Jesus Christ commands us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Is this standard of perfection beyond our achievement? If this is God’s standard for us what do we now do?
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21::15-17)
Before Jesus Christ left He promised to be with us till the end of the world. Matthew 28:20 “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Therefore, whenever Christians gather in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we secure His presence.
Prayer is communication with God. Prayer attracts the attention of God and makes angels to spring into actions.
Prayer is communication with God. Prayer attracts the attention of God and makes angels to spring into actions. It brings down the Holy Spirit’s abiding presence. Prayer is one of the ways we can fan our fire of the altar of our bodily temple into flames and make the body a conducive temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell. Prayer drives away demons that attack our relationship with God. If you can “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and “every where, lifting up holy hands” (1 Timothy 2:8) you will always keep the fire of your altar burning, and fellowshipping “with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3).
Worshipping or praising God involves your whole being – your spirit, soul and body – fellowshipping with God in the spirit.
Worshipping or praising God involves your whole being – your spirit, soul and body – fellowshipping with God in the spirit. This tunes your whole being to focus on spiritual things.
When one worships in spirit and in truth, sometimes you have GOOSE PIMPLES during worship. Sometimes you even CRY, not because of pains but because of the realization of the awesomeness of God’s goodness.
Praising God prevents your heart from harbouring evil thoughts and meditating on them. It drives away negative emotions like anger, fear, bitterness, despair, etc. and makes you be in the right mood, creates an atmosphere that God lives in. Here’s what the Psalmist says:
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3). It tunes your whole being from being carnal to spiritual.
Singing praises to God drives away evil spirits. In 1 Samuel 16:14-23 we read the story of Saul how he was tormented by an evil spirit which could not stand the presence of God when David played on the harp and worshipped God.
“But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (1 Samuel 16:14-16, 23).
Ephesians 5:18-20 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”