The Power of Rejoicing and Praise EGP Blog post from May 20, 2018

“Some of the circumstances that seem to be the most impossible, they are no match for a song [of praise]. There’s that decree. There’s that shout. And the LORD says He stirs Himself up and brings about victory.” —Bill Johnson, Bethel Church

“Sometimes God allows us to be moved to a place of great internal CONTENTION and TURMOIL to bring about answers. It’s not that He CAN’T answer the easy prayer, it’s that He’s trying to DEVELOP something in us. STRENGTH is formed in us when there is a great PASSION, great ZEAL, great BOLDNESS. …

So, my role is to stay HUMBLE and TENDER, to stay RESPONSIVE. Because whenever He speaks, He will create in me the ABILITY to do what He just COMMANDED me to do. And that is the marked difference between LAW and GRACE. … In grace He EMPOWERS. …

If you want joy, REJOICE. Don’t rejoice because you HAVE joy. Rejoice to GET joy. … Some of those situations [you’re facing], all they need is a SONG. Some of the odds that seem so stacked AGAINST you—some of the circumstances that seem to be the most IMPOSSIBLE—they are no match for a SONG. They are no match for that yielded song of surrender that acknowledges the beauty of HOLINESS, the beauty of His WONDER, the beauty of His NATURE, His HISTORY with the people of God. And He’s no different today than He was then. And there’s that SONG, there’s that DECREE, there’s that SHOUT and the Lord says He stirs Himself up and brings about VICTORY.”

Key verses

Philippians 4:4–7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18; Isaiah 42:10–13