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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)

Highlight Nairobi Ministry

Pastor Patrick Makokha Bwire (center of picture) is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly, a multifaceted Ministry in Kawangware Slum Nairobi Kenya. He is an ordained pastor, anointed to serve and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His fellowship is filled with people who believe in the love of God and the demonstration of His power.

” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)

Patrick was born in Busia District, Western Kenya as the first child of a poor family. Despite the many challenges of poverty, His hard working father was able to put him through both primary and high school while instilling the discipline necessary to excel in life. He was brought up by a God fearing grandmother after his mother passed away.

His salvation followed many years of involvement in Satanism. He prayed for deliverance, yet walked through many weeks of demonic attacks. In despair he committed himself to prayer and fasting, asking God to help him and deliver him from the oppression. He trusted in Christ and even at a young “spiritual age” the Lord began to speak to him. During a season of fasting he began to feel that he had seen enough and “the devil must go in Jesus name”. It was in this season that the Lord spoke to him directly through Psalms 144:1-2…

“Praise be to the LORD My Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is My Loving God and My Fortress, My Stronghold and My Deliverer, My Shield, in whom I take refuge…”

With this word in his heart, he knew that God would teach him how to overcome all the forces of the devil! As a result of God’s power and faithful training in spiritual warfare, deliverance and healing did come. Today he leads a young and vibrant apostolic ministry with a deep commitment to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). Thanks to his determination to serve the Lord, God’s power broke through – and He continues to manifest to this day. Truly God has a great destiny in store for this brother and his work in the Nairobi slums.

  • As a Teacher: To teach boldly the truth of God’s Word and preach liberty for the oppressed.
  • As an Evangelist: To bring souls into the Kingdom of God and also revival to the Nations.
  • As an Intercessor: To teach people how to pray for Kingdom Advancement through annual conferences entitled ‘The School of Prayer.’
  • As an Apostolic Leader: He has raised up a congregation and established an Orphan/Vulnerable Children’s Project for infected and affected children with HIV/Aids at the church. This ministry has a feeding program that is catering to children from Kawangware slum and the surrounding regions. Also the church has initiated a widows project for those living with HIV/Aids as Adults.

Recent Affiliation:

We are proud to highlight the work of our brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya. New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly is making a difference and Pastor Patrick is moving forward in the face of all challenges. Through this ministry, God is reaching into the slums and bringing hope and deliverance to many families. They have connected with us here at RevivalHut Ministries to begin laying ground work for an Apostolic Training Program. Pastor Patrick has a passion to pioneer ministries that will disciple and train the next generation of spiritual leaders. Our hearts are blessed by his excitement and we ask for your prayers as we offer ourselves to the open doors we see before us.

God is up to something good!

A Pure Mind

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2:5)

The greatest area of sin in the believer’s life is not usually in the area of actions, but in the arena of the thoughts. Pride, for example, is a sin of the mind… and so is lust and suspicion and discouragement. These are all sins of the mind. But the good news is that we do not have to think on or dwell on every thought that comes to our minds. We can ignore them, refuse them access to our heart and even crush their influence by speaking the Truth of God’s Word over ourselves.

The Battle Within:

Because we all contend with the devil, we have trouble with undesirable thoughts popping into our heads. These thoughts can be suttle, confusing and sometimes even oppressive and difficult to battle. Most of us would not want our thoughts made public, because it would be embarrassing. But we must be aware that they are not really an accurate barometer of our spiritual condition.

Jesus dealt with the devil’s temptations with the words, “It is written” (Mt. 4:4) and that is exactly what we must do. It is not so much what a person thinks; but what he delights in, that tells more accurately what he is and where he stands spiritually. While we cannot completely get rid of this battle here on earth, we can keep it from controlling us.

Tending the Garden:

The mind is like a garden which can grow beauty or it can grow ugliness. It can produce flowers or it can bring forth weeds. It must be tended with care and diligence. It must be disciplined after the patterns of the Bible (2 Cor. 10:3-6). We must cultivate spiritual thinking and the Scriptures give a list of worthy objects that we ought to be thinking about.

Philippians 4:8

“Whatever things are true” – whatever is based on truth, earned or received by methods that are honest and not by cheating and falsehood. For most of us, it is not the big things that test our honesty. We will likely never embezzle ten thousand dollars from an employer, but we might need to be careful about dimes and quarters at the check-out isle. Every Christian needs to think in terms of the “golden rule”, treating others how they would like to be treated (Mt. 7:12).

“Whatever things are just” - things that are right and impartial. It is right to give a customer full measure when selling merchandise in business. It is right to play fair in all that we do. Parents must diligently to show no partiality with their children. We should never plan in our thoughts to manipulate or deceive.

“Whatever things are pure” – free from anything that is tainted. Purity speaks especially about chastity in the realm sexual relationships. Our society is full of sexual images and tries to overwhelm our minds with all kinds of distorted realities. Unclean thinking is stimulated by these images, obscene jokes and stories. For this reason, the follower of Christ must consider carefully the movies they attend, censors reading material and needs to avoid participating in activities that are not noble and pure.

“Whatever things are lovely” – things that are beautiful, innocent and pleasing. “Lovely things” are the opposite of the ugly and bizarre. The Christian should cultivate the traits of courtesy and pleasantness. We should avoid the sharp answer, harsh reply and sarcastic remarks. It is sad to see a husband who cannot answer his wife in gentle tones. Honor is a powerful character trait that is cultivated by a mind that dwells on things that are “lovely.”

“Whatever things are of good report” – things spoken in a gracious spirit; things spoken with good will toward others; things which are the opposite of gossip and the spreading of rumors. Courtesy to others, respect for parents, loyalty between husband and wife… these are always things “of good report.”

“Any virtue and anything praiseworthy” – meditate on these things!

The word “think” or “meditate” means “to dwell upon” or “to focus attention upon” - So think on things that are virtuous and worthy of praise!

Qualities such as kindness, loyalty and honor; are qualities we should think about and dwell upon daily. Spirit-controlled thinking can lift our thoughts and bless the lives of everyone we come into contact with. Scripture consistently suggests the way to conquer evil thinking is to submit to God, resist the devil and think upon good things (Jms. 4:7-10), because in so doing we will give no place to wickedness. The greatest way to keep evil thoughts at bay is to embrace the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). 

Spiritual thinking is a call to think upon good things and eat the fruit of a bountiful garden… a pure mind.

Not Survival – War!

The Bible uses the word “devil” to translate the Greek word dee-ab-ol-os, from which also originated the English word diabolic. Interestingly this word diabolos literally means someone who attacks by means of slander or libel. Satan is personally called the “devil” for that reason. He is a liar and a slandering enemy who fiercely sets out to destroy the confidence of all who aim to trust God.

 In fact, Jesus called Satan the Father of lies and a murderer.

 Satan is not the only “devil” when it comes to the literal meaning of the word. The actual Hebrew word for Satan means adversary, or accuser. Jesus on a couple occasions called people who commit slander or become accusers; “devils” (Jn 6:70-71) and “satan” (Mt 16:23) making a direct correlation to the human tendency to align with demonic plans and assignments that aid the Devil’s cause.

 The Bible tells us very little of the origin of Satan and demons. There are two brief references to the fall of a great Archangel, whose name was Lucifer (Isa 14:12), and who was lifted up by pride (Ezek 28:14-17).

 Pride is always the mark of the Devil.

 Lifted up by pride, he chose to rival God and was cast out of Heaven to planet Earth… where he became the Devil. He drew a third of the angels with him, and these constitute the principalities and powers spoken of by the Apostle Paul (Eph 6:12-13). This organized rebellion resulted in the establishment of the kingdom of darkness that stands in opposition to the Kingdom of God. It is through these hosts of wicked spirits that Satan is able to make a direct assault upon human life… to kill, steal and destroy (Jn 10:10).

 We are called to resist him… (Jms 4:7).

We are equipped to bind him… (Mt 16:19).

We are clothed to stand against him… (Eph 6:11). 

 We, as believers in Jesus Christ, must take a stance; because the Bible clearly tells us the Devil is our pursuing enemy. He is like a roaring lion and seeks to devour his prey (1 Peter 5:8). Our lives must be firmly planted in the Truth of God’s Word and fully established in the power of God’s Spirit. We must be sober and vigilant to avoid the trappings of our day.  This is not survival… this is war!