June

Worship - A Word from God - by Nancy Dufresne

Since Brother Norvel Hayes went home to be with the Lord, God has stirred me to go back through the message that Brother Norvel brought to the Body of Christ. Brother Norvel taught faith and divine healing, but he taught it from the place of worship.

     Years ago, God spoke to Norvel Hayes and stated, “My children basically love Me, but they live in poverty and sickness and defeat. They don’t live in Heaven’s blessings because they don’t worship Me enough. You’re teaching faith and confession, you’re praying for the sick, but you need to worship Me more, and you need to teach My people to worship Me more. I’m their God, and they’re My children. If you’ll teach My children to worship Me more, I’ll do great and mighty things for them.”

Praise Brings the Anointing

     This word from God changed Brother Norvel’s life and ministry. I want to look more closely at what God said to him. God stated that His people don’t live in Heaven’s blessings because they don’t worship Him ENOUGH. He didn’t say they don’t worship Him — they worship Him, but not enough. How long is long enough? 

     I’m reminded of something Kenneth Hagin, Sr. used to say to us, “Praise brings the anointing, and the anointing destroys the yoke.” Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. How does God inhabit our praises? With His anointing. When we praise, His anointing indwells those praises. We understand that under the New Covenant God inhabits His people, but God also inhabits our praises. This helps us understand what God said to Brother Norvel. In light of what Dad Hagin taught us, we could accurately word what God said this way: “They don’t live in Heaven’s blessings because they don’t worship Me long enough for the anointing to come into manifestation and destroy the yoke.” The more time we spend worshipping God, the more time we are giving for the anointing to work on our behalf. We are the ones who determine how long the anointing will work on our behalf. Little worship, little anointing. More worship, more anointing. Much worship, much anointing.

There’s No Substitute for Worship

     In the word God spoke to Brother Norvel, He also stated, “You’re teaching faith and confession, you’re praying for the sick, but you need to worship Me more, and you need to teach My people to worship Me more.” God commended Brother Norvel because he was teaching faith, teaching confession, and praying for the sick. Those things are right to do, but God showed him that worship was being neglected. Teaching faith, teaching the confessing of God’s Word, and praying for the sick are right to do, but they are no substitute for worship. Each of these have their place, but one cannot substitute for the other.

Keep Worshipping

     God went on to say to Brother Norvel, “I’m their God, and they’re My children. If you’ll teach My children to worship Me more, I’ll do great and mighty things for them.” Notice, people have to be taught to worship God and how to worship God. They have to be taught how to keep worshipping, no matter what the circumstances are.

     Psalm 34:1 instructs us, “I will bless the Lord AT ALL TIMES: his praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth.” We are to praise and worship God “at all times” — whether the times look favorable or unfavorable. We must learn how to keep worshipping God no matter what circumstances look like. If we will keep worshipping God when circumstances look unfavorable, it will change the outcome of those times. In this verse, God is giving us the instruction of what to do at “all times” — even times when we don’t know what to do next — praise Him. We are to practice the spiritual habit of having His praises “continually” be in our mouths. We are to practice a lifestyle of praising God.

Great & Mighty Things

     Look at the last phrase of what God said to Brother Norvel. “If you’ll teach My children to worship Me more, I’ll do great and mighty things for them.” Those who worship God will see great and mighty things done for them! This is what God longs to do for His people — great and mighty things! But notice the instruction — it’s when we worship God more that He is able to do great and mighty things for us. Worship brings the anointing, and it’s by the anointing that great and mighty things are worked. 

     But worship is also an act of faith, for faith is dealing with the unseen, and when we worship God, we are worshipping a God we don’t see; therefore, worship is an act of faith. When God finds people worshipping, He finds faith. And where He finds faith, He finds a place where He can do great and mighty things.

Consider Not - by Nancy Dufresne

I was listening again to Dad Hagin tell of the vision he had when Jesus came into his hospital room. As a young minister, Dad Hagin had fallen and injured his arm, and it was at this time that he had the vision. Jesus walked into his room, pulled up a chair to sit by his bed, and talked to him for an hour and a half.

During that vision, Jesus said to Dad Hagin, “It’s My will that none of My children ever be sick, be operated on, or have accidents. But very few ever walk in My best, because: (1) most don’t know what belongs to them, (2) even if they do know what belongs to them, they don’t have enough faith to receive it, or (3) others are in disobedience.”

Follow Abraham's Example

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Romans 4:17-21 tells of Abraham: “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 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.” Let’s look at verse 19: “And being not weak in faith, he CONSIDERED NOT his own body now dead....” How does someone weaken their faith? They consider what they ought not to consider. When your attention goes to and stays on the wrong thing, it weakens your faith. To keep your faith strong, you have to keep your attention on the right thing. Where your attention goes, your faith goes. Abraham protected the strength of his faith by keeping it off the wrong thing. He considered not his own body. His body told him something, but he refused to focus or put his attention on that.

He didn’t consider what his own body told him, but he also didn’t even consider the body of another person — his wife. If you touch in your thought life why someone else failed to receive their answer or why another person died, it will weaken your faith. “Consider not” the situation of another.

Dad Hagin stated the following. “Consider not — blessed words — an unfailing refuge from the fery darts. Heavenly atmosphere where no germ or disease can survive for the fraction of a second. Consider not. Do not accord to the physical symptoms a passing thought. Refuse to take them into your calculations. If you consider your own body, paying attention to the symptoms, that’s why they persist. As long as you consider them, they will persist.”

Consider the Word, put your attention on the Word. Act like the Word is true. In any test or trial, if you consider the circumstances, allowing your attention to be focused on the test, the test will continue. Consider the Word and answer that situation with the Word. Don’t consider the test and turn it over in your mind, for that is worry. And as long as you are worrying, the devil has an entrance.

You don’t have to make the test stop. You just speak the Word, rest on the Word, and let the Word do the work. Jeremiah 1:12 reads, “...for I will hasten my word to perform it.” You aren’t the one who performs His Word — He does. It’s your job to answer the test with the Word, then rest on His Word, and it’s His job to perform it. Faith is the diligent effort to rest in God. Rest knowing that He is doing the work.