MINISTERS OF THANKSGIVING

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1 Chronicles 16:4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel:

David’s appointment of ministers to the ark took place after he had prepared a place, or a “tent” for that ark. These ministers would worship the Lord through thanksgiving and praise.

Today, we are the “tents” that house the Spirit of the Lord and we are also the “ministers” who bring worship unto the Lord (1 Corinthians 6;19).

David demonstrated to all these Levites exactly how to worship the Lord when he was returning the ark of God – he was uninhibited and care-free (1 Chronicles 15). Many Christians will participate in worship but it's often out of a sense of duty. But when you wholeheartedly offer praise and worship like David, there is an inherent power being released in your life.

Look at the story of Paul and Silas in the prison cell (Acts 16:25-26).

They are chained to the prison guards. We can also become chained and enslaved to many things in life that become addictions, bad habits, mindsets, and behaviors that are not only limiting but destructive to your well-being.

As Paul and Silas began praying and praising God at midnight, something powerful occurred. Now midnight is meaningful here, it represents the deadline. It’s when you are at your lowest point or when temptation has gripped hold of you. It’s when you need to make that payment or hear about that new job. It’s the time when you have come to the end of yourself and now God can take over!

The Bible says suddenly there was a violent earthquake and the foundations of the prisons were shaken. All at once the prison doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed!

This breaking free is what happens during the “midnight’s” of your life when you praise and worship like David, Paul, and Silas. You will see the Lord suddenly bringing breakthrough into your life. Addictions, habits, and behaviors will be broken and doors of opportunity will be opened.

From the time David appointed ministers to thank and praise the Lord in the presence of the ark, the following chapters reveal David defeated all his enemies.

And from the moment that Paul and Silas praised the Lord, they were set free from their prison cells.

It is the same for you, as you understand the power of praise, worship, and thanksgiving to the Lord. You will see the grace and power of God breaking you free from strongholds that have previously held you back in life.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Being a minister of thanksgiving releases the power of God into your life.