Life or Death – The Power of Words – Part 6

Proverbs 18:20-21 ERV Your words can be as satisfying as fruit, as pleasing as the food that fills your stomach. (21) The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.

  • Worry and anxiety will keep your focus on your situation or your circumstances. Praise and worship keep your focus on God.
  • Praise is an act of faith. It is an act of reverence.
  • Kenneth Copeland – “When you pray, you lay hold of things, but when you praise, you win battles.”
  • Praising God takes us to the other side of the opposition.
  • There is NOTHING you cannot praise your way out of, nor is there anything you cannot praise your way into.
  • The exit road out of your problems is paved with praise and worship.

Praise Will Put It Back

Being skillful in faith requires us to be skillful in our praise and worship.

  • Praising God connects us to our spirit because praise and worship is a spiritual thing.

John 4:23 TPT (23-24) From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”

Luke 17:11-19 NKJV Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. (12) Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. (13) And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (14) So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. (15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, (16) and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. (17) So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? (18) Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (19) And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:13 NKJV And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

These lepers needed healing but they asked for mercy. There is healing in the mercy of God.

Luke 17:14 NKJV So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

As they went, the process of leprosy was stopped in their bodies. There would no more deterioration of body parts and limbs and no more skin disease. The dead tissue was cleansed off them.

Luke 17:15-16 NKJV And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, (16) and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

One out of ten returned to praise and worship God. The other nine kept going.

Luke 17:17 NKJV So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

Jesus did not question if the healing anointing of God had been present and did a work in these men’s bodies. He questioned, where was their reverence and appreciation for what God had for them.

The one man returned because he realized where his blessing came from. He returned to the place where blessing was.

This man was a Samaritan meaning he was not taught and trained in the things of God because he was considered a Gentile, separated from God. But he knew where his help had come from and what he needed to do to express his gratitude.

Jesus asked, “Where are the nine?” He was not looking for them because they were in trouble. He was looking for them because He had more for them.

Luke 17:18 NKJV Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

Luke 17:19 NKJV And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

This man was not taught in what is faith and how do I express my faith. He just came back praising and worshipping God. And Jesus called it faith.

Our praise and worship are a demonstration of our faith.

Luke 17:19 KJV And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

  • The cleansing of the leprosy stopped the process of leprosy, but the man’s praise made him whole.
  • You can praise and worship your way into wholeness.
  • Anything that is missing can be put back through your praise.

Cleansing is great but why settle for cleansing when you can have wholeness?

The other nine stopped short of what God had for them. What could they have thought when they saw their friend in town restored and made whole.

Jesus had wholeness for the other nine, but they did not return.

  • You cannot receive all God has for you just coming before His presence once. You must return!

There is so much God has for us that one visit cannot receive it all.

Someone might say, “Why didn’t Jesus do all of it for them at once – the cleansing and wholeness?” It is because of their reverence for God.

  • Praising and worshipping God is not always convenient.

Notice the one leper inconvenienced himself and went back to worship Jesus. If we only do what is convenient, we will never receive wholeness.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15 TPT So we no longer offer up a steady stream of blood sacrifices, but through Jesus, we will offer up to God a steady stream of praise sacrifices—these are “the lambs” we offer from our lips that celebrate his name!

  • Worship is an act of gratitude and gratitude will always posture you to receive more good things from God.
  • Worship will bring things into your life that other people will never get.

What you praise God for is what you will get to enjoy!