Here's the first compiled thougt on spiritual warfare: THERE'S POWER IN PRAISE!
Several years ago when I was singing in our church choir I was watching the congregation, and God gave me a revelation and a vision. I was watching my friends worshiping God, and God showed me the color of praise! He said, "This is the color of purest praise" and I saw a vision of a bowl before the thrown of God and from the bowl was rising a steady unbroken stream of incense, but it was like nothing I had ever seen before! It was the most lovely purest Golden color--but it wasn't just the color of gold, it had for a better choice of words, a pure "essence." It glowed. It radiated energy and power. It was like highly controlled incense, raising upwards in a steady stream. It was full of energy and glowed purest gold. It had form and volume and weight and radiated brilliant golden light while it rose from the bowl. I instantly realized that it also had a lovely scent as well as color and volume. I assume it also had a lovely sound, but I didn't hear the sound of "praise" for this vision was to show me the other aspects of praise.
Upon a closer look, the Column of golden smoke had perhaps millions of millions of shining stings that encompassed the whole of the column of incense. I realized millions of saints from everywhere--underground churches in China, to Tibetan Christians to African believers to me and our church were mingled together to form this incredibly "pure" praise--the very essence of praise. It was so lovely. So "pure" in it's nature. I say "purest" praise, because half-hearted or selfish natured praise is not included in the golden incense. God knows the heart, and He who judges the heart discerns the color of our praise.
I then realized why there is power in praise--it's a force of God in combination with ourselves! God says that He Himself will inhabit the praises of His people, and His essence is there also when we praise him in purest praise (Psalms 22:3). Demons hate it and flee from it, only men and women of God can give it, and God Himself indwells it---it's the praise of the redeemed saints of God. Angelic praise is not included in the golden incense--only the praise and worship of His grateful redeemed Sons and daughters on Earth and in Heaven. That is a privilege reserved only for us and something only we can give God. The colors of praise from the angels is a different color--purple maybe, and the color of praise from the created universe and from God's creation is a different color--green, perhaps.
Subsequently, I also had a revelation of the power of praise and worship and intercession. Have you ever wondered what happens when you pray or worship God? Why does burdens ease, and why do demons flee? Praise isn't just sound---it's powerful for both a weapon and a shield. Every form of praise and intercession has a different color and sound and shape and movement and volume and function. When you weep or you dance, it's like like the force of an explosive weapon against the Devil. Demons often KNOW when the church is praising, but often don't know where it is coming from specifically. It's incredibly disrupting for them everywhere! This is why it says in the Bible that one can put a thousand to flight, and two can send a legion fleeing, spiritually speaking.
One form of worship that was particularly powerful was "dance"-- it's like wave after wave of power emanating out from the dancer into the spiritual realm. The reality of this world is not what we can see or hear ourselves, as the unseen is the eternal and more "real" part of our universe. Only the victorious dance--think about that! When you dance before the Lord in purity, innocence, and a sincerely loving and grateful heart--it sends out wave after wave of power into the unseen spiritual realm. You're dancing in spiritual victory and in the power of praise! Weeping and repentace are like sharp arrows that can pierce the strongest of demonic defenses. Praise is a form of prayer, and the Bible says that the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Likewise, speaking in tongues is unhindered worship and intercession and is powerful and forceful beyond our abilities to understand in the natural realm.
I will let you know one of my deepest desires and the purest longing of my human heart----I've had recurring desire and daydream that when I get to heaven, I want to worship for 10,000 years (over and over and over again). God has gifted me with a very lovely voice on earth, but it's just a prelude to the eternal kingdom. I've seen it in my spirit where we sing united for 10,000 years again again without ceasing, and then silence, and then one voice in a hundred million million starts again "worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb" and then a hundred million million voices start all over again! My friend who cannot sing well once stated that he loved my beautiful voice, and instantly the Lord told me "In the spiritual realm, everyone has a perfect voice." That is why the Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord--it's perfect in God's ears in the golden incense. Everyone that cannot sing well here on Earth will have absolute "Heavenly" voices in Heaven--and even NOW in God's ears. In heaven, you will be litterally perfect in every way. God always looks at the heart, not the outward abilities like man does.
The color of purest praise is gold--the most lovely and most radiant color I've ever seen. It's lovely, and God Himself loves it also. The most ironic thing about this vision is that it was given to a man who is colorblind! I can see some "color" but it's not true color like most of you can see, but when I get to Heaven I will see color like never before seen on Earth! Nonetheless I'm quite sure I will love the color of purest praise the most.
"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loose" Jim Elliot (Missionary and martyr to the Acca Indians in South America).
In His service,
Charles E. B.