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The Garment of Praise

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

The answer against a “spirit of heaviness” is to put on the ”garment of praise.”

Satan hates praise:

Praise exalts Jesus no matter what the circumstances may look like. It engages our trust in God and activates our faith like nothing else can do. You see, praise introduces light and supernatural life into our circumstances. It is the ultimate release of spiritual freedom. Just listen to the following verses and let something click inside.

(2 Cor 3:17) “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

(Gal 5:1) ” Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

(Jn 8:36) ” Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Praise is Agreement with God!

Praising the Lord and agreement with the truth of God’s Word, renews the mind and lifts the spirit of heaviness off your shoulders. Notice the Prophet Isaiah says that your life is designed to reflect your calling as “trees of righteousness”. Its your destiny to become the “planting of the Lord”. As you praise Him daily, you will release the stature of Christ within you… “that He may be glorified”, seen and celebrated as your Deliverer! Nothing so clearly displays the power of God like our freedom in the spirit.

The Effect of a Spirit of Heaviness:

It darkens our countenance. Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us and dims our vision, robs our hope and crushes our sense of purpose. There are testimonies I’ve heard from people who say “when this spirit comes it even makes the room feel darker”. It brings a heavy and oppressive atmosphere that restricts and quenches our perception. It may come like a cloud hanging over you or your location, but the most difficult part to deal with is that it causes isolation. The devil’s goal is to remove you from the atmosphere of love and approval. Think about it, if Satan can get you isolated, then he can break your spirit and remove your source of inspiration and hope.

Recognize it:

This is the first step. You are a Child of God! This is not God’s will for you!  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Don’t believe the lies… Praise God instead! Accept no criticism and carry no extra baggage. You must learn the art of selective hearing, so that you choose the things you ignore and the things that come from the Throne of Heaven. We destroy arguments and pull down strongholds, so that every thought is made captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). That means I am actively discerning where my thoughts are coming from and believe me… I can rule over them with praise!

Put on the Garment of Praise!

This literally means to be “wrapped up in praise”. God has given it to be worn and provide insulation. So put it on like a jacket every single day. Take a few moments each morning and every time there is a battle raging, to put it on like armor on a soldier. You will watch your enemy run for cover with his tail between his legs… like a whipped puppy. That’s right, praise is your most effective tool in magnifying God and shrinking the influence of the devil. Get loud, get aggressive and set your heart on spiritual freedom!

It is the anointing that breaks the yoke! (Isa 10:27)

The Working of Favor

“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Lk. 2:52)

I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us was increase! Jesus was obedient to His Father. The key to unlocking God’s favor is this kind of obedience. In any situation where you and I have the choice to trust God or take the shortcut that the enemy offers, there is the potential for favor to be accessed and increase.

If we do not choose the favor of God, we are exchanging God’s potential destiny – for our best efforts.

    • The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps. 30:5-7)(Ps. 119:58)(Ps. 106:4).

    • The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov. 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.
        • One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov. 8:35-36).

        Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected.

        What does it Mean to Increase in Favor with God?

          Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we can increase as Jesus demonstrated. We must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Becoming “special” to God is not a love issue, its an alignment issue. When we live in agreement with the will and purposes of God, He orders our steps (Prov. 3:5-6) and illuminates our path (Prov. 4:18). It is important not to think of favor in material or worldly terms only. God’s favor is given in spiritual, as well as natural blessings (Eph. 1:3). The goal then, is to continue increasing; because His favor offers us supernatural resources… it even serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life. My shield is His favor.

          “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.” (Ps. 5:12)

          This shield of favor will not just protect you from all sides, it will bear you up. It is a shield that surrounds you, much like a cloak of invincibility. Even when you don’t know what battles are headed toward you, this divine favor will serve to insulate you from danger. Knowing the dynamics of the favor of God will encourage you in spiritual warfare and give confidence to never give up, back down or let go. If God be for us – who can stand against us? (Rom. 8:31)

          Favor – Your Platform for Boldness!

          You need to know where boldness comes from, so that you can access it when you need it! Have you considered your favor quotient? Are you mindful of favor when you make a decision? Its God who is able, God who is strong and mighty. You are called to the impossible, but its favor that offers you success and victory in every assignment!

          You and I can rely upon God’s “Fathering heart” – He is watching and looking in over our shoulders, to display His increased favor in our lives.

          Taking Dominion

          “With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:20-21)

          Speaking – By Faith & Living with Spiritual Courage!

          Notice… A vast and often untapped power is released by the words we speak! Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our reach, it just gets obstructed by the hindrances the enemy sets in our path. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says, “Now the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

          The Apostle Paul, brings this message to the forefront when he announces to the believers in Rome that faith must be at the very center of their pursuits… He says, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the Word of Faith that we preach) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:8-9)

          Tapping Into The Promises of God:

          Moses is speaking here of the opportunity to move into all that is promised in the “Promise Land” and the Apostle Paul is likewise encouraging the “seeker” to understand the way into the “Promises of Abundant Life” in Christ. The pattern is faith and courage to speak the Word of God… a life lived in obedience to the Word of God and speaking those Words over our environment. Even Jesus dealt with the devil by saying, “it is written” (Mt. 4:10). Its the activity of faith… and its the assigned obligation of all who aim to release the Kingdom of God. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of spiritual dominion. We must rule in the midst of our enemies! (Psa. 110:1-2)

          Pattern of Dominion:

          • “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mk. 11:22-23)
          • “…be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil. And the God of Peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” (Rom. 16:19-20)

          The Psalmist declares, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouths and a two-edged sword in their hands!” (Psa. 149:6) Praise and Proclamation of the Word of God… these are the faith tools of our mouth. These are the weapons of our spiritual warfare! These essentials are the believers empowerment, because they cause the enemies of our soul to flee and establish God’s dominion in the Earth as it is in Heaven. God stands ready to enforce the victory He has already accomplished in Christ… Jesus  said “It is Finished!” and if we will simply speak the Word and stand in faith – He will do it!

          “Rada” – Ruling as Kingdom Agents:

          As Ambassadors of Heaven… this is our mandate as Kingdom Agents, to “Rule” - Rada {Hebrew} – in the midst of the enemies! We are laying hold of all that Christ has obtained and possessed for us. We are fruitful and multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it as Kingdom Agents advancing the Victory of God in Christ. We are not as those who shrink back, retreat or settle into a position of ease. It is our destiny to advance, because we have an anointing for increase and an assignment to make the very creation itself see its future in the light of God’s Purposes. And if God has established this pattern from the Garden of Eden, He will be with us.

          “If God be for us, who can stand against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

          Made for Dominion

          Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26-28)

          The Paradigm of Creation:

          When God created man, His wonderful plan was defined by three Divine realities… 1st God’s image, 2nd a sense of relationship or likeness and 3rd the command to take some responsibility over the environment. This responsibility is called dominion, rule or stewardship; yet it came down to managing the Garden of Eden in a way that pleased God and served their personal needs.

          “The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” (Psa. 110:2)

          We, as the Church of the Living God; we are the very “rod” of Christ’s strength, called as Kingdom Agents out of Zion! We need to rule in the midst of the enemies of Christ Jesus! The activity of ruling in the midst of enemies should be embraced like a military assignment. A victory has been won in Christ… and now as followers, we are to advance the dominion of our King. There’s been a transfer of authority and ownership in the land and we must run off the present-day squatters. “Dis-possessing” spiritual squatters is the essence of spiritual warfare. Its what Christ did by conquering sin through the Cross of Calvary… yet possessing our victory is a challenge that calls us much higher than casual Christianity. We must press forward and reclaim all that the kingdom of darkness has acquired through lies and deception.

          The Spoils of Christ’s Victory – Our Abundant Life!

          Unforgiveness is a squatter, bitterness and envy are squatters, competition, jealousy, pride, fornication, sorcery, heresies and uncleanness of all kinds… are squatters upon the promise of God’s work in our lives. These deceiving spirits lie and establish false ownerships. They communicate through intimidation and manipulation. Your history is not your destiny! According to the Word of God – Jesus came to give us life and the kind of life that is growing more abundant as we mature in our faith journey (Jn. 10:9-10).

          Speaking – Faith & Courage!

          Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our reach, it just gets obstructed by the hindrances the enemy sets in our path. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says, “Now the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

          He is speaking here of the opportunity to move into all that is promised in the “Promise Land” through obedience and speaking God’s Word over our environment. Its the activity of faith… and its the assigned obligation of all who aim to release the Glory of God. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of spiritual dominion. We must rule in the midst of our enemies!

          “Rada” – Ruling as Kingdom Agents:

          This is our mandate, to “Rule” – Rada {Hebrew} in the midst of the enemies! We are laying hold of all that Christ has obtained and possessed for us. We are fruitful and multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it as Kingdom Agents advancing the Victory of God in Christ. We are not as those who shrink back, retreat or settle into a position of ease. It is our destiny to advance, because we have an anointing for increase and an assignment to make the very creation itself see its future in the light of God’s Purposes. And if God has established this pattern from the Garden of Eden, He will be with us.

          Even as the Apostle Paul proclaims – “If God be for us, who can stand against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

          Ruling

          Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26-28)

          The Paradigm of Creation:

          When God created man, His wonderful plan was defined by three Divine realities… 1st  God’s image, 2nd a sense of relationship or likeness and 3rd the command to take some responsibility over the environment. This responsibility is called dominion, rule or stewardship; yet it came down to managing the Garden of Eden in a way that pleased God and served their personal needs.

          “The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” (Psa. 110:2)

          We, as the Church of the Living God; we are the very “rod” of Christ’s strength, called as Kingdom Agents out of Zion! We need to rule in the midst of the enemies of Christ Jesus! The activity of ruling in the midst of enemies should be embraced like a military assignment. A victory has been won in Christ… and now as followers, we are to advance the dominion of our King. There’s been a transfer of authority and ownership in the land and we must run off the present-day squatters. “Dis-possessing” spiritual squatters is the essence of spiritual warfare. Its what Christ did by conquering sin through the Cross of Calvary… yet possessing our victory is a challenge that calls us much higher than casual Christianity. We must press forward and reclaim all that the kingdom of darkness has acquired through lies and deception.

          The Spoils of Christ’s Victory – Our Abundant Life!

          Unforgiveness is a squatter, bitterness and envy are squatters, competition, jealousy, pride, fornication, sorcery, heresies and uncleanness of all kinds… are squatters upon the promise of God’s work in our lives. These deceiving spirits lie and establish false ownerships. They communicate through intimidation and manipulation. Your history is not your destiny! According to the Word of God – Jesus came to give us life and the kind of life that is growing more abundant as we mature in our faith journey (Jn. 10:9-10).

          Speaking – Faith & Courage!

          Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our reach, it just gets obstructed by the hindrances the enemy sets in our path. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says, “Now the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

          He is speaking here of the opportunity to move into all that is promised in the “Promise Land” through obedience and speaking God’s Word over our environment. Its the activity of faith… and its the assigned obligation of all who aim to release the Glory of God. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of spiritual dominion. We must rule in the midst of our enemies!

          “Rada” – Ruling as Kingdom Agents:

          This is our mandate, to “Rule” – Rada {Hebrew} in the midst of the enemies! We are laying hold of all that Christ has obtained and possessed for us. We are fruitful and multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it as Kingdom Agents advancing the Victory of God in Christ. We are not as those who shrink back, retreat or settle into a position of ease. It is our destiny to advance, because we have an anointing for increase and an assignment to make the very creation itself see its future in the light of God’s Purposes. And if God has established this pattern from the Garden of Eden, He will be with us.

          Even as the Apostle Paul proclaims – “If God be for us, who can stand against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

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