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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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Come and worship the LORD

This is my desire“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.  For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” – Psalm 86:9-10


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A Cake in Honor of the King

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. “ – Isaiah 60:3

Creole people (descendents of the early French colonists) in the area of Louisiana, USA, have a tradition of baking a “King Cake” this time of year in January.  The King Cake is made in an oval shape from braided strands of Cinnamon dough and sprinkled with royal purple, gold and green. There is a very small baby figurine inserted somewhere in the cake. Whoever is served the slice with the baby inside is considered “the winner,” so to speak.

JNS.KingCakeThe baby is symbolic of the birth of Jesus in Jerusalem and the oval shape represents the circular journey the Wise Men took in finding Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in order to confuse evil Herod.  After they found the manger where Jesus was born, they honored the new King of the Jews and Messiah of the world with gifts of precious gold and spices.

Two thousand years later, we are still honoring King Jesus with our hearts, worship and service. You can also try baking a King Cake and inviting your friends and family to worship with you. The bakeries in New Orleans that sell them this time of year can have them shipped to you, too.


Heavenly Father, I thank you for revealing Yourself to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ (Messiah). Help me to honor You 365 days of the year and be Your instrument of service to bring others to the light of Your brightness and salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

–         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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Jesus, At The Cross You Shed Your Blood for Me

Oh Lord You’ve searched me, You know my way. Even If fail You, I know You love me.
Your holy presence, Surrounding me in every season. I know You love me, I know You love me. At the cross I bow my knee, Where Your blood was shed for me. There’s no greater love than this. You have overcome the grave, Your glory fills the highest place. What can separate me now?

You go before me, You shield my way. Your hand upholds me. I know You love me.

At the cross I bow my knee…

You tore the veil, You made a way, When You said that it is done.

And when the earth fades, falls from my eyes, You stand before me. I know You love me, I know You love me.


– Courtesy of Hillsongs United and YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS6X_n-MNHk&feature=youtu.be

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Come, Now Is The Time To Worship

Come, Now Is The Time To Worship…Comes As You Are Before Your God. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,” – Hebrews 12:28


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