We are instruments of praise. Give glory to God...
In my old church, every Sunday it was like a scene out of a movie, well, a zombie apocalypse movie that took place in a night club. Every Sunday, these "corpses" would come dragging into church, covered in the world's issues, dragging their demons with them and they would sit for service. They wouldn't move, but would just sit in the back of the church and our pastor would be dancing. It was the strangest thing. Talk about a motivational coach! He would be up on the stage dancing and singing and praising God and people would sit and stare. The music would be playing, the stage would be shaking with him dancing in the spirit. Then out of the blue, he would take the mic and say something like, "I'm dancing because as you walked in that thing came off of you. When you get it you'll start dancing, too." He'd keep on dancing and one by one, the words sank in to people and it might be someone in the front row who felt the devil's shackles falling off, then another one, then another one. By the end of the service, every person would be praising, singing, dancing and saying "Hallelujah" in triumphant voices....until next Sunday.
Somewhere between services, you have to pray. You have to get in your prayer closet and break the yoke of the enemy. I don't know if the devil just says "Okay, I'll wait for you in the car," but sometimes people leave service and go outside and start cursing all over again, or talking about what people had on, or worse, they pick up the baggage they were supposed to leave at the altar. As instruments of praise, we are to praise God everyday, talk to Him everyday, stay prayed up everyday. Yes, life will set in and when we get home we see that stack of bills again, but instead of coming down from that church high, lift those bills up and give them over, too. Lift that job up and say, "Have your way, Lord!" God just wants us to acknowledge that HE WILL DELIVER US FROM EVERY FOWLER'S SNARE. He just wants us to see our situations not in our own eyes, but through His deliverance! Sing, praise, dance. Do all you need to can to stay in the Spirit, to cling to the rock from which we were cut. Don't wait until next Sunday - because that's the other part of what I noticed..
The people that were coming in...they were all silent as if somewhere between that last "Hallelujah" at 2pm the previous Sunday when they left church and the next time they came in, they were muffled, bound and didn't open their mouths. While you can't talk back to your boss and you shouldn't tell the neighbors off, you do need to keep SPEAKING OUT LOUD what you need. Decree it, declare it and don't stop praising. It's when we are silent that the enemy usually tries to speak and remind us of those bills, that debt, the job threats, etc. Don't let the enemy whisper in your ear without you SPEAKING OUT LOUD, "Get thee behind me satan. No weapons formed against me shall prosper. No harm shall come near my dwelling place and no evil shall befall us." Stand firm, continue to praise God and break the yoke of the enemy with your mouth open in praise.
Bible Verse: Sing praises to God. Sing praises to our King. Psalm 47:6 Oh Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. Psalm 51:15