The Praise Highway

Romans 12:11-13 – Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality (MSG).

In this passage, Paul gave us three practical tips to help keep us from burning out, or growing weary in well doing. (I’m going to share them one day at a time.)

First, you need to rejoice and praise God right in the middle of any situation. Your praise is a highway to heaven. That means when you lift your voice and begin to thank God and praise Him, you make a way for Him to send things back down to you. On a highway things come and go, which is how praise works. You send thanksgiving up to Him, and His blessings come down to you.

You are to keep yourself fueled and aflame, and you do so through praise. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is your strength. In other words, when you rejoice, your strength level increases. And when your strength is on the rise, your capacity to quit decreases.

—Heidi Jonker

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