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By Steve Swanson
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Hebrews 1:7 "Of the angels He says, 'He makes His angels spirits, and His servants a flame of fire.'"
Did you know that you have the ability to create an atmosphere around you? Through your praise and worship to God – vocalizing your thanksgiving and adoration to the Lord you create the atmosphere of heaven. In heaven there is a continual flow of praise to God going on at all times. When you begin to enter into that realm of worship you are drawing heaven to earth.
Once I had a dream where the Lord showed me that our vocalized worship is much more powerful than all the decrees, prayers and other activities that we can engage in because it draws the angels of God. The angels of God are also engaged in worship continually. This is the atmosphere that ignites and empowers them to aid the saints here on earth – to give breakthrough and help to us.
Our prayers are obviously important as they are synergistically combined with the praise and worship we release to the Lord. A key aspect of worship and praise is that of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a game changer when it comes to our hearts. Complaint is just the opposite of giving thanks. When we are engaged in thanksgiving it displaces all complaining and puts the focus where it belongs.
1 Corinthians 10:9-10 "…nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer."
A complaining spirit opens the door for "snakes" to come bite and inject the spiritual poison of the enemy into our hearts. Thanksgiving is the antidote for that as it brings our hearts back into alignment with heaven. Our continual sacrifice of praise and worship brings heaven to earth, also causing the reality of heaven to be manifested in the earth – changing the atmosphere.
Matthew 6:9-10 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
God wants things on earth as things are in heaven. Heaven is the standard. Heath, prosperity, blessing, the nature of God are all a part of what it is like in heaven. We've been given the privilege of bringing heaven to earth through the power of worship, praise and prayer – shifting our lives to look like heaven on earth.