The Power of Praise Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

THE POWER OF PRAISE

There have been a couple incidents and comments that have prompted me to share this testimony.

In 2006 two weeks after the tsunami that hit so many places with devastation I was privileged to be part of a team that took aid to southern India and Sri Lanka.

While in Chennai at a church meeting in a neighbor hood that had been overrun with floodwater, sewage and whatever else you could imagine, the Lord faithfully showed Himself strong.

I was asked to sing and minister the Word to a group of 100-125 people. Those were the ones you could see, how many were in the dark outside who knows. We were of course using a translator, in this case a young man named Andrew.

I was led to just begin praising the Lord, so I just made up simple chorus exalting the Name of Jesus. I don't really remember the words, but it was really simple. Andrew was able to translate in time into Tamil (pretty much a miracle in itself), which allowed us to sing in a round. I would sing in English, then they in Tamil. We continued to sing together this simple chorus for about 10 or 15 minutes when the power of God fell in the room and people began being healed as they worshipped. The most notable was a blind lady who suddenly began shouting that she could see. PRAISE GOD!!! Many others were healed as well and many gave their lives to the Lord that evening.

The scriptures tell us that in His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. So many wonderful things can happen as we draw near to Him, as we declare His greatness and make His presence known through our praise.

All Glory Honor And Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings in Jesus

Steve

posted by Steve Forrester on 10/15/2009

Truth in the heart Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

TRUTH IN THE HEART

15:1-5 Jehovah, who shall sojourn in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, And speaketh truth in his heart; 3 He that slandereth not with his tongue, Nor doeth evil to his friend, Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honoreth them that fear Jehovah; He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not; 5 He that putteth not out his money to interest, Nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Notice the highlighted phrase. There is another scripture that uses some of those same words.

Ps.51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

The heart, the inwards parts and the hidden part are all synonyms for the human spirit.

God desires truth in our hearts and it appears from Ps. 15:3 it is the one inward qualification required to dwell in His presence.

More could be said, but my purpose is to point out the importance of what we say to ourselves. When we speak anything other than truth to ourselves and within ourselves we are frustrating the will and purpose of God within our lives. It is difficult for the Lord to bless us with the benefits of truth if we are in contradiction to the truth.

Finally consider the words of Jesus, who is the Truth and only speaks truth.

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

SELAH

posted by RevSteve on 10/01/2009

Tuning Up Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Tuning up or down.
I love open tunings. Double dropped D is my new favorite.

Music can be such an awesome expression of our Praise and Worship to the King.

Whatever the musical key, the real key is Worship. Then the Lord is looking for you!

Worship on.

posted by rev steve on 09/05/2009

A SELAH 4 U Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

thursday, august 20, 2009
Optimism vs Pessimism

I was thinking recently about the phrase "eternal optimist" which led me to the dictionary.

I discovered that by definition both optimism and pessimism are beliefs.

Beliefs are decisions, they are choices.

We choose whether we believe good will overcome evil, or that evil is more powerful. This choice determines our outlook on life, optimistic or pessimistic.

We as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have His promise to never leave us or forsake us, who have His strength, life, power and authority available to us at all times have the most incredible basis for optimism. The Apostle Paul put it this way, "if God be for us who can be against us?", another translation says, "if God be for us who can successfully stand against us?" The answer, NO ONE.

Praise God! He has made us to be "more than conquerors", He "hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness" and "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ". Thank God, He has placed us in a position for and desires our success in all areas of life.

The future is bright if we will walk in the Light.

SELAH

posted by Steve Forrester on 08/25/2009