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balcony praiseCurrently, much of the world is paralyzed with the fear of the Coronavirus. The government, our economy, churches, schools, and businesses have all been shaken by this severe outbreak. The Coronavirus actually got its name because it looks like a crown. However, the Coronavirus has been de-throned through Jesus’ Name, which is above every name.

Jesus has been crowned Lord of all! As believers, we share in His victory and reign in life through Jesus’ Name. We must be delivered from fear and doubt. Jesus said in Mark 9:23 that if you can believe, all things are possible. The cure for unbelief is feeding on the Word of God and giving praise to God. If unbelief is curable, nothing is incurable!

In Dr. Lilian B. Yeomans’ message, The Praise Cure, she tells about a missionary to China years ago who ministered fearlessly to a sister missionary with smallpox. While ministering, a very bad case of confluent smallpox (that’s what it looked like to the doctors) came on the missionary and she did not know what to do. She asked the Lord and He told her to sing and praise Him for His faithfulness to His Word.

The doctor isolated her and told her to lie quiet, but she said if she didn't praise God the very stones would cry out. So, she sang and sang and praised and praised. The doctor said he feared for her life and her case was serious and awful complications threatened. But she praised and praised and sang and sang. The doctor said she was evidently delirious, but he had so little help that he couldn't restrain her - and she sang and sang and praised and praised. He told her that if by any chance she recovered, she would be disfigured for life - and she sang and praised louder than ever. The doctor asked, "Why do you praise so much?" She answered, "Because I have so many pox on me. God shows me I must praise Him for each one separately." And she kept right at it.

The Lord had shown her a vision of two baskets, one containing her praising, which was half full and the other was her testing, which was full. He told her that the praise basket must be filled so that it would out weigh the other, so she kept at it. Her songs and shouts were so Spirit-filled that they were contagious, and the Christian nurses couldn't resist joining in, so they kept the place ringing. At last the Lord showed her that the praise basket was full and overflowing. She saw it sink and the testing basket rise in the air. In a moment, as it seemed, the eruption and all the symptoms vanished, leaving no trace – not even a scar.

Yes, the praise cure works every time. It is not unpleasant; rather, it is delightful. The cost of it has been paid for by Jesus, and it is available at any moment to each of us. Are you ready to begin it? The last part of 1 Peter 1:8 tells us exactly how to begin, "Believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Just believe what God says Jesus has done for you, Spirit, soul and body. Think about it, talk about it, sing about it, shout about it, and the praise cure has begun. You are not to take it once a year but all the time.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15)

PRAISE MOVES HEAVEN

In 2 Chronicles 20, when God's people began to sing and to say, “Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever,” the Lord set ambushments against the enemies and they spent three days gathering the spoil! God has ordained strength to come out of the mouth to still the enemy (Psalm 8:2). Jesus used the word praise for strength. Be like Abraham: “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” (Rom. 4:20, 21). Your praise will cause you to be fully persuaded!

You just need to keep your praise basket full! “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). Praise is vocal. It can be seen and heard by others. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were bound, their hands and feet in stocks, but the authorities forgot to tape their mouths shut! When they began to pray and sing praises, God shook the entire prison, and everyone was set free. As long as you have a voice, there's no prison that can hold you! Your voice is your address in the spirit.



Copyright © Mark Hankins Ministries
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