Praise Precedes Victory

Very often it happens that while we are praising God, His Spirit will lead us to sing  spiritual warfare songs. As we wrestle not against flesh and blood, we should never ignore that if the voice of the Spirit urges us to war in worship, let us do without hesitation.

Psalm 149:6-9: Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

In spiritual warfare, we not only won as the double-edged sword of the Word of God comes from our mouths, but also we gain great victories in the spiritual realm while singing the praises of God. We not only is found in the Bible, but what we experience in our own lives.

Isaiah 30:31-32: For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.

The worship music is an important part in winning every spiritual battle.

Relationship between Worship, Prophecy and War

In the book of Revelation, the apostle John describes a awesome scene of praise which will occur at the end of time:

Revelation 19:6-8: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Currently, there is a new sound of praise and worship that is coming to the Church, which often comes as a deafening sound, similar to that produced by the Great Cataracts, and strong expressions that sound like thunder and strong cries of victory. In the roaring sound, Jesus, who before had been revealed to us as the Lamb of God now reveals himself as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Revelation 19:10-11: And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Later, John describes the final battle, when Satan will be bound on earth.

Revelation 19:19-21: And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

There are three important aspects of this great spiritual battle: worship, prophecy and war. Often, while practicing praise and worship, a “spirit of prophecy” is manifested in a “spiritual song” of war. When this happens, great battles are won in the spiritual world because principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness are tied .

Psalm 149:8: To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron.

Revelation 19 provides a description of Jesus and His saints coming back in this great battle of triumph over the devil and his demonic powers.

Revelation 19:12-16: His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Key to Unlocking the Miraculous Power of God

We offer the sacrifice of praise to God regardless of the circumstances and what we feel. When we face a crisis or desperate situation, praise opens the way to God comes for us and set us free. Many members of Christ’s body are in need today of a supernatural intervention from God in their lives, their families and their ministries, and praise is the master key for them to reach the miraculous power of God to release their lives.

Psalm 50:23: Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

In Scripture we find examples of this truth:

Jonah 2:9-10: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

We’ve all heard the story of Jonah, who spent three days and three nights in the belly of the fish. For many people, even most Christians, Jonah is like Cinderella among the prophets. We have been presented to this character in the Bible as a disobedient servant who prefaced his contempt for Nineveh to God’s command. However, Chapter 2 of the book of Jonah is a prayer, an invocation of distress, after which the prophet concludes: “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving”, and God answered him freeing him and saving his life, “And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land“. This is a very clear example of the sacrifice of praise led to the release of the supernatural power of God in the life of a person.

Whenever the shadows of darkness come over our lives, family and ministry, as if we were in the belly of a fish, praise God with all our heart, and His glory will change all circumstances.

Personally I can testify to the hidden power behind the sacrifice of praise. Several years ago I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. By that time I was part of the church choir where I had gathered and I realized that I did not hear the right side because when I used the monitor headphone listening only sound left. For those who practice music, the ear is the most important of the senses and I was aware that hearing only one side could not serve the Lord with excellence He deserves. The doctors told me that deafness is irreversible and that the only solution was to use amplifiers appliances in my affected ear . I never stopped serving the Lord in what He had called me to do, but continue to participate in worship regardless of my condition. God answered me with the creative miracle of returning full hearing, challenging the verdict of medical science. No doubt the favor of the Lord will break all the darkness.

Here’s another example:

John 6:11-13: And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

The atmosphere was presented this way: a large crowd had come to hear Jesus. However, people were in a deserted place and hungry. Confronted with a hungry crowd were very few resources, only five barley loaves and two fishes belonging to a boy. The key to unlocking a miracle of multiplication was in the act of Jesus “had given thanks“. His attitude of praise was not only made enough to feed the crowd, but there was too much, coming to over twelve baskets of broken pieces of bread.

If you are living now a time of financial hardship, or feel overpowered by constant cycles of need, your response should not be a routine complaint. On the contrary, enter to level of prophetic praise, thanking God, as Jesus did, and the Lord transformed your lack or shortage in more than enough, you come upon the power of God’s provision bringing an anointing of multiplication and then not only will you need, but it will have much more will be fruitful. Praise break the old times of scarcity and leads to a new time of abundance.

If you recognize that there are chains that are tying your spiritual life, family, business or ministry, enter into battle, praising God intensely and the Lord will break these chains. Today there are many people in the church who are condemned to limitations, are unable to go further, others are held together by ties of religion and are unable to experience the fresh move of the Spirit.

I urge all readers to practice the sacrifice of praise as an offering to the Lord. The result is already proven: the limitations are stamped, sterility times will end and there will be a new time of changing clothes, the blindfolding produced by the religious spirit will be removed and the Lord will give the mantle of His presence.

Blessings for everybody.

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