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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The Authentic Prayer Framework

Greetings everyone! I would like to introduce to you a proven prayer framework that has worked for me in my short sojourn in life; and I hope you might also find it useful. The Oxford Dictionary defines framework as a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text. Hence, this article is going to delve briefly into the structure, system, and concept of effective and efficient prayer. Every Christian has a personalised way and manner of praying to God; but we should ask ourselves a searching question if our prayer structures align with the framework Jesus Christ laid out in Matthew 6, typically referred to as The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus admonishes us in verse 6 of the chapter, that when we set out to pray, we should avoid vain repetitions of platitudes, words, or sentences, but we should use very precise words and structured sentences to get through to God. Even many Christians have turned the Lord’s Prayer to a mere recitation made after their own version of prayers. Matthew 6 and its companion passage in Luke 11 should be the framework for which Christians make their prayers and supplications to God. The Prayer Framework is further expatiated below:

Jesus Christ introduces the prayer guideline in verse 9 saying, “In this manner (framework), therefore, pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. This is the golden moment when we enter into the gates of the Most High with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise, blessing and extolling His name. This is when we render all kinds of praises and worship songs to God – which is why Christians ought to have a treasure chest of Christian songs and hymnals to draw from any time we want to approach God’s gates. These songs and hymnals could be in any language of our choosing (Psalms 100:4). A common practice with me of extolling God’s names is this: I call out His Hebrew names such as ‘The Elohim God’ – Our God (Gen1:1, Ps19:1); ‘The Adonai God’ – Our Headship and Lordship (Malachi 1:6); ‘The Yahweh God’ – Our Salvation (Genesis 2:4); ‘The Maccaddeschem God’ – Our Sanctifier (Exodus 31:13); ‘The El-Roi God’ – The Strong One who sees (Genesis 16:13), etc. I also reel out His English names such as ‘The Great and Mighty God’ (Psalms 91:1), ‘God of the Living’ (Numbers 27:16), ‘God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’ (Exodus 3:6), ‘I AM that I AM’ (Exodus 3:14), ‘Father of Mercies and Comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3, 1 John 3:1), ‘Everlasting God’ (Romans 16:26), etc. After spending a sufficient amount of time on hallowing His name, then one could proceed to the next phase.

Verse 10 of Matthew 6 reads, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is on heaven”. This is when we should pray for the kingdom to come upon the earth and His sovereign and ultimate will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Prayers should be said to maintain relative peace and prosperity in the land where we dwell so that we might be able to carry out our daily endeavours peacefully and successfully (Psalm 122:6). This is so because Christ did not promise that there won’t be tribulations and trials in the countries of the world, but He said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Matthew 16:18 charges us to pray and intercede for His Church, His Work, His Ministers, so that the gates of hell will not prevail against them, and that the authentic gospel message of the kingdom can be preached throughout the world as a witness without any hindrance, and then the end will come (Matthew 9:35; 24:14). It is also instructive to pray that the will of God will prevail over the will of the Great Adversary, Satan, and all his cohorts in our households and individual lives. It behoves of us to continually pray for the kingdom of God and the power of His Christ to come so that the accuser and afflicter of the brethren may be permanently cast down, and never again trouble the peace of the world (Revelation 12:10).

The next verse states, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). This is when the praying Christian acknowledges that he/she has a need, be it physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. He or she should study a portion of the Bible for instruction, revelation, encouragement, correction, and strength to address the current need in question (2 Timothy 3:16). Hebrew 4:16 encourages us to come boldly to God’s throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need for physical or spiritual bread, and render personal prayers to God based on scriptures studied.

And forgive us our debts” (Matthew 6:12). This verse instructs us to ask God to pardon us of all shortcomings, sins, transgressions, and debts we owe to God (1 John 3:4). For we do have a High Priest, Jesus Christ, who can sympathise with our infirmities and weaknesses (Hebrew 4:15, Philippians 4:6). We should cry out onto God to have mercy and wash us thoroughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins (Psalm 51:2); as 1 John 2:16 reveals that all the sins and transgressions in the world can be broadly categorised into three – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, all these are not of the Father but of this world. Verse 12, “as we forgive our debtors” instructs us not to forget to pardon and let go of those that may have wronged or judged us in thoughts, words, or actions (Mark 11:25).

Matthew 6:13 states, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Now the prayer is nearing its end, and painstaking efforts should be taken to finish it up properly, with reverence to God.

We should be asking God for the grace to overcome our human nature, consciously avoiding any sin or transgression that falls into the three categories earlier mentioned, and make amends to avoid it in the future. This is how God’s character is gradually developed in our lives, which makes it easier to gain access to the throne of grace the next time we pray. This is an opportunity to ask God to grant us the grace to overcome the trials and challenges that life hurls at us; and, to beseech God to grant us protection from the evil one, who walks about the face of the earth seeking whom to steal from, devour, terrorise, kill and destroy (Job1:7, John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8). The good news is that we can overcome the evil one by the weapons that we already have, which are the blood of the lamb, and our confession of the word of testimony – the Word of God (Revelation 12:11). Last but not the least, we should render thanksgiving to God for answered prayers and have faith (Hebrew11:1) that He has inclined His ear (Isaiah 55:3) to every detail of our prayers and will answer in His own unique time according to His will, wisdom, and sovereign plan He is working out in the world.

Following this prayer framework as outlined, will enable Christians everywhere to pray more effectively, and easily spend and enjoy at least 30 minutes of communion with God every day. Hence, a more productive life would be manifested for the whole world to see (Romans 8:19).

 

Written by Henry Weiss

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Effective Public Speaking

Public Shyness, in relation to speaking or acting in public which is sometimes regarded as stage fright, has nothing to do with the personality, intelligence, height, size, age, beauty or whatever unique trait a person possesses. I found out recently that it is a general problem confronting almost everyone cutting across all ages, background, gender, etc. Those who happen to speak powerfully in public did not start out so – they have only mastered sure-fire ways of managing, marshalling and transmuting this fear to their advantage. Most professional speakers admit that they feel a tinge of fright at the beginning of their speech delivery. Truth is, everyone feels or knows this phenomenon.

Recently, I was to appear in a birthday get-together organized by a female friend in Jibow Hall to capture the events. I felt I needed the company of an attractive, intelligent, young lady, so I called on one lady who I thought matched the qualities mentioned. To my utmost bewilderment, she declined my offer, confessing her inability to withstand the public eye. She said she just gets nervous in the presence of people, and as a result loses her coherence and confidence. I wondered for a moment that was this not the same girl I often spotted leading a train of friends in conversation and the like. She apologized and suggested I sought someone else. To cut it short, I went to the party a lonely man. Later, I got to realize that other ladies were in this poor girl’s shoes, guys not exclusive.

Now, let’s take a cursory look at ways of overcoming this phenomenon which so many people have struggled or literally wrestled with. The first thing you must bear in mind is that public shyness is a thing of the mind. If you can view it in this perspective, then it is gradually losing its awful grip on you. This is the starting point of your liberation. Have you ever wondered why you speak so confidently and convincingly to people on a one-on-one basis, and fail most miserably when trying to pass across the same message to a larger audience? Well, it’s all in the mind: the battle is won or lost in the mind. You should first acknowledge that this problem is a natural phenomenon, which one could deal with effectively. The mental conditioning that ensures victory is achieved by giving your mind mental food to ruminate upon. You could suggest to your mind positive thought processes to gradually replace the negative ones you naturally accommodate by default. Affirm to yourself that you have what it takes to speak well in public, that you can convey your message in a strong, powerful and convincing way, and that you can deliver your speech in a logical and intelligent fashion, all in an attitude of outgoing concern for the listening audience. Before you stand up to face the crowd or an audience, ask yourself honest questions like, “Why am I so scared to speak to a crowd? What will the crowd do to me? Are they going to give me a slap on the face? How is it that I have no guts or boldness?” Question your fears and answer them honestly. The answers you provide will forge a way forward in understanding the problem and tackling it down to the roots, thereby neutralizing those fears to a bearable minimum. Then you’d see or realize that there is really no rational reason to entertain so much fright.

Another guaranteed way of nipping stage fright in the bud before and during your presentation is that you take healthful doses of deep confidence breath at regular intervals with your diaphragm (the layer of muscle between the lungs and the stomach) and not with your chest. As chesty breathing during such tensed situations are quite shallow to allay the fears or dissipate any butterflies in the stomach.

Also, another excellent way of dealing with this problem is to simply face the fear. Seize every opportunity to speak or address an audience. It has been said often that “Practice makes perfect”. This is particularly true in this scenario because the more you avail yourself of opportunities of public speaking, presentations or appearances, the better your chances of becoming a better communicator and professional speaker.

At this juncture, the importance of public speaking in the areas of career advancement, academic pursuit, project defence, customer relations, international relations, foreign policy, project proposal, product marketing, service delivery, knowledge dissemination, news broadcast, teleconferencing, and suchlike cannot be overemphasized in this all-important information and communication-driven age of our present day.

 

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(Author of Christian Excellence and Morality)

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Time Ain’t Money

Time isn’t really a fixed phenomenon

One should think and act in hours

Overlapping are tasks in nature

Must one fix a specific time for a given task?

 

Time management is life management

When you waste your time, you waste your life

Managing time doesn’t have to be routine always

Could it not be dynamic?

 

Time is money

But is there a grain of truth in that?

Money misplaced, has hope of being replaced.

Time misplaced – Oh a foregone conclusion!

 

Hence, blend dynamism with routine

Slice variety and creativity with fixity and rigidity

Strike a balance between the two

And a personality of exceptional balance will emerge.

 

Compiled by Henry Weiss

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