We are looking at the invisible barriers that we encounter in life and how to break through them. On Sunday, we started with “Breaking the Sound Barrier” and how we can do this in three areas: Praise, Prayer and Proclamation.
On Palm Sunday, the people of Jerusalem broke the Praise Barrier as Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Spreading their cloaks on the road and waving palm branches they shouted, “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” (Luke 19:38). The sound of God’s people praising the arrival of their Messiah and King was a long-awaited noise which fulfilled the ancient prophecy: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
The sound of praise is hated by the devil. Our adversary will try to silence us in many ways including: the fear of being misunderstood or of offending someone, the lie that we are not the kind of person to be so expressive or the idea that praise is something that only happens in a church service or is only for really spiritual people. The truth is that all of creation is called to praise God (Psalm 148) and when words or songs of praise arise in us, we are welcoming the King. Don't let anything stop you; bring the praise wherever you go!
The sound of prayer is another noise that disrupts darkness and releases heaven. The big question is “IF” we are actually going to pray in the way that God is prescribing: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron 7:14). In the days leading up to our Good Friday Healing Service and Easter Sunday Celebration, we are inviting you to join in 3 days of fasting and prayer in the spirit of the verse above. Let’s humble ourselves and come wholeheartedly to the One who hears, forgives and heals! On Thursday night, 13 April at 7:30pm, we will gather for prayer at the Life Centre Auditorium and break the prayer barrier!
The final sound is just as beautiful as sweet praise or powerful prayer. When we tell others the good news of Jesus Christ, the powerful message of God’s love and salvation is unleashed. There was a time when the Apostle Paul was discouraged and intimidated by the fierce opposition he experienced in proclaiming Christ. He broke through that barrier of fear when God spoke to him and said ““Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10
Rise, child of God and break the sound barriers of praise, prayer and proclamation!
There is a miracle in your mouth!