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A MOUTH FULL OF HIS PRAISE

Psalms 34:1-5
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.

David could have spoke about his challenges and the difficult circumstances surrounding his life; but he spoke of a calculated decision that he had made; inspite of everything that is going on in his life, he has determined to bless the Lord in all seasons, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day, every day of every month, every month of every year, year after year.

He also declares that the praises of the Lord shall dwell continually in his mouth. If a believer’s mouth were to be examined, one must find praise.

If we applied our traditional understanding of praise….which is clapping hands, loud music and fast songs….
Then how can we praise when we go to work?
We can’t take our guitar and the amplifier to work?
How can we praise God continually when we go to the bank….
We can’t take the drum set and go to the bank…..
You can’t even use your cell phone in the bank…

So from all this, we can safely conclude ONE THING…..
Praise is much more than what we do in the church for 30 minutes on a Sunday morning….
Praise is everything that leaves our mouth…

There is an interesting word that David associates with praise. The word radiant….
It comes the Hebrew word nāhar: a verb meaning to flow, to stream. It describes the movement of something like the flow of a river or stream: a flow of people and nations.

Now what does this mean to us?
Simply, an absence of radiance, the inability for believers to flow together in the accomplishment of our assignments, is a clear symptom of an absence of praise in our mouths.
Here is the litmus test….
Does your prayer praise God or yourself?
(Luke 18:11
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.)
Does your song praise God or has the name of Jesus been edited out of the lyrics for commercial success?
Does your preaching and teaching advertise, praise and glorify and magnify Jesus the Christ, or does it praise your ministry, your pet doctrines, your denomination or network’s success.
An absence of a culture of praise will result in an absence of radiance.
An absence of the ability to flow …. We become spiritually viscous…too thick to flow in the winters of our lives.
Our viscosity improver is praise.
God bless you.

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Three of Job’s friends left home with good intentions to minister to their friend Job who had experienced great loss. At the end of their ministry time with Job, this is how Job summed up the effectiveness of their ministry :

WORTHLESS PHYSICIANS, MISERABLE COMFORTERS, WORDS OF WIND

Job 13:1-5
1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
4 But you forgers of lies, You are all worthless physicians.
5 Oh, that you would be silent, And it would be your wisdom!

Job 16:1-5
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I have heard many such things; Miserable comforters are you all!
3 Shall words of wind have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
4 I also could speak as you do, If your soul were in my soul’s place.
I could heap up words against you, And shake my head at you;
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.

Job also declared in Ch 16:1 that if the tables were reversed, he would choose to strengthened his friend that needed resuscitation. In Ch 13:1-2 Job declares that he also knows the scriptures, that he heard it all before; that he studied in the same Bible College. He knows about the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy 28. He knows the Ten Commandments. He knows the Laws and Statutes. What Job required is for a manifestation of the Christ through the ministry of these men that he called his friends…

Isaiah 61:1-3
1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

There is a huge demand for authentic ministry as the world is failing to provide solutions to the problems of the people… The question is this:
Are you a worthless physician, a miserable comforter or are you anointed as an agency of God to bring restoration and recovery ?
Elihu lets us into a secret….
Job 32:8
But there is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

I encourage all of us to allow that spirit that is fanned by the breath of the Almighty to impregnate our ministry.

TRADUÇÃO PORTUGUÊS

MÉDICOS SEM VALOR, edredons miserável ou um representante de Cristo?

Três amigos de Jó saiu de casa com boas intenções para ministrar ao seu trabalho amigo que tinha experimentado uma grande perda. No final do seu tempo de ministério com Job, este é como Jó resumiu a eficácia do seu ministério:

MÉDICOS SEM VALOR, edredons miserável, palavras de VENTO

Jó 13:1-5
1 “Eis que os meus olhos viram tudo isto, meu ouvido não ouviu e compreendeu.
2 O que você sabe, eu também sei, eu não sou inferior a você.
3 Mas eu gostaria de falar com o Todo-Poderoso, e desejo a razão com Deus.
4, mas você forjadores de mentiras, você é todos os médicos inúteis.
5 Oh, que seria silencioso, e que seria a sua sabedoria!

Jó 16:1-5
1 Então Jó respondeu, e disse:
2 “Tenho ouvido muitas coisas como essas; consoladores miseráveis ​​são todos vocês!
3 palavras de vento deve ter um fim? Ou o que provoca que você responderia?
4 Eu também poderia falar como você faz, se sua alma estivesse em lugar da minha alma.
Eu poderia amontoar palavras contra vós, e balançar a cabeça em você;
5 poderia fortalecer-vos com a minha boca, E o conforto dos meus lábios poderia aliviar a sua dor.

Jó também declarou em Ch 16:01 que se as tabelas foram invertidos, ele escolheria para reforçar seu amigo que precisava de reanimação. Em Ch Job 13:1-2 declara que ele também conhece as escrituras, que ouviu tudo isso antes, que ele estudou no Colégio mesma Bíblia. Ele sabe sobre as bênçãos e maldições de Deuteronômio 28. Ele sabe que os Dez Mandamentos. Ele sabe que as Leis e Estatutos. O trabalho necessário é uma manifestação de Cristo através do ministério desses homens que ele chamou seus amigos …

Isaías 61:1-3
1 “O Espírito do Senhor Deus está sobre mim, porque o Senhor me ungiu
Para pregar boas novas aos pobres; enviou-me a curar os quebrantados de coração, a proclamar liberdade aos cativos,
E a abertura de prisão aos presos;
2 a apregoar o ano aceitável do Senhor eo dia da vingança do nosso Deus, para consolar todos os que choram,
3 Para consolar os que choram em Sião, para dar-lhes a beleza de cinzas,
O óleo da alegria em vez de tristeza, vestes de louvor em vez de espírito angustiado;
Que eles podem ser chamados árvores de justiça, plantação do Senhor, para que Ele seja glorificado. ”

Há uma enorme demanda por ministério autêntico como o mundo não está a fornecer soluções para os problemas das pessoas … A questão é esta:
Você é um médico sem valor, um cachecol miserável ou você é ungido como uma agência de Deus para trazer restauração e recuperação?
Eliú nos deixa em um segredo ….
32:8 trabalho
Mas há um espírito no homem,
E o sopro do Todo-Poderoso lhe dá compreensão.

Eu encorajo a todos nós para permitir que o espírito que se espalharam pelo sopro do Todo-Poderoso para impregnar o nosso ministério.

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This was probably one of my most productive journeys to Brazil. I resisted the temptation to travel to Paraiba; chose rather to spend time discipling and mentoring the sons and their households with regards to the demands of this present season in God.
Our Family Camp was an amazing success. Over 60 leaders and workers gathered in a secluded retreat in Mozamba on the Green Coast where we taught and shared in a dialogue. Many young people were baptized in the Holy Spirit and began speaking in strange tongues. A time of spiritual refreshing both in Spirit and in the Word. We taught from the ABC bible study programme.
We also had wonderful times of fellowship, singing psalms one to another and encouraging one another. The CCF family was greatly strengthened and they look forward to 2014 (I don’t mean the World Cup). The spirit of family has returned.We want to thank Ap Pedro Amancio and Ps Nilo Nogueira and their families for all their efforts in making this camp a huge success.
It was also great to be joined by Heinz Hofstetter from Switzerland. We sent him onwards to Manaus in the Amazonas where he connected with Ps Geraldo and Tamara Maximo and their household of faith. The people there were greatly provoked, challenged and strengthened by his ministry there. Thank you Ps Geraldo for an open door.

THE WORD OF THE LORD….
Luke 8:50-56
But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “ Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “ Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “ Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately.

There are those who will mock and ridicule us as we attempt to do that which is impossible in their eyes….. That which cannot be achieved according to their human understanding that has serious limitations. Remember the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is able to resurrect us from spiritual death… This is the Indwelling Spirit…
Romans 8:11-14
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The mockers, doubters and unbelievers want the girl, a picture of the church to “continue in her sleeping” mode. Apostolic grace will bring life into any dead environment, but it demands that the mockers, scorners, unbelievers are put outside. We believe that the church will be spiritually restored as it’s spirit will return.

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