Vol. 12 Issue 2
Praising Him in Advance
Selah Moment Reprint: Bishop Henry D. Hedgepeth, August 23, 2007
One of the powerful advantages of being saved is that we have access to the anointing and power of God to destroy yokes in our lives and to lead us to victory. There is simply no excuse for believers to live in defeat and bondage and yet claim Christ as Lord.
The presence of issues and problems in our lives are not permanent and are not meant to destroy us. God allows a certain amount of discomfort, disappointment and disillusionment to remind us that we are citizens of heaven, not of this earth. It is the intention of God to place us in situations that will cause us to seek HIM, to magnify HIM and to extol HIM. Satan, on the other hand, tries to intersect this principle with the principality of sadness, depression and feelings of isolation. Of course, when we are sad and depressed, we don’t feel like praising God. We don’t want to clap our hands when our spirits are heavy. It’s not easy to dance when the feeling of helplessness gives us two left feet. One thing we can count on when we don’t feel like it, or want to, we probably wont’. We are a generation given to feelings.
Praising God is not something we do because we feel like it. We praise God because it is a requirement for deliverance. We don’t always feel like going to work, but we go because we know there is a pay check at the end of the week. God always intends to make His promises good; however, there is a sentence of death between the problem and the blessing. Praise frees us from the pain of the therapy that we have to experience to get to our deliverance. to experience to get to our deliverance. This principle is outlined in St. Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Prayer and praise are synonymous. Notice the power Christ places on believing. The experienced believer has learned that saying ‘thanks you’ gets to the heart of God. See, it’s impossible for people with manners (the Holy Ghost) to receive anything from anyone without saying ‘thank you’. When we realize that we have received it, ‘thank you’ automatically flows out of our mouth.
No, we don’t see the victory yet. We credit God with our deliverance because we believe He can and will grant it to us. When we believe with the evidence of thanking HIM in advance, we will have what we desire. When the praises go up, the blessings come down. God is faithful and will pay every debt that our praises have accumulated.
Living Holy Reprint: May 5, 2009
Bishop Forrest Nance, Jr.
The Emancipation Proclamation of Jesus Christ
Jesus made a very simple, but profound statement in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Just as the Jews could not comprehend His statement, nor do many Christians today. Jesus made us free when He died and rose on the third day, mankind’s freedom was made law.
President Abraham Lincoln passed a similar law, which is referred today as the Emancipation Proclamation and with this law he freed the slaves in states that were at war with the union, effective January 1, 1862.
Considering these two emancipations, Lincoln’s took place over one hundred years ago and people are still struggling with this freedom. Jesus Christ made mankind free over two thousand years ago, society and Christians are still struggling with this statement.
Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, being inspired by the Holy Spirit, “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Rom 6:2). It poses a question that many Christians should ask themselves daily. How can I continue in sin, if I am dead to sin? Has anything dead every come back to life? God desires His people to be free from any bondage of sin and of this world. God reiterates this through a statement Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal 5:1). God’s people have to get an understanding of this freedom and that can only come through reading and meditating on the Word of God.
Yes, people of God, you will be presented with trials and tribulations, health problems, financial difficulties, family problems, and unemployment, etc… But they are not any more than the unbeliever is facing, Christ gives us an advantage; because Christians have God for their defense and offense. He will provide and protect each individual that believes His Word. Do not be like the slaves that Abraham Lincoln freed, and remain in slavery because of the unknown, but accept your freedom and walk by faith and not by sight. The Word of God tells the believer in Hebrews 13: 5; “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.
Remember what Jesus said, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
After reading this statement choose to have life more abundantly and come out of slavery, you do not have to tolerate an evil master that means you no good, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and come out of bondage. Live a life full of expectancy on God and He will deliver.
In closing, I would like to make a comparison to living life normal or living life in the super natural. To do this let us use McDonald’s menu. You can get a normal meal or have it super sized. Normal is just believing what you read and never really coming into the knowledge of truth, (2Tim 3:7). Supersized is living in the super natural, being led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost will cause you to live in the abundance of God. Just like the supersized meal cost more, living in the Spirit will cost you more, not financially, but in obedience and sacrifices. It will take presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice as Paul declares in Rom 12:1-2, and having our minds renewed and not being conformed to this world.
Apostle Ivan L. Grant, Sr. writes…
Who Gets the Glory – God or Man?
There is much “to do” within the church community about giving “glory to God.” Anything done in the name of the Lord is seen as bringing glory and honor to His name. Ministry and all that it entails (preaching, singing, praise and worship, care for the less fortunate, etc.) is typically viewed as glorifying the great name of our Lord.
The question that must be answered when glorifying God is what was the motivating factor that prompted the action; was it done to be seen, was it done for shameless self promotion, did money play a key role, or was there any other hidden agenda at work?
Certainly, all of the above named good deeds are admirable and should have its place in kingdom building. The major concern, in the light of eternal weight and value that should be pondered, is did God say amen to it? One holy and wise man of God characterized it this way; “what DID God tell you to do?” Only what God ordains and sanctions brings glory and honor to His name.
First and foremost holy living glorifies God. Before anything is done an undefiled life must be lived “in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation” (Philippians 2:15). Clean living as commanded by God speaks volumes above and before anything that is said or done in His name. Holy living is the only thing that gives credence to any form or mode of ministry. The scripture is yet beckoning for all to hear and obey “because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
Secondly, God is sovereign and has the exclusive right to do as He chooses. Thus, He calls, anoints, and equips those for specific purposes in building His kingdom. More times than not, it is not what an individual wants to do but rather an unction and a fire placed in the belly that cannot be ignored. Resources or the lack thereof, whatever opposition is present, will not deter the called of God. Competition and comparisons are irrelevant as what God has called for is the only object and focus. This unwavering commitment indeed brings glory to Him.
Lastly, glorifying God must be sought from and acted upon the perspective of God. It is not what the church able to do for God but rather what He can do for His church. It is only what He can do for the body of baptized believers that will bring honor and glory to His name. Humanity is too frail and powerless to accomplish anything for God. “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25). Glorifying God in essence is what He wants to do through His people.
May the church of the living God be ever conscious of what God wants to do. “Not unto us, O Lord not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and thy truth’s sake” (Psalm 115:1).