In this lesson we will study two new Keys of Heaven: Praise and Angels.
Dear Saints of Prayer,
To those called according to His purpose: may you increase in the favor and knowledge of God to continue and finish your race with great joy!
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
The Keys of Heaven previously discussed:
- The Word of God
- The Name of Jesus
- The Holy Spirit
Next Key: Praise
In our last lesson we looked at the life of David. The songs that David wrote came from a heart of passion for his God. Those words and melodies are so anointed that when David played his harp for King Saul, the King had freedom from a tormenting spirit. The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness will usher in joy! Isaiah 61:3
How would you define praise? Why do you think it can cause demons to flee?
Here men praise and give much glory to men for all sorts of accomplishments in this natural realm. Our praise is far different. It is words coming from our spirit, releasing our love and gratitude to our Father, and to His Beloved Son.
Praise is an expression of the heart.
Definition of Praise: to worship, celebrate, glorify, exalt, revere, venerate, honor.
What did Jesus say?
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24
Strategies from God…Sounds
“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.
Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.’”
Imagine our President in a nationwide address telling Americans his plan to abolish a cunning enemy in the Middle East.
“I have appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness to go before the U.S. Army. Our weapons are this:
“Sing: ‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.’”
Jehoshaphat: King of Judah
I’m sure you remember reading about the crisis God's people faced when a multitude of armies came up to destroy them. God gave Jehoshaphat an amazing strategy and military victory. “The battle is the Lord’s.” Judah would not have to fight in this war; rather, they were to send those that praise God out ahead of the army! When they began to sing and to praise God, the Lord set ambushes against their adversaries. In massive confusion and utter chaos they killed each other! See 2 Chronicles 20. David put it this way in Psalm 35:26. “Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt…”
What works for a nation is the same power that works for an individual.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
A demonstration of glorious praise coming out of your spirit has enough firepower to turn any attack around with immediate results. When the change begins inside you, outward circumstances are soon to follow.
“Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment; this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!” Psalm 149:5-9
Remember, we live under a better covenant. We know our enemy is not flesh and blood, but principalities, powers, rulers and spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places and that our weapons are not carnal but mighty in God. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit to attain the victory. He will lead you into the right strategy to turn the situation around.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”
Next Key of Heaven: Angels
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24
Angels are a major part of your inheritance and benefit package.
They are continually at work to provide for your needs and safety. Angels are not cute little babies or people who have died. They are magnificent created beings who excel in strength; ministers of fire!
They operate in the unseen realm and are on assignment by God to aid Kingdom Citizens who are sent to accomplish His plans and purposes in the earth. The same angels that brought about spectacular victories for Israel are still here at work on earth today. The Holy Spirit and angels work together. Angels are never to be exalted or worshiped.
“Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” 1 Corinthians 6:3
"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10
“Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” See Hebrews 1:14 and also Hebrews 1:7.
“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church…Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, ‘Arise quickly!’ And his chains fell off his hands.” See Acts 12:5 & 7.
“Bless the Lord, you His angels who excel in strength who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Psalm 103:20
The only time your Bible has a voice is when you speak it.
You have angels surrounding you 24/7. They are activated by:
- God’s Direction
- God’s Written Word
- The Authority of the Believer
When the Syrian armies came to annihilate the armies of Israel, Elisha the prophet spoke to his fearful servant.
“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.
“And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
“So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, ‘Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” Read 2 Kings 6:17-18
Watch Your Words
When the angel Gabriel visited Mary the mother of Jesus to announce her divine, holy assignment, her response was, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be done to me, according to your word.” And the angel departed. Luke 1:37-38
But what happened when Gabriel visited the priest Zacharias and was told he and his wife would bear a son? “How shall I know this?” Uh Oh!
And the angel answered and said to him: “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
“But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."
Words of unbelief can prevent your angels from answering your prayers. Where is death and life? In the power of your tongue! Proverbs 18:21
Hear the prayer of Hezekiah and God’s magnificent and effortless triumph over evil! "O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
“Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses; all dead.” Read Isaiah 37.
How many angels killed 185,000 wicked soldiers?
What an amazing victory! Surely, these same things are taking place today among us; in our counties, our nation, and for the safety of Israel. Surely the power of Praise and the work of Angels are bringing awesome results…some seen and some unseen. They have brought victories for us that we don’t even know about!
Saints, let us be more bold and courageous. God is with us. Confidence has great reward! Seek those things which are above, where Christ is.
Pray For Your State!
The Church, The Lost and Elected Leaders
Your work in prayer for the cities in your state has never been more important. Through prayer angels are sent out to bring about changes that God desires.
Praising God is a very effective way to begin prayer. It will help you to be led to hear and what to say.
Beloved, do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them! Our strength and momentum are increasing!