We please God each time we lift up His holy name. Appropriate actions and words prove our hearts are right with Him; He who created Christian hearts in the first place.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19
And in our hearts is where God lives. In 2 Corinthians 3:3, a letter written by the apostle Paul to the new Christians of Corinth states:
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Paul is telling the Corinthians it is by the Spirit of God not man (ink) that their actions have changed and they are following Christ.
Here are 10 ways to lift God up. Actions that demonstrate we are touched by the Spirit of God, and that Christ has domain in our hearts.
- Acknowledge God is Lord of your life each morning – before you get out of bed. This will set the tone for your day. Be it a good or bad situation you have to deal with each day; accept God is in control with His plan to help you get through it, or to warmly enjoy it.
- Refrain from saying Oh My G**! and writing OMG. God’s name defines His character. And G-O-D is the title that refers to His holy name. Respecting the title, in turn, respects who God is.
- Humble yourself to the needs of your family, friends, or strangers, before your own needs. This action sets you apart. Jesus, the Savior of the world washed the dirty feet of His disciples. A job usually done by servants. His disciples were devoted followers, yet still did not understand all of Jesus’ humbleness.
- Read the Bible. Time spent reading the Bible lifts Him up instantaneously. And at the same time, we are learning even more ways to lift Him up in the future.
- Thank God, for all things that happen each day in your life. This includes big things, small things, and, those things you thought you initiated. Expressing gratitude for all He does, reinforces our faith in His power.
- Be faithful. We all have worries and problems. Turning all control over to God not only lightens our load, but I believe turning our problems over to God are gifts we give to Him. He loves that we express our faith in Him each time we depend on His mercy and grace.
- Demonstrate the kindness Jesus showed. The Gospels are full of His recorded stories demonstrating kindness to others. A prime example is found in Mark 5:21-43. Here we find Jesus preaching near the Sea of Galilee. A synagogue leader named Jairus comes to Jesus, falls at His feet and pleads for Jesus to come heal his dying daughter. Jesus decides to leave this place, the place where many are crowded together specifically to see and hear Jesus preach – to go tend to the need of one, small, girl. Kindness.
- Control negative actions. When things do not go our way, sometimes our instant reaction can cause more damage. Take a moment to access, consider and implement instructions you remember learning from God.
- Forgive others. Matthew 18:21-35 Describes the story of a slave who was unable to repay a large debt to his master, so the master mercifully forgave the dept. But – this slave then went and had a man put in jail for a small amount money that was owed back to him. Once the master of the house found out about these actions, he had the first slave tortured, until he could pay back all that he owed. Greed has a way of eventually coming back to bite us.
- Pray. Confess your sins to God. Repent. Ask Him to help you not commit this sin again. And then….listen. Take a few moments to comprehend if God is communicating to you on this issue. You may not feel Him right away, but keep your heart open throughout the day. We never know when He will point something out to us.
Listen and watch this inspiring video of James Bignon and The Deliverance Mass Choir sing: Came To Lift Him Up. A great vocal inspiration as a reminder to go out and Lift Him Up everyday!
I came to lift Him up, the joy of my salvation.
I came to lift Him up, the ruler of all nations.
Will you help me,
will you help me,
somebody help me lift Him up
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