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More power of Praise!

praise cardWe continue today with more power of praise. Praise turns darkness to light. Praise switches the role of being a victim to that of a victor! Praise places believers of Jesus to the head position and not the tail. Why does God honor them? Because they honor God. God builds His throne on our praises.

The time was darkest, at midnight. The two faithful disciples obeyed the Holy Spirit, went to evangelize this city and were falsely accused, thrown into prison with cruelty and treated as the worst criminals by the authority. Could the two be wrong in hearing God? Anyone would wonder. What a terrible fate. someone would remark. But these two were sure of their calling and their destiny. They did something that was just the opposite of despair. They sang powerful and hopeful praises to God at midnight, and miracles happened! As they sang praises and worshipped God, supernatural events took place: great earthquake, prison shaken, doors opened, chains unfastened, prisoners and jailor converted to Christ, jailor’s family also saved and converted. None of the prisoners ran away after conversion. Paul and Silas too were enjoying the presence of God so much they did not take the opportunity to run away. Instead, Paul (the former prisoner) took charge in an authoritative way, continued to bring the jailor and his family to Christ. The next day the table turned as the local officials had to apologize to them, and escorted them out of prison as very important honorary guests. Paul and Silas did not hear God wrongly. They were right to respond to their calling and they succeeded in their mission to evangelize the people who were crying out for help in a vision. THEY WERE FEARLESS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW GOD THROUGH THEIR REGULAR PRAISES TO GOD.

Let us read what happened on that fateful midnight.

ACTS 16:6-10; 22-40 AMP

PAUL SAW A VISION
6 Now they passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, after being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor]; 7 and after they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 so passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 Then a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from [the Roman province of] [a]Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 And when he had seen the vision, [b]we (including Luke) tried to go on into Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

PAUL AND SILAS IMPRISONED
16:22 The crowd also joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and ordered that Paul and Silas be beaten with rods. 23 After striking them many times [with the rods], they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely. 24 He, having received such a [strict] command, threw them into the inner prison (dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks [in an agonizing position].

MIDNIGHT PRAISES AND THE POWER OF PRAISES: MIRACLES!
25 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 suddenly there was a great earthquake, so [powerful] that the very foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer, shaken out of sleep, saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, we are all here!” 29 Then the jailer called for torches and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out [of the inner prison], he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE
31 And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their bloody wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, since he had believed in God with his entire family [accepting with joy what had been made known to them about the Christ].

HONOR RESTORED TO PAUL AND SILAS
35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their officers, saying, “Release those men.” 36 And the jailer repeated the words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent word to release you; so come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without a trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now they are sending us out secretly? No! Let them come here themselves and bring us out!” 38 The officers reported this message to the chief magistrates, and [g]when they heard that the prisoners were Romans, they were frightened; 39 so they came [to the prison] and appealed to them [with apologies], and when they brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city. 40 So they left the prison and went to Lydia’s house; and when they had seen the brothers and sisters, they encouraged and comforted them, and left.

Footnotes:

Acts 16:9 Northern Greece.
Acts 16:10 At this point Luke (the writer) apparently joined the journey and includes himself in the narrative, speaking in the first person.
Acts 16:13 Apparently there were not enough Jews living in Philippi to establish a synagogue.
Acts 16:14 The first recorded believer in Europe.
Acts 16:14 This was an important and valuable fabric, having great demand, being used on the official toga in Rome and its colonies.
Acts 16:16 Lit a python spirit. In Greek mythology, Python the earth-dragon (serpent goddess), was associated with the oracle at Delphi.
Acts 16:38 Paul was a Roman citizen because he was born in Tarsus (22:28), capitol of Cilicia and a city that the emperor Augustus had pronounced “free” because of its support of Rome. Nothing is known of Silas’ family background, but if his name is short for “Silvanus,” it is a Roman name (taken from the god of the forest) and it could be that Silas was also born a Roman citizen. Details on Roman citizenship at that time are sketchy at best, but it is clear from Acts that punishing a citizen without a trial and guilty verdict was illegal, probably involving severe penalties for the magistrates in charge. Also, a Roman citizen charged with a crime had the right to go to Rome and be tried in the emperor’s court (25:9-12).

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Letter to a friend on divine healing and prayer

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Walking by faith and not by sight

Dearest friend:
My own experiences with God and His reality in all aspects of my own life have emboldened me to share and pray for others. I shall continue to pray for them every day as led by the Lord.
Nowadays I kneel down when I take Holy Communion and pray. I find that it’s natural to do so. My spirit leads me to be more clearly aware of the presence of the invisible great and holy God.
The trouble with some who feel that they do not experience God is that they may have taken God’s holy and awesome majestic presence for granted. I have not read anywhere in the Bible that says that God has changed from the Almighty Holy God to a man-like Santa Claus. I am convinced that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has revealed Himself in the Old Testament clearly the matters about Him and what He demands of His worshippers. Other religions bow and kneel to their gods. What makes Christians think we are exempted from physically showing our respect and honor to our God?
My spiritual breakthrough came when I learned to bow down (kneel down) before God many years ago. The physical act of faith is real in the spiritual realm. I join the angels and elders in heaven to kneel and worship the real God. Up there.
I pray the words of God by faith for healing and receiving healing. I live by faith in the words of God. No need to reason out why God’s words work. Just believe by faith and receive by faith.
I believe that’s why I have progressed faster in my spiritual walk with the Lord. By faith I carry out the act of Faith. Keep reading the words (especially what I have in my the position in Christ) and proclaiming them. Believe as I proclaim. Do every day as I wake up to face a new day, I kneel down, worship and proclaim the greatness of God and His worthiness to be worshipped and praised; I focus on Him and not on me; I don’t have to keep saying what He has given me. It’s already evident. Even if He hasn’t given me anything or I haven’t received them yet, I give Him praise and thanks. Because he is my Creator and Owner.
Yesterday the young pastor said the same thing. He has broken through in his spirit! Because he has followed the Holy Spirit when he preached. The Lord has confirmed to me what he was going to speak through this pastor’s sermon yesterday before I heard him preaching what I already knew and practiced in my spirit before I went to church and also during the first worship song, “How Great thou Are”. During the singing of this hymn I knelt down despite the fact that no one kneels down in this church. Tears streamed down my cheek when I knelt before the great God in heaven.
My God is real.
I have prayed for the gift of faith for you and for me. We heal others by faith. I ask for the faith of the Son of God to manifest in us. We walk by faith, by the Spirit and by the Word of God in the Bible.
I have started praying for your direction for third year. I asked the Lord which option is the one He has assigned you. So far my answer is W____. I have no definite confirmation yet. I shall continue to pray for you to choose the right place for the right motive and purpose and at the right time with the right co-workers and resources. You too ask the Lord.
Ask and you will receive. Ask for accurate hearing and obeying His will for you, and ask that He confirms in the Bible words. Don’t let human limitations limit God’s best plan for you. Do not follow the old pattern (your past ministry in teaching and sharing the words of God in divine healing, familiar cultural environment, and the language you are already good and comfortable at). You may be called to learn and experience a new ministry and currently seem not to have significant natural resources for it. God will supply you with the gifts and resources in ways you never imagine or dream of. If it is God’s will for you ta take up that new ministry, He will make all arrangements smoothly and open the door for you with good godly mentors and brethren to help you and make way for your internship all the way. He will give you more than sufficient grace and favor from heaven and from earth.
Your role is to ask God, hear Him, and listen carefully and receive confirmation.
I am learning the same too. I have asked the Lord to continue to open each new door, send invitations, hospitality and resources to me through trusted Christians, confirm such initiatives with His words, signs and wonders too. I asked the Lord to finance all aspects of my ministry and assignment in His plan. I asked for divine health to carry out. I asked for Psalm 91 protection. I asked for full armor of God. I asked for His similar blessing for my loved ones.
Ask and you will receive. Ask according to His will and your prayer will be granted.
Love, your brethren in Christ.
Monday, February 8, 2016

Resources for healing: effects of praise

AW effects of praiseToday we continue looking at the resources of praise: its power in healing.

Quote (excerpts): ” The truth is that praising God is not an option. Praise has a powerful effect on the believer, the devil, and on God. It is our highest calling.

How does praise affect the believer? When we praise God, we are acknowledging that it is not our own efforts that produce blessings and prosperity. In Deuteronomy, chapters 7 and 8, the children of Israel are told to remember to thank God for the abundance they will receive. God, not their own efforts, gave them wealth. Praise makes us humble.

Thanksgiving is also a way to abound in faith. Any time we operate in a high degree of faith, praise is present. Colossians 2:6-7.

When you are believing God for something and it is completed, praise is a natural response. What some people often neglect is that they can increase their faith with praise, and their answers will come more quickly.

How do you keep from focusing on the problem when you are in pain or have no money? The most important thing you can do is praise God.

When we pray, we should begin with praise and end with praise. The Lord’s prayer gives us this example, and Philippians 4:6-7

Praise will build you up spiritually and keep you from crumbling, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh. 8:10).

Praising God doesn’t just affect us; it is a powerful weapon against the devil as well. Psalm 8:2. In the book of Matthew (21:16), at the time of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), Jesus quotes from Psalm 8. When he quoted this verse, he interchanged the words “perfected praise” for “ordained strength.” This is a tremendous revelation: Praise is strength (Neh. 8:10)!

Why does praise defeat Satan? Satan’s sin was jealousy of God. He is still driven by jealousy today (Is. 14:13-14).

The most important reason to praise God is that it ministers unto Him. Acts 13 describes a situation at the church in Antioch. Verse 2 says, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

The truth is that God desires ministry. God is complete and self-contained, but He needs us to love Him.

Our number one priority must be to love God personally. Praise is giving of yourself to God — an intimate communion with Him.

Intimately knowing God is eternal life. Praise is a way to begin this love relationship with God. (John 17:3)”

Original article from Andrew Wommack. Read the full article here: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/effects_praise

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praise power: sing in the spirit

In previous posts, we have looked at the verses on how the Holy Spirit is crucial to our healing  and how we may receive and use this supernatural power.

Today we do some practical on this wonderful power in us.

Briefly, we summarize what we have learned so far:

  1. the Holy Spirit gave us the new birth changes our nature to be like God, and the ability to function in those natures of God. We become new person. We shall be like Jesus, the Son of God. the new birth produces the fruit, the character. Who we are have changed to be like the Father in heaven.
  2. being baptized in the Spirit changes our ability. Jesus said that His believers shall receive His ability (power). He only does what His Father says and Does. He has the Father’s nature and ability to do so. We too. Jesus said that we shall do the things that Jesus has done and even greater things.

One of the first functions we are expected to do is to worship and praise God in spirit and in truth. We also have read in previous posts the power of praises. Praise is a key to triumph. Today we read how we may practice this essential function.

What Jesus has taught us about the kind of worship that God wants:

John 4:23-24 (NKJV) 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The power of praises: 

Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.

Psalm 149:5-6 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,

The joy of the Lord is our strength! Praise in the spirit brings joy in the spirit.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The power of praise brings peace in our mind and spirit!
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the Lord always,
    for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

How to worship in spirit ? By praying and singing in the spirit. In tongues. In a heavenly language which the Holy Spirit gives us. Here are the verses to guide us.

1 Corinthians 14:14-15 (NLT) 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. 15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit,[a] and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.

Footnotes: 14:15 Or in the Spirit; also in 14:15b, 16.

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Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!

~~~~Psalm 150:1~~~