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The other day I was reading Psalms 34 and I was struck by how amazing the opening lines were.
I quote, “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth!"
I thought about the concept of no matter what's happening in your life, that God is still worthy of your praise.
In heaven around Gods throne, praise is continually going on towards him. There's never a moment where they stop and say, ok that's enough.

They have the clear understanding in heaven, that we are created to serve and worship God. But down here on earth, surrounded as we are with life that's far removed from heaven, we can still offer to God our praise and bless his name.
David said in this Psalm, 'his praise shall continually be in my mouth'
The word continually, literally means to do something without end. A flow of praise from our lives that ascends to God, on a continual basis, as we offer it through his Spirit.
It also talks about doing this at 'ALL TIMES'
In other words, no matter how your days going, no matter how your feeling about life or yourself, all of that's irrelevant and we're just going to praise him anyway!!
I don't care how I feel, that's not stopping me from praising him with everything that's within me.
We can all get lackadaisical in our approach to God. If Serving him or praising him or prayer to him or love for him becomes dependant on wether or not we feel like it or can be bothered or if we're desperate enough we want him now now then I feel that we are missing something so important when we live that way.
It's imperative to be serving God from a willing heart, a grateful heart, a heart of worship and love aimed in his direction.
'They that worship the father must worship him in Spirit and in truth for the father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit and they that worship him must do it in Spirit and in truth!'
Not out of a false religious pious observance of ritual we go through once a week on a Sunday, but an expression through his Spirit within us of our devotion to God and out gratefulness for all he's done for us!
King David knew the meaning of being grateful and living with a kind of permanent praise tent pitched in his heart wherever he wandered, wether he was being chased silly by Saul in the wilderness or just finishing up killing a giant.
His heart was towards, in love and forever searching for this amazing person of God who he dearly longed to know!
You and I could learn lessons from this guy and perhaps alter our speed dial from lukewarm to on fire for God now!

Hi Guys. We're entering a new week and I thought it might be good before we set off, to just focus on our motive in everything were going to do!
Having God as your focus and that you want to please him in the way you live, is the best motive possible!
Too often we can have our minds solely on the everyday problems and the things we need to accomplish that You and God can become disconnected in your week and life becomes about us and not him.
But life for us as Gods children, isn't the same as those who haven't had that revelation of who Jesus is, for us it should and always should be, about him!!
Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that he was 'crucified with Christ!' dead to his old man and sinful ways but added that 'nevertheless I live, because of Christ who lives in me!'
This is an amazing truth to grab hold of with all your might, that Christ, by faith actually lives on the inside of you and that means if we're open to his leading, he's always going to point you to God!
So you and I this week need to make him our motivation to spur us on to bigger and better things. Our lives have far more meaning and purpose to them, than just living life for the sake of it.
We have an incredible destiny in front of us and a goal to attain to, to become more like Jesus and less like ourselves. We're told to put on Christ, to literally clothe ourselves in him, his strength, his love, his peace and through the power of his Spirit grow into people who really do glorify him with their lives.
So let me encourage each one of you to spend some time with him and make all you do this week, be about pleasing him!
Hope you all keep well and live for Jesus and make him your motivation.
Dade.

Once we have committed ourselves to a cause, there is no turning back. We have all made a decision to serve the cause of Christ and it was never one that we took lightly. It's our all for Jesus and we are set upon a path and a race that doesn't finish half way along the track or half way to our goal but it's to the very finish line itself.
To drop out midway is to lose our reward.

It's surprising and also frightening just how many people lose it all part way along the course. Jesus put it like this in Matthew. In the parable of the sower. How that the cares of this world, the riches, the little attitudes, the offences that steal in, and eventually the good seed gets choked out and the harvest is lost.
Its the depth of your commitment to what you've unequivocally believed that sees you through, that keeps you going, keeps you pressing on to the prize, that fixes your heart like an arrow aimed towards a mark and heads there straight and true.