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Prophetically Determine Your Spiritual Altitude

“Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:”

( Zech 7:13)Read: Zechariah 7:8-14

The Lord Jesus is a super Eagle who rides on the topmost height. You are seated together with Him in heavenly places ( Eph 2:5-6 ). In Deuteronomy 32:13, we read that God made the Israelites to ride on the high places. There is a route for you in the high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19 says even though things may be unpleasant and not as you expect presently, yet a route is awaiting you in the high places. You shall still walk on your high places.This year, you will ride with the Lord in your high places. There is increase (profit) in the high places. Oil and honey ooze out of the rock in the high places. As the Lord takes you to your high place of promotion, prosperity, progress and enlargement, you will receive blessings never thought possible in Jesus’ Name.You are a divine eaglet. Because the eagle takes the highest air route, it becomes difficult for it to be caught. As long as you are on the same flight with the King of Glory – always praising, worshipping and giving thanks in His presence, it becomes difficult for you to be ensnared by the hunter’s traps.

Why? You are taking a far higher route. Praise and worship are higher routes that when taken, you cannot be caught by the bullets of the enemy. Two parallel lines they say, never meet. All satanic attacks follow a particular route – attack route. Praise or worship is a higher route and therefore cannot intersect. If you are regularly hit by enemy fire, check the route you are taking. If you are travelling in disobedience, self-will, or trust in man, they are on the same low routes with attack route.

Anything on the same low route will be within the reach of enemies. Believers who are supposed to be seated in Christ Jesus in heavenly places find themselves vulnerable to the powers of darkness that are supposedly under them when they violate the code of conduct for operating in the heavenly plane – the Bible. Anytime you break the Word of God, you lose your position in the spiritual realm and begin an earth-ward descent.

At that point, the powers that were under you like the animals under Adam after the fall, will rebel against your government. Even animals want their independence. What route are you plying? Are you descending from the place of power and glory? Repent and ask God for a restoration today.- Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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5 Keys to Worship

Worshipping our Savior, Jesus Christ, is fundamental to living a faith-filled, Spirit-led Christian life. There are multiple worship methods, plans and styles that vary among cultures and geographic boundaries.
The Lord enjoys the diversity of sincere worship when expressed through His Spirit and in truth. Worship should be a way of life, with many facets of expression.
Some worship leaders declare that a certain defining style of worship is the only correct way to worship the Lord, but that is a narrow view of His inexhaustible riches. Music and song are ways we can praise God’s name, but the Word says we can worship God with feasting (Ps. 22:29) and with sacrifices and offerings (Is. 19:21), among other means.
Regardless of the method, the act of worship must be in spirit and truth—from our rational consciousness and consistent with the rest of our lives (John 4:24). We don’t have to be great singers or musicians to worship God. But we do need to be in a personal relationship with Him and live with the truth of His greatness reflecting through all we are becoming and all we do.
I have lived under the weight of many unhealthy labels in my life. But I have a longing in me for the King of heaven to label me, along with Mary of Bethany, as an “extravagant worshipper” (John 12:3).
Extravagant worship is not achieved by taking shortcuts. I have tried shortcuts to worship, and I have tried to do things my way, but I ended up frustrated and farther away from my goal.
Worship involves the giving of ourselves totally to the Lord. It is neither a ritualistic activity nor a musical emotion. It reflects the selfless generosity of Christ.
Worship is a movement of our hearts, our thoughts, and our wills toward God’s heart, thoughts, and will. To practice extravagant worship, you’ll need to get good at saying, “I lay down my life.”
Sacrificial Worship Pleases God
In the Old Testament, Noah was an extravagant worshiper. Genesis 8:20-21 tells about his building an altar to the Lord after the flood and sacrificing offerings on it.
Noah had just witnessed the drowning of all mankind save him and his family. Yet he was still obedient to God’s instruction to offer a sacrifice of praise when they were on dry land again.
When the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma of Noah’s sacrifice, He gave us a covenant promise that He would not ever destroy all living creatures again because of one man who offered extravagant, over generous worship in obedience to God’s command. Noah lived through extreme circumstances, but he still praised God in the midst of them.
Likewise, when God tested Abraham, He said, “‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about'” (Gen. 22:2).
Abraham built the altar and then bound his son and laid him on it. But when he took up his knife to slay his precious boy, “The angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’
“‘Here I am,’ he replied.
“‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son'” (vv. 11-12).
Abraham was excessive in his act of worship. He was prepared to give to the Lord the thing he loved the most.
David wanted to offer a sacrifice to the Lord to stop a plague on the Lord’s people. So he asked Araunah to sell him a place on his threshing floor to build an altar (1 Chr. 21:18-22).
Araunah wanted to give the area and livestock needed for David’s sacrifice at no charge. But David said, “‘No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing'” (vv. 23-24).
When Paul and Silas were in jail, even though they had been flogged for preaching the gospel and now had their feet in stocks, they prayed and sang to God. Suddenly, while they were worshiping, a violent earthquake opened all the doors of the prison.
Thinking his prisoners had escaped, the jailer was so distraught that he was about to kill himself, but Paul and Silas stopped him and led him to salvation before they were released. God supernaturally delivered them from that prison (Acts 16:23-39).
Throughout the Bible, whenever someone demonstrated extravagant worship, God reacted with extravagant blessing. What makes worship extravagant? It must cost us something.

Worship is an act of obedient faith, even when circumstances offer opportunities to fear. It is also a life of extravagant love for God. Worship, love and obedience are tied together.
As you seek first the kingdom of God and obey the Spirit of God, He calls you on to a deeper knowledge of Himself. The first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (John 14:21-24; Matt. 22:37).
David prayed, “Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Ps. 86:11). Make this your prayer as you serve God passionately with your life. This will cause the blessings of heaven to pour out upon your world.
Love Expresses Worship 
To be a worshipper is to fall in love with God, the Author of love, and accept the love He has for you. God gave you His Word as a living love letter that contains everything you will ever need to get through this life and beyond.
His love is at work within us, filling us to the measure with the fullness of God. If we could understand even an inkling of this love Christ has for us, our hearts would be full of extravagant worship for the One who loves us so much.
The many songs I’ve written to express my love for God don’t come close to what I’m trying to say. But I can demonstrate my love for God by living out my part of the Great Commission and bringing the Author of love to our love-starved planet. I can determine to love others as He loves.
When I was saved I cried and cried in the presence of God. Tears of gratitude flowed easily as He restored my heart and filled me with His unconditional love. Now all I want to do is sing of His awesome, healing love forever.
One of the biggest challenges in life for the mind and soul is simply to accept God’s love for you as a gift. It is the greatest absolute in your life.
John 3:16 states, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (AMP). Because His love is in our hearts, we have the power to love others (1 John 4:7-13).
Loving others is an act of worship toward the Author of love. But until you know through personal experience who God is, you will never know the depth of His love for you. And until you know that you are loved, you can never love others as you love yourself (Matt. 22:39).
Know Your Worth to God 
Many people, including myself, have battled with insecurity, inadequacy and intimidation. It is difficult to carry the weight of inferiority into our time of worship.
Worship is a time to focus on who God is. It is a time to enjoy the awesome authority and anointing that He puts on His people who come into His presence with praise. Sometimes the enemy works very hard to keep us from worshiping freely, but sometimes we simply lack discipline in our thought life.
If we read the Word and keep God’s truth in our hearts, we will focus our attention on His greatness and on the value that He places on us. God sees all our inadequacies through the blood of Christ. Because of Jesus, our heavenly Father sees us just as He sees His Son–beautiful and perfect.
God looks at us just as a loving parent looks at his children. My three daughters could be naughty, but I look at them, and I think they are perfect.
Unapologetically, I think they are magnificent. That is the heart of a parent. How much more does God look at us and say, “Oh, they are My precious, beloved children.”
When you understand who you are in Christ, a rest enters your soul that cannot coexist with striving and struggling. Just as darkness cannot coexist with light, striving for approval does not coexist with confidence in His grace. And who you are in Christ matters more than what you do.
I was the girl “least likely to succeed.” But my future has never relied on anyone else’s opinion of my ability.
I’m a testimony of God’s grace. The very least we can do is give God our lives and let Him show us the great things He can do through our yielded hearts and hands.
We have been created with the divine purpose of having Jesus as the center of our existence. We were created to worship Him in all we do (Heb. 10:19-23).
Through worship we put Christ as the chief cornerstone of our lives, and the power we have access to in His presence is real. He longs for us to draw closer to Him.

God has cleansed our hearts and made them pure so that we can stand in His presence. We can continue to praise our mighty Lord–to sing, clap, dance, celebrate, get soaked in His presence and be overwhelmed by His grace.
Offer Him Your Heart 
One thing that can stop us from being truthful worshippers is feeling as if we have nothing to offer to God. Feeling empty-handed with nothing to contribute to the relationship with God can stop us from plunging boldly into worship.
God says, “I don’t need your talent. I don’t need your gift. I don’t want all the stuff that you can do. I just want you. I want your heart.”
God doesn’t want what you are going to be or what you would like to be. He wants all that you are today.
When we worship Him, He is exalted, and our problems shrivel in His presence. Everything about us—the good, the bad and the ugly—is decreased as we focus on Him.
Offer yourself to God in worship. Let that explosion of faith force you to praise His name and offer your attention to bless Him. Through your worship, love and obedience, you will bless God because He looks past all the stuff of life and looks straight at the heart.
Darlene Zschech has been part of the Hillsong Church praise team since 1986 and is the co-producer of Hillsong Music Australia’s highly successful albums.

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God is STILL in Control

I found out that God is in COMPLETE control of my life, even when it SEEMS to be spinning out of control. Even when the devil THINKS he is winning. Even when I can’t see the ground under my feet. Even when all else seems to fail, God is there. If I can’t rest in anything else, I CAN rest in THAT!

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His Eye is on the Sparrow and ME!

Here is a word of wisdom my husband shared with me yesterday. I was in the middle of setting up a new venture and I felt myself becoming a bit unnerved. He sat me down and said,

“As upset as I am about the bird that keeps getting in the attic, I can’t get to him unless the Lord allows it. The Lord watches out for the birds in the air and if He won’t let one fall without His allowing it, how do you think He feels about you? If God cared enough to keep that bird hidden from me, how much more does He care for His daughter?”

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What Happened To Your Praise?

Some of you have allowed the devil to steal your passion to praise! You used to dance before the presence of His Glory. You used to cry in His presence and not care who was looking. You used to sing aloud and not care whether you were on key. You used to summon the attention of angels with your praise and worship but now your eyes are on the people. Now your eyes are on the musicians. Now your eyes are on the praise team. God said, WHO TOLD YOU TO TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF ME? You have been summoned back to the place of Praise. Your Father in Heaven wants to hear the sound coming out of YOUR belly. Not just the worship leader’s.

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Praise Brings Change

When I praise, I EXPECT miracles to become attracted to me. 

When I praise, I EXPECT CHANGE. 
Because PRAISE INTRODUCES GOD into my issues. 
And wherever God is, change is.

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Get Satan’s Agents Out of Your Ears

If I have seen it once, I have seen it hundreds of times. When you let the wrong person in your ear, don’t you know they control what you are thinking? Your thoughts feed on what you’ve heard and if you’ve been hearing garbage, what happens to your vision, your ministry, your relationships? It begins to deteriorate. Your countenance changes. You once had joy, now you’re depressed. You once had zeal, now you are in slumber. You once were full of faith, now you’re full of fear but you CONTINUE to allow this AGENT OF SATAN speak into your ear.

Kings require permission to be spoken to, especially if it is a controversial matter. But if you don’t know who you are, you will leave your front door open and everything and anything is going to creep up in your space and before you know it, you’ve been turned into another man because you’ve been enchanted and bewitched. Clean your ears!
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Praise Go Up; Blessings Show Up

Psalm 67:5,6, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.”

We often hear the phrase, “When the praise go up, the blessings come down.” But according to the Word of God, when the praises go up, the blessings show up! In other words, the next time you render praises unto our God and King, you have a legal right in the spirit realm to demand of the earth to yield forth an increase according to the sovereign will and Word of God.

If we really understood the power in our praises, we would rip holes in carpeted floors as we dance unto our God. We would burst through the doors of the church with a praise. We would be intoxicated with our praises. We would be obnoxious with our praise if we really understood the power of praise.

When you praise God, earth takes notice and she positions herself for a birthing. The seeds of prayer, fasting, and meditation that you’ve planted would take deep root and spring forth faster than you could dance because earth is eager to hear our praises. When our Father in Heaven is delighted with our praises, the earth brings forth a harvest for you and is delighted to do so.

If I were you and I was in need of the earth, whether person, place or thing, yielding a harvest for me, I would praise my God like I have lost my mind. I wouldn’t let my problems, situations, or circumstances stop me. I would praise Him and I would praise Him with all of my might.

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God is Still There

Your bills are due; God is there. Your marriage is shaky; God is there. Your child ran away from home; God is there. You lost your job; God is there. Your vehicle repossessed; God is there. Loved one passed away; God is there.

Anyone can sense the Lord’s presence when all is well, but when things get rough and the going gets tough, we start looking for Him because He seems absent. He is still there.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

And again, He says in Exodus 33:14 NIV, “The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Will you encourage yourself today by repeating after me, “The presence of God goes with me and He will give me rest”?

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Gaze Upon His Beauty

With all the doom and gloom being predicted about the earth, I must maintain steadfast and unmovable in this one thing, I have been young and now am old, yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. I must stake my claim to a spiritual Goshen where I am protected from any and every plague that is come, and that there is a safety net for me, tucked neatly under the Shadow of His Wing where we all must securely abide. For though an army camp against me, I will not fear, though war break out against me even in this, I will be confident that I will dwell in the House of the Lord for the rest of my life and I will gaze upon His beauty and seek Him in His temple in Jesus name.