Praise

Praise until something happens

By Pastor Matthew Kassim

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4: 24 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: John 4: 21-24, Psalms 34: 1, Psalms 57: 7, Psalms 104: 33, John 14: 6, John 15: 13, Matthew 5.

In life, you need a formula to be able to understand it. Different people have different formulas; some are good, some are bad. It is difficult for us to praise God when we are going through pains. If your praise is on, things will work out for you.

Worship is like a love song, love poem you give to God. Worship is a relationship that comes from the heart. It is an expression from the heart. The Holy Spirit has to align with your spirit to revel Jesus to you for your worship to be accepted. Everything about worship is centred on Jesus. If can worship God from the depth of your heart, all things will work together for your good. Instrument is very peculiar in the sight of God when worship is involved. The anointing makes the difference.

To get into the heart of Jesus, you need to worship.

Down but not out

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging." Jonah 1: 15 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Jonah 1: 1-3, 1 Corinthians 15: 9, Micah 7: 8, Jonah 2.

You may be down but you are not out!

God's design is to move you forward, but in life, you realize you are moving backwards. Every time you are discouraged in life, you will be going down. If you don't address the issue, it takes you further down away from your purpose in life.

Discouragement is a spirit because it leads to depression. Once you are discouraged, you need to address it immediately. Many a times, God wants to do things in our life but we get discouraged. If God speaks something to you and you don't like it, instead of fleeing or keeping quiet, talk to him. God likes to talk to you and have conversations.

Every assignment has an adversary. What is it that has kept you down? Somehow in life, everybody gets to this level (a level where they are discouraged) but not everybody stays there; they don't allow the discouragement to overwhelm them. It's not your falling that is the issue, it's what you do when you are down there that matters. Do you have strength to pray when you are low? Prayer is the weapon you need. Pray anyways whether you feel like it or you don't. 

What is prayer? Prayer is a conversation. It is your thoughts back to God and God talking to you. When the enemy wants to attack you, the first thing he does is to cut off your prayer life. There is nothing inside of you that God doesn't know but you not saying it to him, is stopping your miracle.

Even when you are down, don't forget to praise God. If you can give God the praise at the lowest point of your life, he will raise you up. What makes you rise up is your passion. If you can only hold on to God, he will take you to your place of fulfillment and purpose. God is able to change your night into day if you can only praise him and worship him there. When you surrender, God takes you to your place.

The hardest thing to do is to thank God when you are down.

Understanding the power of praise and worship

By Evangelist Ayo Olatunji

"Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you; I will save the lame, and gather those who were driven out; I will appoint them for praise and fame in every land where they were put to shame." Zephaniah 3: 19 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Revelation 4: 7-11, John 9: 24, Psalms 133: 1, Psalms 135: 2-5, 1 Chronicles 16: 29, Psalms 29: 2, Psalms 100: 2-3, John 10: 10, Malachi 2: 1, Colossians 3: 15-17, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16, Philippians 4: 6, John 6: 11, Romans 4: 20, Psalms 100: 2-4, Psalms 64: 3, Psalms 50: 23, Ephesians 5: 18-19, 2 Chronicles 20: 22, Ephesians 5: 19-20, 1 Chronicles 10: 10, Proverbs 10: 25, 1 Timothy 6: 6, Psalms 143: 6, Psalms 95: 6-7, John 4: 20-24, 1 John 1: 5-6, Isaiah 29: 13, 1 Thessalonians 5: 33, Psalms 95: 1-7.

Praise is our response to God for what he has done, what he is doing and for what he is going to do. It is glorifying God. We are created to give him praise.

There are 3 categories of angels; Angel Micheal who goes for war, Angel Gabriel who is the messenger and Angel lucifer who was for praise and worship.Whether you like it or not, you are in a war. Life is for soldiers. An evil adversary exists! To deny the existence of the evil one is to deny the bible in itself.

In genesis, he was the snake, in revelation, he was the dragon. What the devil is after is "that life". You can have a life but not be living. The reason why you are created is to worship, praise and thank God. There is a difference between all three. Worship relates to God's holiness. The bottom line of thanksgiving is appreciation.

Attributes of thanksgiving:

- It is the will of God.

- It is an expression of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Why do we thank God?

- It is the protocol of heaven.

- It validates other forms of praised.

- It is the key to unlocking the miraculous.

- It is an expression of our faith in God.

- It sets a seed of already received blessings.

Attributes of praise:

⁃ it's the appropriate way we relate to God.

⁃ It guarantees access to God.

⁃ It opens the way for a God to intervene for On our behalf.

⁃ Praise is weapon of spiritual warfare 

⁃ It is beautiful unto God

⁃ The ministry of predestination is in praise

Qualification for praise:

1. Come to God without an achiever's mentality.

2. Be thankful.

Disqualification for praise:

1. Murmuring and complains

2. The spirit of heaviness.

3. Discontentment.

4. Holding onto the past & negative events.

5. Offences.

Worship is the end purpose of gospel and history. Worship is about the total submission. The right way to worship God is in spirit and in truth.

Result for worship:

⁃ You hear God's voice 

⁃ You enter into a place of rest and total quietness.

 

Its time to Take Over your Territory

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. " Joshua 14: 13-14 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Joshua 14: 6-15, Deuteronomy 9: 1-5, Psalms 128: 8, 1 Samuel 2, Hebrews 13: 8, Matthew 20: 20, Romans 2: 28-29, 1 Samuel 3: 9, 2 Chronicles 20: 22, John 1: 16, Ephesians 1: 3, Genesis 6: 4. 

Territory could mean any area of your life, and even though it is yours, until you desire it, it will not come to you. When it's time for you to take over your territory, it's not time for you to relax, it is not business as usual. Sometimes, the devil steals your territory from you and you have to take it back.

Sometimes, God will tell you to do something but you are too scared and instead you go about helping other people achieve their own vision. You can never take over by getting the minimum. You cannot take over your territory by working for someone else. You have to come to a time where you come to your senses and go to the mountain.

Mountain is a place of elevation; a place where anyone in the valley is under you; where the eagle mentality comes from. At the mountain is where the cross of Jesus was. The prayers prayed at the mountain is easily answered. Your destiny is being built and managed by giants which means it is too big for dwarfs. You do not belong to where the pig are, you are to take the land.

The dreams that you saw, God is saying that it is a mental picture of your future and that future is NOW! It is time for you to take what God showed you. As long as you don't challenge it, you can't get what God showed you.

Praise needs to meet at a place of circumcision. Until your praise is circumcised, it is not heard. The circumcision is not on the outside (physical), it's on the inside (spiritual). Circumcision is a gateway to your possession. You must get to a place where you surrender your flesh. Stop trying to make things happen by your strength.

Financial issue, marriage and any area or your life can be a giant in your land and you have to fight and take over it. Until you take over, your generation will not rest. 

Prayer: Father any situation in my life that is not right,  Lord change it.

Takeover Generation

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him." - Joshua 6:1-5 (KJV)

Bible Reading: Psalm 31:8, Isaiah 1:19, Jeremiah 3:15

To be a part of the takeover generation, you need to have a takeover mentality. To take over, you have to employ some strategies; one of which is silence.

The seventh day stands for perfection. It stands for rest. The devil doesn't want us to get to our rest because if we get there, he has lost. The devil doesn't like losing that is why he is always trying; he doesn't give up easily.

Seventh day is relative. It is different for everyone. It is good to be silent before your seventh day because sometimes when you talk, you end up talking out of fear and not faith.  Act in silence.

God's principles are universal. You obey it anywhere you find yourself and it will work for you. You cannot disobey the principles and expect the blessings. You reap the fruit of what you say.

God's desire for you is the best of the land but you don't get it if you don't obey the principles. One of those principles is to stand still! Remain silent, don't speak negatively. Don't react to everything. Don't be too swift with your tongue otherwise you might end up closing doors to your destiny. 

The reason why your miracle has not come forth is because you have not gone round the walls of that problem. Instead you are calculating its content. God can pay you so much that you will not even remember your past sufferings.

When you are going round, focus on you! Every time you are going round, go round with your pastor. Follow his instructions. You have to know how to wake up early and go around the walls and wait for God to pull that wall down. When you have gone round your wall, why talk about it again? You can't go round the wall, still talk about it and be expecting the walls to fall down.

Stop frowning. Stop moving backwards with your negative speech. All that you have been going through is preparing you for a shout of praise that no hell can stand. But you can't shout until you have fulfilled your rounds. If you shout too early, the walls doesn't come down.  

Go round those walls, shout praises to God and watch him make you part of His takeover generation!

Praise That Settles Your Case

 

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him." - Joshua 6:1-5 (KJV)

Bible Reading: Psalm 149, Ephesians 1:21, 2:6

The devil knows God's promise for you and is determined to make it impossible. Life is a welfare! There are things that are God's will and there are things we need welfare for. There are spiritual forces that see your potentials and are determined to be an obstacle to your progress. We have to be determined to stop them.

There is a place for prayer and there is a place for praise. Sometimes you need a combination of praise types described in Psalm 149 for your case to be settled. These praise types include Halal (Hallelujah), Tephillah (Praise prayer) and Zamar (Praising God with instruments).

Let your speech and praise amplify your faith. Praise God before anything else! Sing for joy and rejoice in the Lord and He will grant you success. Why do you need to sing aloud? When you shout, your praise will shake and scatter the foundations of your issues. 

Give Thanks

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this." - Psalm 92:1-6 (KJV)

Bible Reading: Isaiah 12:3

Those who are thankful are ready for their take-off. As a believer, you are an eagle, you were made to take off and soar. This is your season of taking off but first, you must learn to be grateful.

When you are grateful, you will never be grounded. When you show gratitude, your altitude scale goes high. When you are thankful, your tank will be full. Thanksgiving, praise and adoration are synonymous to lifting your hands as a sign of gratitude. 

God uses thanksgiving to measure your heart, so how grateful are you? Are you really grateful? Not just in your speech but in your heart. Thanksgiving is the master key to heaven. Complaints will get you into the Holy of Holies, thanksgiving will. When you are thankful, you gain access into God's presence. 

You can't be thankful without being joyful. When you are thankful, you are joyful and when you are joyful, you will be fruitful. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. When you have Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you will be fruitful. Fruitfulness means seeing the results. No one can argue with results.

If you think there is no reason to thank God, thank him for being alive. That's a good start.

Sacrifice of Praise

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee." - 1 Kings 3:3-5 (KJV)

Bible Reading: Hebrews 13:15-16, 1 Kings 3:12

When you make a sacrifice to God, you are offering something valuable. A sacrifice is a humbling experience. A proud man cannot make a sacrifice. A proud person cannot praise God. If you do not learn to give God the glory all the time, you are taking his place in your life. 

Don't be too sophisticated to give God glory and praise. David, the psalmist calls this a sacrifice of praise because you have to sacrifice your pride to give God praise. Some are too proud to worship God or dance and lift their hands to give him praise. God resists the proud. 

Solomon offered a sacrifice of a thousand and that night God repaid Him - with wisdom. When you praise God, you are giving Him the only thing He can't give Himself. You can be sure He will repay you. 

Why should you praise God? Praise him for your salvation, your redemption, the gift of the Holy Ghost and the gift of life. Those are the basis of your praise. When you praise God, He will answer your prayers, bless you and give you long life, distinguish and honor you, grant you an outstanding life, give you wisdom and riches. 

Praise God all the time.