New Book Release – Christian Excellence and Morality

New Book Release – Christian Excellence and Morality – Finding the Balance between personal excellence and morality in life and the workplace.

In June 2017, Tim Farron resigned as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, stating that, “To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party…and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teachings, has felt impossible for me.” Farron even concluded that, “We are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society.” Tim Farron could not continue his political career due to moral conflicts posed on his Christian beliefs by an increasingly secularized society. The message of this book (Christian Excellence and Morality – Finding the Balance between Personal Excellence and Morality in life and the workplace) is that if you are a Christian politician like Farron, or you are a businessman, a journalist, a judge, a scientist, a youth, or a student, you can be an excellent workman or woman, and still hold dear to your moral beliefs in a topsy-turvy world of moral decline.

 

Many books talk about success, prosperity, productivity, greatness, victorious Christian living, morality, etc. But this book is unique and distinctive such that it specializes in the field of enhancing the Christian’s willpower and mind power in the midst of the many conflicts or struggles he/she encounters in his/her Christian walk with God. Several books talk about the struggles of the Christian; but to the best of my knowledge, none except this work elaborates on the real causes of these struggles, and on the Christian’s ability and stability to achieve excellence and peak performance in all his endeavors. This book is more specific, more specialized than most of its competing counterparts in the nationwide book industry.  It addresses the issue of moral conflicts accurately and precisely by rightly hitting the nail on the head. It also addresses the menace of corruption in the polity, and how to overcome it on a very personal and intimate level. It is very focused like a laser beam and purposeful from the beginning to the end of the book. It has a rich fund of verses drawn from the Holy Bible. Hence, the work has a great scriptural backing. It does not just exist on its own. It relies on the authenticity of the word of God – the Bible. It has unique features, which will appeal to the needs of millions of Christians scattered across the world.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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The Need for Christian Excellence

This article is written and published in the interest of the public, especially for the morally-conscious, performance-driven, and proudly Christian individuals. It enhances ethical reasoning based on the inerrant, authoritative, word of God, and emphasizes the role morality plays in boosting individual performances in life. Case studies in moral issues will be addressed in the book titled Christian Excellence and Morality, and reader is expected to reconcile these with personal values in order to prepare for taking responsibility for their conduct in the world. The book also sets out to resolve the moral burden or dilemmas of the Christian, empowering her to pursue excellence in all her endeavors in the world.

 

There is this weapon we all possess. Yes, a potent tool in our hands, with which we could hew our way through the hardness and harshness of life and achieve virtually anything. But, the sad story is that some of us do not know the potency of this tool and what it can do for us. Some crop of people surely knows what significance this tool holds in life general, yet they are not able to make headway with it. It’s like they encounter a stumbling block on their way of using the tool in question. Yet another set of people exists, though quite few, who knows the essence of this weapon and possess the know-how of it. In short, they have gained experience in the constant use of it, and therefore know how to utilize it to achieve whatever they want to. Nothing stands in the way of these lucky ones. For them, it is a free highway to a world of accomplishments.

 

This tool spells the difference between the successful and the non-successful; the great, near great and the no great at all; the achievers and non-achievers, the list is endless. What is this tool? It is the Human Will. Others prefer to call it the Willpower. Surely, it is the power to do. However, a group of people around the world – Christians to be precise – is constantly drawn into a battle of keeping their Will intact. They strive so hard to win but it is not always easy for them, and so they suffer a lot of casualties on the way. The Christian is supposed to be a beacon of light to his or her world in every aspect. But, most times Christians fail miserably in this high expectation. And so we are left to wonder, what is wrong? The problem is not far-fetched; it has to do with the Will of that Christian above all idle wish to succeed.

 

That is why this book has been so carefully crafted and invented to step in and intervene in the situation most Christians find themselves. If you aren’t enjoying the kind of success you crave for even though you may be quite successful, then you most probably need this book. Do make sure to read it in its rightful order from start to finish because it is like a scientific solution furnished to a scientific problem such that if one aspect is left out or read haphazardly, it will adversely affect the kind of result you get at the end of the day.

Therefore, read and re-read this book and the scriptures supplied in it with an open mind, clean heart, and right spirit, and you will be richly rewarded.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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Strong Link between Personal Excellence and Morality

With no absolute laws in the secular world, defining right and wrong is a strictly personal matter, but I dare say that there’s no pursuit of effective performance without deep regard for the Law, whether of God or of man. It’s not sustainable, hence ‘No Excellence without Law’, ‘No Excellence without Morality’. However, the world need not be morally confusing or conflicting if only we would allow God’s word to dictate what’s right and wrong to us, allowing it to judge and correct us, provided we are not double-minded about accepting the authority of the Bible as our moral guide. The longer people fail to submit themselves to the one and true Lawgiver who alone determines right from wrong, the more morally conflicting and confusing the world will become for them.  

 

There seems to be a connection or direct proportionality between saintliness/morality and excellence/effective performance. I observed from my study of the Bible that the excellent ones in the Bible were all saintly, morally conscious, and upright people, or in biblical terms ‘they feared God and kept His commandments’. From Abel to Zechariah, this point rings true. David was the greatest king Israel ever had. Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt, and used greatly by God to preserve nations at the time during an austere worldwide famine. Daniel excelled among his colleagues and succeeded to the highest echelon in the Babylonian realm, which was the first world empire in world history. Nehemiah got the attention of the Persian king Cyrus who held Israel captive, and commissioned him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Joshua stood out from his counterparts, was chosen by Moses, and led the Israelites to the Promised Land. Job, a brilliant architect, was the richest man in the East, and built great structures. He is believed to have built the great pyramids of Egypt. All these personalities excelled in their realms and were strict keepers of God’s laws and way of life. But was it because of their morality or saintliness that they excelled or performed effectively? A further study into the Bible revealed the answer, “As for the saints who are on the earth, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” (Psa16v3). Whose delight? God’s delight of course! Because they are His saints, He delights in them, causes, moves and inspires them to prosper and excel in their undertakings.

 

I agree with Dr. Tony Rapu’s declaration in the ‘Faith and Reason’ section of THISDAY Sunday newspaper dated 5th June, 2011. He opined, “The marketplace and the public square are largely unrealized frontiers for kingdom activity. Daniel typifies the principle and the posture that the Christians must begin to exemplify in these spheres. The next dimension of church will manifest in the form of anointed Christian professionals bearing witness to three important truths namely: that faith and professional excellence are not contradictory concepts; that it is possible to advance without moral compromise; and that high performance bears a greater witness to our values than words…”

 

This work is about to lend credence to the fact that Morality and Personal Excellence are not conflicting concepts; that it is possible to overcome the moral burden or dilemmas and advance to greater heights without moral compromise; and that effective performance or excellence bears a greater witness to our values than mere words would say.

 

Hence, from the responses to the questions asked above, it can be concluded that there is a cogent link and strong indication of relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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The Relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality

This article is a sequel to the previous article, “Is there a Link between Personal Excellence and Morality?” which conceptualized the two phenomena, and investigated whether there exists any link between them. To strengthen this position that there could possibly be a relationship between the two, the following questions were posed to the respondents:

 

Q10: The tenth question was “How does the Christian moral dilemma affect your general life performance?” The following unedited responses ensued: “Because some right things are hard to do except with the grace of God, e.g. cheating in the exam hall”, “Negatively”, “Not handling it well jeopardizes effectiveness and fulfillment”, “Negligible”, “Demoralizes one”.

 

Q11: The eleventh question: “What is the positive effect of morality on personal performance and effectiveness?” The following were the responses that ensued, “Morality stands you out”, “It makes one stand on the good side of the law”, “Makes one close to God and vice versa”, “Makes one take heed to what is right by doing it”.

 

Q12: The twelfth question went like this: “Is it possible to be moral and excellent as a Christian at the same time?” The following responses were elicited, “Yes”, “Yes, it is very possible”, “Yes, but morality should not be the priority”, “In my own opinion, they are complementary, so definitely YES!”, “YES, morality does not make you a Christian, but Christians are moral beings”, “I believe it is possible”, “YES”, “YES, it is very possible to be moral and excellent as a Christian by the grace of God”.

 

Q13: Now to the thirteenth question which asked respondents, “Do you need to be morally upright or perfect to perform effectively in your job, task, studies or endeavor?” the following responses were elicited. They include, “If effectiveness and good results are desired, YES”, “Uprightness is necessary. Perfection is what we work towards. As a Christian, God’s hand in your work will make you stand out”, “YES”, “YES”, “YES”.

 

Q14: To the fourteenth question, “How do you cope with or manage moral dilemmas, so they don’t interfere with your performance?” the following responses were elicited, which include: “Ask God to help you”, “You take tough decisions to follow the right path”, “By depending on the Holy Spirit”, “Praying for the unction of the Spirit, dedication to the cause of God, discipline”, “By knowing and doing what is right”.

 

Q15: “What could be done to boost Christian performance?” was the fifteenth question, and the following responses were generated: “More of God’s word and study, and mostly ACTION! Choosing to stand despite all”, “Improve in knowledge of the word of God. Depend on the Holy Spirit”, “Avoid moral dilemmas and evangelize the word of God to the society”, “We need to start shining, being examples so that others will see it and have a change of mind and do the same”, “Let the Christian know what they have taken up (The Great Commission)”, “Try to understand who they are in Christ”.

 

Q16: “What is the role of the ‘human will’ in morality?” was the next question, and the respondents gave the following responses: “It empowers morality because it is your decision to either do what is right or wrong”, “Human will is always tending towards evil. But a person of good morals may still be evil in his/her thought because he/she is totally human”, “Human will is of high importance in the issue of morality”, “It has a major role to play, particularly in decisions and sticking to them. When a sense of what is right and wrong is established, the human will helps in sticking to what is right”.

 

Q17: “What is your view of the world morally?” was the seventeenth question and these were responses generated: “The world’s moral standard is very low”, “There’s a high sense of moral decadence and our value system or ethical framework is becoming increasingly warped”, “The world as we know it is getting less moral everyday”, “The ‘world’ are those that indulge in sin”, “Average”, “It is complicated”.

 

Q18: To the final question, the eighteenth, “Do you think the world is a morally conflicting, complex, complicated or easy world?” the following responses were elicited, “Complicated”, “Conflicting, because many things are confusing these days”, “All of the above but definitely not ‘easy’ ”, “Complicated”, “The world is full of complications morally”, “Conflicting”, “I think it is most of the first three, nevertheless for some it is ‘easy’. Whichever it is, one is largely a function of his actions, attitude, and disposition”, “I think the world is morally complicated”.

 

Hence, from the responses to the questions asked above, it can be concluded that there is a certain degree of relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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Is there a Link Between Personal Excellence and Morality?

To prove the validity of the book titled Christian Excellence and Morality, a questionnaire-distributing spree was embarked upon. This work started as a hypothesis in the form of a question, “Is there a relationship between Christian Excellence and Morality?” I was, however, able to induce from the responses obtained from the questionnaires distributed that there was a strong relationship between the two. The responses from real people revealed quite a lot of grey areas that need to be addressed. Hopefully, as you read the book, the searchlight shall be beamed on these questions and many more issues, and ignorance shall be exposed to the furious light of the day. Hence, responses to the questions asked are addressed below:

 

Q1: A great percentage of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the very first question “Are Christians the light of the world according to your Bible?”

 

Q2: In response to the question, “Do you see much shining of Christians in the world today?”, quite many respondents answered ‘yes’ as well as ‘no’. Other responses were: “No, because most things are calling for our attention”, “Not as much as we should”, “Partially”.

 

Q3: The next question, the third, was: “So, what is responsible for them not shining as should?” The following were their responses: “Might be as a result of their relationship with God”, “People profess Christianity (i.e. as a religion) but do not live the God-life (zoe)”, “Duplicity, ‘lust of the flesh’ (wanting to gratify their feelings), love of mundane things, a gradual lack of love for the things of God”, “Many of us are selfish, we are lazy, we have little or no concern for the lost souls, we do not see ourselves as the light”, “Sin is what is responsible for that”, “Sin is the reason, and only God can help us”, “Peer pressure, technology”, “Deflection to sin is what is responsible for Christians not shining as should”.

 

Q4: On the next question, which asked respondents “What do you understand by effective human performance?” the following were given: “Performing effectively in any task or job given”, “Achieving God’s maximum performance for our lives”, “The proper behavior of human beings to one another”, “Effective use of one’s resources, intellect, strength to achieve something”, “A situation in which a human delivers his best possible, his peak, his optimum, on a given expectation”, “Performing at optimum. It is called ‘Highest and Best Use’ in Land Economics”, “Effective influence of man on his environment”.

 

Q5: The next question was: “Are Christians performing to expectation in the society or being relegated to the background?” To which majority of respondents agreed that many Christians are not performing to expectation.

 

Q6: To the question “What are those factors responsible for poor/average performance among Christians?”, we had the following responses:  “Ignorance and lack of faith”, “Not believing God to the fullest”, “Laziness, shyness, fear, discouragement, lack of love for things of God, love of money, peer pressure”, “Listening to bad music, not taking prayer and Bible study seriously”, “Duplicity, lusts of the flesh, love of mundane things, lack of knowledge, fear”, “Fornication, sin, adultery”, “Sin, being not prayerful”.

 

Q7: To the next question “What do you understand by Morality?” here are unedited individual responses: “Morality is the ability to act as being taught either from background or present to the community”, “Morality is having the sense of proper living and exhibiting them”, “Concerns the principle of right and wrong, a knowledge of ethics and what should and should not be”, “The degree to which something is good or bad based on human principle or by which one lives his/her life”, “Ability for a person to abstain from sin”, “Using one’s sense for doing things”.

 

Q8: Onto the eighth question “What do you understand by the term ‘Moral Dilemma’? Support with example(s)” we pooled the following responses together: “When your ethics of doing things is being challenged, for instance financial impropriety in office”, “This is a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives”, “I don’t know”, “A situation in which a hard choice is to be made between two options that are desirable, e.g. a choice between gratification from corruption and deciding against same”, “Confusion as to whether an issue is right or wrong”

Q9: The ninth question went thus, “Could you say that ‘moral dilemmas or how we handle them’ is one of such factors militating against Christian performance?” To which were the following responses, “Yes, moral dilemmas play a major factor”, “30 percent YES, 70 percent NO”, “Definitely yes!”, “Yes”, “Yes”, “Sometimes”.

 

Hence, from the responses to the questions asked above, it can be concluded that there is probably a degree of relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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Integrity is of the Greatest Essence

Paul the Apostle made mention of a law antagonistic to the law of his mind in Rom7v23, “But I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members”; moral relativism (the belief that defining right and wrong is an individual and personal choice, denying the presence of absolute law) is one of those laws in our members which urges us to do what seems right to us (Prov14v12).

 

Benjamin Franklin, a man of integrity and proven character and one of America’s founding fathers, set a goal of moral perfection for himself but failed miserably realizing finally that the task he gave himself was a humanly impossible one.  Even Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, had this to say in his growing up years, “If somebody did something I considered unjust, I felt that the world really had collapsed around me, had derailed and was spiraling out of control.”

 

Albert Einstein, foremost 20th century scientist also alluded to the fact saying, “Morality is of the highest importance”. Billy Graham, America’s most popular televangelist, had this to say, “If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing; if you lose your health, you have lost something; if you lose your integrity, you have lost everything”. The truth is everyone grapples with the morality issue since we are all moral agents, but the top question is how do you manage, cope with, and overcome the moral burden that confronts you?

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

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Living in a Morally Confusing World

Welcome to the Morally Confusing World, a topsy-turvy world indeed! It is a world where truth is dumped in the trashcan, and lies are celebrated; where sound morals, integrity and noble character are persistently scorned, while immorality is imbibed and extolled to high heavens; where the morally conscious and upstanding are ridiculed, and the depraved are empowered. It’s a world where “Freedom of Speech” is used as a screen for filth and vulgarism, and a hammer against godly virtue, sometimes under the cloak of religion.  It’s a world where politicians embezzle public funds and get away with it; as if that’s not enough, they are even granted bail and released under lenient conditions, and applauded by swarming supporters celebrating and welcoming their ‘hero’ back from a traumatic prison experience.

 

It’s a world where clergymen demonstrate to their teeming multitudes: “Do as I say and not as I live”. It’s a world where youths are hell-bent on the craze for quick wealth, indulging in atrocious acts in a bid to enjoy crass materialism, impress their friends and oppress their foes. It’s a world where businessmen thrash sound business ethics in the face of short-term profits and earnings. It’s a world where students whittle down the ivory towers of intellectual honesty that promote high academic standards and originality of work, research and knowledge explosion, sustainable civilization and societal development, sense of professionalism and career advancement, creativity and innovation of tangible products and services solving real life problems; industry, diligence, and enterprise, etc., but succumb to base practices of cheating and plagiarism of research work.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

Visit: https://www.amazon.com/author/henryweiss

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New Book Release – Christian Excellence and Morality

New Book Release – Christian Excellence and Morality – Finding the Balance between personal excellence and morality in life and the workplace.

In June 2017, Tim Farron resigned as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, stating that, “To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party…and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teachings, has felt impossible for me.” Farron even concluded that, “We are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society.” Tim Farron could not continue his political career due to moral conflicts posed on his Christian beliefs by an increasingly secularized society. The message of this book (Christian Excellence and Morality – Finding the Balance between Personal Excellence and Morality in life and the workplace) is that if you are a Christian politician like Farron, or you are a businessman, a journalist, a judge, a scientist, a youth, or a student, you can be an excellent workman or woman, and still hold dear to your moral beliefs in a topsy-turvy world of moral decline.

 

Many books talk about success, prosperity, productivity, greatness, victorious Christian living, morality, etc. But this book is unique and distinctive such that it specializes in the field of enhancing the Christian’s willpower and mind power in the midst of the many conflicts or struggles he/she encounters in his/her Christian walk with God. Several books talk about the struggles of the Christian; but to the best of my knowledge, none except this work elaborates on the real causes of these struggles, and on the Christian’s ability and stability to achieve excellence and peak performance in all his endeavors. This book is more specific, more specialized than most of its competing counterparts in the nationwide book industry.  It addresses the issue of moral conflicts accurately and precisely by rightly hitting the nail on the head. It also addresses the menace of corruption in the polity, and how to overcome it on a very personal and intimate level. It is very focused like a laser beam and purposeful from the beginning to the end of the book. It has a rich fund of verses drawn from the Holy Bible. Hence, the work has a great scriptural backing. It does not just exist on its own. It relies on the authenticity of the word of God – the Bible. It has unique features, which will appeal to the needs of millions of Christians scattered across the world.

 

Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality

By Henry Weiss

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

Visit: https://www.amazon.com/author/henryweiss

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/henryweissblog

Email: henryweiss12@gmail.com

 

 

When God Decides to Show up

WHEN GOD DECIDES TO SHOW UP

 When God decides to show up, it means He has a plan up His sleeves (Jeremiah 29:11)!

When God decides to show up in your life, it means He is about to spring up a surprise (Isaiah 43:19a)!

When God decides to show up in your dire straits, it suggests that He intends to make a way where there seemed to be no way (Isaiah 43:19b)!

When God decides to show up in your impossible situation, He wants to reverse the irreversible (Ezekiel 37:4; Jeremiah 32:27)!

When God decides to show up in your finances, He wants to make you prosper in economically turbulent times such as these, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2)!

When God decides to show up in your affairs, He wants to confound every plot, conspiracy, shame, reproach, disgrace and every attempt of character defamation levelled at you; and thereby showcase you to the world (Psalm 2:1; Joel 2:17; Isaiah 8:10)!

When God decides to show up in your case, He wants to bless you and by extension make you a blessing to your immediate family, church, environment, and your world (Genesis 12:2-3; Matthew 5:14)!

When God decides to show up in your situation, He wants to turn around your captivity, and cause you to sing a new song (Psalms 40:3)!

 

Conditions and Requirements for God to Show up

But before God will decide to show up, you must understand His mode of operation:

  1. You must understand that He can never be stampeded or compelled to dance to your tune because He calls the shots (Psalm 135:6).
  2. You must seek first and yearn for His kingdom on earth every morning, and walk in His righteousness every day of your life (Matthew 6:33).
  3. You must humble yourself completely before God (Psalm 147:6; 1 Peter 5:6).
  4. You must intensify your personal Bible Studies, meditation, and prayers (2 Timothy 2:15; Joshua 1:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  5. You must position yourself to hear what God is saying in the storm or trial you are facing (Habakkuk 2:1).
  6. After God has shown you what to do, then be expectant and wait for the pleasant surprises to come or wait for the divine promises to be fulfilled (Hebrews 11:1-2).
  7. You must stop sleeping, daydreaming, grumbling, frittering away precious time, or wandering about doing nothing. Don’t just wait for the pleasant surprises or divine promises to come; swing into massive action, and start acting out what God has shown you to do. In other words, play your part, and God will play His (Ephesians 5:15-17; James 2: 20-22).
  8. To experience a perpetual cycle of pleasant surprises you must follow the points listed above.

 

Prayers for God to Show up

  • O LORD, please show up in my life with pleasant events; please, get rid of every negative event, affliction, or trial in my life; let me know what You are saying to me in my storm or present situation; turn around every negative situation to a pleasant situation; make me a perpetual candidate for pleasant tidings; make me a surprise package; let divine surprises spring up in my spiritual life, personal life, career, business, finances, etc., continually to the glory of Your name.

 

Written by Henry Weiss

(Author of Christian Excellence and Morality)

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Weapons of Mass Triumph

Introduction

We live in a world rife with weapons of mass destruction, whereby the country with the superior arsenal, ammunition, or fireworks triumphs over the weaker nation. In the spirit realm, this truth is not far-fetched. Praise and Worship mean different things to different people. To most people “Praise” is a fast-paced rendition to God where we clap our hands, sing, and dance to God. To others, “Worship” is a slow-tempo rendition to God, where we lift up holy hands, close our eyes as we enter into another realm of glory. These are not far from the truth. However, because of the realities of the spirit realm and the constant need for success and victory in life, this article can also be titled: Praise and Worship as Weapons of Mass Triumph.

 Realities of the Spirit Realm

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 indicates that our weapons are not material or physical, even though we walk in the flesh. We don’t fight a life rife with spiritual battles with physical weapons. The physical realm is governed by the spiritual. We continually need God’s help in the use of these immaterial, intangible, or spiritual weapons to pull down spiritual, mental, emotional strongholds, imaginations, and every lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God as revealed in the Bible, bringing to submission every thought to the obedience of Christ.

 

  • Ephesians 2:2 reveals the old and current times in which we walked according to the ways of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air; according to the spirit that works in the children of disobedience. The devil works through the air by broadcasting wrong attitudes, moods, and negative feelings of sorrow, listlessness, hopelessness, etc.

These are the realities we face as Christians, and I’m about to show you how we can wage Praise and Worship as Weapons of Mass Triumph in life.

 

Scenarios of Praise and Worship in the Scriptures

Just a few scenarios will serve this purpose:

  • Jehoshaphat’s Triumph of Praise

There was a mighty multitude of Moabites and Ammonites combined, hurtling to come, and do battle with Jehoshaphat’s army in Judah. Jehoshaphat trembled at the sound of these hordes of soldiers coming to invade the land. Thankfully, he did the right thing by seeking the Lord and declaring a fast throughout the land. During this spiritual exercise, the Spirit of the Lord fell upon a man whom the Lord chose to pass across the message for the moment. The message was soothing and at the same time instructive. The inhabitants of Judah were comforted with the knowledge that the battle belonged to God, and that they were supposed to conduct an intensive ministration of songs and praises to the Eternal as they went to battle with the invading armies. To the physically-minded individual, this wouldn’t have made an iota of sense; but to the spiritually-minded Christian, this approach was the only way of escape from an impending doom and captivity. The Almighty God caused a confusion in their camps, and by the time Jehoshaphat and his army of singers and worshippers arrived at the battleground, the enemies had been slain already for them, everyone helping to destroy another (2 Chronicles 20: 1-4, 14-15, 21-24).

 

  • Fall of the Walls of Jericho

Now there was no thoroughfare for the children of Israel to pass through into Jericho because the gates into the city were securely shut up to deter them from entering the land to possess it. Because of this, the Lord gave Joshua a set of instructions, affirming that He had given the city, its king, and its mighty men of valour into his hand, and instructing Joshua and his men to march around the city once for six consecutive days, with seven priests bearing seven trumpets of a specification before the ark of the covenant of God. On the seventh day, he was instructed to direct his men to march around the city seven times, and blow the trumpets seven times, and thereafter the people shall shout with a great shout of triumph, and then the walls of the city shall fall flat. These were precise instructions given by God to achieve exactly what Joshua hoped for. Joshua and his men swung into action, and followed the instructions according to specification. It wasn’t clear what they eventually shouted, but I believe they shouted chants of “Hallelujah” – a praise and worship terminology; achieving the desired outcomes of triumph and advancement (Joshua 6: 1-5, 20-21).

 

  • Paul and Silas Freed from Prison

Paul, after being grieved to the spirit, exorcised a certain slave girl of an evil spirit who divined the future and brought much profit to her masters. When these men saw that their means of fortune-telling was gone, they laid a railing accusation against Paul and Silas, and dragged them to the authorities, saying these men greatly troubled the city, teaching customs that were contrary to the Roman tradition at the time (a huge setup that was). Paul and Silas were brutally beaten with rods and lashes, and thrown into the maximum-security prisons by the chief jailer. At midnight, Paul and Silas began to pray and sing hymns to God as the other prisoners listened. Suddenly, there was a mighty earthquake that shook the prisons to the foundations, leaving prison doors open and shattering all the prisoners’ chains. This eventually led to their release (Acts 16: 16-26).

 

Triumphs of Praise and Worship

The Oxford Dictionary defines Triumph as a great victory or achievement against all odds; a state of being victorious or successful; a sense of joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory. Praise and Worship enable the Christian to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Rescuing from enemies (Psalms 18:3; 2 Samuel 22:4)
  • Shaming of the enemies (Colossians 2:15)
  • Dominion over enemies (Genesis 49:8; Psalms 18:40)
  • Oil of Gladness (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 147:1-3)
  • Divine Direction (Isaiah 30: 29-30)
  • The Manifest Glory of God. If you want to bring down the glory of God, PRAISE HIM! (Psalms 67:6)
  • A Miraculous Lifestyle (Deuteronomy 10:21).

 

How then should we Praise God?

  • Praise and Worship should be done in spirit and truth. Praise and Worship should be conducted with reverence [in spirit] and sincerity of heart and whole heartedness [in truth] (John 4:23; Psalms 9:1).
  • Praise and Worship should be preceded with thanksgiving and joy (Psalms 100:4; 98:4).
  • Praise Him for His wondrous and miraculous acts – previous and expected ones (Psalms 150:2).
  • Praise Him with instruments; and that includes your voice (Psalms 150: 3-5).
  • Cultivate a lifestyle of Praise and Worship; by rendering a continual sacrifice of praise and Worship to God. Praise and Worship are like fish and chips in the same plate that produces a sweet-smelling savour to God (Hebrews 13:15; Psalms34:1).

 

Written by Henry Weiss

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