TOPIC : PRAISE AS A SACRIFICES
Scripture :Hebrews 13: 15. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Beloved, I welcome you again to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Sacrifice is one language most people don’t like to hear or talk about! But since it is scriptural to give sacrifice then we shall be considering the matter of sacrifice and the various kinds of sacrifices.
What then is sacrifice?
Sacrifice is an act of offering to a deity something precious. It is also given up something precious to you. It is surrendering that which cost you most.
Types of sacrifices
1. Sacrifice of Praise(Heb.13:15)
2. The sacrifice of materials things! This could be in cash or kind:(Heb.13:16)
3. Sacrifice of brokenness (Ps. 51:17)
4. Sacrifice of contrite and humble heart (Isa. 57:15).
5. Sacrifice of Time (Ecc. 3:1)
Today, our focus is on sacrifice of praise;
What is sacrifice of praise?
Hebrews 13: 15. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Observed from the above scripture that sacrifice of praise is a praise we offer in Christ Jesus to God Almighty! That is what the scriptures mean “by him” the ‘him’ represent Jesus according to Heb.13:12, which means we must be be in Christ, be born again for our paise to be received as a sacrifice!
Sacrifice of praise is offering the fruits of our lips in praise to God! What fruit do you have in your mouth? When you offer it to God that is sacrifice of praise. If sacrifice means offering things that cost us then sacrifice of praise is offering praise to God that will cost us. It will cost us of our convinience, our time, strength and other resources. Even our pride, our ego will go for it.
The question to ask is when does praise becomes a sacrifice?
A. Praise is a sacrifice when It is done in the mid-night (Acts 16:25).
Acts 16: 25. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
So when others are snoring on their beds, you choose to stay awake to praise God. Then your praises at that time is sacrifice. Please understand that night in this context does not mean literal darkness alone, it also means confusion and lack of direction.
Beloved, are you confused currently? You have taken all the steps you know and there’s seems to be no way out! You have done the will of God and yet all around you now seems to be dark! What to do next is sacrifice of praise. Meaning praising God in your confused moment. Praising God in your in the midst of your darkness which will certainly make the light to shine upon you.
B. Praise is a sacrifice when it is done without a cogent reason to praise God yet you are dancing and praising God. You know many a times, we are excited to dance in appreciation to God when your expectations are fulfilled but find it difficult to praise when nothing positive is happening especially unfulfilled expectations.
Beloved are there unfulfilled expectations? Un-answers prayer and too numerous challenges to be counted? What to do is write down those bothering issues on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and dance around it. Sacrifice your sleep for three to seven days and offer up Praise sacrifice to God. Dance and celebrate like one who win a jackpot and watch out to see your God goes into action.
Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real. Jesus is the way of escape from hell. Give your heart to Jesus now.
– Father thank you for your word to me today,
– Father, I receive grace to offer my life, my praise, my resources, my time to you as an act of sacrifice in Jesus name.
– I prophesy the release of grace to do the needful sacrifice in Jesus name
– All challenges of 2022 is over as you offer sacrifice of praise in the name of Jesus.
– To every sick person, you are heal in Jesus name.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.