We invite you to worship and praise the Lord with us here at VICTORY IN CHRIST. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has, (as declared in His word), poured out His Spirit upon all flesh (mankind).
When the Holy Spirit is present or working in an individual he/she may react or respond in different ways. The following are a few ways in which the Holy Spirit may manifest or express Himself. So open your hearts, examine the scriptures and be blessed of God!
I. Why do we clap our hands?
a. Psalm 47:1 Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
II. Why do we lift our hands?
a. Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
b. 1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
III. Why do we have audible praise unto God?
a. Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
b. Acts 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
IV. Why do we shout (holla)?
a. Isaiah 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
b. Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
V. Why do we dance before the Lord?
a. Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
b. Psalm 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
VI. Why do some walk, run, and leap?
a. 1Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
b. Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
c. Luke 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
d. 2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
e. Acts 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
f. Acts 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
VII. Why do we pray or sing in tongues and in English?
a. 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
VIII. Why do we have speaking with tongues and interpretation of those tongues?
a. 1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
b. 1 Corinthians 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages.
IX. What is prophecy? Prophecy is speaking on behalf of the Lord. When someone in the congregation does this, it should be judged to whether it is scriptural and brings comfort, strengthening and encouragement.
a. 1 Corinthians 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation.
b. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
X. Why do we anoint with oil and pray for the sick?
a. Mark 6:13 They cast out many demons, and anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them.
b. James 5:14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, 15 and the prayer of faith will heal him who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.
XI. Why do some groan and travail?
a. Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
XII. Why do we obey the Word of God?
a. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
b. Jeremiah 42:6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.