HOW PRAISE RELEASES SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY PART 2

Many Christians spend a considerable amount of time asking God to do things for them that He has already done, or has already told them to do. When we look at the concept of spiritual authority, it is simply the right to use God’s power. Praise and worship connects us to that power. Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits our praise. He can’t inhabit our praise if we won’t praise Him. There are Christians who come into the understanding of this concept and immediately start exercising it in their lives. But if they don’t see an overnight change in their situation they tend to think that something is wrong with God, or that what they are doing isn’t working. In actuality, the problem is their lack of consistency where the things of God are concerned. Consistency is the key to breakthrough. We don’t work out in the gym for one day then quit if we don’t see results. Likewise, we don’t praise God one time then quit if our breakthrough doesn’t show up. Praise and worship has to come from a place of knowing that God has already worked on our behalf, not the place of trying to get Him to do it. Right now, it may not look like that situation is ever going to turn around, however, keep thanking God. We must remain steadfast in His Word and don’t allow the devil to rob us of our faith right before we experience the manifestation of what has already been done. It is the will of God for every area of our lives to be blessed. Breakthrough is on the way.

SCRIPTURES:  Daniel 10:12 (AMP), Psalm 22:3, Isaiah 43:21, and John 10:10

Believe and Be Set Free

Depending on what we believe, life can either be a painful struggle or a joyful experience. The world can send us jumbled messages, so it’s extremely important to filter everything we see and hear through the lens of God’s grace. Believing something that doesn’t line up with the Word puts us in spiritual bondage; having faith in what God says opens our eyes to the truth, and the truth makes us free.

Grace is the truth that sets us free, and it’s something Jesus made available for us two thousand years ago without us having to earn it. When the message we get is that we’re sinners who will never amount to anything, God’s truth tells us different. Being born again and being in Christ makes us new creations, and old things are permanently passed away. This happened with Paul, who could truthfully say he had wronged no man even after he murdered countless Christians before being born again.

We are spirits possessing souls and living in physical bodies. Our spirits became as perfect as God’s the moment we got born again. The new spiritual man inside us is created in righteousness and true holiness, and even when we commit sinful acts we’re no longer sinners because our old sinful natures are gone. If we have trouble believing this, it’s because we need transformation through the renewing of our minds.

Being born again makes us children of God by faith, and the knowledge of this transforms our lives. Our identities are rooted in Christ and, because He never changes, our identities in Him will remain the same regardless of what we do. This is true liberation and good news for all who believe.

 

Prayer:  Lord, the knowledge of our identities in You sets us free and changes our lives. Because of what Your Son did, we’re no longer bound by earthly limitations. We’re grateful and thankful for that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scriptures:  John 8:31, John 1:17, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 7:2, Acts 8:1-3, Ephesians 4:24, Romans 12:2, Galatians 3:26, and Hebrews 13:8.