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2020/11/25 Part Two—Upgrading Our Understanding of Prophecy and Praise!

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Ron Sawka Ministries

November 25, 2020; Kislev 09, 5781

(Formerly Arise 5)

“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand” (Ps. 149:6).

“Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper” (2 Chron. 20:20).

Agenda for the Next Two Months: Believe His Prophets and You Shall Prosper!

Step Two: Be Sure to Sing to the Lord Daily, Part Two—Upgrading Our Understanding of Prophecy and Praise!

I feel the Lord wants to upgrade the way we His people look at prophecy and how we use it. For the past three weeks, I have been writing based on 2 Chronicles 20:20—the reference seems particularly apt this year. If ever we needed to believe what the Lord is telling us through His prophets, it is now.

I have chosen not to be worried about the final result of the US presidential election. Yes, those results will have major impact on many nations, which is probably why some of those nations have been praying for the US in an unprecedented fashion. Even now, the election results are not in, and I don’t think they will be until early-to-mid-January. In the meantime, our assignment is simple—believe in God, and more specifically, believe what He has spoken to us through His prophets.

That leads again into part two of this strategy—sing praises to the Lord. It’s kind of surprising how easy it is to not sing or vocalize our praise. Yes, it’s fine to silently praise the Lord in our hearts. But the Bible is full of exhortations to actually sing/vocalize our praise to Him. Sometimes you have to be sure you are actually singing/speaking it out. Here are a few simple results of praising the Lord:

1. Praise helps/affects our own hearts and enables us to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly. In 2 Kings 3, the young Elisha was so upset with the situation that he couldn’t hear the word of the Lord. He had to enlist the help of a musician, and after a time of praising received a prophetic word for Jehoshaphat that actually helped the three nations (see 2 Kings 3:15–19). As you make it a point to sing praises to God, you will discover your own heart opening up to better hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

2. Praise is a weapon against the devil. Praise is one of our greatest spiritual weapons, period! Psalm 149 describes how it binds and defeats spiritual forces of wickedness. Verse 8 mentions binding kings and nobles, so our praise actually affects our nations.

3. Praise can activate and help put into action that which has been prophesied or promised. Let me explain. We are told that praise is like a “two-edged sword in their hand” (149:6). This links to Ephesians 6:17, which tells us to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” This actually is the rhema, or living word of God, and not the logos, or written word. It is this rhema, or spoken word of God, that is so powerful and effective and attacks the enemy. Paul depicts a battle-ready soldier: his armor protects him, but he also has a sword (the rhema word) with which to attack the enemy (the devil).

4. A sword must be used in order to have any effect. Paul clearly told Timothy to not just idly wonder if prophecies spoken to him would come to pass, but to use them for warfare. He writes, “This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare” (1 Tim. 1:18).

5. We swing the sword by singing and declaring. I like to picture it this way—when a prophecy has been spoken to us, it’s like a sword given to us. But it’s not enough to just look at the sword—we actually have to use it. How? First, by aggressively believing the word. Second, by declaring it. And third, by praising God. As we do this, that sword goes to work against forces of darkness with great effectiveness. If we don’t believe it, or don’t declare it, that sword remains motionless. This should make it easy to understand why Satan so strongly attacks prophecy and wants us to ignore what God spoke. It is also precisely why Paul says, “Do not despise prophecies” (1 Thes. 5:20).

6. We will discover the sword (word of God) works in our own hearts as well. We all know the following verse: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit” (Heb. 4:12). This is another incredible benefit of spiritual warfare. As we use the prophetic words given us, and as we keep praising and staying in an attitude of praise, we will find our own hearts being challenged. We will recognize wrong attitudes, unbelief, and ungodly mindsets. We will come to see that our greatest calling is to be like Jesus.

Be blessed! Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy