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5 Gospel songs for the week

Welcome to this week’s episode of 5 Gospel songs for the week. 

Ephesians 5:19″…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts…”

These are 5 Gospel songs for the week that I chose from my playlist to share with you my beautiful reader. 
As usual, I’ll leave YouTube links below for you to find the songs easily. 

One place by Tasha Cobbs

A song of worship, intimacy, and love for God’s presence. I absolutely love One place by Tasha Cobbs.  Start your week the right way – with God. 

Grave clothes by Maverick City 

I heard this song for the first time in December last year and I was so fired up by it.  You already know every song from Maverick City Music is fire.

Overflow by Sinach 

This is one song that I’ve listened to countless amount of time. It’s a powerful song to sing and declare over your life. 

Alheri by Solomon Lange 

Being a northern girl by virtue of the fact that I was born and grew up in the northern part of Nigeria, Hausa gospel songs are definitely part of my playlist. Alheri by Solomon Lange is an amazing song that just had to be part of the 5 Gospel songs for the week.

Miracle Rain by Frank Edwards

Need a Christian song to get you moving as you declare God’s blessings over your life?  This is the song for you. Miracle Rain made it to the list of 5 Gospel songs for the week because I thought we need something to help get our dancing shoes on.  If you need to dance, click on the link below. 

You can find more of this kind of posts to update your playlist on this blog.

What songs are you listening to this week? Drop a comment below.

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Why should I praise God or give thanks in hard times?

“Why should we praise God in hard times?
“I’ve heard preachers say many times that “in all things, give thanks.’ Why? I am a believer but I don’t get the rationale behind it. If I am in pain or an unpleasant event befalls me, shouldn’t I be allowed to cry, complain, and ask God questions? Why should I resort to giving thanks for a situation that makes me sad?”

This was the question I was asked by a dear friend sometime ago. I responded to the question and decided to share it here too, for people who may have the same question on their minds.

Generally as believers, we are encouraged and instructed to always give thanks to God. In all situations. Even hard ones.

This world is a flawed and imperfect one, and there are times when even as a believer, you have to deal with sad events and unpleasant happenings.
When this happens and other believers encourage you to give thanks regardless, it may come off as insensitive to you for obvious reasons.

You may feel like your feelings are being invalidated and you are expected to become super human and be separated from your emotions.

This is not so. There are specific reasons why we are encouraged to give thanks and praise God during storms. It not an easy thing to do. But gaining more understanding on the reasons, benefits, and how to do it is the first step forward. If you’d like to read on how to praise God during the storm and the benefits of doing so, kindly indicate in the comments below.
However for today, let us delve into WHY?

Why should I praise God or give thanks in hard times?

  • Because the Bible encourages us to do so
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Scripture, read with revelation from the Holy Spirit is the believer’s manual for life. The Bible is the wisest perspective to life because it is God’s perspective.
So when it encourages us to do a certain thing, we are sure it is for our own benefit and the Glory of our God.

Of course, for many people, “scriptures say so” is not enough reason. Especially depending on the severity of their adversity, their rootedness in the faith, and depth of their curiosity.

  • To show the enemy the superiority of God over that situation.

It is only logical to focus and give priority to the most pressing and important issue at the moment. When you’re going through hard times, ordinarily, your whole attention should be focused on it. Giving your attention to thanksgiving by choosing to praise God in hard times, downplays the power of that problem, grief, disappointment or what ever it is. It is a message to the enemy that you are a victor regardless of the temporary setback.

  • To give strength to other believers going through hard times

“I will glory in the Lord;
Let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
Let us exalt his name together.”
Psalm 34:2-3 (NIV

Choosing to praise God in the storm encourages other believers around us who may be going through similar challenges or may go through such in future. It helps build their faith and strengthen their trust in God.

  • To show the superiority of your love for God over situations

Praising God during the storm is a reaffirmation that you love God more than these.
It is proof that his blessings are not the only reasons you love and praise him.

  • To remind yourself that you trust God and He causes all things to work together for your good.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
But the Lord delivers him from them all;
He protects all his bones,
Not one of them will be broken.”
Psalm 34:17-20 (NIV)

When you praise God regardless of what “reality” is saying, you are reminding yourself to keep trusting and believing in God. You are
If you choose to dwell in that pit of sadness, you’re giving room for the enemy to more than before, overwhelm you and make you further sink into depression.
But choosing praise and thanksgiving raises you far above these vices of the enemy and places you in a higher place. A place where your praise can be used as a weapon against your enemies.

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:22 (NIV)

(This is a benefit of praising in the storm. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me know in the comments if you’d like the blogpost on Benefits of praising God in the Storm).

But before then, has this post blessed you? Have you been through a difficult time recently?
What other reasons can you add? Let us communicate in the comments below.

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Speaking God’s Favor over your Life | Powerful declarations to start your day. I declare…

I declare, I will experience God’s faithfulness. I will not worry, I will not doubt, I will keep my trust in God knowing that He will not fail me. I will give birth to every promise God put in my heart, and I will become everything He created me to be.

I declare God’s incredible blessings over my life. I will see an explosion of God’s goodness, a sudden widespread of increase. I will experience a surpassing greatness of God’s favour, it will elevate me to a level higher than I ever dreamed of. Explosive blessings are coming my way!

I declare I have the grace I need for today. I am full of power, strength and determination. Nothing I face will be too much for me. I will overcome every obstacle, outlast every challenge and come through every difficulty.

I declare it is not too late to accomplish everything God has placed in my heart. I have not missed my window of opportunity. God has moments of favour in my future. He is preparing me right now because He’s about to release a special grace to help me accomplish that dream. This is my time! This is my moment! I receive it today!

I declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what He’s done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities and the favour He has blessed me with. I will look at what is right and not what is wrong. I will thank Him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with His praise and gratitude for all of His goodness.

I declare a legacy of faith over my life. I declare that I will store up blessings for future generations. My life is marked by excellence and integrity. Because I’m making right choices and taking steps of faith other who want to follow me. God’s abundance is surrounding my life today.

I declare that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps and even though I may not always understand how I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage, in His perfect timing everything will turn out right.

I declare that God’s dream for my life is coming to pass. It will not be stopped by people, disappointments or adversities. God has solutions to every problem I will ever face already lined up. The right people, and the right breaks are coming in my future. I will fulfill my destiny.

I declare unexpected blessings are coming my way. I will move forward from barely making it to having more than enough. God will open up supernatural doors for me. He will speak to the right people about me. I will see Ephesians 3:20; exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond favour and increase in my life. Because I honour Him, His blessings will chase me down and overtake me. I will be in the right place at the right time. People will go out of their way to be good to me. I am surrounded by God’s favour.

I declare I am special and extraordinary. I am not average, I have been custom made and I am one of a kind. Of all the things God created, what He is the most proud of is me! I am His masterpiece! He’s most prized possession! I will keep my head held high knowing I am a child of the Most high God, made in His very image.

I declare that I will use my words to bless people. I will speak favour and victory over my family, friends and loved ones. I will help call out their seeds of greatness by telling them “I am proud of you”, “I love you”, “You are amazing”, ” you are talented” , ” you are beautiful” , ” you will do great things in this life”.

I declare that I have a sound mind filled with good thoughts, not thoughts of defeat or failure. By faith I am well able, I am anointed, I am equiped, I am empowered, my thoughts are guided by God’s word everyday. No obstacle can defeat me, because my mind is programmed for victory.

I declare that I will live as a healer, I am sensitive to the needs of those around me. I will lift the fallen, restore the broken, and encourage the discouraged. I am full of compassion and kindness. I won’t just look for a miracle, I will become someone’s miracle by showing God’s love and mercy everywhere I go.

I declare I will put actions behind my faith. I will not be passive or indifferent. I will demonstrate my faith by taking bold steps to move toward what God has put in my heart. My faith will not be hidden, it will be seen. I know when God sees my faith, He will show up and do amazing things.

I declare breakthroughs are coming in my life. Sudden burst of God’s goodness, not a trickle, not a strain, but a flood of God’s power, a flood of healing, a flood of wisdom, a flood of favour. I am a breakthrough person, and I choose to live breakthrough minded. I am expecting God to overwhelm me with His goodness, and amaze me with His favour.

I declare that I am calm and peaceful. I will not let people or circumstances upset me. I will rise above every difficulty knowing that God has given me the power to remain calm. I choose to live my life happy, bloom where I am planted and let God fight my battles.

I declare God’s supernatural favour over my life. What I could not make happen on my own, God will make happen for me. Supernatural opportunities, supernatural healing, supernatural restoration and supernatural breakthroughs are coming my way. I am getting stronger, healthier and wiser. I will discover talent I didn’t know I had and I will accomplish my God given dream.

I declare I am a people builder. I will look for opportunities to encourage others to bring out the best them and to help them accomplish their dreams. I will speak words of faith and victory, affirming them, approving them, letting them know they are valued. I will call out their seeds of greatness, helping them to rise higher and become all that God created them to be.

I declare that I will speak only positive words of faith and victory, over myself, my wife, my family and my future. I will not use my words to describe the situation, I will use my words to change my situation. I will call in favour, good breaks, healing and restoration. I will not talk to God about how big my problems are, I will talk to my problems about how big my God is!

I declare I will not just survive, I will thrive. I will prosper despite every difficulty that may come my way. I know every setback is a setup for a comeback. I will not get stagnant, give up on my dreams or settle where I am. I know one touch if God’s favour can change everything. I am ready for a year of blessings and a year of thriving.

I declare I will choose faith over fear. I will meditate on what is positive and what is good about my situation. I will use my energy not to worry but to believe. Fear has no part in my life. I will not dwell on negative discouraging thoughts, my mind is set on what God says about me. I know His plan for me is success, victory and abundance.

I declare I am equiped for every good work God has planned for me. I am anointed, and empowered by the creator of the universe. Every bondage, every limitation, is being broken off of me. This is my time to shine! I will rise higher, overcome every obstacle and experience victory like never before.

I declare that I will ask God for big things in my life, I will pray bold prayers and expect big and believe big. I will ask God to bring to pass those hidden dreams that are deep in my heart. If certain promises don’t look like they will happen, I will not be intimidated and give up, I will pray with boldness, expecting God to show Himself strong, knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him.

I declare God is working all things together for my good. He has a master plan for my life. There may be things I don’t understand right now but I’m not worried, I know all the pieces aren’t here yet, one day it will all come together and everything will make sense. I will see God’s amazing plan taking me places I never dreamed of.

I declare everything that doesn’t line up with God’s vision for my life is subject to change. Sickness, trouble, lack, mediocrity, are not permanent they are only temporary. I will not be moved by what I see but by what I know. I am a victor and never a victim. I will become all God has created me to be.

I declare I walk in the blessings of the Almighty God. I am filled with wisdom, I make good choices, I have clear direction.

I declare I am blessed with creativity, with good ideas, with courage, with strength and with ability.

I declare I am blessed with good health, a good family, good friends, and a long life.

I declare I am blessed with promotion, with success, with an obedient heart, and with a positive outlook.

I declare whatever I put my hands to will prosper and succeed. I will be blessed in the city, and blessed in the field. I will be blessed when I go in and when I go out.

I declare I will lend and not borrow. And I will be above and not beneath.

I declare right now that every negative word, every curse that has ever been spoken over me is broken in the name of Jesus!

I declare the negative things that have been in my family even for generations will no longer have any effect on me.

I declare that from this day forward I will experience a new sense of freedom, a new happiness, a new fulfillment.

I declare I am blessed. I believe in the spiritual realm. Things have been set into motion. Curses have been broken and blessings are on their way. The Bible says, when you align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and you dwelling on the promises of His Word, when you constantly dwell on the thoughts of His victory, favour, faith, power, and strength, nothing can hold you back! – Deuteronomy 31:1.

Dear heavenly Father, put a firewall of protection around me and my family. Fill it with the blood of Jesus and breathe Your breath of life into it. LORD Jesus, thank You for your supernatural favour over my life, my wisdom, my understanding, my agape love, my patience, my kindness, my vision for the future, my willingness to do Your will. LORD Jesus, have Your way in me today, use me in any way You want.

Thank You LORD Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins, I love You so much God! You are so good to me. Let no weapon formed against me prosper. Let no plans of the enemy work.

In Jesus mighty name! Thank You for Your favour over my life. Amen!