December 10, 2014

God Inhabits Our Praise

In Luke 2:7-14, we see the birth and the announcement of Christ's birth into this world. What a night this was as the saviour of the world came to us when we could not come to Him. Since, the excitement that filled both heaven and earth in these verses: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

In verse thirteen it says the heavenly host were praising God. Later in verse twenty it says the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God. This was truly a night of praise.

In Luke 24:52-53 we read, "And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." After the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus the disciples were continually praising God. Then all through the book of Acts, the early church was continually praising God. Praise flowed out of their hope and relationship with the Lord Jesus.

We  too are to be praisers and worshippers of God. Psalm 33:1 says, "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful."  I encourage you to study these notes on praise. Set yourself to have a praise attitude. You will find that praise is a key to releasing to you the victory and bringing defeat to your enemy.

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God Inhabits Our Praise

I)     Praise and Thanksgiving Release the Manifestation of the Holy Ghost

A)   Ephesians 5:17-20 - God's Will is that we be filled with and stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

vv. 19-20- By speaking, singing, and thanking God in praise and thanksgiving, we stay filled with the Spirit and walk in God's presence.

1)    Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praise of His people.

You are never so close to God as you are when you are praising Him.

B)    I Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks.  Praise and thankful attitude is to be our lifestyle in every thing, every day.

II)    Praise is a Sign of God's Presence and Liberty in Our Lives

A)    Luke 24:45-53 - A sign of salvation in early disciples was their praise life.  They were transformed into praisers.

B)    Acts 2:46-47 - Early Church was a praising Church.

They praised God daily in Church and in their home.  God gave them favor and people got saved.

C)    Acts 5:40-42 (AMP) - Praised God in good and bad times.

vv. 41-42 - They refused to let opposition shame them or bully them into being quiet. They praised God and stood their ground.

III)   Praise Releases God's Blessing and Defeats the Enemy

A)   Matthew 21:12-16

v.16 (MSG) - Jesus approved their praise with healings and miracles.

We are to become His instruments of praise.

1)    Psalm 8:2 (MSG) - Jesus quoted strength as praise.

Praise overcomes the enemy and releases God's anointing and power.