Recently, I taught a five-part series at a women’s conference entitled, “Plug in to the Power.” For the next several weeks, I would like to share the main points of that teaching with you. I believe it will greatly impact your walk with Christ. The simple, scriptural truths will open up the pathway to the power of the cross in your life.
The cross is our connection to the kingdom of God. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross eliminated the veil of separation spoken of in the Old Testament and in the Book of Hebrews. The veil that separated man from God was torn and mankind was invited to come boldly to the throne room of God! It gave us access to the power of God.
In our natural lives, there is unlimited power available to us by simply plugging into the electrical outlet on the wall. We can operate the lights, our hairdryers, our microwaves, our computers and any other appliance we may need. There is at least one electrical outlet to plug in to on every wall. Likewise, with every spiritual wall we face, there is the source of the cross of Calvary that we can plug in to and receive the power we need. I will be sharing five keys to plugging into spiritual power of the cross over the next few weeks.
The first key is the power of praise. You may think you just read a typo, assuming I meant the power of prayer. No typo. I want to look at the power of praise! The Greek word for praise is “epainos” and it means “commendation, approval, approbation, conclusive proof.” It is an expression of praise for what God does for us and also for whom He is, recognizing His glory. The most important thing to realize about praise is that it must be spoken, not thought. Thoughts of praise never edify. Spoken words of praise always edify and encourage. Praise must be spoken to release its power!
There are many examples in the Old Testament and New Testament where praise given brings a power manifestation. I have chosen one of my favorites to share with you. In Acts 16:20-34, we find the story of Paul and Silas and their imprisonment. As you read, notice the mighty power released when they worshiped and sang hymns of praise.
“And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, ‘These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.’ Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, ‘Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.’ Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
“And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.”
The wall of persecution and pain was brought down supernaturally as Paul and Silas released praise. They had been beaten, chained, judged and had little hope in the natural, but as they raised their voices in praise, the power of God released them. The power of praise also influenced others who were listening and led to the salvation of the jailor and his household.
Praise triumphs gloriously and sets the captives free – you and those around you! Open your mouth in praise to God this week and see what happens. There is an earthquake coming your way.