God wants to manifest His glory in a greater measure than the Church has ever known before.
But we have a responsibility to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and create the type of
atmosphere in which God can move.
In the book of HEBREWS 12:28, the apostle Paul says:
28 Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, lets us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably WITH REVERENCE and godly fear:
We must Reverence our God and His Presence!
Praise the Lord everybody, this is a good time to get into the Word of God and share this important subject that many people know very little about. Last week we discussed when it is appropriate to clap your hands and when it is better to lift our hands as we Reverence the Presence of God.
Then we closed with this beautiful Scripture:
HEBREWS 13: 15
15 By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of PRAISE to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips GIVING THANKS to His name.
Another Scripture along this line is found in Psalm 141:2b.
PSALMS 141: 2b “…And the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Notice in Hebrews 13:15 believers are instructed to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, not just every once in a while. And what is this sacrifice of praise that we’re supposed to offer to God continually? The fruit of our lips giving thanks unto His Name. These are direct instructions to us, right there in the New Testament.
Now, let’s look at First Timothy 2:8. The Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy, who had become a pastor by this time, he said:
1 TIMOTHY 2:8
8 I will therefore that men pray everywhere, LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS, without wrath and doubting.
Someone defined “prayer” as communication with God, and praise would fit in that category, because when you praise God, you are communicating with Him. So, if you were to say, “Men ought to praise God everywhere,” it wouldn’t do First Timothy an injustice.
Now, I want you to notice how we are to pray or praise God. We are to praise God by lifting up holy hands, not by clapping them!
Let’s look at the account of Paul and Silas’ arrest in the Book of Acts, chapter 16. They had been whipped and their backs were bleeding. Then they were thrown in jail with their feet bound in stocks. But the Bible says, “…At midnight Paul and Silas PRAYED, and SANG PRAISES unto God…” (Verse 25).
I believe that this verse is literally referring to the midnight hour, but it can also be symbolic of the darkest hour or the greatest test of your life. In other words, Acts 16:25 tell us what to do at “midnight” – Pray and Sing Praises unto God!
Paul and Silas did just that. They Reverenced the Presence of God in the Jail house!
Word of Today: "Receptive Listening"
Receptive listening is the willingness to gather information before making judgments. It’s a skill that is common in effective leaders. They listen carefully and not stifle the flow of good ideas that might help the effort. Effective leaders do two things: they ask questions, and they listen. This makes people like them, respect them, and want to bring them information. Moses was one of the greatest leaders of all time, he was a receptive listener.