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How to enter into God’s presence

Daily Inspiration_Logo_sm_300 x 230_jpgBefore we pray, before we petition our Lord or ask Him for anything, we should thank Him and give Him praise. The first words out of our mouths and hearts should be, “Lord, I praise You and thank You for all your blessings in my life.” A grateful and thankful heart prepares us to come into His holy presence and opens up the windows of heaven through which blessings will fall.

In Old Testament days, it was considered an arrogant intrusion to enter the presence of an earthly king without first bowing down to his majesty, praising his greatness and authority, and thanking him for the privilege of his audience. Since God is our Creator, our Savior, and our King, doesn’t He deserve the same honor and respect?

Acknowledge how much He has done for us. Not only has He sacrificed His only begotten Son to pay the penalty of our sins, but He has also has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Colossians 4:2 also tells to be “watchful” and alert when we pray. Alert for what? Alert for what God has to say to us. Prayer is not a one-way communication. God will also speak to us, as we speak to Him. If we are not alert for His still, small voice, we might just miss it. He has something new to say to us every day. Have you heard Him speak to you lately?

Let us worship the King of kings, and Lord of Lords today! Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His holy courts with praise. Let us bless His holy name and ask Him to give us fresh new revelation and guidance. Amen.

–         Luis Josephus



Scripture References:

“Enter in His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” – Ephesians 1:3

“Devote yourselves to prayer. Be alert and thankful when you pray.” – Colossians 4:2

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Believe His Prophets

“…Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20

When King Jehoshaphat faced the greatest crisis of his life – an enormous invading army from Moab and Ammon – he turned to God in an exemplary manner. He led his people to prayer and fasting, as we all should do under seemingly impossible circumstances.

God then spoke through the prophet Jahaziel. The man of God encouraged the people and said:

“You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17

The next morning, the LORD God gave them a miraculous victory – just as the prophet had predicted.

The assembled men of Judah marched in accordance with the words of the prophet to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they marched forth, Jehoshaphat stood and called upon them to trust firmly in the Lord and His prophets. He ordered them to march, not for battle, but to assure themselves in faith, of the wonderful help of the LORD. He placed the singers of the Lord in front singing praise in holy array, marching forth before the army and thanking the Lord in advance for the help He would deliver.

Matthew Henry comments: “Jehoshaphat exhorted his troops to firm faith in God. Faith inspires a man with true courage; nor will anything help more to the establishing of the heart in shaking times, than a firm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God. In all our trust in the Lord, and our praises of him, let us especially look at his everlasting mercy to sinners through Jesus Christ. Never was an army so destroyed as that of the enemy. Thus God often makes wicked people destroy one another. And never was a victory celebrated with more solemn thanksgivings.”

When they began to sing and praise the LORD, their enemies were discomfited and began to fight among themselves. They were smitten by God without Judah having to lift a hand against them.

In times of crisis we should also fast and pray, believe upon His Word, and seek out God’s true prophets for understanding.

In addition to His written Word, Jesus has appointed prophets in the New Testament church to give us special revelation from God during troubling events, as well as day-to-day guidance for our spiritual lives. Contrary to what dispensational churches falsely teach, the Eternal God is still speaking today through His true prophets. They are men and women of God who He has raised to preach, teach, and prophesy under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Only when we listen and obey God’s prophets shall our Christian lives be firmly established, and everything we do shall prosper and succeed.

– Luis Josephus


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Bible Word Studies: PRAISE



The concept of Praise is conveyed in the Old Testament Scriptures by the use of three different Hebrew words.

Praise, Hebrew: shabach (pronounced shah-vahch); S#7623.

“…My lips shall praise You…” – Psalm 63:3

To commend, praise, to adore, to glory in something. In the Biblical text, Shabach can be used in two different ways – either in “praising” someone, or in “calming” someone. In the above scripture reference (Psalm 63:3), King David is using Shabach to praise God for His power, glory, and lovingkindness to Him. Our heavenly Father takes delight when we express our love and gratitude in the form of worship and praise unto Him.

Praise, Hebrew: Halah (pronounced hah-lahl); S#1984.

“…to stand every morning to “thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening…” – 1 Chronicles 23:30

To praise and to thank; rejoice, boast about someone. Halal is the root from which we get the word “halleluyah”. The phrase is actually a command: halleuyah (all of you must praise Jah, also spelled Yah, from the transliterated terms Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Hebrew tetragrammaton YHWH, the proper name of God.) Halah conveys the idea of speaking or singing about the glories, vitues, or honor of our God Yahovah.

Praise, Hebrew: Tehillah (pronounced te-hilah, or in the plural, te-hil-lim); S#8416.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise…” – Psalm 100:4

A Tehillah is a praise, a psalm, or a song. The Hebrew title of the Book of Psalms is Tehillim, literally “Praises.” The Book of Psalms was actually compiled as a songbook for worship events in the temple of Jerusalem. Although especially designed for singing, we use it today for prayer and recitation, as well as singing. A Tehillah is a celebration, a lauding of God’s praiseworthiness; the praise, admiration or exaltation of God.

– Luis Josephus





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What is Hebraic Meditation?

Grace For TodayAccording to Hebrew tradition, meditation is the outward verbalizing of one’s thoughts before God, of the pouring over His teachings and works. It means to articulate, in a low tone, thoughts of worship, wonder, and praise. Try spending time secluded alone before Yahovah God and practicing this form of biblical meditation.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus


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The Importance of Praise

Grace For TodayWhy is it necessary for believers to praise the LORD?

The most important reason, I believe, is because He is God, our Heavenly Father, Our Creator and Sustainer. Secondly, because He loved us enough to save us when we were lost and without hope, spiritually dead in our trespasses and sin. Everyday we should affirm our love for God by telling Him so – through praise and song, and blessing His holy name. Through praise, we show Him our gratitude for saving us from the destructions of our own making.

“O sing unto the LORD a new song; sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.” – Psalm 96:1-2

Through daily praise, we also remind ourselves continually of His mercy, grace and love; that we are His specially chosen people, and members of His sanctified family.

Won’t you remember today to give God thanks, tell Him how much you love Him, and how grateful you are to be His child?

–         Luis Yosefus



“Praise the LORD! Positively!”


“Praise the Lord! Thank God for all Your Grace.”