This is an interesting post to me, not sure exactly how to respond to the original question or to all the responses but here goes…
Holy Spirit I pray for that you speak through me. I pray that we gain revelation and connection to the heart of the Father through this conversation. We love you Jesus and in your Great Name we pray! Amen!
First…when it comes to Worship music, the Bible says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” (Psalm 95, 98 and 100)This may seem too simple, but really it’s just that, if you are singing or playing unto the Lord it is His Will. If you hear something and the Spirit that lives within you is in agreement, don’t let the dark critical spirits of doubt and judgment keep you from being free! I avoid all gossip and chatter that is not edifying. Edification builds up, it strengthens… it literally means to make a dwelling. Remember we are, individually and collectively, the temple of the Holy Spirit. Every temple is unique. Every temple is being used by God to effectively reach a specific group of people. God is always in control.
"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name. And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Second…I encourage the whole body of Christ to focus on cultivating a personal relationship with God. Talk to God. Although theology and studying the Word shows us all about God, we really need to know that we have an established and unhindered relationship with God so that we can continue to stand by Faith no matter what comes. The scriptures tell us of what is to come and show us the Way to live eternally. We can have ALL the Word in our head but if we cannot walk it out, if we can’t apply it to our own life, then we are no different than Satan, walking in pride and self-deception. The Word of God is for our hearts. Read Ephesians 1:18, remember that above all else we must guard our hearts, for out of our hearts flow the issues of life…and it is through the heart that we see God.
Third…I may be a bit protective of Bethel, IHOP and Todd White because all 3 of these “houses” have been used by the Lord to reveal the heart of the Father to me, so please forgive my potential foolishness by saying that the child-like Faith I see exemplified through the hands of so many members in these parts of the Body of Christ have given me nothing but hope and belief in the power of God and in the manifestation of that same power in us. The Holy Spirit lives within us, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now at work in us. Sure we may not see the manifestation of healing immediately every time…God is building our Faith…it is done into us according to our Faith…God tests our hearts first, He’s not gonna just give us all power and all authority if our heart is not pure. He checks our motives.
“‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
Acts 4: 29-33
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all."
Finally…I believe God is the same yesterday, today and forever and I choose to take Him at His Word! If He says it, I believe it, no matter what. Blessed are those who believe even though they have not seen…Blessed are those who do not condemn themselves by what they approve… Read Luke 12:35-59
God is preparing us! Praise is our greatest weapon…it confuses our adversary…he wants us to doubt God… he wants us to doubt who God says we are… he wants us divided but we stand united by the blood of Jesus!!