Spend a Day of Rearguard Praise!
The Feast of Tabernacles is about rejoicing for the wilderness has broken. Unshakable praise plows through the hardest ground. When the ground is hard, when the circumstances are adverse, God favors those who praise. We just finished 8 days to restore our joy!
Declare all of the fallow ground in your life to break up. Declare the plow of praise will cut through the un-giving earth and make a way for the good seed of the Word to be planted.
Read Psalm 30; 130; Revelation. 2:10. Praise God for removing your past and extending abundant grace and forgiveness to you. Stand in His Presence and receive an outpouring of His grace. Let hope arise new and fresh. Let assurance of redemption rest upon you, and command all fear to leave you.
Spend this day in praise! As you read Psalm 30. Sing verse 5. “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning” (NASB).
Unshakable praise must keep going. Judah goes first through wilderness experiences. Judah goes first in the war for our inheritance. Judah goes first to plow a way into new territory. Judah goes first when the cost is great.
Turning Back a Reproach: A Time to Secure our Inheritance!
Now that joy has come, you have new strength. Let’s take our stand in the land of our promise. There is a present need for a generation to arise and to lead forth another generation out of captivity and into freedom. However, we must turn back the reproaches from our last season.
So many cycles are coming full circle in this war season. Sin produces something known as a reproach. Areproach is defined as a source of blame, discredit, disgrace, shame, humiliation or scorn. Once sin embeds down in you, it creates a reproach that works against the favor of God. Favor means pleasure, desire, delight, to be pleased with or favorable toward something. When God is pleased with us, His favor rests on us.
How Do Reproaches Manifest?
There are many ways that a reproach can work itself out in the life of an individual. A common manifestation is an uncircumcised heart.
In the Old Testament, the physical sign of the Abrahamic covenant was circumcision. When Joshua took the children of Israel into the promised land, all the circumcised males had died in the wilderness. Therefore, God told Joshua to renew the sign of circumcision throughout the new generation.
“So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you. Therefore, the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day,” Joshua 5:8-9.
This passage shows that by obedience to that command, God removed the last of the reproach from Egypt off the people. All the shame and disgrace of their slavery was gone. Today, it is not a physical but spiritual sign we bear, which is circumcision of the heart. Deuteronomy 30:6 explains,
“And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”
When you have not had your heart opened up to covenant with God or continually break that covenant, you cannot bear the sign of the covenant, which is a circumcision of heart-loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Without circumcision of the heart, reproaches, such as slavery and idolatry was for the children of Israel, will not be fully broken off your life.
Many illness are linked with reproaches.
Reproaches caused by sin have much more of an affect on our basic bodily and mental functions than many of us realize. In fact, we know that the wages of sin is death-physical death. By the same token, a result of sin is also illness. Certain forms of arthritis have been linked to anger. Ulcers and other stomach ailments can be caused by sin-induced anxiety. Even though not all illnesses are a result of sin (see John 9:3), many need to be addressed with this understanding.
A reproach can be detected by the absence of the Presence of God. Reproaches can also manifest and result in barrenness, decrease, and poverty. When we are sent to war and lose the conflict, a reproach comes upon our lives or the life of a nation.
We must be re-clothed for the future. Unless we remove the reproaches of the past we can never enter into the favor God has for our future. The reproach of the past then becomes our garment for the days ahead. The following 10-Day Prayer Focus will help you remove any reproach that is holding you captive to the past, and help us prepare to arise and build in a new way.
10 Days to Roll Away the Reproach of a Generation and Secure our Inheritance for the Future
Day 1:Read Joshua 3. There comes a time for your new beginning. Set yourself aside before the Lord to experience new a place of crossing into your promise.
Day 2:Read Numbers 14, Joshua 5 and 6. Praise God! Ask the Lord for the strategy of worship that will dethrone that which is invincible in your life and is stopping you from moving forward in your promise. Decree that every reproach of unbelief from the past generation that is connected to your life, your inheritance and your future will be “ROLLED AWAY”!
Day 3: Read 1 Samuel 30. This is a transition chapter. Declare that you will make it through your transition. The activities in this chapter released David into his next level of anointing. Especially notice verses 24-25. Receive new strength. Pursue and recover all! David had lost much but he inquired of the Lord and God gave him victory! He then gave to those that had helped him. Prepare a special offering.
Day 4: Read Zechariah 3 and 4. Declare a change of identity. Sin can stop God’s favor from resting on us. In this case, we exchange God’s favor for His disapproval. A reproach does not mean that we have lost our salvation but a reproach can hinder our future. A reproach can block the favor God longs to give us in some area of our lives because of the iniquity that has infiltrated the garment of identity that we wear. Until we make our lives right before God once again, we (and perhaps our descendants) will live under the effects of that reproach.
Day 5:Read John 14:21, John 16:7-9. As you worship, receive a spirit of revelation. Obey. Usually, He will tell you something very simple to do. There are many needs during this season, physically and emotionally. Ask the Lord to speak to you over how to give. As you give, you will receive revelation of who the Father is. Jesus ascended so the Helper (the Holy Spirit) could come to Earth on our behalf. Therefore, if we worship and ascend, we are promised that the Holy Spirit will fill our lives. He will bring conviction when we sin, open the way for us to experience our righteousness through faith, and condemn the devil on our behalf. Ask Him to fill you new and fresh.
Day 6:Read 2 Timothy 4:16-18, 2 Kings 6. Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that he is more powerful that the Lord. Open your eyes and see the angelic host around you. We can experience the Lord standing with us and strengthening us so that we might accomplish His will on Earth. We can experience the power of His ascension and deliverance from every evil work.
Day 7: Read Hebrews 2. Meditate on Verse 9. Declare that the power of any voice of death over the personal vision of your life be broken. From His ascension, He demonstrated that glory, not death, is the final word of operation in our lives. Make declarations of faith. Only through worship do we ascend into a new faith dimension.
Day 8:Read I John 3, especially verse 8. Memorize 1 John 4:4. “He came to destroy the works of the enemy. Greater is He in you than he that is in the world!”
Day 9:Read 2 Chronicles 20. The Lord has a strategy of TRIUMPH when your enemies mount up against you. God gives us strategies that are not of the wisdom of this world. The example He has presented to us is to send Judah first, not necessarily the wisest or the strongest. Let praise lead the way. Praise breaks through. Jehoshaphat was able to win the day by sending his praise team first. See the confederation of demonic enemies that are aligned against you.
Day 10:Read Ephesians 4. Meditate on vs. 17-24. Remove hidden bitterness and judgments against yourself and others. Put Off and now PUT ON!
Stop and Praise Again! Victory Deserves Praise!
Praise is a response that we should have to God when He reveals Himself to us. Therefore, praise can occur at the point of revelation rather than at the actual time of the manifestation of the promise. As we praise God in advance when He speaks to us or gives us faith to believe Him for a manifestation of something we desire, He enthrones Himself or makes Himself King over that situation in our lives.
Praise comes from a Latin word meaning “value” or “price.” To give praise to God is to proclaim His merit or worth. Many terms are used to express this in the Bible, including “glory,” “blessing,” “thanksgiving,” and “hallelujah”. The Hebrew title of the book of Psalms (“Praises”) comes from the same root as “hallelujah,” and Psalms 113-118 have been specially designated the “Hallel” (“praise”) Psalms.
The modes of praise are many, including the offering of sacrifices (Leviticus 7:13), physical movement (2 Samuel 6:14), silence and meditation (Psalm 77:11-12), testimony (Psalm 66:16), prayer (Philippians 4:6), and a holy life (1 Peter 1:3-9).
Praise is many times linked to music, both instrumental (Psalm 150:3-5) and vocal. Praise is to originate in the heart and not become mere outward show (Matthew 15:8).
Praise is also firmly linked to an individual’s everyday life (Amos 5:21-24). The Bible displays outbursts of praise! God takes pleasure and delight in His works and expects us to express our joy in what He does. The coming of the Kingdom of God into the midst of this world is marked by the restoration of joy and praise to the people of God (Isaiah 9:2; Psalm 96:11-13; Revelation 5:9-14; Luke 2:13-14).
Praise arises from sheer joy in the redeeming presence of God (Deuteronomy 27:7; Numbers 10:10; Leviticus 23:40). The praise of God is rendered on earth for the works of creation and redemption (Psalm 24;136). Praise is an echo on earth of the praise of Heaven (Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10).
Praise distinguishes the people of God from the heathen who refuse to render it (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 1:3-14; Philippians 1:11; Romans 1:21). The act of praising implies the closest fellowship with the One who is being praised. C. S. Lewis says, “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” (C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, 1958, p. 95)
Put on and wear praise into your future!
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|Charles D. “Chuck” Pierceserves as President of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI). This is an apostolic, prophetic ministry used to gather and mobilize the worshipping Triumphant Reserve worldwide. GSI facilitates other ministries and participates in regional and national gatherings to develop new Kingdom paradigms. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new wineskin. Chuck is President of Glory of Zion International Ministries, a ministry that aligns Jew and Gentile and is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps nations, cities, churches and individuals understand the times and seasons in which we live.|