The Power of Praise and Worship

Praise and worship serves as a powerful declaration of who God, the GREAT I AM, is, what Jesus Christ did in us and what He can and will do in our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Praise and worship serves as a powerful declaration of who God, the GREAT I AM, is, what Jesus Christ did in us and what He can and will do in our lives through the Holy Spirit!

With worship we tap into the very power of His presence as His Spirit inhabits our praises.

Healings happen through and during praise and worship physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Filling and renewing of empty hearts and weary spirits take place as we lift and magnify the name of the Lord and dwell into His presence.

Walls are utterly torn down.

Bondages and chains are overcome.

Stoned hearts are broken and made flesh.

Evil and darkness are cast out as our sovereign God is glorified through our lips, tongues, hands, hearts and spirits.

As we see and adore His beauty, He reveals Himself to us in whispers, visions and revelations.

That’s the power of praise and worship.

Call and proclaim the name of the LORD all you people! Lift up a sound of praise unto Him!

 

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Anthem of My Heart

My heart will forever sing Your praise.

For You are worthy and truly deserving!

You are my Creator, Savior and Redeemer,

My God and Father, my Lord and King.

Holy is Your name, Oh God!

Marvelous and glorious are Your works.

In nature I always see Your glory.

I am amazed at Your handiwork.

 

My confidence is in Your love.

My soul rests in Your goodness.

Your peace overflows in my heart.

I trust in Your unfailing faithfulness.

 

You are full of grace, my everlasting joy!

You are my goal and my greatest reward!

My heart takes delight in You, my Jesus.

Only in You I’m completely satisfied.

 
Where will I be apart from You?

I am nothing but an insignificant dust.

So take me and cleanse me, Holy Spirit.

My whole being to You I entrust.

 

You never sleep, You never slumber.

You know every tear, every strand of my hair.

You are ready to help whenever I call You.

Thanking you is always my prayer.

 

My heart will forever sing Your praise.

For You are worthy and truly deserving!

You are my Creator, Savior and Redeemer,

My God and Father, my Lord and King.

 

 

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Kids Teaching – Almighty Praise

Objective
As part of the Adoration / Praise Series, we will impart to kids that an all-powerful praise comes from the heart. It’s not about the nice music, nor the excellent performance. Real praise goes up to the heavens and makes God smile. It is the kind that comes from a pure, sincere, and humble heart.

Big Point
All powerful praise comes from the heart.

Teaching Video
Paul and Silas in Prison Video
00:40-3:08

God’s Word
3 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying. They were also singing hymns to God. The other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a powerful earthquake. It shook the prison from top to bottom. All at once the prison doors flew open. Everyone’s chains came loose.
Acts 16:25-26 NIRV

Key Points

  1. Praise God from the start
  2. Praise God from the heart
  3. Praise God non-stop

Bible Verses

Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I pray to you. I wait for you in hope.
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

The Lord is gracious, kind and tender. He is slow to get angry and full of love.
Psalm 145:8 NIRV

Teaching Reflection
What comes to your mind when you think about praise? Maybe, songs? Singing and dancing? Musical instruments?

In Christian church parlance, worship usually means “slow songs” and praise usually mean “fast, dance songs”.

There’s nothing wrong with this association. God is a God of order after all, and it’s good to have standards that we can adhere to.

Here though, we are talking about praise as that concept of lifting up our God most high, declaring that He is the greatest of all, and in the process, being edified in and of ourselves.

With Almighty Praise, we want to teach that it speaks of several things:
– giving honor to God
– thanksgiving
– driving away the enemy
– staying positive / encouraging
– declaring victory
– inviting God’s presence
– claiming God’s power
– focusing on God

Praise reaches for and achieves all of these things, and so much more! Because praise is a very powerful thing. When we praise, we do it with our bodies, so we spend strength and energy to do it, and in turn, it energizes, empowers, and refreshes us as well.

# 1 Praise God from the start

God wants us to think about Him the very minute that we wake up in the morning. He should be the first thought that we have in the day; even before doing anything else, we should be praising Him. We want praise to be a priority. We want praise to be so important to us that we never forget to do it every single day.

Also, we want praise to be something that starts for us even before we have a reason to praise Him. That means, we praise because God, full stop. Even before we have something to thank Him for, even before we have something to ask. Even before the sickness comes, or the sickness is healed. Even when the blessings are pouring in, or when the blessings have yet to come. From the very start we praise God!

# 2 Praise God from the heart

God wants our praise to be something that we feel here (in our hearts) and know here (in our minds). He wants it to be joyful! He allows it to be painful! It is always exciting. It can sometimes be tiring. But all throughout, God wants it to come from our heart.

When Paul and Silas were in chains in their jail cell, they were tired and hurting, being severely beaten. I would not have blamed them for just praying quietly and going to sleep at that point. But instead, they praised God all the more.

And that’s what made their praising all the more amazing, all the more powerful — because they still had hope in Jesus even their desperate situation! They can be hurting in their bodies, but in their hearts, they are still singing, and that’s the kind of praise that Jesus wants.

# 3 Praise God non-stop

And this is how often we praise Him! Endlessly! Every night and day and with no delay — just like that song says!

Praising God never stops. Whether we are sad or happy, winner or loser, hopeful, or despairing — all of our days we should be praising God.

Remember the chains binding Paul and Silas? Chains are a symbol of being trapped, right? They signify that a person can’t move, aren’t free. They’re usually very depressing.

But what did they do? They started praising. From the start of their situation, they praised God. From their heart, with their voices and with what movement they can do, they praised God. And non-stop, they praised until the walls of that prison fell down, and that is what we have to do every day, that is how we want to praise God every day: From the start, from the heart, and non-stop.

Link to Slides
The script for the entire teaching is in the speaker notes.

Long Way Round 

For us Christians, sometimes, when things does not happen to the way we want it to happen and it seems that nowhere our desire is to be found, we must know that God is leading us to the Long Way Round.

Because…

God knows we are not ready yet
God knows exactly what we need
God knows what is ahead of us
…and with that journey of Long Way Round —God is with us, that is the assurance! He planned everything all for His glory.

​When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Exodus 13:17‭-‬18 NIV

 

Crossing the Red Sea

When God took Israelites to exit from Egypt, God did not let them pass through the Philistine, though it was the shorter way. But else, God lead them to the desert road or  Long Way Round to go to the Promised Land.

Quoting Christine Caine in one of her teachings in Colour Conference 2016 in Sydney. She said the reason why God did not lead them to the shorter way to the promised land is because “they are still in their slaves mentality.”

That is true in our lives as Christians.  Most of the time, when things  not get right our side,  we tend to be in our  slaves mentality. Like Israelites, for 430 years of being slaves in Egypt,  it has made them think that their life was “ok” in Egypt being slaves. They are complacent with Goshen (Egypt)  and was thinking the place for them to live.

 

WHY ISRAELITES THOUGHT OF BEING IN A SLAVES MENTALITY?

1. They are Full of Fears and Easily Give Up!

Exodus 14:10 “As Pharaoh approached the Israelites looked up & there were the Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 

2. Narrow-minded!

Exodus 14:11 “They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in  Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing out of Egypt?”

3. Still Holding On The Past!

Exodus 14:12  “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’. It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert. 

 

God took the “Long Way Round” because God does not want them to be in a slaves mentality. He wants them to know and prove to them that Israelites are children of God. He wants to tell them…

  • that “I AM, the Great I AM, is your Father and you are my children.
  • that  He is the Great provider
  • that He is faithful
  • that He will protect you 
  • that His love is unfailing
  • that Israelites are no longer slaves.

Exodus 13:21 ” By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so, that they could travel by day or night. 

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For us Christians, sometimes, when things does not happen to the way we want it to happen and it seems that nowhere our desire is to be found, we must know that God is leading us to the Long Way Round.

Because…

  • God knows we are not ready yet
  • God knows exactly what we need
  • God knows what is ahead of us

…and with that journey of Long Way RoundGod is with us, that is the assurance! He planned everything all for His glory.

Exodus 14:3-4 “3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.’

Exodus 14:31 “31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”

 

In conclusion,

When God took us the Long Way Round, we need to be ...

  • Bold!
  • Still!
  • Stand firm to what you believe in!
  • Hold onto His promises. Think about it. Live with it and Talk about it.

Exodus 14:13-14 “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

When God took us the Long Way Round, He wants our faith to be deeply rooted in Him. He wants us to persevere, because as we persevere we will get the reward, and that reward is His glory through Christ Jesus! (Phil 3:13-14)

All glory to God!


 

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(the featured image was credited to the British television series, “The Long Way Round)

 

Here’s the thing

 

The easiest thing would be to leave.

Because it entails just running away. It means just up and leaving everything behind. No need to fix things. No need to mend relationships. No need to make an effort. Just leave everything and be done with it, and move on.

The easiest thing would be to stay.

Because, it retains the status quo. It means, just letting things stay the way that they are, and hoping for the best. It means making some small changes, some small sacrifices, making an effort to be a little bit better, and then having the things stay the same as they are, no big move, no big changes.

The hardest thing would be to leave.

Because, it means, finding new work, establishing new relationships, getting used to new people and new routines. It means packing everything up, and then unpacking in a new place. It means having to learn new things, and confronting new uncertainties.

The hardest thing would be to stay.

Because it means compromising on emotions and ideals, and having to let go of personal preferences. It means having to deal, day in and day out, with current circumstances that have already proven to be stressful. It means having to give up certain liberties and privileges that were once thought to be completely free and open.

2coffees.JPGBut the best thing is that, the answer to all these questions, and any others that might be asked in the future, and all other questions that have been asked in the past, can be found in God’s love.

It seems reductive.   And oversimplified.  But the correct answer is and always will be God’s love.

So.  Seen through the eyes of glory, before asking whether to stay or to leave, one should ask first, where is God in all this?  Am I considering His presence, acknowledging His purpose in any direction that I take?  Am I responding in a loving way to the situation, or am I reacting out of hand?

Is His love driving my decisions, by His spiritual standards, or am I letting the world dictate what I should be doing, how I should be leading my life, according to its flawed biases?

The first step is to believe that He is the answer, that His truth is the first step in any decision making process.  The second step is to trust that His way will work for you, that His Words will light your path, that His Spirit has already gone before You even before you have made the decision.

And the third step is to just Go.  Stay or leave, easy or hard — these now just become semantics, defining and framing the real world plans that you have to make.  Whatever you ultimately decide, just make sure that you are living in Love, going in Peace, and serving with Joy in the Lord.

Life is a Beautiful Mess

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭26:4-5, 9-10, 12-13, 19-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God created us to be in families, and these families to be in communities, and these communities in turn to belong to local churches. He is quite intentional about this — that we should all love one another, uphold one another in love, and live together in harmony.

In His wisdom, God put us in this big, wide, wonderful, wacky, weird world, and it is here that we are to live out the calling He set upon us – to love Him above all else, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

salad.JPGBut because life is a beautiful mess sometimes, its hard to live out that calling. It’s hard to be good, when there are so many things around us tempting us to be bad. So many distractions! Shiny objects as far as the eye can see…

Take this story from the life of Paul for example. Paul used to reject Jesus, but then he was converted, and he started to serve him with his entire life. That’s not an exaggeration. Paul changed his entire life — his name, his career, his living conditions, his personal identity, his comfort — everything, in order to answer Jesus’ calling. He had to forget everything that he believed in, disavow all that he held dear, all for Jesus.

And in the midst of his faithfulness, right smack in the middle of his ministry, he gets slapped with this — a trial for him to defend his beliefs. Talk about red tape. Instead of being allowed to get on with the work, he had to stop it to address all the accusations that were laid out before him.

Paul was really someone special. God gave him a heart that was a patient and kind, and a mind that was clear and focused. He never wavered. They called him crazy, they said he was out of his mind, but he still he kept to his principles and never lost sight of his goal.

Even during his trial, he was still evangelising! Right when he was supposed to be defending himself, he was still trying to lead others to God.

God, I pray for this kind of intense, laser like focus! Eyes on the prize at all times. My head set in the game, my heart set on the goal, my life set on completing the good work.

It’s a wide, wonderful, wacky, world indeed. Good thing we have an equally wide, wonderful, and wacky God to guide as through it.

“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

By the power of grace

“I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand. You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves.”Psalms 88:4-7 ESV

sad.JPGThe psalmist here is definitely not pulling any stops. He’s not beating around the bush, this is hard core dramatics! It’s not even, “kill me now.” It’s, “Dead. I’m already dead.”

And according to the intro, the psalmist’s name here is Heman. I love it, because it’s so ironic. You would think someone named like the cartoon hero “He-Man” would have a bit more backbone.

At first I was like, way to lose faith, Heman. Where’s your hope? Where’s your trust in the Lord?

It doesn’t help that there’s no redemption moment; at the end of it he’s still where he is when he started praying: down in the dumps.

Can you just hear the soundtrack, “Hello darkness, my old friend…”?

But still, I love that this chapter exists. Because it tells us that, sometimes, it is ok to wallow. Sometimes, there is no recourse but to despair.

Not permanently of course. Not like, for your entire life. Not even for an extended season. But for just around 18 verses? It’s acceptable.

There’s this tired old argument people say that I don’t like, “Well, we’re only human.” Being human is not an excuse! We are emotional precisely because we are human beings created in the likeness of God. And God, as is shown in His Word right here, is a beautifully, exquisitely, emotional God.

I like that word — “exquisite”. It perfectly describes Him, and His works. Even His lamentations are beautiful.

So go ahead — emote, express, exhort! God created you to be exactly who you are!

Just remember to always keep God in the equation. Don’t forget from whence these “feelings” came.

And never ever lose sight of where your help comes from.

Like I said, Heman doesn’t exactly recover at the end of this psalm. It doesn’t matter. He didn’t need to. Sometimes in our lives, this psalm is exactly what we need to hear.


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Unburnt

1:
Unburnt through the fire
Untouched by the flames
Walking through the waters
Unswayed by the waves

The ocean parts before me
His fire lights my way

2:
Walking through the valleys
Running through the hills
Raging storms surround me
Unmoved by the winds

The mountains fall before me
And hurricanes stand still
The skies proclaim Your glory
As Jesus is revealed

Chorus:
The King of all creation and
The Lord of the earth
You hold us closely in Your hands
And closer to Your heart
The very stones cry out Your name
They sing Your majesty
Hallelujah
Oh, hallelujah

3:
Unburnt through the fire
Untouched by the flames
Walking through the waters
Unswayed by the waves

The skies proclaim Your glory
As Jesus is revealed

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge:
I walk through the valley
I walk though the hills
The sea parts before me
In You I am still


When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2 NLT

You quieted the raging oceans
with their pounding waves
and silenced the shouting of the nations.
Psalm 65:7 NLT

You rule over the surging sea;
when its waves mount up, you still them.
Psalm 89:9 NIV

This original song speaks about how miraculous God is, and how He works in the supernatural in every aspect of our lives. It speaks of how, through every trial, He helps us to overcome.

House Targaryen ain’t got nothing on this.

Who I Am In the Lord

I wrote this a while back, but it’s always good to be reminded.


I am a woman of fire, and my heart is emblazoned with His name.  Everyday I burn with longing to be with my God; everyday I yearn for His truth.  I live with a passion for life lived to the full, accepting the charge and challenge to fight for the Lord if needed.  I am aflame with His Word, and the holy light inside me shines forth, making me sparkle, making me blaze.

I am a woman of earth, and my body is a temple for the Lord, strong and supple, and I am a tireless workforce. My hands are capable and willing and open.  I know a mother’s ways, and my household is always ready to receive.  I support, and I nurture, and I serve.

I am a woman of water, and my spirit pours forth with grace and gentleness, and I let myself be molded according to His heavenly will.   I get my fill to the overflowing from the ocean of graces made available to me by the Father.   I can come as soft as summer rain, refreshing, sweet and pure and clean.  I can come as a tempestuous typhoon, righteous, strong, and certain and secure in my worth in the Lord.

I am a woman of wind, and my soul flows freely in praise and in worship.  I can fly as I set my feet to dancing, as I lose myself in joyful songs that rejoice in Him.  I can stroke the air and make it sing, the notes lilting and swaying in the breeze, my voice an instrument for the Lord.

I am woman, hear me roar.  I am eagle, watch me soar.  I am beautiful by design, by holy creation, and I reside in my Father’s heart.

I am your mother, and your sister, and your friend, and your teacher, and your helper, and your partner.  I can be anything I want to be.  But most of all, most important of all, I am His daughter.

And no one can ever take that away from me.


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