To maximize the blessedness of this month’s teaching, we must first understand what Praise and Prophecy means in this context.
What is Praise?
- It is acknowledging God NOT FOR WAHT IS HAPPENING BUT FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN . Psalms 92:1 (KJV) “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High”. While Thanksgiving is appreciating God for his acts and deeds in our lives, Praise is celebrating his personality and the integrity of his word. When we are in Praise, our focus is on God, not on things or self or accomplishments. Psalms 149:1 (KJV) “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints”.
- It is a POTENT weapon of warfare. Psalms 149:6 (KJV) “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand”. When you pray, God sends angels in response to your needs, but when you Praise, God steps down himself. We therefore Praise not for the fun of it, but to target unfulfilled prophecies and cause them to find manifestations in our lives.
What is Prophecy?
- It is the unveiling of God’s plan and purpose for a nation, a people or an individual. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (KJV) (21) “And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? (22) When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him”. Prophecies address God’s plan and purpose for his people. God’s plan and purpose will never be fulfilled in our lives until we are committed to living a lifestyle of Praise. You must acknowledge the one who is able to bring prophecies to pass in your life, before he commits himself to making good his promises. Therefore, when you add praise to prophecy, it facilitate the fulfillment of that Prophecy. No murmurer or complainer will ever see prophecies fulfilled in his life, so we are to embrace praise as a lifestyle.
Scripturally, there are two main sources of prophecies;
- The Word of God. 2Peter 1:19-20 (KJV) (19) “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. (20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation”. One of the ways we know and access God’s plans for us is via his word. Psalms 89:34 (KJV) “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips”. God’s word is prophetic in character, it unveils God’s plan per time.
- Through God sent prophets. Luke 4:25-26 (KJV) (25) “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; (26) But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow”. A prophet is God’s mouth piece, regardless of his age; he is the one who hears from God and speaks on the behalf of God. Matthew 10:41 (KJV) “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward”.
We must however understand that prophecies are not religious wishes, but are the unfolding of God’s plans and purpose, if we are to fully maximize and manifest them. Joshua 21:45 (KJV) “There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass”.
Characteristics of Prophecies
- Every prophetic word ignites hope. Romans 4:18 (KJV) “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.” Once God’s word goes forth, it automatically births hope in the life of the receiver; wherever prophecies are, hope abides. Genesis 21:1 (KJV) “And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken”. Prophetic words produces hope, and hope births testimonies. Every genuine prophecy keeps your hope alive.
- Every prophetic word you receive stimulates joy and rejoicing. Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV) “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts”. Every true prophecy stirs up joy and rejoicing.
However, to see prophecies fulfilled, what must I do?
- Receive the prophetic word, and the person of the prophet. The prophetic word you don’t believe and receive will never have the capacity to become fulfilled and manifested in your life. Luke 4:25 (KJV) “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land”. The prophet you don’t receive will never impact on your destiny; you must mind the personality of the prophet if you must access the riches and prophetic blessings he carries. Therefore, if God makes even your son your prophet, endeavor to come under “his prophetic”coverage .The personality you don’t value will never add value to your life and destiny.
- Remain strong in Faith. Romans 4:19-21 (KJV) (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”. You must engage the mystery of praise and faith to see prophecy fulfilled.
On this note, I welcome you to covenant day of breaking invisible barriers…
Barriers are spiritual hindrances, limitations, resistances and things that have the capacity to stop one from fulfilling destiny, and these must be dealt with a measure of force and spiritual warfare mentality .
- Whatever you don’t want, don’t watch it; take 1Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.
- Whatever you don’t resist has a right to Ephesians 4:27 (KJV) “Neither give place to the devil.”
- Whatever you don’t confront, you cannot 1Timothy 6:12 (KJV) “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”.
From the above, we see that invisible barriers are real. Matthew 13:24-28 (KJV). However, we have the redemptive right to clear invisible barriers off our paths of destiny as children of God. 1 John 4:4 (KJV) “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.