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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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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Yes and Amen!

Likewise with God’s promises. It is alive. It is living. It is His Word. It has its meaning to us. Though some of His promises was spoken according to the history, was to the people of Israel, God will make it sure that He will make it happen to us as well. His promises will never be in past tense. It will always be in present and future tense. That is how faithful He is. 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

These words “Yes and Amen!” are commonly heard from Christians. You will hear them saying all God’s promises are Yes and Amen. 

How are we able to hold firmly to God’s promises without wavering? 

God is sovereign. God is omniscient. God is omnipresent. God is omnipotent. These are all God’s characteristics. These powerful  words  of characteristics are more than enough to grasp the understanding by a human mind. But sometimes people are to over think of a simple phrase or words therefore, words became difficult to comprehend.

God’s promises is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever. 

God’s promises are made to fulfill to all God’s children may it be to Israelites or to Gentiles. But some of us will say, that we are now living in the New Testament. Whatever God promises written in the Old Testament that is for Israelites only. Only?

We must to understand that God is a faithful and just. He is fair. He made NO distinction over His children. May you live in Old Testament or now in New Testament. He is forever the same.

“God is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8

 

Hold on the meaning of His Promises

God speaks to us through reading the Bible; Through the passages of each chapter, there comes a revelation to us; has its meaning according to our situation. That is how magnificent His words are to us. Because God’s Word is alive. It is God’s breath.

Likewise with God’s promises. It is alive. It is living. It is His Word. It has its meaning to us. Though some of His promises was spoken according to the history, was to the people of Israel, God will make it sure that He will make it happen to us as well. His promises will never be in past tense. It will always be in present and future tense. That is how faithful He is.

In Jesus His promises are fulfilled in us.

God loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son–Jesus. His Agape love to us is tangible and as crystal clear through Jesus. We don’t deserve our Salvation but He freely gave it all to us through Jesus.  Now and forever.

So for so many,  God had said His promises. Promises had mentioned and declared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to Israelites–though were mentioned in the past in history. Its meaning, its effectiveness, its revelation, God will make it happen to us. As long we believe in His Son, Jesus. We have His Blessed Distinction!

Because the Bible says, that God’s promises is always “Yes” in Christ Jesus. And  so through Jesus, God’s promises is fulfilled and we say “Amen“, God gets the glory.

These “Amen/s” from us,  as we utter it is a song to God’s ears, because it is a sign of hope, trust and dependence, and looking forward for the future. That God is faithful to fulfill His promises in us through Jesus!

God, thank you for Your Son, Jesus, because of Him, I have life, hope and a future. I have Your promises. I will hold on to it!

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All glory to God💞

Agape,

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Blessed Assurance

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

 
Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

 


Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blessed,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

 

by Fanny Crosby, 1873

 

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Be Still

Jehovah Shalom – God is Peace

During the very first Hope Church retreat I attended in 2007, my then care leader asked me what my objective was, my purpose for going to the retreat. I was brand new, I didn’t know what he was asking exactly. To be totally honest, my first reason for coming was because it was my first trip to Batam, Indonesia. It was a short vacation. I just wanted to go to the beach.

Just to get him to stop talking, I said the first thing that came to me. I said I was praying for peace of mind. And then I walked away.

But God moves in mysterious ways indeed. What I thought to be just a throwaway statement became my personal theme for that retreat. It turns out, I really, truly did need peace of mind (and heart, and soul) at that time. He knew the exact thing that I needed even before I knew it for myself.

I felt He led me through the rest of that retreat, and prepared everything just for me, so that I would receive and understand the personal relationship that He wanted to have with me.

It was the very first time I encountered and was touched by this favorite verse:

“Be still, and know that I am God”
Psalm 46:10a NIV

It tied in to His message for me right then. Through these words I realised all the things I had to let go of: my anger, my pride, my resentments, my personal slights both real and imagined. I had to let go of all the “my”s in my life, and replace it with what is “His”.

His love. His grace. His faith. His Word.

In the same retreat, they played the song Still, by Hillsong United. After hearing the words, I was shattered. It was the last straw. I wept. I shed tears I didn’t know were inside me, for reasons that I didn’t even understand completely.

All I knew was my need for the peace that only He could bring. Mind, body, heart, and soul — I wanted all parts of me to be filled with His peace.

(I found out later that it wasn’t even part of the lineup. A guitar string broke, and the band had to switch to a song that had more keyboard parts in it. So they played a song that became my anthem for a very long time in 2007.)

Fast forward to today, and I have to teach on Jehovah Shalom. God is Peace.

And in making the lesson, I was refreshed with that memory of my new believer self, all of ten years ago.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 NIV

Peace that transcends all understanding — this is true. It’s been a decade, and I’m certainly not a new believer anymore, but until now I still hold to the indefinable, awesome quality of God, the wonderful reality of His peace.

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Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life
And let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee;

by Ernie Rettino & Debby Kerner Rettino

Take my life
And let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands
And let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet
And let them be swift
And beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice
And let me sing always,
Only for my King;
Always, only for my King

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my will and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my life,
Let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee!

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Failure: A positive note!

This is how 1 John 4:4 manifests in our lives as Christians.” That greater is He who is in you than who is this world. ” We will overcome this failure by running unto God; by relying unto Him; by trusting unto Him. That is how Great He is in us!

Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:4 ASV

Recently I am in the midst of trembling situation. I felt overwhelmed with all the deadlines or meeting timelines at work. This made me focus at work and de-focus on my spiritual life. However, I am aware of my situation, but my flesh tends to rely on results of my work then I will be at peace. This is me being human–afraid of failure.

At least most of us are afraid of failure. If we encountered failure, some of us tend to lose self-esteem. Some, tend to fluctuate their confidence. Some,  tend to be hiding. Stuck in one corner, even, do not want to come out. Felt ashamed. No face. As if being swallowed by the land.

Failure makes us trembling. Hearing someone is a failure, we belittle the person. People start to talk about that person and became a busy body on finding out why that person is a failure. In your workplace for an instance. A big project had been assigned to you.  If the result were not successful, despite efforts, hardwork, sweat-and-blood given, you are a failure. Failure. Failure. Failure

But why we fail? What is the measurement of failure?  You lose money in a business? You did not pass the exam? You did not finish your studies? You failed in your presentation and interview? You failed in your marriage? You failed in your relationships?  Because no good results were produced! And this how we measure it—This is reality in this world. We gauge it with results. 

Reading  1 John 4:4  had given me great leap of faith in facing failure in this world. That this word-trembling, sucking self-esteem — failure is actually a positive note for Christians. That when we look upon our situation and seems nothing could be done,  that is where we get down on our knees and pray to God. 

This were we started to rely, depend, trust unto God. We are only human. When things seems right. We are ‘ok’ with God. The feeling and relationship with Him is ‘ok’. But when things is bad, we are ‘best’ with God. We run to Him, we cry out loud unto Him and pleading unto Him for a help. The feeling is unexplainable when we are satisfied in His presence.

All along God is with us. This is where He will made His distinction between His people and of this world (Exodus 8:23a). Christians when seems failing; the instinct is to run to Him. 

This is how 1 John 4:4 manifests in our lives as Christians.” That greater is He who is in you than who is this world. ” We will overcome this failure by running unto God; by relying unto Him; by trusting unto Him. That is how Great He is in us!

All glory to God!💞

Agape,

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Blessed is She

Glory she will not give to another,
Only unto her sovereign King.

Blessed is she who depends on the Lord.
She neither sees nor knows her future;
But peace rests in her heart
That in deep unfamiliar waters
She lifts up her eyes
Upon her loving Father.
He takes her by the hand,
Leads her and directs her path.
He takes her to the very purpose
He had for her.
There she will walk in His wisdom
And depend on His grace.
Then she will be filled with praise!
Her joy will overflow!
She will stand in awe
In amazement
As she beholds
The glory of her Savior.
Glory she will not give to another,
Only unto her sovereign King.

 

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Life of a Christian

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian mature.

To be a Christian is not an easy way of living; it’s not a trademark to be famous; Or even a superior status quo. Christian not even a brand to look for and get it. It is being quoted as hypocrite(s). It may have been off for those Christians who will read this article and may even not to accept it,  especially the latter. But this is true which perceived by some non-believers and even the socalled professing christians—But! Read through.

Many at times, people around us, if they knew you are a Christian, they will  assume–you are gentle, kind and easy-to-believe. If these were not seen from your gesture and action. Judgement is served—you are hypocrite; and these were only a few of their criteria.

It’s true that it is difficult to have it said and done. “I am a Christian”; “I am a Christ follower”; “I am a Believer”. We are all attune to have these identity. That when you said it, you have to display it.

Come to think of it. Do they have sense in that saying? Yes. I believe so. It is time for us to wake up in our slumber, Christians. Rise up and Walk. Christians who say it by mouth must have it in his heart. We are tagged how Christ did here on earth. But isn’t true? We proclaim that we are Christ Ambassadors. But, what we say is different from the way we live.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  

Matthew 12:33‭

Jesus speaks about the tree and its fruit. It is how we, Christians identified. We can’t run away from it. It is difficult to commit to the standard of God because we are only human; and if we tend to rely in our own might and power.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 NKJVwp-image-1457337255

But if we will abide in Him, and He abode in us, it is now the work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. It is not by our might nor by power, but it is by the Spirit of Lord,  Zechariah 4:6. This how He worked in our Spiritual life.

If we will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we will realize His amazement. The normal things that we used to do when we are in our own might will not be normal anymore. You are more careful as the conviction is prominent whether it is aligning to God’s will. The reality is clear to you, that you are no longer in a physical realm but  in spiritual realm.

That’s where life as a Christian mature. When we understand that our physical body is in a spiritual encounter. It matures when his faith became child-like. When he give his full dependence on Him. Trusting on Him. Relying on Him. 

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian, mature.

Let them understand that Christianity is a relationship; a relationship to our Creator. The deeper we establish our relationship to our Creator; the deeper we know Him; the deeper we will walk in Spirit and in Truth —and that is His amazement.

Let us continue to walk in His presence. As the road in this world is rocky. Even turmoil is present along the journey of our faith. But we will conquer it, because in Him, we are more than Conquerors – Romans 8:37.

All glory to God!💞

Agape,

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