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Prophetic Praise – Releasing The Roar of The Lion

Published by HoneyRock on April 3rd, 2012

Prophetic Praise — Releasing The Roar of The Lion    

 

“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: 

thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;

thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. 

Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: 

he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion;

who shall rouse him up? 

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between His feet,

until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

[Genesis 49:8-10]

 

As Jacob called his sons together, he released prophetic understanding concerning what would happen in their lives in the last days [Genesis 49:1].  The revelations that flowed forth were not only applicable to this biological family; but, even more, a prophetic look at what would transpire and take place in the family of God.  In our lesson today, we look in detail at the prophetic revelation that was spoken over Judah which is beginning to manifest in its fullness in the days wherein we are now living, “the last of the last days.”  First, let’s establish who Judah really is and the significance that is related to this name.

In Genesis 29:35, as Leah gives birth to her 4th son, she declares:  “Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.”  One of the great revelations that is imparted in this scripture is the very fact that, in the midst of rejection, experiencing hatred and feeling the absence of her husband’s affection and devotion, birth is given to true praise that brings completion to Leah’s life.  [Read Genesis 29:30-35.]  Praise has the ability to let us transcend above the natural problems of this world, and cause us to see into the realm of the Spirit, moving our focus to the Almighty God.  We have in this story more than just the name of a son; we have the impartation that whatever cannot complete us in this natural world, praise has the ability to take us into the very presence of God.

We see this declared in Psalms 100:4“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:  be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  What many in the body of Christ don’t seem to realize is that praise is a declaration agreeing and pronouncing that –regardless of what this natural realm is trying to dictate, enforce, alter or pervert — we are already victorious and triumphant because our Father says we are.  [Read Psalm 47; Psalm 92:1-4; and II Corinthians 2:14.]

As we enter “the last of the last days,” we have this prophetic promise from the book of Genesis that praise will move us into a dimension that will:

v Release help and freedom to those who are held in captivity and bondage

 

v Release the Hand of God that will conquer, subdue and cause seeable victory over the enemy

 

v Release the roar of the lion of the tribe of Judah who shall cause the Body of Christ to prevail over all the works of the enemy [see also Revelation 5:5]

 

v Release the anointing and power of the Spirit of God that will expedite the maturing and developing of the Body of Christ

 

v Release true anointed leadership to come forth within the Body of Christ that operates under the authority of Jesus and the Father

 

v Release judgment to come upon the operation of wickedness, and to expose the schemes, tricks and strategies of the evil one

 

v Release the roar of the lion of the tribe of Judah that paralyzes and puts fear and torment into the enemy’s forces

 

As the lion matures by operating in prophetic praise which proclaims, speaks, prophesies, decrees, declares and pronounces the Word of the Almighty God, we will also see fulfilled even more in “the last of the last days” what was stated by the pagan soothsayer Balaam when God put these words in his mouth:

“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,

neither is there any divination against Israel:

according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion:

he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.”

[Numbers 23:23-24]

 

Prophetic praise will break and remove the operation of witchcraft that has ruled in the Body of Christ, especially through the operation of controlling spirits.  Prophetic praise will release within the Body of Christ a warrior’s mentality that will cause those who have been beat down, kept under man’s thumb, and controlled through the process of fear and intimidation, to rise up and lift themselves out of these controlling forces.  There will be released within the Body of Christ divine discernment that exposes all of the works of the enemy, and great freedom will take place while this kind of praise is going forth.

Going a little further in the 24th chapter of Numbers, we see additional revelation that not only pertained to natural Israel, but also to the seed of Abraham that were redeemed and given full inheritance through the shed blood of Jesus.  [See Galatians 3:13-29.]  Note what is said:

“And Balaam lifted up his eyes,

and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes;

and the spirit of God came upon him.  And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty,

falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 

As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side,

 as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted,

and as cedar trees beside the waters.  He shall pour the water out of his buckets,

and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag,

and his kingdom shall be exalted.  God brought him forth out of Egypt;

he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn:  he shall eat up the nations his enemies,

and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion:  who shall stir him up?

Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee. 

[Numbers 24:2-9]

 

We now know that we, the Church, are the true tent, tabernacle and house of the Most High God, as proclaimed in I Corinthians 2:9-17 and in I Peter 2:5; and that we are those trees that are planted by the rivers of water that bring forth fruit in its season [see Psalms 1:1-6].  But, also look at the powerful Word of God that declares that water shall be poured out of His buckets [vessels or containers] that will release His seed in many waters [nations and kingdoms], and the Kingdom of the Almighty God shall be exalted.  We also see reference to the lion once more that is in need of being awakened and stirred up for battle, and I present to you that the voice and sound of prophetic praise is causing the roar of the lion to be awakened, felt and heard throughout the nations.

Further revelation of the roar of the lion that will come forth from Judah [praise] is also declared in Deuteronomy 33:7, when Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death:  “And this is the blessing of Judah:  and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people:  let his hands be sufficient for him; and be Thou an help to him from his enemies.”  God hears the voice of Judah, because it is lifted up with uninhibited, unrestricted and unreserved praise; which, in turn, causes the Most High God to release supernatural help for Judah to triumph over all his enemies, regardless of who or what they are.  Our praise transforms and strengthens us for battle, removing all fear and timidity; and this is why it declares in Proverbs 28:1“The wicked flee when no man pursueth:  but the righteous are bold as a lion.”  This is the very reason that satan has attempted to control music, singing, the arts, and musical instruments, due to the fact that he is attempting to counterfeit and steal the very roar that causes his kingdom to suffer total defeat.  Note what it says in I Peter 5:8“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  The enemy is not the roaring lion, he is attempting to counterfeit and hinder the Church from walking in the very anointing that

afflicts permanent damage on his forces.  The nature of those who are called and anointed to walk in prophetic praise is best described by understanding the nature of the lion as identified in Proverbs 30:30“A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any.”  These are they who don’t back down or turn back in the midst of adversity, difficulty, rejection, problems, trouble, hardship, or any other type of calamity; they stay consistent in offering up their praise unto the Most High God because they have been gifted with an eternal focus, rather than the temporal focus of being controlled by the realm of the natural.

Prophetic praise, as it is released within the midst of the Church, will be tested through the process of battle and warfare.  I direct you to II Chronicles, Chapter 20, in order to use one of the most powerful stories of the positioning of prophetic praise to show you what must be overcome in order for the roar of the lion to be released without any restrictions.  There were three enemies that Jehoshaphat encountered in his day which can also render the praisers of God ineffective today; and they are:

  1. “Moab” was the first enemy and it relates to “ease.”  Many Christians are bound by an attitude of just accepting the status quo; therefore, their praise is void of passion and is often “lukewarm.”  Don’t ever allow yourself to forget the great things that God has done for you, and never settle into an attitude of “business as usual.”

 

  1. “Ammon” means “a people.”  Many Christians cannot give God outlandish praise due to the fact that they are under the control of “what will others think?” “how will I look to the people?” or “what if someone doesn’t like my expression of praise unto God?”  You must break free from being a man-pleaser rather than a God-pleaser.

 

  1. The third enemy that must be overcome is the “other beside.”  This is the enemy that represents all of the unexpected circumstances and problems that can bring tremendous pressure on us in an attempt to shift our focus from releasing continuous praise unto the Most High God.

How do we overcome the enemies that attempt to move us into becoming lukewarm; controlled by the opinions of man rather than the power of God; and the unexpected circumstances and problems that are designed to steal our joy and stop our praise?  We overcome these forces by yielding ourselves to rely totally and completely on the Lord our God; and to keep our focus totally on Him.  As the people of Judah waited on the Lord for direction and help, the Spirit of God came upon one of the musicians and gave a specific Word that revealed that the victory was already won.  We are moving out of that time of vague, generic, non-specific prophecies being spoken forth; and we are moving into prophetic utterance that speaks the specific will and plan of the Almighty God.

The strategy and blueprint is now established in Judah, and will send the singers and praisers forward first into the battle with the song and voice of prophetic praise.  Prophetic praise is not based on praising God in order to get victory, but rather is released because we already have the victory.  When prophetic praise is released, it also ushers in The Lord of the Battle, who is strong and mighty and able to confuse the plans of the enemy.  Let me ask you this question:

 

Are you tired of fighting in your own ability and speaking forth empty words

that have absolutely no power and manifestation?

I challenge you to enter into the higher realm of prophetic praise that not only empowers you with the strength of God, but releases The Lord of the Battle, who will always cause you to triumph and be victorious.

The prophetic praise that releases the roar of the lion will be identified by a new song and a new sound, as well; and this new wave of the Spirit will usher in a new day of refreshing and strength within the Body of Christ.  This is one of the reasons that you will see new things being used in releasing praise:  such as banners of different colors releasing spiritual warfare in the heavenlies; worship dance and worship warfare that opens the heavens over us and releases the glory of God; musicians beginning to flow in anointed prophecy with their instruments just as it was in I Chronicles 25:1-7.  [Read, Read, Read this passage of scripture.]

What kind of attitude and sensitivity enhances prophetic praise?  The removal of preconceived ideas as it relates to praise; the changing of the guard that thinks that praise is only a prelude to the preaching of the word; and the realization that preaching many times will be released through our praise and songs of deliverance.  In essence, the Holy Spirit is looking for those who would be vessels and candidates for His mighty voice to be released through their praise and worship.  Maybe you will answer the call of the Spirit to become one of the praisers who releases the roar of the Lion.  As you allow the Holy Spirit to prepare you to enter into this realm — through obedience; seeking His face in prayer and fasting; and dwelling consistently in the secret place of the Most High God — align yourself with other believers who are of a like mind and spirit and release your praise to the One who is worthy to be magnified and exalted.

 

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Achieving Greatness in the Kingdom of God

Published by HoneyRock on April 3rd, 2012

“Achieving Greatness In The Kingdom Of God”

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” they said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” [Mark 10:35-45]

 

     One of the most important teachings that Jesus imparted to the disciples was how the Kingdom of God really operated. When we are delivered from the world and its way of thinking there is still a tendency to try to walk in the Kingdom of God with the same mentality, mindset, ambitions, and selfish desires. The Kingdom of God is governed by a different set of concepts and principles, and this is one of the reasons that we are instructed in II Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

In the passage of scripture in Mark 10, we find a great dispute taking place in the midst of the disciples concerning future position and power in the Kingdom of God. James and John had the desire to sit in a place of prominence and authority in the Kingdom of God, and Jesus had to identify once and for all what being great in the Kingdom of God really was. In the gospel of Matthew it gives a more specific detailed version of this story by letting us know that the mother of Zebedee’s sons made the request that her sons be allowed to sit on the right hand and the left hand, when Jesus entered His kingdom. But once again, Jesus defines greatness in the Kingdom of God by stating, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” [Matthew 20:27-28]

I have found after many years of serving God that one of the greatest sources of strife, unforgiveness, quarrelling, dispute, separation, offense, and anger is when we attempt as Christians to bypass the Godly principle of operating as a true servant. Many times, because of a spirit of pride and arrogance, we demand on having things our way; and if we can’t get our way then “we’ll just take our ball and bat and go home.” I can’t begin to tell you, when I was in prison, how many times I had to intervene between brothers who had become offended at each other; due to the fact that they didn’t know how to walk as true servants of God. It is a distinct fact that those of us who have been born again by the Spirit of God are sons of God, [John 1:12-13]; but it is also true that because we are sons, we have been called by God to lay down our lives for each other, note what it says in I John 3:16: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”  Matter of fact, why don’t you stop right now and read the entire 3rd chapter of I John, and you will find the following powerful revelations:

  1. It is God’s Love that has established us as the children of God, and made us accepted in His family. [ vs. 1]
  2. The world can not recognize us because we walk, think, and act differently than they do. [ vs. 1-3]
  3. We no longer live habitually in sin, because the seed of God that has been deposited in our spirit man, has created the desire to walk and live in righteousness. [ vs. 4-9]
  4. What identifies us as the children of God, and separates us from the children of the devil; is the very fact that we walk and live in righteousness and love one another. [ vs. 10-12]
  5. The defining characteristic that we have passed from death to life, is that we love one another. [ vs. 13-15]
  6. The outworking of God’s Love in our life will cause us to be willing to lay down our life for one another, just like Jesus laid down His life for us. [ vs. 16-17]
  7. God’s Love in us is more than just words that come out of our mouth, but it also demonstrates action in seeking to help and meet the needs of one another. [ vs. 18-19]
  8. When we do not measure up to the true standard of God’s Love, conviction and remorse is released within our hearts, in order to show us that we are not walking as God Has commanded us to walk. [ vs. 20-21]
  9. The answer to our prayers is directly related to us walking in love with one another, doing those things that are pleasing in His sight; and believing on the name of Jesus. [ vs. 22-24]

What a powerful, life changing chapter!!!! Walking in greatness in the Kingdom of God is based on committing ourselves to loving one another; laying down our lives for one another; and being willing to help, assist, and aid one another. I already know what many say, when they see this revelation: “If I live my life like this, people will take advantage of me; rip me off; run game on me; and consider me to be someone who is weak.” Well one thing that you have to remember is what Paul declared in II Corinthians 12:9-10: “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” If you really want the power of Jesus to be manifested in your life, you have to be willing to exchange being strong in your own ability, for being strong in the ability of Christ. Yes, to many you may appear to be weak, but the truth of the matter is that God’s power will rest upon your life greater than you have ever experienced before; and when people need someone to pray and assist them in getting their breakthrough then you will be the one that they seek out.

When I was in prison, I found a place in the unit where I could go early in the morning to pray by myself. This was a very special time and place for me, because I could commune, talk, seek, and cry out to God without any reservations. Well there was an individual in my unit who didn’t like Christians, and definitely didn’t like me because I was a minister of the gospel and was a mentor to many of the Christian brothers in the unit. He made it a point to persecute me, make fun of me, harass me as often as he could, call me a fake and phony; and would even get up early in the morning to get the room before I could get there. Well, my flesh told me to “handle my business” but the Spirit of God told me to walk in love, kindness, forgiveness, and to pray for him daily. One day when I was going to chow, this individual waited to everyone else had gone, and then approached me. I could tell that something was really bothering him, and I asked him if I could help him in some way. I never will forget what he said to me, he began to tell me that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer, and they didn’t know how serious it was; but she was the only person who really loved him, believed in him, and had stuck with him over the many years that he had been in prison. He then looked at me and said, Man I don’t have the right to even ask you this, because I have deliberately tried to provoke you, slander you, disrespect you, and harass you; but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a true Christian, and would you be willing to pray for my mother? Needless to say, of course I was willing to pray for his mother as well as for him; and this brother eventually accepted Jesus as the Lord of his life, and became one of my closest friends and minister of the Gospel. In the natural I may have looked extremely weak to many, but in the Kingdom of God because I was willing to be a servant to this brother and love him regardless; God not only set this brother free from his bondage; but also touched his mother with his healing power.

Therefore, when we talk about achieving greatness in the Kingdom of God, we are not talking about prestige; power; ambition, self-strength; or being noticed by others; no we are talking about laying down your life for others and becoming a servant to mankind. This is the very principle that Jesus walked in that imparted an anointing that opened the eyes of the blind; raised the dead; cleansed the lepers; set free those who were bound by demons; restored those who had been rejected and condemned by mankind; and caused you and I who have been born again to pass from death to life.  The only true way that we can walk as servants to one another is that we must seek to live and walk in the unconditional love of the Most High God. In I Corinthians 13th chapter, one of the greatest revelations is given concerning what the unconditional Love of God looks like, and how we as believers must seek to walk in this kind of love.

In the Greek language one of the common words for love was the word “eros” which referred to physical or sexual desire and this is basically where we get the word “erotic” from. Another word in the Greek language was “philos” that suggested esteem and affection found in a casual friendship. Neither of these words came close to describing the kind of love that Paul wanted to communicate in I Corinthians 13; therefore, he chose a rare Greek word “agape” to impart the revelation of God’s unconditional love. What does “agape” mean? The word “agape” describes a love that is based on the deliberate choice of the one who loves rather than the worthiness of the one who is loved. This kind of love goes against all natural human abilities. This kind of love is a giving, selfless, expect-nothing-in-return-kind of love; and is the only love that can cause us to walk as true servants of God. The unconditional love of God is:

  1. Long suffering and kind: It doesn’t throw away people just because they are to difficult get along with; whether they are friends, family, or just people who we meet from day to day. The unconditional Love of God puts up with people who would be much easier to avoid or ignore.
  2. Does not envy; exalt itself; or walk in pride: It doesn’t get mad or offended when someone receives a blessing greater than theirs; it does not seek its own, and is willing to set aside their own plans and agendas to help someone else.
  3. Does not act rudely or disrespectful, and is not easily provoked: It doesn’t walk around with their “feelings on their shoulders” and is not easily angered or over-sensitive. When we truly walk in the unconditional Love of God we are careful not to be touchy concerning other people’s words or actions towards us.
  4. Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth:  Unconditional Love does not rejoice in anything that has to do with evil; especially when another brother may be overtaken with a sin or fall in his walk with the Lord. Although, when walking in unconditional love we may recognize problems and failures in people, we do not lose faith in the fact that the individual can change and be set free.
  5. E.     Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things: The unconditional Love of God is able to remain steadfast, immoveable; regardless of what it is going through. This is the very kind of love that never fails, because this is the very nature of God being manifested through our lives; because: God is Love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that god has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for out sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” [ I John 4:7-11]

In closing out this message on: Achieving Greatness In the Kingdom of God; I want to encourage you to take the scriptures that are identified in the Word of the week; and to study them until they go deep within your spirit man. The devil may try to tell you that this principle can’t work in prison, because I don’t really understand the environment that you are now in; but let me remind you that I myself spent 8+ years in a Federal Prison walking in this very principle and I am a living witness that not only does this principle work, but it will create within you the very nature of your Heavenly Father.

Many times I have found upon being released from prison, that there are so many people on the outside that want to be served, but are unwilling to yield themselves to walking with a true servant’s heart. I have made the decision that regardless of whether I am having a good day; regardless of whether I have enough money in my bank account; and regardless of what others may think of me, I am going to manifest the unconditional love of God by walking as a true servant to those that I come in contact with. This is one of the reasons that I have committed myself to ministering to you in any capacity that I possibly can; I fully realize that the unconditional love of God is the only force that can set us totally free; and whenever any opportunity presents itself I intend to release that love to you as much as possible. We are entering days that the sons and daughters of God must reflect and manifest His true nature to those that we come in contact with; and always remember that God has all faith; wisdom; knowledge; understanding; power; strength; might; discernment of the present and future; but “HE IS LOVE.’

 

With God’s Love and Peace,

 

Brother Jerry Upton. 

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Published by HoneyRock on April 2nd, 2012

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