ENGAGING THE POWER OF PRAISE FOR SUPERNATURAL TURNAROUND?
Pastor Chris Iyeke
In Habakkuk 3:17-19 (KJV) – (17) “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: (18) “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (19) “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”, the scripture emphatically paints a picture of frustration that was overcome via a celebration. The praise you never engage in never turns you around. However, we are not talking about praise for entertainment, but praise warfare.
Know that praise is what to do when you have no other option. When you are praiseful, you become a spectator to your own battles; this is because praise is a medium for the transference of your battles. In praise, you watch God takeover battles and disgrace your enemies. 2Chronicles 20:20-24 (KJV) – (20) “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. (21) “And when he has consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever. (22) “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. (23) “For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir; utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, everyone helped to destroy another. (24) “And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
Praise is a compulsory assignment, which when obeyed, turns frustrations into manifestations.
WHAT IS IN PRAISE?
- God is in praise – God is found only in an environment of praise, celebrations, joy, and cheerfulness. Psalms 114:1-3 (KJV) – (1) “When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; (2) “Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. (3) “The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.”
God’s natural habitat is in the midst of praise- God cannot survive in a joyless environment. Therefore, your murmuring and complaining is the reason why things have become complicated, turn to joy.
But hear me, this month, your celebration will build a temple for God!
God’s presence is all you need to get things in order; when divine presence departs from you, everything turns upside down. Romans 8:31 (KJV) – “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
- In praise, we are connected to inspiration.
Singspiration will always lead and connect you to inspiration. Isaiah 30:29-31 (KJV) – (29) “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. (30) “And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. (31) “For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.”
Therefore, sing not for convenience, but to provoke His presence. If you must never lack inspiration, make praise and singing a lifestyle.
- Fresh anointing accompanies praise. Fresh oil always flows in the direction of praise. Psalms 92:1-2, 10(KJV) – (1) “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, o most high; (2) “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, (10) “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Show me a God celebrator, and I will show you one that will never lack oil on his head. The more you praise, the fresher the oil; the more of God you celebrate, the more of His fresh oil you enjoy.
Jesus was proof of this; he was heavily anointed because he was a praiser. Even at the graveside of Lazarus, Jesus still gave thanks; he never allowed depression to prevail over his destiny. Acts 10:38 (KJV) – “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Thanksgiving turns insufficiency to surplus; Jesus gave thanks for two loaves of bread and two fishes, and it was more than enough. John 6:1-13
- In praise, is packaged miracle, signs and wonders. Acts 16:25-30.
Anywhere you find praise, you find the signature of God- Miracles, Supernatural happenings, Signs and Wonders. Exodus 15:11 (KJV) – “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
- Praise facilitates fulfilment of prophecies. Genesis 21:1-2,6 (KJV) – (1) “And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. (2) “For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. (6) “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
Since what God has spoken can only be accomplished by Gods hand, it takes praise to engage Gods hand for fulfilment of prophecies. Romans 4:18-21 (KJV) – (18) “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. (19) “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) “he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
In engaging the power of praise for supernatural turnaround, we must understand and know that the supernatural is impossible without Gods input. Until God is there, it cannot be the supernatural; it is the God-factor that makes it the supernatural.