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More Than Able - Week 7: Praising God When Life Is Good

The story of Gideon in the book of Judges offers invaluable lessons on serving God not only in adversity but also in times of prosperity. Judges 8:1-23 portrays Gideon’s journey, providing insights into the importance of maintaining a faithful commitment to serving God regardless of life’s circumstances. In the narrative of faith, the act of praising God often finds its place amidst trials, challenges, and moments of despair. It's natural to seek solace in spirituality during times of hardship, leaning on faith as a beacon of hope in the dark valleys of life. However, there's a profound beauty in celebrating and expressing gratitude when life is abundant, when victories are plentiful, and joy fills the air.

Gratitude Beyond Adversity
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. - Psalm 107:1

Praising God in difficult times is an instinctual response, a plea for strength, guidance, and comfort. It's a beautiful testament to unwavering faith and resilience. But what about the moments of triumph, when life feels like a series of conquered summits rather than an uphill climb? Isn't praising God equally pertinent in these times?

Finding God in Triumphs
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17

When life is brimming with success, health, love, and accomplishments, it's easy to attribute these victories solely to personal prowess or luck. Yet, recognizing the divine hand guiding these victories is a profound practice that deepens the connection with spirituality. Praising God in the peaks is about acknowledging His grace amidst abundance, acknowledging that every victory, big or small, stems from a higher source.

Cultivating a Lifestyle of Gratitude
Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. - Psalm 107:8-9

Embracing gratitude in moments of triumph fosters a mindset of abundance and humility. It's about infusing every success with a sense of spiritual appreciation, recognizing the blessings received and attributing them to a higher power. This doesn't diminish personal efforts or achievements but rather enhances them, infusing them with purpose and meaning beyond the superficial.

The Power of Balance: Valley and Victory
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. - John 16:33

Both the valley and the victory hold significance in the journey of faith. The valleys teach resilience, reliance, and growth, while the victories remind us of grace, gratitude, and humility. Embracing both allows for a harmonious relationship with spirituality—a balance between seeking solace in adversity and expressing gratitude in abundance.

Praising God Throughout the Journey
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Life is an ever-evolving tapestry of experiences, encompassing both trials and triumphs. In this intricate mosaic, praising God becomes an art of continuous devotion—a practice not confined to the valleys but intricately woven into the fabric of life's victories. Embracing gratitude in moments of triumph amplifies the spiritual connection, reminding us that every step, whether up the mountain or through the valley, is guided by a divine hand. In the symphony of life, may our praises resonate not only in the echoes of hardship but also in the triumphant crescendos, acknowledging and embracing the presence of the divine in every moment.

Additional scriptures related to this past weekends message: 
Proverbs 16:18, James 4:6, Proverbs 11:2, 1 Peter 5:6, Proverbs 29:23, Proverbs 15:1, Romans 12:17-21, Proverbs 15:18, 1 Peter 3:9, Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:13, Proverbs 19:11, Philippians 2:3-4, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, Matthew 7:3-5, Romans 12:19, Matthew 5:38-39, Proverbs 20:22, Colossians 2:18 (NIV), Proverbs 16:19 (NIV), Matthew 23:12, 28, Galatians 6:3

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