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'Highest Form of Praise'

Lenten Weekday

How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?

- John 5:44

"Good job!" we say to infant children when they do something as seemingly simple as crawl across the floor. From that moment on, they learn that every new and good thing they do will elicit praise from us, as well as from their teachers, coaches, friends and, eventually, their employers. We learn to please others from an early age. And that's only natural and good in so many ways.

But we are called to more. We are asked to seek and hear a further, higher call--a word of praise that comes from the mouth of the Father and shouts to the world: "This one is perfect and blessed. This one I know by name. This one makes me happy. This one is mine."

God, let the goodness and grace of being your child be my first and greatest source of pride.

- Steve Givens
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Thanks Patrick
Alberto | Posted on: 2020-03-26 17:39:33
I read this devotional early this morning. I liked it, I meant to comment but my day took off. I didn't write the following piece but by coincidence it is from another devotional Iread daily.
Iyanla Vanzant said, ‘Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We can’t…draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.’ That means how we see ourselves determines the kind of relationships we establish. Many of us harbour a low sense of self-esteem. We deem everyone else as being more important than ourselves and think meeting their needs is more important than meeting our own needs. We compare ourselves and allow others to determine who we are, and become dependent on their approval to prop up our identity. But it’s a slap in the face to God to look at another person and say, ‘I wish I were like them.’ God made you for His own purpose, that you might reflect a unique aspect of His glory. As believers in Christ, we’ve been given a new identity as children of God. We weren’t created to live dependently on any other person. Rather, God is restoring us to the image of His Son and making us whole (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). In Him we don’t ever need to be afraid to be who we really are. It’s time to develop a true opinion of yourself based on the truth that God made you exactly, precisely, intricately, wondrously, and uniquely you – a one-of-a-kind creation for which there’s no comparison. The psalmist wrote: ‘You…scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe…How precious it is, Lord, to realise that you are thinking about me constantly!’ (Psalm 139:16-18).
Patrick | Posted on: 2020-03-26 15:26:14
Thanks for sharing that, Patrick. I hope everyone can understand how a unique and important piece of the puzzle we call life they are.
Bill L. | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 17:08:22
God bless you Patrick, this is something I wrestle with and am praying for precisely what this says in terms of how to see oneself.
Patty | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 22:46:44
Steve, thank you for your devotion.

The praises that we receive and accept from from one another makes us feel good for a short time, but it doesn't provide us with the satisfaction that penetrates and touches our hearts like the "Highest Form of Praise" that comes from God, our Father.

May God's praise be the "Highest Form of Praise" we seek. May we also ask Him for the grace to love others as He loves us so we can make Him happy and proud to deserve His "Highest Form of Praise".

Thank You Lord forever for Your never-failing love. Amen
Tillie | Posted on: 2020-03-26 13:18:22
Amen! Love.
RoseM | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 14:12:58
I try in everything I do to do it to achieve a good result. Seldom for the praise (I am not perfect, the Lord is still molding this clay). At this time my Mother-In-Law is in hospice, we cannot get in to see her, coronavirus restrictions. Now my focus is not my needs but those of my wife first, she is very distraught, my job second. I believe this is how the Lord want's us to be. I have found the Lord has taken care of our needs without needing to ask. He knows what we need and gives it to us as we follow Him. Thanks you Jesus!!!! Amen!
Brian D | Posted on: 2020-03-26 13:14:53
First let me praise God in all circumstances!
Cc | Posted on: 2020-03-26 12:16:34
freeter | Posted on: 2020-03-26 12:02:18
This really made me think...why are we so concerned about pleasing others and their opinions of us when God is so easy to please and ready to forgive our faults and shortcomings? I know in my case I get complacent and take His love for granted until I'm in a bad spot and I start running full speed toward Him! How grateful I am that God sees me for who I am and actually loves and enjoys me anyway. How blessed are we?!
Anne | Posted on: 2020-03-26 10:31:31
I appreciate your message. It touched me deeply because of my situation
Valerie | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 13:26:18
You are so right . Dear Lord, I ask for your love & grace, to guide & strengthen me to overcome all the distractions and to focus on Your praise always! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Thank you Living Faith family. Blessings to you all!
Esther | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 14:17:18
The Father is the source of all good, a perantal praise that springs from love is from God acting through the parent, The child's reception of the praise is pure because that is a child's nature unlike the intellectually perceptive minds we possess as adults.In my humble opinion when the child is raised to understand that there success and failure's are equally from God praise takes a spiritual form and is in truth given to the Father.
Peace be with you all!
Daniel | Posted on: 2020-03-26 09:11:08
Because of the virus infecting this world we live on, I have been including the word disease to The Lady of All Nations Prayer.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all Nations,that they may be preserved from degeneration disaster, [disease] and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary,be our Advocate! Amen

May our Creator help us, and we do whatever we can to help ourselves.

John M.
John M. | Posted on: 2020-03-26 09:06:37
JEC, prayers for your son’s successful surgery, so that the doctors and nurses give him the best care possible. May he be healed and regain his strength, in Jesus’s name we pray.

Tim | Posted on: 2020-03-26 08:55:54
Today’s Gospel for me this ordinary soul, is somewhat hard to understand. I know from reading Steve’s reflection and JJC’s reflection that Jesus wants us to believe in him and the one who sent him, our Father.

I know we cannot ever repay Jesus for these wonderful gifts and grace he extend towards us all of the day of our lives, but I guess if I understand correctly, he is asking all of us to believe in the Father. If we believe in the Father, then we believe in him.

Dear Jesus, this Lent continue to strengthen me in your word and understanding, so that I may walk closer with you along my journey of life. May I share these blessing with others and bring them to the light and to also know your Father.

May we all come to know the Father, which then we will know the son. May we learn from the word today the blessing our our Lord.

Praying for everyone’s safety, and prayers of the Living Faith Family,

Tim | Posted on: 2020-03-26 08:50:54
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.
Thank you Thank you Thank you
A sinner | Posted on: 2020-03-26 08:46:10
Heavenly Father, bless me with the gifts of patience and kindness towards the families I serve, and towrds my own family. Thank you for the gift of compassion that I have seen in so many people the past couple of weeks. Help me to be an instrument of your love. Amen.
Beth | Posted on: 2020-03-26 07:50:19
Beautiful devotional Steve.Essentially,our lives must be lived well enough as to bring glory to God. He expects that much of us. The little things that we can do be it for ourselves or for others along this journey of life should be able to render highest praise from God who is Father of all. He does not ask too much from us. Knowing and loving him will have us do the things that pleases Him. In return we will hear Him saying to us I am happy with you, you have done well. This is highest praise.
May God richly bless us Living Faith family and may He find favour with us. Peace and Love.
JJC | Posted on: 2020-03-26 07:22:34
JEC I am praying for you and your son right now.
Living faith family when you have time today spend 2 3 minutes asking your selves "do I have the love of God in my heart " praying for the living faith family right now Ken
Kjc | Posted on:: 2020-03-26 11:47:41
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