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Doors to Nations.

Key Scripture: Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

SUMMARY

God is  good to those who seek the Lord in truth and love! He has a special plan and purpose in our lives. Always remember wherever we are placed the Lord has kept great, effectual doors and opportunities open for us to influence the nations; provided we shift ourselves from a consumer level of only being in the receiving end to be a contributor. A contributor of our time, talent and treasure for the work of the Lord. Partnering with the Pastor and the servants of God to understand the weight of the ministry, to strengthen the work of the Lord and be a leader to represent the church in strengthening the systems of the church. Its therefore very important to fulfil your mission in life by utilizing the doors God has opened.

SERMON POINTS

A Great door.

In Greek ‘Mega’ denotes a great opportunity. As St. Paul writes the epistle  from Ephesus to Corinthians saying that God has opened a great door for him to minister effectively in the pagan city of Ephesus. It was a crucial door and Paul wanted to make the maximum utilisation of it.  Today the same God is opening a great door for us. God wants us to go through a great door in the city so that nations will be blessed. Remember we are pastors of  our workplaces so that God can work through us to bless and touch the lives of people around us.

What does God’s Think about  Nations?

Genesis 10:32(KJV) These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

We read in Genesis that through Noah’s son’s nations came into existence. They had families, borders, territories and language. However, sadly when pride and arrogance caught the heart of the people to reach God, God confused them by causing the people to speak different languages so that they could not communicate and work together to build the tower. Hence, people scattered across the land giving birth to new nations, territories, cultures and languages.

God who wanted a nation for Himself chose an individual from a pagan nation to influence the world.

Genesis 12:1,2 (KJV)  Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

When God called Abram to set out on a faith journey to the promised land though he was seventy five years old yet he didn’t doubt, hesitate or question God.  God promised that He would make him a great nation and would bless him and that he shall be a blessing. Today how many of us can make that commitment to the Lord? Are we ready to go out to the nations without any questions asked?

God is a good God to organize and provide things in our life, He was faithful to provide for Abraham and He is faithful to provide and bless us too. If we know that we are the descendants of Abraham we will also be a great nation and we will be blessed too.

Genesis 22:18 (KJV) “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

After Abraham had passed his test of faith, the Lord promised him a life of blessing and multiplication. This is applicable in our life too, when we love the Lord more than anything in the world its time for a blessing!  Since Abraham loved the Lord  more than his only son Issac, the Lord promised that in his seed all nations of the world will be blessed and his offspring will capture the gates of the enemy.

So the promise of God to Abraham carried on to Isaac.

Genesis 25:23 (KJV) And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

The Lord speaks to Rebekah and gives a prophetic revelation about the two nations within her womb. Here we know that the Lord is referring to Esau and Jacob.The mantle passed on from Abraham to Isaac and Isaac to Jacob.

Genesis 27:29(KJV) Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Jacob receives the blessings from his father Isaac and is made Lord over his brother. We as His children share the same blessings of Jacob. The magnitude of blessing is so much that if people bless us they will be blessed but if they curse us they will be cursed.

Genesis 28:14(KJV) And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

The promise that the Lord made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob includes the doors to nations for us too. It is clear that we share a special privilege to bless the  nations and through our seed the earth shall be blessed! So are we ready to take up the blessing of  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to proclaim and inherit it to the ends of the world?

Peculiarity of this Nation.

Deut 4:6-9 (KJV) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

In May 14, 1948 Israel was declared a nation. Many couldn’t believe their eyes, but the Lord who had prophesied thousands of years ago in the book of Isaiah had to come to pass and after seventy years of existence Israel is prosperous and advancing today. There is something different and peculiar about this nation which is also a promise that God has for us.

1) The Nation have wisdom and understanding in the sight of others:

Deuteronomy 4:6 (KJV) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

The nation will be wise and understanding in the sight of others. If we follow the Lord Jesus, we are bound to be wise and understanding than anyone else in the whole world. If we make the bible the ground of our statues, God will change our level for other nations to hear the wisdom and understanding from us. We are blessed to bear the inheritance that distinguishes us as wise and understanding over other people of the world.

2) The Nation is  great because God is so close to them.

 Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV)    For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

There might not be any nation that can say, “God is close to them.” Every week as we assemble in His house, He will bless us with His understanding in all things which will resolve and provide  for us.  The enemy might come to steal, kill and destroy but we have Jesus who has come to give life in abundance. Hence, when we have Jesus in our life we are always close to God.

3) The nation has statutes, laws and righteousness.

 Deuteronomy 4:8 (KJV)  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

The nation that the Lord establishes has an order, law and righteousness. The Lord is not pleased with disorderly lifestyle. Our homes are required to be house of thanksgiving, praise and worship where He can dwell among us. As Christians when we have the basic character of tithing, offering, assembling in the name of Jesus we have order in our lives. The Lord requires us to follow His law, and live according to His righteousness. So, do we have the character to live in an order?

4) The nation has generations who are taught of the Lord.

 Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV)  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

This blessed nation is one where importance is given to the generation. We are to teach our children and grandchildren what God has taught us. We should be able to transfer faith to the generations and make a commitment that the law of the Lord will run in our blood line. Our bloodline should be where the faith-line will run.

The Nation of God today.

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

God is calling ‘us’ a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar nation who are being called from the deepest darkness to come to His marvelous light. We are the holy nation for whom the Lord has opened great doors to go to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel calling the nations to the light of God.

CONCLUSION.

The Lord has opened a great and effectual door before us through our marketplaces and communities. We need to take up the task and stand up for the work of the Lord. No more should we be confined to ourselves and our families, the comfort zones that make us lose the opportunity that God has  placed before us. God calls us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar nation being called from the deepest and darkest pit to His marvelous light. So are you available and prepared to the calling today?

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In the Name of Jesus!

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9,10 (KJV)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

SUMMARY

There is power in the name of Jesus,  when we concede to the power of His holy name our lives and situations change and we are never the same again! Though the name of Jesus is the sweetest and the most power name yet it is approachable, accessible and available to everyone. However, the greatest tragedy today is the count on how many of us thirst for His name. Therefore, let’s us pull ourselves away from a ‘spectator mode’ to being a ‘participant’ in the extension of His kingdom to magnify and glorify His name today.

SERMON POINTS

The Name of Jesus.

 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)    Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

The name Jesus originates from the Latin form of Greek  name Yesous which represents Hebrew bible name Yeshua- our God saves.

We can be rest assured that at the mention of His beautiful name ‘Jesus Christ’ can save us from the darkest pit of our sin, therefore, let us strive in knowing His precious name and learn  what the Bible asks us do in His Name.

Acclamation in the Name of Jesus:

1) Believe in His Name.

 John 1:12 (KJV)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

The Bible clearly tells us that we need to believe in His Name and in the person of Jesus; as we do that we gain the power to become sons of God. However, we can either be just believers having  distant view of God or get closer to Him as His true sons and daughters.

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (KJV)   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty

As we identify ourselves to be His children we must also separate from every unclean temptation of the world, the customs and traditions that is not of God.We should never compromise on God’s word and as we stick to His name, the word of God says that He will receive us and will be a Father unto us.

2) Call on His Name.

 Acts 2:21 (KJV)   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved

Its a blessed privilege to call out on His name. God  created us to have fellowship with Him and He expects us to call out His name even in the most dangerous times so that we have an opportunity to be saved as we call on His name. Therefore, make it a priority to call on the name of Jesus and be saved today!

3) Gather in His Name.

 Matthew 18:20 (KJV)  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The word of God promises that wherever two or more are gathered in His Name He would be present among our midst and when we acknowledge this we take decisions to come to His church and honor His name. Never make any excuses  for not being able to gather for prayer meetings, church gatherings or any ministry that demands our labor for the extension of His kingdom because God says that He will be present and we wouldn’t want to  miss the opportunity do we? Whatever we agree gathering together in His name, would be done by the Father in heaven.

4) Pray in His Name.

 John 16:23,24 (KJV)  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

If our prayers were based on our righteousness or our worthiness nobody would have had the privilege to pray to God.  St. Paul says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Therefore, because of the redemptive power of God’s saving grace we have the privilege to pray to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and as He continually intercedes for us to the Father our prayers are being answered. Therefore, let us take this moment of  great joy as we pray in the name of Jesus, as it is being answered in His name.

5) Minister healing in His Name.

 Acts 3:6 (KJV)  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

James 5:14(KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

There is healing in the name of Jesus! As St. Peter prayed in the name of Jesus, a man who was lame from his mother’s womb rose up and walked! Such is the power in the name of Jesus. Today there is no sickness, illness or diseases that is too difficult for the Lord to heal. As we proclaim healing in His name the lame shall walk, the blind will see again and the deaf will hear. Therefore, let us minister healing in the mighty name of Jesus .

6) Cast out demons in His Name.

 Mark 16:17 (KJV)  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

In the book of Ephesians we read that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, it is imperative for us to take authority over demonic disturbances and cast them out of our lives.  Let our prayers, fellowship, spiritual songs vibrate in our homes to create an anointed atmosphere to drive out anything that is unholy in the eyes of the Lord. We disturb the momentum of the enemy and deactivate the powers of darkness by His name.

7) Confess in His Name.

 Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Let the name of Jesus be continually in our lips. Let us continually give thanks and praise to His holy name for the things He has done and for the things yet to some. Let our praises be a sweet smelling sacrifice unto His Holy name.

8) Do everything in His Name.

 Colossians 3:17 (KJV)And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

There are always two ways of doing things; by word and by action. The Bible teaches us to evaluate everything and encourages us to do it all in His name. Every act ,thought or word should reverberate with the kingdom culture our Lord Jesus taught. We represent our Lord Jesus in our workplaces and communities. Bring glory to His name through it all.

9) Worship His Name.

Philippians 2:9-10(KJV) Therefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

God has highly exalted the name of the Lord Jesus because He was obedient to the Father. Now the only name that is worthy to receive worship is the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father. When we worship the name of the Lord Jesus, our heavenly Father is glorified.

10) Life through His Name.

 John 20:31 (KJV)But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

His name brings life in us. When we believe in the mighty name of Jesus and acknowledge His  holy name  we not only have peace, healing and freedom but we also have life in Him.  True life comes from the blessed name of Jesus.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

We have the great privilege of knowing God by His name. We should not take the name of the Lord in vain as mentioned in the law.(Exodus 20:7)

Taking the name of the Lord vain has an implication that we should not walk or live in a way unaware of the greatness of the name of the Lord. Our life should be given to the lifting up of His name.

Salvation from Zion (Study on Psalm 14)-Part 1

Key Scriptures:

Psalm 14:7: Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

SUMMARY

“Oh that salvation of Israel were come out of Zion” is a very deep powerful prayer from King David. He longs for a divine intervention very desperately. The Word “Oh” comes from a desperate heart. How desperate are we in our prayers?

Psalm 14 is is very important in the Biblical scheme of things as we see it echoed in Psalms 53 too. Apostle Paul quotes from this Psalm and lays the foundation for the “justification by faith” principle which he unravels later in the Book.  Therefore it’s a Psalm we need to understand and thereby apply the powerful spiritual truths  in our life.

SERMON POINTS

People always have the notion that, ’all is well’ with the world, and that everything is permissible. This is the major reason why the world has gone into accepting treacherous and abominable lifestyle. Sadly this “all is well” theme runs around in churches and we forget to look around us. 

It is high time we realise that everything is not well with the world. The psalmist looks around the world and finds all men united in becoming filthy and doing abominable things. It all starts when He says in His heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)

The Psalmist also gives us a heavenly perspective of things. An insight into God looking down from heaven and finding no one who does good.(Psalm 14:2)

Living in a world that embraces a foolish lifestyle, we are called to be aware of what’s happening around us , in our neighbourhoods, schools, government, etc., and pray for the Lord to save us.

Our prayers are so powerful that it can usher in a revival from the foolish lifestyle embraced by society.  Thus its important to have an awareness of things around us and to see from a heavenly perspective and knock on heaven’s doors for a divine intervention. This Psalm starts with a description of who a Fool is. 

Ways people adopt a foolish lifestyle:-

1. THEY LACK THE FEAR OF GOD.

Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Foolish lifestyle begins when you think that there is no God and live and behave that way. There is absolutely no fear of God and they walk in their own  sinful ways. Even as believers we many a time forget that there is a God to whom we are accountable to and we land in many trouble. The opposite of a foolish lifestyle is a Faith lifestyle. In faith lifestyle we believe that He exists and rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Bible calls us to live in the fear of God. The fear of God should be reflected in our lifestyle . It is so important to walk in a way worthy of His calling.  

2. They don’t understand the will of God.

Ephesians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

As people of God, we need to understand what the will of God is. Many of us fail to know God’s will and end up doing things that displeases the Lord. Only by reading the Word of God can we understand what the will of God is. The Lord does speak through His servants and yet He never works against His Holy Word. Therefore we must always keep the Bible as the basis to evaluate what the will of God is.  Let’s follow the Word of the Lord judiciously.

3. The response to the message of the Cross.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who perish. When fools hear the message of the cross, they disregard it to their own destruction.  Yet for who are saved it is the power of God. We need to be mindful to thank God for the cross, be committed to its love and be passionate about the work done on the cross.

1 Corinthians 1:25,27 (KJV)  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

Prophet Isaiah wrote on the power of the cross in Isaiah chapter 53-“by His stripes we are healed” .  He wrote this before the cross. But for us we can truly claim that healing because for us who are saved by the cross, its message is the power of God working in us.

4. Failure to understand the liberty we have in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:1 (KJV)  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we have freedom. It is for freedom that He has set us free. But today, many people hold on to rituals and believe that only by following them rigorously we will be saved.

That was exactly what the Galatians were made to believe as some of them took circumcision. Apostle Paul calls them foolish for not living in the freedom that Christ set them free. We are not bound by rituals or human traditions. Nothing we do can earn our salvation. If that were so, then Christ need not have come to the world. Once we are saved, we do the good works by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

We should live in the glorious liberty for which Christ our Lord has paid the price. His righteousness only can become our righteousness when we believe in Him and trust in Him completely. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work for the Lord and rest. Freedom from doing His work is bondage. Bondage to do His work is freedom.

5. Who do not put to practice what has been taught.

Matthew 7:26 (KJV)  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Obeying the Word of the Lord is very important. Our Lord Jesus said that those who hear His word but don’t do as it says, is like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand which will collapse when the winds rise. You will not be foolish as you apply the teachings of the Lord Jesus in your life.

6. Who do not have the oil of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 25:3 (KJV)  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

Out of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom, five were foolish because they did not have oil to light their lamps. They waited for the bridegroom to come and then buy oil which was utter foolishness . They requested the five  wise virgins to share their oil but by then it was too late. We should not wait for a problem to come and then pray. We should be always ready , filled with the Holy Spirit to tackle life’s challenges and above all waiting expectantly for the return of our heavenly bridegroom. Ask the Lord for more anointing and grace to shine for Him in this dark world. Having the Word and Prophets was not enough for Israel to be saved. They needed to have a move of the Holy Spirit to reveal the true bridegroom, who is none other than the Lord Jesus.

7. The Wiseman’s description of a fool’s character.

Proverbs 26:1-13 (KJV)  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

In the book of Proverbs, this chapter describes the character of a fool. A fool is honoured by none nor is he trusted by anyone. A foolish lifestyle does not honor the Lord and His commands. This year let’s be circumspect to live a life that honors the Lord.

CONCLUSION

The fool says in his heart there is no God.  Let us come back to the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us live lives that acknowledge His existence. The world is filled with filth and abomination and what are we going to do to change it? The first step starts with us. At the most, to create a godly place for our children, let us seek the Lord and cry out for His salvation upon the earth.

When the whole world was filled with evil and corruption, one man, Noah was building an ark, a safe place and his family was safe.

Let’s not embrace a foolish lifestyle. Let’s live a life of faith and honor the Lord.

Praise Principles!

Key Scripture:1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

SUMMARY

St. Paul was a man of thanksgiving; he never ceased in praising and giving thanks to God irrespective of the place and circumstance. From addressing the churches to being in the darkest prison cells, his epistles were underlined with a heart full of thanksgiving and praise to God. Rev. Billy Graham once said, “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” Therefore, as believers no matter what life holds for us, in every ups and downs let us keep thanking and praising the Lord for He deserves it; The One, who has made us worthy and able to be the heirs of His kingdom!

SERMON POINTS

Luke 17:11 – 19 (KJV) And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

In the gospel of Luke we read that Jesus enters into a certain village where He encounters ten lepers who were banished from the society as unclean and that they stood afar off. However, as the lepers acknowledged and valued the presence of God and His power they cried out in desperate need of help for healing.

Understand that Jesus was also interested in the simplicity of the village and attitude of the lame and needy lepers. Today though the world has become a complicated zone with humans more tangled remember that God is interested in simple, plain, upright and a heart that longs for Him. The scripture records that as soon as the lepers cried out and praised Jesus as ‘The Master,’ He saw them and responded with compassion and provided the healing.

What is Meant by Praising the Lord?

Praising the Lord comes with a greater and immeasurable experience in the Lord; it is intimate and personal. We see Him alive in every situation, good or bad and in everything we give Him thanks.

Principles of Praise 

1) Praise Signifies the presence of Christ in our Life:

Luke 17:11-14 (KJV) And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

We read that Jesus entered into a certain village and met the lepers. Jesus told them to go to the priest as they lifted their voices for healing; as they went to the priest  they received the healing and were cleansed. Here the Lord teaches us a great lesson of faith; the lepers took the word of Jesus in faith and were touched. Today, do we listen to the voice of God and His will? If not then sadly, we will not be touched, healed or cleansed wholly by God.

All ten received the healing. The healing manifested in their bodies. Yet only one came back to say thanks. Praise is the sign of allthose who recognize the presence of Christ. Only one saw Christ while others were satisified with the healing. Only one came back to give praise, thanksgiving and glory to God because he experienced the person of Jesus. Today when the world is losing out in a simple ‘Thank You’ gesture, let us as believers fill in the void with praise and thanks giving for His presence in our lives.

Luke 19:40 (KJV)And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Like Merlin R Carothers who was a remarkable person of praise, are we glad that Jesus died for us? Are we glad of His nail pierced hands & feet?  Do we express our thanks to God,that our mouths will praise and worship God, for who He is. In the word of God (Luke 19:40)our Lord Jesus mentions that stones will cry out and praise God if we fail to do so.

2) Praise Reveals the Sincerity in Prayer:

Luke 17:13 (KJV)And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

As Jesus met the lepers they lifted their voices in prayer. They all wanted healing but only one prayer was deeply sincere of them all. Only that person returned to give thanks. Others wanted healing but was not sincere enough to appreciate and acknowledge the healing.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

In Philippians we read that everything should be made known by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. When we submit our weakness and brokenness through praise and worship, His power will give us rest that will reveal the sincerity in our prayer.

Psalm 116:1,2 (KJV) I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

The Psalmist loved the Lord and gave thanks as the Lord heard his prayers. Praise reveals the sincerity of faith we have and the sincere desperation we have for His touch. Once He answers our prayers, we are glad and we rejoice.

3) Praise will Come from Those who have a Wholesome Healing:

Luke 17:17 (KJV) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

Sin closes the heart from seeing the presence and power of God. However, praise shall come only from those with a wholesome healing.

All ten were healed on the outside but only one experienced wholesome healing. Only one chose to be broken on the inside to be thankful to God. Only those who are healed inside of their ego, pride and hurts can praise God on the outside. The nine were free on the outside but were still bound on the inside that they could not see the Lord who healed them.

Psalm 33:1 (KJV)Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

The Psalmists says that praise comes from an upright heart; if we have Christ in us, we will automatically ignite the praise to God.

Psalm 51:15-17 (KJV) O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

The brokenness in heart and jubilation both should come from praising God. God delights when we come with a broken and a contrite heart with trembling.

Out of the ten healed lepers only one returned with a loud voice glorifying God. He fell down at Jesus’ feet and gave Him thanks. Therefore, the coming back of the leper signifies that our praises will come from those who are wholly healed, touched and cleansed by the Lord. The good news is a wholesome healing is available to those who believe in Jesus by His precious blood!

4) Praise is Individualistic and is a Way Back:

Luke 17:18 (KJV)There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

Out of the ten lepers whom Jesus had healed, only one returned to give praise and glory to the King. He understood the greatness of the person of Jesus and made his way back to praise God. Our Praises are personal moments with God- Its always a way back; We make our way back to God by praises in the jight for His mercies during the day. We make our way back to praise God on a sunday for His blessings during the week. However, making our  way back to praise is not that easy. It might also prick our self-esteem. We should make our way back to the cross from where it all began. All our blessings come with a tagline “From the cross of the Lord Jesus.’ Our healing, deliverance and provision all comes from the cross

5) Praise Attests Our Faith:

Luke 17:19 (KJV) And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

As the leper returned with thanksgiving, praise and valued his healing, the Lord blessed him to arise and go; for his faith had made him whole. Faith causes us to be grateful; it is a divine influence from God. Every hallelujahs and amen that we proclaim to the Lord, it attests our faith.

CONCLUSION

Being a child of God we should always have a routine of giving praises and thanksgiving to the Lord. If the hallelujahs and an amen can plunder the plans of the enemy then it can also bring in the presence of God in our life. Our praises brings the sincerity in our prayers; we hear God’s voice which will manifest as a wholesome healing. It also builds our personal relationship with the Lord and when we choose to return to Him remember all our praises are tagged the cross. Therefore, lets us praise God today so that it attests our faith and imprint a testimony to the world!