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"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 3:2).

Do you know you should to minister to the Lord? Many people only think about God ministering to us. Thank God, He does take care of us, but this thing is a two way street, we must minister to the Lord.

The early church ministered to the Lord by spending time in praise and worship. Well, that's how you minister to the Lord, by worshiping and by praising Him.

The Bible says, God inhabits the praise of His people. The word "inhabit" means to revel in or get smack in the middle of. God loves it when His children praise Him; and praise is an expression of our faith.

Now when you worship God, you're worshiping Him for who He is. When you praise God, you're praising Him for what He's going to do.

You worship God because He is your Maker; and the Maker of the universe, who hung the stars and moon in place, and provided all the earth's beauty and sustenance.

But you praise God because you know the same God who made the whole universe is taking care of you no matter what comes up against you. Your praise comes before you see victory—before anything happens because God will sustain you. Praising God causes you to minister to yourself and minister to God at the same time.

The Bible tells us about the various moods of God, when He was happy, sad, angry, and rejoicing. All of those emotions happened based on what His children do. As parents, we've experience the same emotions—right? We rejoice when our children do, right? And we get angry when they don't do things correctly. We are happy when they exhibit confidence in us and sad when they don't.

I can remember when my oldest daughter was small, and somebody tried to tell her something different than what I said. She told them, "No, my daddy said this, and my daddy said that." You see, she was confident in what her daddy said, and if you said something different, you were wrong because daddy is always right.

God is the same way with us. God loves when you praise Him. Praise and worship exhibits our confidence and faith in His word and will cause God to move on your behalf.

Scripture References: Psalms 150; 104:1-5

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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