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Recently the Lord has shown me areas of my life that has allowed fear and others things to prevent me from walking in the place He created me to walk in. He showed me that I open the door with the videos I watch, or by someone in my past who spoke words over me. …View full post
GRACE WHAT DOES IT MEAN? How did the sacrifice of Jesus give me salvation forever? (Hbr 10:10) Jesus became our offering, our sacrifice so that we would be saved and cleared of all guilt of our sin, a ONE time sacrifice for ALL our lifetime of sins. (Hbr 10:11) Every priest stands ministering daily and …View full post
The Perfect Sacrifice Set You Free from the law so you could be led by the Spirit instead of tutored by the law! JESUS is the perfect sacrifice A Sacrifice had to be without spot or blemish LAW-Deu 17:1 “You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep …View full post
When Jesus died for all your lifetime of sin, He conquer death and all its demons for you. Heb 2:14 that through death he might destroy him that HAD the power of death, that is, the devil; Notice that because Jesus died He took away the power of death from the devil. Life and death …View full post
The Holy Spirit lives in you the same that He did in Jesus. Jesus emptied Himself of His divinity and become empowered by the Holy Spirit so that He could live within the same boundaries as fallen man. Remember He took your place for all your lifetime of sin and in order to do that …View full post
You are a spirit and you live in a body, you have a soul which is your mind, will and emotions. Your spirit is sealed with the Holy Spirit when you become born again. Your spirit is perfect and righteous. Your spirit was born again and never can you lose your salvation. Your body and soul can sin however, but the more you know about your spirit the less you will sin. Your spirit has dominion over your soul and body and you can use it’s power to STOP sinning. Watch today’s video.
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The word psyche in Greek means breath, life, spirit. People have always known intuitively that the mind is the gateway to the spirit. The mind provides us with the intellectual capabilities essential for survival. But the riches of the psyche lie in its deeper realms.
The connection between the dark cloud of depression and the physical brain lies in a set of neutro-transmitters. These neutro-transmitters are actually messenger chemicals that create feelings, stimulate thoughts, and trigger memories. When you have an optimal amount of any single neurotransmitter in your brain, then you will experience the positive feelings associated with that neurotransmitter. There are five neurotransmitters. Of these, three are of particular importance in depression: serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Serotonin boosts feelings of optimism, well-being, self-esteem, relaxation and security. It enhances sleep and relaxation. The other two increase feelings of alertness, assertiveness, aggression and wakefulness. They heighten energy, speed up thoughts.
When we undergo stress, our endocrine system releases a group of hormones called glucosteroids, or “stress hormones”, the most notable of which is cortisol. Scientists believe that secretions of high levels of cortisol may disrupt the balance and production of either serotonin or norepinephrine. Neutro-transmitters are hormone like chemicals that direct the workings of the central nervous system, including the brain, and thereby affect the entire body and mind.
The choice between facing a difficult situation or fleeing from it, may well depend on serotonin levels. Those with low levels have more anxiety over impending adverse events and a far greater tendency to avoid events that they expect will be difficult. Among the most effective tools for boosting serotonin are reading inspirational literature and prayer.
Dopamine gives us a sense of strength, vitality, energy and power. The moment you are confronted with a competitive or threatening situation, dopamine gives you the energy needed to deal with that situation. Put some of your favorite fast music on your stereo and try to sit still.
Norepinephrine and dopamine are flooding your brain, causing your muscles to want to move, your respiration to increase, and your heart rate to accelerate. You may think the music’s beat is forcing you to dance but actually the rhythms of norepinephrine are.
As you began to praise God in a depressed state, the levels of norepinephrine and dopamine began to rise giving you a sense of vitality. As you continue, you can do spiritual warfare because you feel strong and ready to take on any threatening situation. AND IT BRINGS YOU OUT OF THE DEPRESSED STATE.
During worship, your serotonin levels are highest from prayer and the Word – giving you confidence and peace.
The benefits of praise will bring a new honesty into our midst, to enlarge our concepts of God. It will move us from negative to positive attitudes and mold our congregation into a true family UNIT. Once we learn to flow love to God, we will began to learn to love one another to the fullest.
When we sing as a congregation, we sing a variety of songs. We might sense His presence and feel the anointing and go away feeling wonderful. BUT, my question is, what did it do for the Father? Were we singing songs of praise? Were we singing songs that lifted Him up? He will anoint you far beyond your expectations and bless your socks off when you meet His requirement –“enter my courts with praise.”
We sing songs of Thanksgiving. These are songs that talk about what God has done for us and our appreciation of what he has done for us.
We sing songs of petition. These are songs where we are in a form of prayer, asking God for His blessing in one form or another.
We sing songs of declaration. These are songs declaring our position in Christ or our position against the enemy.
We sing songs of testimony. These are songs closely related to thanking God what He has done for us. We even sing songs about the enemy declaring our position against him and that he is defeated.
We sing wordy songs. Often we sing songs that are diabolically opposed to the Word of God. This is where the praise and worship leader has to be especially careful and in tune. Just because a song writer has written a song does not mean that it is scripturally correct. We sing songs for a variety of reasons. We need to be knowledgeable of the Word and not just sing because we like the melody or rhythm or the way they make us feel.
Often we sing songs in the third person and not directly to the Father. They may be ABOUT Him but not to Him. They can be about what He has done for US which is a form of praise but it is not what the scriptures are referring to when they clearly tell us to PRAISE HIM in the sanctuary and sing praises unto Him and come into the courts with praise.
While studying the Psalms, we find numerous songs of praise – these are praise to the Father. They are directly spoken to the Father. They are not to make us feel good. They are to give praise where praise is due.
Personally I believe that if we did just that in our praise services we would invoke the anointing without even singing all the songs we had planned.
Don’t get me wrong, melody and music are all part of praise. My point is that the melody should not be the decision-making tool for what songs we sing. I have read numerous excerpts on how to prepare for a praise and worship service and one criteria is the keys you play in and the flow, etc. Little is mentioned as to WHY we are singing, WHAT we are singing and to WHOM we are singing.
I challenge you to look closely at your praise and worship songs. Put them into their proper categories: songs that are a prayer, songs that are declaration, songs of testimony, songs that are a petition and songs of praise.
Some are obvious just from their titles. We need to take note what we are singing and whether or not it fits God’s pattern. There is room for all of these types of songs. I am specifically addressing the type of songs that will evoke the presence of God in our midst –the time of our gathering that is designed to bring praise to the Father. It is the time we prepare the sanctuary for His presence, His anointing. We are giving God something to work with, being obedient to what He has asked us to do.
There is a place for songs of thanksgiving and petition. There is a place for songs thanking God for fighting the battles and making us victorious over the enemy. But in our corporate praise service, the word clearly states we are to bring songs of PRAISE to the Father. How many of the songs you sing in your service do that? What category do they fall into?
If they are songs of thanksgiving, are they being sung in the order that the Word has set? Are you singing songs of praise that are strictly lifting up the Father and expressing praise to Him? Are you singing songs of worship that are intimate and expressing your love and adoration to Him?
Every praise and worship leader who has taken the time to follow the pattern of praise and worship that is set in the Word, has reaped the results we seek in a praise and worship service. God’s Word is reciprocal. He gives and gives and then gives more.
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There are three levels of approach to God — thanksgiving, praise and worship. The outer court represents thanksgiving. The Holy Place represents praise and the Holy of Holies represents worship. Each one is a progressive step that leads to the next.
We will enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and into His courts with praise. Allow me to paint you a picture from the Old Testament. When we enter the outer court, we stop at the brass altar, which stands for the blood of Jesus. Then we come to the brazen laver, which stands for God’s Word. When you walk into the Holy Place, which represents the soul of man, you deal with your will. We come to the golden candlestick and deal with our minds and then to the altar of incense and we submit our emotions. We move through the veil into the Holy of Holies and come to the Arc of the Covenant where sin is covered. Ultimately we come to the Mercy Seat where the presence of God is manifested.
In the tabernacle in the wilderness, God’s place of habitation was the Holy of Holies. It sat in a courtyard surrounded by a linen fence which had only one gate. Anyone approaching God came through that gate and walked through the courtyard to get to the tabernacle in which God dwelt. The gate is called thanksgiving and the court is called praise.
Psalm 22:3 declares that God inhabits the praises of His people. The place of His dwelling is IN THE MIDST of the courtyard of praise. If we desire to approach God, we must come through praise. If we would enter petitions before God, we must come through thanksgiving, as Philippians 4:6 tells us “With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
The priests went into the Holy Place every afternoon at precisely 3 o’clock and there made the evening sacrifice. It was called the ‘time 0f the evening oblation’. Jesus died on the cross and gave up the ghost at precisely 3 o’clock in the afternoon so we know that the priests were standing in front of the veil when Jesus cried out and gave up the ghost. The priests watched as God rent the veil in two from the top to the bottom at 3 P. M. when Jesus said, “It is finished.”
I cannot empathize enough that our praise and worship leaders, who may be trained professionals in the area of music, need to know how to lead a congregation through the steps to the Holy of Holies.
I have been in praise services where the leader concentrates on taking a stand against the enemy which is giving recognition to the enemy. The Deceiver revels in it. He loves the attention. Again, we need to look at the Word and see the pattern that was used to conquer the enemy.
Read II Chronicles 20:20 – 22
20 “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they 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 had 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.”
When we follow the pattern in the Word, HE WILL DESTROY THE ENEMY.
God asks us to praise HIM in the midst of the struggle, in the midst of the trauma, in the midst of the attack. He will send ambushments to destroy the enemy. We need to concentrate on Him and not what is wrong or what we are going through at the time or what our problems are.
When we read the scriptures out loud that praise God, we are reading His thoughts and we are in line with His Word. Our praise is Word based. Many of us do not have a grasp on what praise is or how to express it. There are a multitude of books and tapes on the subject. It is well worth your while to do some research. Understanding praise and the whole concept of praise will turn your life around. It is the answer to so many of our dilemmas.
If we begin our day with praise, maintaining an attitude of praise throughout the day, it gives God something to work with on our behalf. It takes the focus off of us and our problems and places it where it belongs — with God. He is the One to be praised and He is the one who fights our battles on our behalf. When we try to fight our own battles and carry the burden of it all, it is difficult to get into the praise mode.
Thanksgiving is what you do when you thank God for what he has done in the past, what he is doing now and what he is about to do.
Thanksgiving is a New Testament term. Scripture speaks of thanksgiving that can be done in one’s heart and in private. These references are made in the Greek. It comes from the word ‘charis’, root form of charismatic and is related to the word for ‘grace’ – thus it is an appropriate response to God’s grace in our lives. As thanksgiving comes out of our mouths, we prepare our inner man for what God is going to do.
Praise is related to God’s character and who God is. Praise means public and open – from the Hebrew. Praise is a VERB and needs to be expressed to be praise. Some people say I will just praise silently here in my seat – that is not praise. It must be expressed.
They used to tie a rope on the ankle of the priest when he entered the Holy of Holies in case he died due to sin in his life. Then they would have to pull him out using the rope. They could not enter the Holy of Holies unless they were clean. Christ IS CLEAN FOR US and welcomes us into His inner court. But there is a requirement, just like in the Old Testament – the requirement is praise. PART 3 tomorrow.
The subject of praise has more scripture devoted to it than any other subject in the Bible. Yet, do we have true understanding as to its purpose? I have been passionate about this subject for 30 years. It has been pivotal in my life turning me from sickness and near death to health and life! It is the understanding of praise that will make the difference in your life as well. What does praise and worship actually mean, especially in the corporate setting?
There are numerous books written on incorporating praise into your everyday life. We need to gain a true understanding of what praise is in a corporate setting as well. Singing songs in church can be a wonderful experience but it is not always a form of praise. Dancing, raising our hands and praying are not necessarily praise. When we apply these simple suggestions and biblical patterns to our services, they will revolutionize our church in the area of true praise and worship and cause us to receive all the fullness of what God has to offer.
When we meet together corporately, we have a time of singing which we call the praise and worship service. Often we choose the best vocalists and musicians with the most talent to conduct these services. However, may I suggest that we make sure that they have training or done serious biblical research as to what should transpire in a praise and worship service. God set a pattern in his Word for corporate praise which is clear and complete. Traditionally, this time of singing is to evoke the presence of the Holy Spirit to pave the way for the message from the minister. When questioned about the praise and worship time, we usually answer how it made us feel. “I really sensed His presence this morning.” “The Lord really ministered to me this morning.” “I felt so clean and refreshed after spending that time in His presence.” These are general responses.
I challenge you to ask anyone the following question after their next praise and worship service. Listen carefully to their response. The question is: Did you sense that the time of praise and worship actually blessed our Heavenly Father and why? When discussing this with praise and worship leaders, a comment most often heard is there definitely was an anointing therefore it was of God. When asked what an anointing is, the answers usually depend on the way the service made us FEEL.
Yes, there is often an element of the anointing in our time of singing. We are anointed because He lives in us. We enter the courts with anointing. We sense it during prayer, during singing, and while we are concentrating on Him. The question is, have we entered into the Holy of Holies and truly worshiped Him? Do you ever hear this question asked? Are we truly concerned that we have blessed our Heavenly Father or merely that WE come away blessed?
When God puts a pattern in His Word, He has a reason. We are not to question it, we are to obey it. He has made a pattern for praise. He has made a clear pattern for corporate praise and what will happen when we are obedient.
Psalm 81 is God’s covenant with man regarding corporate praise. In the first three verses, it shows us that praise is not praise until it is expressed. This brings release. Make a joyful noise means to spin around on the inside until it shows up on the outside. He shows us that we are instruments of praise; we were created to praise Him. On the solemn feast day, when the people gathered to praise God, a bull was offered as a sacrifice. It was to be placed on top of the fire not IN the fire. The people were to praise God until the entire bull charred, dropped into the fire and the ashes cooled. This took about 72 hours. We complain when our praise services run a few minutes longer than we expected.
In the fourth verse it says that this was a statute. In other words, this was not a suggestion; it was a decree. There are no suggestions in the Bible.
The fifth verse is KEY. It says that THIS WAS ORDAINED AS A TESTIMONY. It isn’t how big your church is, or how much money you give to the poor or what good works you may have done. The Psalmist says that the fruit of our lips through praise is a testimony that God is in our midst and that we are being obedient to what He has asked us to do. That bears repeating: The fruit of our lips through praise is a testimony that God is in our midst and that we are being obedient to what He has asked us to do.
Verse six tells us what He will do for us to honor our obedience. He will REMOVE the burdens. He will answer our prayers. He will deliver us. He says there will be no strange gods in us – no oppression or bondage, we are protected from the enemy.
Read the chapter again and you will see that the ultimate reward is complete and total satisfaction. Nothing can satisfy like God can. He requires our praise. He desires our praise and he rewards our praise.
Praise is from the heart, it is not lip service. Worship is directly related to the holiness of God. It means TO KISS. This is what happens when you come into his inner sanctuary. We need to take the time to enter this inner sanctuary when we come together to praise and WORSHIP. We may need to be led there or shown the biblical pattern on how to get there. I can lead you into thanksgiving. I can lead you into praise but I CANNOT lead you into worship. To worship is very private, very personal as is your relationship with your heavenly Father. This is God’s passion for us; to fellowship with him, to hunger for him and his presence. Not just in our prayer closet at home, but as a unified body in our gatherings.
While attending a service, I often hear comments stating the praise and worship service was wonderful. Granted, many times we felt truly blessed and sensed the presence of God. However, something has disturbed me for years because I could not understand how people could think that the songs they were singing were in line with the Word of God. The pattern the Word clearly lays out is to praise Him. I had difficulty understanding how we could ‘feel good’ after praising knowing it was not done in the Biblical pattern. God is true to his Word. If we come to him with the simplicity of a child and stop trying to complicate things, we can often find the answers we need. It was in plain sight — I just never saw it before so clearly. After my eyes were opened, it became exquisitely clear that I needed to lift Him up — not myself. Tomorrow Part 2!
The power of sound and words can change your world! This first video is of me doing the rice experiment by speaking words over 3 different bowls of rice and the results!! It will change your life!
Is Seminary Really Necessary by Guest Post -Sonya Thompson
The question always arises, “Is seminary really necessary for pastors and church leadership?” There was a time when people regarded seminary and Bible school as an absolute necessity, but today there are many serving in this capacity without a firm and sure foundation of Scripture. Seminary is extremely relevant today to help prepare pastors and church leaders to effectively minister to God’s people. It’s amazing how few church leaders know about the history of the Bible, how to exegete the Scripture, how to communicate effectively and how to prepare a uniform message to impact the people. It’s one thing to be called to teach, preach and minister, but it is another thing to take time and prepare oneself for effective ministry. Anyone can take a microphone and talk, but God is looking for men and women who can grasp the foundation of Scripture, pair it with His anointing and minister to His sheep.
A seminary degree also creates a certain level of structure and discipline for its attendees. Discipline results in taking time to study and spend time with God as He gives revelation in His word. Structure comes as the pastor, minister or leader learns an organized manner of preparing, formulating, and delivering the word in an effective manner. Seminary provides church leadership with a solid foundation to build upon. It also aids in the enhancement of the individuals gift/grace to teach and preach the word and operate in the capacity assigned. If you are serious about ministering and leading the kingdom forward with a spirit of excellence, then Vanguard Theological Seminary is for you. Vanguard theological Seminary (VTS) is internationally accredited and offers a high quality, affordable, spirit-filled, education for adult learners who desire to increase their knowledge of the Bible, grow in their faith, and develop their ministry gifts.
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