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Continuous Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial… and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

No Open Doors

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (Eph. 5:8-21)

The Apostle Paul says, “… give no place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27)

As believers in Christ, we must leave no open doors for Satan to have access to our lives! In essence the Apostle Paul is saying, “Don’t give an inch, or the devil will take it all!” We must learn to hold our ground and leave no room for evil. When a person is being harassed by the devil, I believe there is always a reason… its a dominion issue!

Give No “Place”:

Here is an insight I find helpful: the Greek word for ‘place’ – means a legal foothold; an opportunity; a legal right to enter and occupy. Demonic influence comes to occupy unguarded places in our heart and mind. By using spiritual “gateways”, or giving “place” to the devil; we are allowing darkness to have influence in our lives. When we allow darkness to have a voice, we are foolishly beginning to embrace twisted perceptions of reality. The devil’s strategy is simple… he wants to steal, kill and destroy (Jn. 10:9). Evil spirits look for ‘gateways’ to enter and begin to control parts of our life (Jn. 13:27). No matter how the access comes, the goal is to convince the person to walk in spiritual darkness, shame and isolation. The devil’s strategy is for the oppression or “works” to lead us into bondage and corruption. That is why Jesus was manifest on the Earth… to expose and destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8). God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power, to restore the sick and troubled people within His reach; by breaking the oppression of the devil (Acts 10:38).

3 Powerful Ways to Shut Open Doors:

1st) Walk as Children of Light!

Recognize whose you are (1 Cor. 3:16)… and walk daily with an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s closeness and the Father’s love covering you. The atmosphere of God’s Presence is permeated with goodness, righteousness and truth. His desire for you is that you live in the Light, walking as Children that have an increasing revelation of God’s hand upon them.

2nd) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness!

Break the covenant of agreement with unrighteousness. Darkness is a “kingdom” with governing principles, requirements and evil intentions. Its not who you are any longer (Col. 1:13-14)… so begin the New Life (2 Cor. 5:17). Find out what pleases God and enjoy the experience of knowing the Creator of the Universe. This relationship has the potential of satisfying every need of your life and offering you purpose beyond all imagination (Eph. 3:20). The works of darkness offer nothing… they are unfruitful, dead and corrupt.

3rd) Stay filled with the Holy Spirit!

Have some encounters with God. Live under the influence of the Holy Spirit at all times… singing, speaking and submitting to one another in the fear of God. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). So live like a believing – Believer… keep the songs of the Lord and the worship of Jesus in your heart and mouth. People will recognize your passion… and better yet – you will become a threat to the kingdom of darkness.

Tap Into Joy

“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Oh Lord, will keep me safe.” (Ps. 4:7-8).

Harvest time was an occasion for rejoicing and celebration, it was like the victory of war… the evidence of God’s favor and the assurance of provision for seasons to come. Just hear the sound of the season from the Prophet Isaiah… “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” (Isa. 9:3).

Tapping in, by Rejoicing:

David’s prayer is that the rejoicing in his heart at the Presence of God would be like the rejoicing of others over their harvest or the victory attained in battle. David was a man who valued and promoted dancing, singing, swirling about and shouting for the purpose of releasing new sounds… sounds that aligned with heaven, sounds of exuberance and rejoicing.

David speaks of a peace that would cause his entire being to become a platform for fruitfulness. Even his rest would lead to refreshing and replenishing his life with spiritual resources. He felt safe, trusting completely in the hands of his God. This is our salvation, our joy and promise of an inner supply that will bring us into assurance and revival life. Our “new wine” is the Spirit Himself filling us with His joy. “Don’t be drunk with wine. … instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your heart“ (Eph. 5:18-19). Our harvest is a harvest of righteousness: “Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (Jm. 3:18).

The Heart was Made for Joy:

God designed us for joy. His Word is filled with promises of joy from beginning to end. Jesus’ personality was marked by joy. If you think of Jesus as stern and stoic, think again. Jesus told His disciples that He wanted His joy to be in them: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn. 15:11). The Word of God describes Jesus as anointed with joy even more than anyone else. “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Ps. 45:7).

Joy is God’s design, and He knows how to fill us so that our security is not tied down to circumstances. We need to tap into a joy that is eternal and supernatural and cast off those petty offenses of the past. We can value the promises of abundant life by rejoicing in all that God is doing today. If others base their joy on the natural, such as their harvest of grain and wine or victories here on earth; then their hope is something temporary and unpredictable. You and I can set our joy on the unfailing Presence of God. Let His peace rest in you and joy will break forth like the morning sun!

Agree with me in prayer and begin to rejoice in His resources… “Father, anoint me with the oil of Your joy. Fill me with the New Wine of Your Holy Spirit. That I may reflect a sound that aligns my heart with Yours!”

Mouth Full of Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial, and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

Singing Is A Kingdom Principle

My wife and I are avid worship lovers. Our hearts can be lifted into new places; almost instantly when we come into the atmosphere where the sound of worship releases the glory of God. I’m not talking just about songs though, because what I have found is that singing is a Kingdom principle.

Something is released through singing.

 The activity of singing gives the heart its voice; a voice that draws God’s Presence like a beautiful color draws our eye. The key to this principle is that singing engages our emotion… the stuff that connects us to risk, trust, belief, and commitment. The sound of the heart compels us like no other activity and that is why there is an entire book of the Bible given completely to this Kingdom reality. Just look at these expressions:

  • Psalm 147:1 “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful.”
  • Psalm 147:7 “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, sing praise on the harp to our God.”
  • Psalm 149:1 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the saints.”
  • 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.”

Something gets engaged through singing.

 ”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another, with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Col 3:16) This verse connects the Word of Christ as it richly dwells within us, with the activity of singing. Thus, singing is shown here as a God given bridge into His Word and His Truth.

Something is maintained through singing.

 Consider what Paul says; “Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph 5:17-20) These verses connect being filled with the Holy Spirit and singing songs, hymns and spiritual songs. This is clearly seen in the King James where translators more accurately place a semi-colon (rather than a period) between verses 18 and 19 making them one continuous thought. In other words, Ephesians is telling us that our singing (speaking) is the result or overflow of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

 Without question the Kingdom of Heaven is established by the Holy Spirit at work within human souls here upon the Earth. The Holy Spirit’s access to those things which rule us is through our emotional center… our soul. Our soul is able through singing to release and establish those things which define our behavior and our allegiances. God is not interested in our worship simply because He deserves it; but because it establishes the platform for His dominion upon the Earth. Singing is a Kingdom principle and we should sing and make melody in our hearts as often as we feel challenges to God’s dominion in our lives.

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