Monday, April 20, 2009

Bless the Lord, oh my soul...

I was watching Jesse Duplantis on TBN tonight and just wanted to share a few tidbits of his sermon. For those that don't know, Jesse is an evangelist from Louisiana [feel free to check out his website for more information and/or video clips]. Okay, so his scripture was Psalm 103:1-4. His first point was, bless the Lord, oh my soul, and ALL that is within me! Not only our soul, but our mind and body and actions....ALL that is within me! Many times we give God certain aspects of our life....but we have to give Him everything! We must be crucified with Christ; and crucify our flesh daily!

Verse 2 reminds us to "forget not all his benefits." God doesn't like for us to suffer, but sometimes it is necessary for Him to get through to us. But as Jesse so gracefully puts it, "if you're going through hell, DON'T STOP!! KEEP GOING!" I absolutely love this quote. It is so important for us to keep going when everything seems to be crumbling down around us. There is a brighter side just ahead if we'll just keep going. Verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 103 further reminds us of God's goodness: forgiveness, healing, redepmtion, love, and mercy. But the key is that we must FIRST, and foremost, BLESS THE LORD!!!


I AM A CHRISTIAN. I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, & mind. God has really blessed me more than I could ever imagine, but the truth is that Satan HATES me!! I face struggles & temptation every single day of my life; but no matter what happens, I still strive to do the will of God. Because I put my faith & trust in God, He has provided relief for me & my family time & time again! God never fails to comfort & remind me of His promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). There have been countless times that I did not deserve God’s grace & should not have been granted mercy. But He has granted me mercy & forgiveness, as well as goodness & grace -- all for the purpose of sharing it with those I meet along the path of life. Some days are better than others, but you always have to remember to keep pressing on! Keep praising HIM & He’ll never fail to bring you through the storm.