In previous years, I remember going through phases of depression. I would feel so depressed to the point I had no peace, I felt so heavy I felt so tired and weary.
I felt like I would have lost my mind. Praise and worship has changed all of that for me though.
I remember some years ago I had an encounter with The LORD that drastically changed and transformed my spiritual life.
In the midst of feeling depressed, I intentionally praise, worship; pray, fast, read the word of God and that helped to relieve and clear my mind and a whole lot.
I knew I had to go through what I went through because of the level of what I am called to do and the level of faith God wants me to operate in.
After fully committing and surrendering to a lifestyle of worship, everything began to change spiritually; I began to have very powerful prophetic visions and dreams I would witness unfold before my very eyes.
How powerful is our God? I remember when I first committed to a lifestyle of praise and worship; I never felt any major change as I knew what the power of prophetic worship would do.
However not long after I realized I would feel the Fire of God when I worshiped and the atmosphere would shift leaving the room feeling very light and my mind at peace.
I have grown to realize that not everything we do will lead to suddenly change. This has caused me to persevere and and not make praise and worship a duty but an expression of my love for God.
This has changed everything as I am more excited about praise and worship. Praise and worship felt like normal phenomenon at first but as I grew closer to God my levels and intimacy changed and it opened realms I have never been before.
After dedicating my self to worship day after day, months after months and years after years, I began to see transformation.
This involves witnessing and feel the tangible presence of God come upon me so strongly and heavily that I would not know what to do.
There were times while praising and worshiping The LORD would speak to me or I would get downloads and revelations from The LORD.
In the midst of worship and after, I would feel so light and so at peace I could not really find words to describe what I felt.
Listen, I am talking about the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Even though at this point I was going through a lot, I would always dedicate the time to praising and worshiping The LORD.
I remember days when I would walk into my classrooms feeling like I was on cloud nine. Even though I was on earth I felt like I was in heaven, man!
Nobody knew the excitement and peace I was feeling and experiencing. I would never forget one morning while worshiping in Church, I literally felt the hands of God reached down and break things off me.
That morning I was going through hell, I never knew where to turn, because nothing could have relived me from what I felt and was experiencing.
That morning in Church I told God that I wanted Him to do something I have never experienced and while worshiping that day, The LORD reached down and broke things off of me.
After that encounter that day, nobody can tell me about the power of God, because I have personally met Him and experienced His power.
He showed up on my behalf and for that I am forever grateful.
A few moments ago while doing praise and worship, I felt like there was an open heaven, I literally felt the power of God fell on me.
Glory to His name the peace of God has become something I live and walk in day to day and by the grace of God, it will forever be that way.
When I am weary, when I am weak, when I am broken, when I am sad, I know where to go and that is in His presence…
I say this to say, sometimes we will find ourselves in situations that only God can take us out of and through.
Sometimes we tend to look to others for only what God can do.
Listen; there are some bridges in life you will never cross over because God is the only one who can get you over it.
Many times we spend our money on medications to relieve symptoms and pain that only bring temporary relief, not realizing we can spend our whole livelihood on medication and doctor’s bill and still remain the same.
Listen, you want peace? And I am not referring to a false sense of peace; I am referring to the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
Get in His presence. When you take the time to spend time with God He will give you what money cannot buy.
By the grace of God, I now carry the presence and the glory of God. I am an atmosphere shifter.
When I open my mouth, power is released and hell fears and trembles at the power of Almighty God. Wherever I go and whatever I face or feel I can just get in His presence and begin to release the Glory of God…
I do not brag on money, I do not brag on clothes, I do not brag on the things that are no surety BUT what I do brag on is The LORD and being able to have a relationship with Him.
That is what and who I boast in and it makes me rather excited and special!
I am a child of a King and I thank God that I know how much I am worth because of Him!
If hell thought the attacks sent would kill me, they were wrong, because not only am I alive but I am on fire for Jesus Christ!
~ Shelly-Ann Powell
Shelly-Ann Powell is a woman after God’s heart, founder and director of the Impact Nations For Christ organization whose mission is to empower, strengthen and point humanity to the Savior Jesus Christ.