“Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and two-edged swords in their hands” (Ps. 149:6).
If we say we know our God, then God promises us that we will be strong and carry out great exploits. Likewise, the Bible states that we are to submit to God and the devil shall flee from us. Finally, Jesus gives us the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us. (Luke 10:19)
Dear friends, just from the stated biblical statements it is obvious that God left us in charge of this world. We see that Jesus has left us, His followers in authority taking us back to the first command God has given men, to be fruitful, fill the earth and subdue it. Likewise, we read in Psalm 8 that God has placed all things under the feet of man, given us, his followers dominion of all the works in His hands.
Please understand the truth, that what the Lord gives, he doesn’t take back, thus his statements are also not withdrawn. And Jesus’s final commission returns us to spiritual dominion. He restored in a glorious way what we lost in Adam, that is why it is written those who have faith, “In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
However, today most of us have concentrated on the storms about us. Like Peter when he walked on water and looked about, we are sinking in the storm and are so complacent, that we even forget to look back to God and ask him for help. But praise is the greatest weapon we have against the Devil.
Permit me to entertain you with something that hit me as a reality sometimes go. I cannot even recall how I came to this element. But as I was reading about the temple I started to understand that we are the temple. And as we enter prayer, we have the temple of Jerusalem to serve us as a guide.
When Israelites enter the temple, they went through a women’s court, where the women prophesied over men in route to sacrifice. That is how the men remembered for what they brought sacrifices. Then we go through the sea, which is holy spirit. Through his guidance we always return to the Sacrifice, He who returned us to the Throne room of God, and with Him, we are co-seated with our Father. Entering the Holy Place, and by offering Incense, i.e., worship we are in the Holy of Holies. Thus, in the listening place, where we hear from God, guidance, direction, plans, or just Love from Him. Likewise, contemplate on the Lords Prayers, it is the blueprint of prayers, not something we learn and regurgitate without meaning. You see, in my view, when Jesus was in awe of His father, praising him and conversing with him, he observed everything he had to do the following day.
Finally, if we were to have a bird’s eye view of the temple as a plan, we would see that the temple was built as a stick figure of a man adorned in priestly garments. As a royal priest hood, the foot stool of the temple is the altar of sacrifice, with the two pillars of Boaz and Jachin as legs, holding the torso of the Holy place, with the arms being the Priestly cells, the head as the Holy of Holies, the eyes being the two Cherubs & the top being the Turban, of High Priest Cells. The Helmet of Salvation, The Breastplate of Righteousness, the arms Holding the Sword of the Spirit and the Shield of Faith. Think about, your arms are priests, you lift them up in praise, you bless with them, pray with them, lay them on those who need freedom! Your eyes are to be set straight! The Cherubs, what do they do? Your eyes are Cherubs, Wake up Church! The Ark of the Covenant – This is a gold-plated chest with a solid gold cover and two small cherubs (small stars). The Ark is his nose; and its poles –when attached to its long sides and drawn forward (I Kings. 8:8) – depict extended nostrils smelling the sweet smoke from the Incense Altar in the Holy Place. Finally, in my observation, the belt of Truth. The “sash” or “girdle” was worn by the High Priest was of fine linen with “embroidered work” in blue, purple and scarlet (Exodus 28:39, 39:29); those worn by the priests were of white, twined linen. Like the other priestly vestments, the purpose of the sash was “for glory and for beauty” (Exodus 28:41). On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest changed into special linen garments that included a sash of fine linen without any embroidery (Leviticus 16:4). These linen garments were worn only once, with new ones being made each year. According to Jewish tradition, it was 32 cubits long, as well as it would have to have been wound around the body several times. Theories differ as to how this was accomplished: some say it was wound around the waist only, while others say it was wound around the waist and over the shoulders, crossing over the heart. In any event, the ends would have been tied and allowed to hang down in front. According to the Talmud, the wearing of the sash atoned for “sins of the heart”
Now, using this as an example of prayer; You enter as a priest the daily duties in adoration and praises of God and who He is, Through the sacrificial altar by confessing and praising Him for the cleansing we receive. Thanking Him for the answers, His Grace (even if we have a problem to deal with) while thanking him we are acknowledging that all the blessings come from God alone, plus believing in faith that the answer is provided, and receiving these blessings. When I reach the Thanksgiving stage, I begin to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:10-17), while thanking the Lord for all that He has already done for me in Christ (Eph 1:3). But while we praise God, in any circumstances, we cut the enemies power. Fear is giving power to the enemy, he feeds off it, while praises enthrone God, and you take ground for Daddies kingdom.
At times, this is when we can go silent and soak in his presence; sometimes God will ask you what we want, sometimes we can stand in the gap for someone. At times, it’s just better to be in awe of God. However, if you start practicing praise, you will notice how your relationship changes with God, and you will walk in constant Joy! Be blessed my friends, and may the peace of our Daddy be with you. Praise God despite any trial or tribulation, anticipating glorious outcomes. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18