’s Heart” newsletter and it helped to put all of this into perspective. Have a read!

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  1. Praises and God can not be separated, it’s the life wire of all true believers. IJohn 3 states ” how great the love the father has lavished on us to be called Christians. This is the love that propelled God to sacrifice His only begotten Son, Jesus as ransom from world peril.

    God inhabits in Praises. It speedily influences the attention of God. Paul and Silas displayed the manifestation of the miraculous power of praises. While in prison, they praised God and Holy Spirit descended, the prison gate broken.

    We are spiritually immunised by praises.
    Praises saturates environment with fire of Holy Spirit, makes the evil Spirit uncomfortable.
    Praises enhances faith and

    Cultivating the attitude of praises is the utmost requirement to enjoy the best of our walk with God Almighty.

  2. Is how you live your life an act of praising God?

    I know that when I love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind I sing praises and worship and thanksgiving to God. I think that is part of Spiritual Warfare. Praise and worship come from a thankful heart, knowing God is always Good. Satan wants us to doubts God’s Goodness. That is the story of Adam and Eve. Satan got them to doubt God’s Goodness. If I know God is always Good and Perfect, and always has my best interests in mind I love to sing praises about Him. Jesus is Awesome! Beyond Awesome! I can’t even express it. I want to praise God all day long, and part of my praise is how I live my life. If I believe in Jesus I agree with Him and do what He says. I believe teachers and parents and I did what they told me. Now I have a Perfect Father directing my life. How much more do I want to sing praises and do what He tells me? I’m His son, He gave me Jesus to save me. I’m evil and He still Loves me and Saves me. Jesus took my punishment so I can live the life Jesus should have lived. An abundant life full of God’s Love, Joy, and Peace. The Fruit of the Spirit is from God. God gives us His Fruit if we ask and abide in Jesus. God is Love, not God loves. Love comes from God. I know that how I live my life is my prayer, praise, and worship. Believing is heart, soul, and mind which pours out into our life. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith is dead also. Jesus said what comes from the heart is lived out. Praise and worship of God come from a heart, soul, and mind that loves God. A heart, soul, and mind that loves God is filled with the Fruit of the Spirit.
    Isaiah 38:9-20 Hezekiah’s Poem of Praise; Psalms 6, 115, 116, 117

    Psalms 30 Psalms 30
    Theme: A celebration of God’s deliverance. Earthly security is uncertain, but God is always faithful.
    Author: David
    A psalm of David. A song for the dedication of the Temple.
      I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
    You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
    O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you restored my health.
    You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.
    You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
    Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
    Praise his holy name.
      For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
    Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.
      When I was prosperous, I said,
    “Nothing can stop me now!”
    Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
    Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
    I cried out to you, O Lord.
    I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
    “What will you gain if I die,
    if I sink into the grave?
    Can my dust praise you?
    Can it tell of your faithfulness?
    Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
    Help me, O Lord.”
    You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
    that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

    Revelation 4:6-11 In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
    “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
    the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
      Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
      “You are worthy, O Lord our God,
    to receive glory and honor and power.
    For you created all things,
    and they exist because you created what you pleased.” (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

    Revelation 7:9-17 Praise from the Great Crowd
      After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.   And they were shouting with a great roar,
    “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”
      And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang,
    “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
    and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”
    Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”
      And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”
    Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.
    “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple.
    And he who sits on the throne
    will give them shelter.
      They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
    they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
      For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
    He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

    Revelation 19:1-10 Songs of Victory in Heaven
      After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,
    “Praise the Lord!
    Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.
      His judgments are true and just.
    He has punished the great prostitute
    who corrupted the earth with her immorality.
    He has avenged the murder of his servants.”
    And again their voices rang out:
    “Praise the Lord!
    The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”
    Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!”
    And from the throne came a voice that said,
    “Praise our God,
    all his servants,
    all who fear him,
    from the least to the greatest.”
    Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:
    “Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
      Let us be glad and rejoice,
    and let us give honor to him.
    For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
    and his bride has prepared herself.
    She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
    And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
      Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

    Matthew 22:34-40 Religious Leaders Question Jesus about the Greatest Commandment (195/Mark 12:28-34)
      But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again.   One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
      Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

    Acts 20:35   And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (LASBNLT – Bible Text)

  3. Additionally, I would say my prayer, praise and worship is lived out 24/7, not just in church. People don’t accept me and want me to separate my faith and my life, but I can’t, this is who I am.

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