3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: Reasons and guidelines for praising God using His attributes

Fifty Benefits That You Gain By Praising God

(Ephesians 1)

Illustration:I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.

C.S. Lewis.

1. Praise helps us appreciate all the past, present and future blessings we enjoy through the Holy Spirit. The Lord calls all believers to be intimate with Him and praise facilitates our nearness to God. Praise enables us to come closer to the Lord so He can come closer to us and help us resist the devil. (Vs 13)

2. Praise helps us understand how we were made God’s heritage and accessed His power. We praise God because He has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. (Vs 11)

3. Praise helps us appreciate the surpassing greatness of His power for us who believe. The way to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord is to study His characteristics revealed in the Scriptures. (Vs 19)

4. Praise helps us by focusing our attentions on God who is holy, pure and blameless in everything. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. People who are in intimate fellowship with the Lord are able to give greater thanks to the Lord for His power and sovereign control in all things. (Vs 4)

5. Praise helps us by giving us a greater incentive to live our lives in holiness, love and with a good conscience. God’s character gives us the basis and standard for all ethical and moral principles. (Vs. 4)

6. Praise helps us complete God’s primary purpose for creating us, which is to glorify Him. Failure to think correctly about God leads us to the sin of idolatry as well as to the sins of omission, commission, wrong disposition and faulty assumptions. (Vs 3)

7. Praise helps us feel a greater security in His everlasting love since He chose us in Him before the creation. Knowing God helps us enjoy richer fellowship with Him. (Vs. 3)

8. Praise helps us fully appreciate and appropriate God’s grace, goodness and peace. The more we know God the better we are able to enjoy His presence and grow in all aspects into Christ. (Vs. 2)

9. Praise helps us gain a greater awareness of how enriched we are through God’s blessings. It is our privilege to praise the Lord as He gradually reveals more ways that He has blessed us while we give Him greater glory. People who intimately know God are given greater clarity about how they can maximize their contribution to the qualitative and quantitative growth of the church. (Vs. 3)

10. Praise helps us gain a greater glimpse of God’s will, way and plan for our life. People who are drawing near to the Lord, through praise, are a constant channel of blessings to those around them. (Vs 9)

11. Praise helps us gain a greater maturity in all aspects of life as we grow up in all dimensions into Christ. People who are walking close to the Lord are able to follow God’s kingdom priorities instead of non-essential pursuits. (Vs. 9)

12. Praise helps us gain a rich contrast of the finite power of people versus God’s omnipotence. People who are in closer fellowship with the Lord are more willing to learn from every situation what God is teaching them. (Vs 18)

13. Praise helps us gain a richer sense of our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical tranquility in Christ. People who relate closely to the Lord realize how they can overcome any difficulty. (Vs. 3)

14. Praise helps us give greater thanks to God for what he has done for us and other members of the body of Christ. People who praise the Lord develop a deeper hunger for the knowledge of God. (Vs 19)

15. Praise helps us be willing to learn from every trial. People who are growing in the knowledge of the Holy One recognize their own human limitations and remain humble. (Vs 18)

16. Praise helps us grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God’s character, His promises and His power for our life. People who stay in close fellowship with the Lord do not run ahead of Jesus or fall behind His footsteps. (Vs 9)

17. Praise helps us have a greater hope in our God who is able to empower us to overcome any disappointment. People who are focusing on the Lord’s glory are transformed from one degree of glory to another, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (Vs 18)

18. Praise helps us have a greater self-esteem. Worshipful people know that God has selected them for His purposes, companionship and empowerment. People who stay in intimate fellowship with the Lord are more loving, caring and willing to serve others. (Vs 3)

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