Gene Cunningham - December 11, 2009

Power of Praise #6

Praise of obedience. In New Testament believers are told to repent — change of attitude that results in change of life any time we drift. Once repentance has taken place, we need commitment to obedience. An obedient life praises God. Saul is rebuked by Samuel for disobedience (1Sa 15:22-23). His disobedience was just as bad as divination. Abraham is an example of focused obedience (Gen 22:1-5, Heb 11:17). Our acts of obedience is an act of worship. Without faith it's impossible to please God (Heb 11:1, Heb 11:6). Paul despaired of life convinced that he was done, but realized that was God's purpose (2Co 1:8-10). Jesus came to deliver us from all circumstances. Issac was the hope of the world but God's command was more important to Abraham (Heb 11:17-19). Praise of thanksgiving is a natural expression of a faith that believes God is who He says He is and does what He says He'll do (Heb 13:15-17). (1) Praise ought to be continual on our part; (2) The first order of praise is thanksgiving; (3) Beyond thanksgiving is giving (2Co 8:1-5, 2Co 9:6-15); (4) The number one arena in which these things take place is the local church. We lose when we fail to praise.

Scripture References: Genesis 22:1-5, Hebrews 13:15-17, Hebrews 11:17-19, Hebrews 11:6, Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:17

From Series: "The Power of Praise - Perth Australia 2010"

The Perth Australia Conference in January 2010 taught 'The Power of Praise.'

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