Surviving the Test of Faith through Praise

“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23 NKJ).

The Word of God has always been the prime subject of the enemy’s attack. From the beginning Satan has perverted God’s Word and never stops feeding the whole wide world with deceptions and lies. He will do everything in his power and ability to destroy the believers’ faith. He will attempt to uproot the seeds of the Word of God planted in their hearts. He will use fear, doubt, negative thoughts, lies, deceptions, and ignorance of the will of God to sway them away from living in faith (Mark 4:15).

One of the obvious tools the enemy has been using for the past centuries in destroying the believers’ faith is the world’s entertainment. World’s entertainment is an extremely subtle attack of the enemy against our faith, and it appears very innocent. If not discerned in the earliest attempt of the enemy’s barrage, a believer may succumb into the death traps of this evil scheme.

Believers need to realize that the world’s entertainment business has hidden agenda to influence the beliefs of the world population. It could be propaganda or social re-engineering. Money could be the prime motive, but for some it is a mission to change the behavior, the moral fiber of a society and the conduct of its followers. Whether you agree or disagree, world’s entertainment is the devil’s social engineering machine. It birth’s new morals, new norms, new culture that uphold evil standards (2 Corinthians 11:14).

To those of you who do not know yet, the devil has joined the church. In some church settings, there are growing numbers of believers who put their trust in their instincts more than the application of the gifts of discerning of spirits. They have become pioneers of the so called “entertainment approach” or new move of God as they call it. The church has become a place to entertain one self, which is the flesh. The focus of the ministry is to satisfy the physical senses of believers through physical stimulus. Obviously the church competes with the devil’s way, strategies of attracting followers by borrowing the devil’s style and approach (Romans 12:2).

It has become apparent that some preacher act like a stand-up comedian with lots of “feel-good talk” and avoiding to offend listeners. They compromise the Sword of the Spirit which is Word of God. Also some churches set up bands that play to the tune of new age alternative punk, rock, hip, jazz or whatever you may call it to the trends and likes of the attendees. The service feels like a coffee shop kick backs, a place to hang out with your clicks. It’s sad that the presence of the Holy Spirit is almost absent there, because everything is done according to the cravings of the flesh.

There is nothing wrong when a church band plays acid rock, metallic, hip hop, rap or whatever, only if the band is playing under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, it is better to play a rift or shred your guitar in blues with the anointing of the Holy Ghost, than singing a hymnal song with no anointing and makes everybody fall asleep.

Every believer must realize that we are fighting against spiritual enemy (Ephesians 6:12). And the only way to overcome our enemy is through the uncompromised and unadulterated Word of God. It is time to get back to the basics. The Scripture demands that everything we say and do shall be for the Lord (Colossians 3:17, 23). It is must be God centered, not self centered. And when believers are in the seasons of testing and trials of their faith, they were overwhelmed, confused and don’t know what to do because of lack of foundation on the Word of God. Again, the Word of God is the key to survive the test of faith. The scripture declares that God has magnified His Word above all His Name (Psalm 138:2).

Every believer in the Body of Christ has to pass the test of faith in his life. Passing the test of faith takes more than attending a “coffee-shop hang-out church,” and more than listening to a “new age alternative rock, jazz, hip, punk gospel,” and more than being entertained by the “stand-up comedian feel-good” preacher. Passing the test of faith is having a spiritual revelation of the Word of God, and the utmost obedience to His will. If the Word of God says it is, then it is. Obedience is better than sacrifice. During the testing of your faith, what counts is your attitude toward the Word. Are you going to stand on His Word and do what it says? (Matthew 7:24-27).

The solution to a faith problem is obedience. Many have difficulties in living by faith. But the real difficulty is not living in the faith, but living in the obedience of God’s Word. The teaching of Christ is simply summarized in this: Obey the Word of God or His commandments (John 15: 7-12).

At times we don’t understand what’s going in our lives during and in the midst of difficulties in our lives. We create personal opinions regarding our hardships, but usually these opinions are not according to what the Word of God is saying. In the most part, we are actually creating excuses and justifications for the mess up we did because we found ourselves in the middle of sufferings. And we blatantly call it the testing of our faith which is obviously not (James 1:13-16).

The scripture has told us to give praise unto the Lord at all times (Ephesians 5:18-20). Even in time of need or in time of blessing we are to give praise unto Him. A believer is born in the kingdom of God to be a worshipper and to give praise unto the Lord. During the test of faith, we give praise (1 Peter 2:9).

When Paul and Silas were locked up in jail, they never wasted a breath. The two began right away to worship and praise the Lord. They praise God with all their lungs that the jailers heard them obviously. What happened next was a break through. The presence of the Lord was so mighty that the angelic host came down and joined them in praise and worship. And one of the angels had to open the jail door and freed the two (Acts 16:25-26).

You see, praise is a spiritual dynamics. Praise is done within the spirit of man and not in the flesh. You may praise all they long in the flesh but it won’t change your situation for the good. Praising God is offered in the Holy of Holies, and that is in your spirit, in your heart. You enter into God’s presence in your inner man, not in the flesh. Many believers have no clue on how to worship and praise God in the spirit. The hindrance to their understanding is the lack of faith and the lack of obedience to God’s Word (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).

First of all, a believer must learn how to pray in the spirit in order for him to praise in the spirit. The Bible declares that believers shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit and speak with tongues. A believer needs be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit in order to give praise and worship in the spirit. A fleshly minded believer will never come to a realization of the presence of the Spirit of the Lord that lives in his heart. Only a spiritual person, who is born in the spirit, filled with the Holy Ghost, and being led by the Spirit is able to go into deeper things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-12).

And to pass the test of faith, a believer must learn to praise the Lord at all times. Praise Him in spirit and in truth.

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