Praise proceeds your breakthrough
Praise and worship was led this morning by Pastor Joe Pringle, who is the lead pastor at the C3LA South Bay campus in Los Angeles, CA. He gave a call to the church to incline your heart toward God. Instead of being in a spiritual reclining state of "Lazy Boy comfortableness," we need to maintain a fresh expectation that God will move.
"If you’re at the top of the mountain, that’s great. But you can’t stay up there. There’s no fruit up there. Fruit is found in the valleys." ~ Pastor Joe Pringle
Pastor Eli Nelson dove into the importance of accessing a secret weapon available to us for God to bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Revival in this city starts by God’s people realizing who they are in Christ. We need a fresh spirit that is inclined toward pursuing God’s heart, and then from that spiritual posture, we can help bring revival to this city.
David's secret weapon was praise.
Pastor Eli focused on one main person from the Bible as an example of tapping into this weapon: David. What was the difference between David and Saul? Saul was concerned with what he wanted; David was concerned with what God was doing. No matter what came against him, David remained resolute after God’s heart. He wasn't after a setting, a feeling, or an outcome. He was after God's own heart.
"After removing Saul, [God] made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’" Acts 13:22 (NIV)
The deepness of David’s heart continued to call out to the deepness of God’s heart. Going after God's heart is a choice you make every day. It's not a feeling that you base your feelings upon. Praise is not a response based on your circumstance. Praise is a declaration over your circumstance.
"Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me." Psalm 42:7 (NIV)
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
PRAISE is how to overcome circumstances that can overwhelm us. Psalm 54:1, “Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might,” is a reference to our hearts in the midst of despair.
What is the posture of your heart in the midst of despair?
God gives us “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) The key to unlock God’s presence is praise. Know who is with you in the midst of the valley. God is as close as your breath. Fix your focus not on your circumstance, but on the God who is over your circumstance.
Praise is the best way to get our focus on God. Songs help us remember. If you can, develop a reflex to worship God, to call out to Him, so that when you are in the midst of things, your reflex is to worship. Choose first to praise. It is a declaration and a preparation. Jesus has given us clean hands and a pure heart so we can enter into the presence of God and worship Him in spirit and in truth. There is a corporate praise that drowns out even the loudest roar of the devil. We need corporate praise to lift each other up.
"You might have a song in your head, but do you have a song in your heart?" ~ Pastor Eli Nelson
Worship God by your revelation, not your situation.
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