Sunday December 3rd, 2017 -Engaging the Wonders of Praise for Fulfilment of Prophecy
By David Oyedepo
Welcome to December, our month of fulfilment of prophecy. Be rest assured that whatever is still missing in your life, God is more than able to complete it in Jesus’ name!
All through this month, Praise shall be the focus of our teaching and as we engage with all our heart, we shall surely experience Supernatural Breakthroughs! Today, I want to take us through what I have captioned, Engaging the Wonders of Praise for Fulfilment of Prophecy! We recognise from scriptures that every prophetic word is a spiritual seed. According to the parable of the sower, the seed is the Word of God, which is also defined as the incorruptible seed. As it is written: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23; see also Luke 8:11).
This means that every prophetic word is an incorruptible seed. Interestingly, every seed delivers on praise. As it is written: Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase… (Psalms 67:5-7; see also 2 Peter 1:20-21). Therefore, every prophecy requires praise to be fulfilled. However, it is important to know that every prophecy attracts oppositions. It is written: Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle (Deuteronomy 2:24; see also 1 Corinthians 16:9). Erroneously, for a long time, the church has seen warfare as principally engaging in prayer and fasting; but praise warfare is a principal factor in securing fulfilment of prophecies.
Let us examine some scriptural examples where praise warfare engendered the fulfilment of prophecies:
First, we must understand that praise is a platform through which God intervenes in the affairs of our lives. For instance, it took God coming down for His agenda to be fulfilled concerning the Israelites. Prior to that time, God said to Abraham: And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age (Genesis 15:13-15).
However, since every divine agenda naturally attracts opposition from hell, the gods of Egypt withstood that prophetic agenda through a resistance from Pharaoh and the taskmasters. Thus, there was 30 years delay; but when God came down, that prophetic word was fulfilled. God did not only deliver them, He remained in their midst (Deuteronomy 26:8; see also Exodus 12:41-42; Psalms 114:1-7).
The presence of God that dwelt with the Israelites was the big factor that ensured their entry into the Promised Land. As a result of God’s presence with them, they enjoyed supernatural supplies in the wilderness for 40 years till they got to the Promised Land. To retain God’s presence is to see prophecies fulfilled without sweat; but to secure God’s presence, we must engage in praise as a lifestyle, which guarantees constant fulfilment of prophecies in our lives.
Moreover, when Jehoshaphat inquired from God what they needed to do, to win the battle against their enemies, God instructed them not to fight but to engage in praise warfare. As they obeyed, God set ‘ambushment’ against their enemies and they were all smitten, thus fulfilling the prophetic word from the Lord. Furthermore, it was a combination of a ‘long blast’ trumpet and a ‘long blast’ shout of praise as instructed by God, that brought down the wall of Jericho (2 Chronicles 20:17-23; Joshua 6:20).
God will only come down in response to our praises, and until God comes down, prophecies may not be fully fulfilled. That means, until we engage in praise warfare, we may not experience full delivery of prophecies (Psalm 22:3).
This was the weapon used by Paul and Silas. Though they prayed but at the instance of their praise, the foundation of the prison shook because of God’s presence in their midst and their liberty was established (Acts 16:25).
Furthermore, when God promised Abraham that he would give birth to a son in his old age, the Bible records that: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:20-21; see also Genesis 22:16-18).
As a result, the prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Isaac. However, before the arrival of God’s promise to Abraham, he was not a casual believer. Rather, he was fully engaged with God and was dedicated to Him. This shows that no prophecy will be fulfilled in our depressed state; rather, every prophecy must meet us actively engaged for them to deliver. Therefore, as you engage the weapon of high praises to secure God’s presence into your circumstances, you will experience ‘fearful’ fulfilment of every prophetic word concerning you in Jesus’ name! Remain ever blessed!
Friend, no matter how hard you try, prophecy will never be fulfilled in your life, until you are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: *Understanding the Power of Praise and Wonders of Praise. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: [email protected]