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The Benefits of Praise (Heb 13:15)

"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that proclaiming the glory of his name."

There are numerous benefits of praise that are often overlooked by many in our busy world. Those who understand these benefits and appropriate them are enriched, empowered and enabled by the Spirit of God to experience higher levels of Christlike transformation, fruitfulness and blessings.

1. LIGHTER LOADS AND LESS FRUSTRATION - People who praise God for His power, sovereignty and omnipotence do not have to carry around excess burdens and frustrations. When we praise God during times of distress, disappointment or difficulty we are able to completely give all the weight of adverse circumstances to the Lordís care. Human pride often stands in the way of surrendering our rights of control to the Lord. When we praise God for His mighty power we are acknowledge that we are weak and He is strong. Praise helps us realize that He is able to take us through any dark valley and bring us through successfully according to His will.

2. LESSENED GUILT - Those who praise God are released from the burden of guilt when they experience the freedom of Godís forgiveness and cleansing from all our unrighteousness. Praising God for His ability to free us from the tyranny, power and chains of sin enables us to give us our negativity toward ourselves and others as well. Praising God helps us realize that He purifies, perfects and cleanse ourselves through the powerful blood of Christ that helps us progress from one degree of glory to another just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Greater praise results in greater sanctification.

3. LESSENED JUDGMENTALISM - Greater praise helps us realize that we too easily become disappointed with ourselves and others because of our critical sinful nature. When we praise God it helps us realize that judgment is from the Lord and not our business. Critical people are often individuals who need to praise God more for His ability to take care of troublesome people. Praise helps us remember that if we sin we do so to the Lord and He will repay to each for what they have done. We can leave all judgmentalism to the Lord to recompense everyone justly.

4. LESSENED COMPLAINTS - When we praise God for who He is and what He has done we reduce the tendency to murmer and complain about our hurt feelings. Praise reinvigorates us with a renewed sense of appreciation for how He helps us overcome evil with good instead of allowing evil to overcome us. Praise has a way of soothing our hurt feelings and minimizing our tendency to give in to self-pity. Paul learned how to be content in every circumstance because He knew that He could praise God for the promise , "I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Phil. 4:12,13)

5. LESSENED STRESS - People who consistently praise God are less apt to complain about