March 12, 2016

How to Climb out of the Emotional Pit

Our path isn't likely to be one long, unbroken road. Realistically speaking, the road of our lives is bound to be filled with setbacks:
  • Potholes
  • Speed bumps
  • Uneven pavement
  • Detours
  • Holdups due to construction
  • Delays due to motor vehicle accidents

In fact, these conditions describe some of the streets in my neighborhood right now; there’s no avoiding them.

It’s clear that we cannot always control our lives any more than we can always control our streets. Sorry, A-type personalities, that’s just the way it is.

So, what’s the alternative to throwing a temper tantrum, or going into a depression, every time things don’t go our way? Praise, or gratitude to God.

Why does praise work? It takes the focus off our limited selves and sends it upwards. It points our mind to our perfect Creator.

Such an attitude gives us a more healthy perspective on our problems. Most mental illness derives from too much of an inward focus, which messes up our thinking.

A Living Example of the Effects of Praise

Carol Graham is a close online friend and mentor I’ve mentioned in previous posts. Her whole life, beginning with her childhood, has been a brilliant illustration of overcoming tremendous trials. She has faith, a relentlessly positive outlook, and determination. Please see her always inspirational, often funny, blog here.

She allows nothing and nobody to stand in the way of her success. If she believes something is supposed to happen, she tracks down the method like a bloodhound.

One of the main ways she presses through to her goals is praise. Here are some of her wonderful thoughts on the subject:

How to Praise

Use Scripture, then you know you are being heard. Find Scriptures praising God for who he is—changes our focus—pray those scriptures. EX: Father, your Word tells me that “me and my household shall serve you.” I thank you for that word, and I stand on that word as truth.

Why to Praise

The Bible is very clear that God ONLY responds to praise and faith—pretty easy for us when you think about it. But we, as humans, like to whine and beg and cry because that is what we are comfortable with. When I first broke out of that pattern when I was dying, I would lie on the sofa in excruciating pain and thank God that he alone is my healer and I praised him for that. I praised him for making me and for fixing me. And so forth…

The subject of praise has more scripture devoted to it than any other subject in the Bible. Praise has been pivotal in my life turning me from sickness and near death to health and life! It is the understanding of praise that will make the difference in your life as well.

When we read the scriptures out loud that praise God, we are reading His thoughts and we are in line with His Word. Our Praise is Word based. Many of us do not have a grasp on what praise is or how to express it. Understanding praise will turn your life around.

Why Praise Works

If you begin your day with praise and maintain an attitude of praise throughout the day, it gives God something to work with on your behalf. It takes the focus off of us and our problems and places it where it belongs—with God. He is the One to be praised and He is the one who fights our battles. When we try to fight our own battles and carry the burden of it all, it is difficult to get into the praise mode.

As you begin to praise God, you do spiritual warfare with new strength and ready to take on any threatening situation. AND IT BRINGS YOU OUT OF THE DEPRESSED STATE.

When you pray the answer instead of the problem, it is a form of praise and thanksgiving. You are giving your heavenly father ‘something’ to work with. Whatever you need in your life; health, prosperity, salvation for family—find the promises in the Word and thank God in advance for what He is about to do. It will change your attitude and put you in a place to receive every blessing He wants to give you.

My Conclusion

Praise is the way to lift ourselves out of the pit of darkness. Psalm 31 (KJV) gives us some examples:

3. “For thou art my rock and my fortress…”
7. “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities.”
19. “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee…”

Have you shown praise lately?

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