Enter His gates with thanksgiving, enter His courts with Praise

Hi, my name is Cessna and I am a guest blogger today…my first ever blog in fact. I also happen to be Brent’s wife and I may chime in from time to time to share what God has laid on my heart for His people.  


 “It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates his presence to men.” C.S. Lewis 

“Your praises cause demons to flee” were the phantom whispered words I awoke to one morning and they have been resounding in my mind ever since. (My God knows me…so he knows I need repetition and reminders. Thankfully, he’s patient.) My mind immediately raced to the scripture in Psalms 22 we have commonly heard “He inhabits the praises of His people.” So naturally, that would be a horrifying deterrent for our enemy. God, in all His glory and illuminating love, being in the midst of our praise and all.  But, what exactly is praise? Praise is to commend, glorify, bless, magnify. To proclaim the glorious attributes of God with thankfulness. Thanksgiving and praise are vital parts of prayer. They represent our faith, standing at attention…in action. They are weapons of our warfare. They are literally saying “yes” to God and all his promises. But, I have a suspicion that many Christian have forgotten how to fight…or were never told the truth of what they can lay hold of. 

 There are many scriptures I could reference, but I love the story in Acts when Paul and Silas were being wrongly persecuted. They didn’t despair, they began praying and singing praises to God. Can you imagine? They were the brunt of persecution, thrown in prison, beaten, then shackled, yet they were full of joy, peace…and SINGING. Suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison and amazingly the doors flung open and all the captives were set free. Their praises became a powerful weapon.  Through trials and tribulation, rather it be sickness, loss, family problems or financial difficulties, our enemy will try everything to get us to focus on our problems. To take our attention off of Christ and onto ourselves. He’s craftily subtle though and for most of us it takes a lot less than a sound flogging and prison bars to get us to take our eyes off God. Satan is just as the bible describes him. A roaring lion, roaming around, seeking whom he may devour. Someone to pounce on the moment he sees a weakness, an open door. If we give him access, we crumble under the weight. But, if in our time of adversity, we choose to humble ourselves and Praise God, we magnifying Him over our problem. When we magnify Him and exalt Christ’s precious name we become a force to be reckoned with. In our weakness, He is strong. We become a channel for his power to operate in our circumstance. 

 Through praise and worship Paul and Silas were lifted above their circumstances and they entered into God’s presence, power and peace. Through praise, their hearts were lifted into the joyous presence and peace of God and provided God a channel for his power to operate. “Praise is a vehicle of faith which brings us into the presence and power of God.” Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful into him and bless his name. Psalms 100:4

 Praise is not to be left on the church steps on the way out. Praise was ordained to meet any difficulty. It is meant for everywhere, anytime. In Psalms 34:1 David sang “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be in my mouth.” Praise is hurling your faith at your mountain of adversity. And what can faith do? That’s right…Move mountains. When in the midst of trials, whatever it may be, if you can lay your flesh aside and humbly come before the father and worship Him in spirit and in truth(John 4:24) praising Him and all that He is, with a thankful heart, you can’t lose the fight. You can’t because God will be there in the midst, working the good for those who love Him.(Romans 8:28) 

 So, if I have encouraged even one person (aside from myself) to strive to become a person of continual praise, then you are who I wrote this for. We serve an awesome God who wants us in a place of victory, not defeat. He must truly love us a lot to continually remind us without ceasing. There is power in the name Jesus. Let us become more aware of His presence
Let us experience the glory of His goodness. May His praise continually be on our lips.

~Cessna Kelley

Majesty worship His Majesty 
Unto Jesus, be all glory,
Power and praise 
Majesty, Kingdom authority 
Flow from His throne, 
Unto his own, His anthem raise. 

So exalt, lift up on high
The Name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify,
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His Majesty 
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all Kings.

Is it easier to say…

Matthew 9:2

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 

Have you ever wondered if God wants you well. Many people question if its God’s will for them to be healed. I want to tell you that that is a lie from the enemy. Not only does God want you well but he has sent his Son to pay for the worlds past, present and future illnesses.  God is as passionate about your healing as he was with your sins. We have created convenient theology to cover the cancer of unbelief that robs us of the finished work of the cross. I will begin to show you that there is a direct link between sin and sickness and how Christ paid for them both. So lets dive into the scriptures and reveal the truth that will set you free.

First let us establish the root of sin. We all know the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. Adam was created in the likeness of God and had the breath of life breathed into his nostrils. He was in a state of perfection not knowing sin but only knowing the perfect knowledge of his fathers love. Once Adam was deceived and ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he was transformed that which he beheld satan. Sin entered the world bringing about all matters of sickness and ultimately bringing death. 1 Cor 15:55 states ”O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin;”. With our new nature came the sting of death which was sin. So the only reason we die on this earth is because we were born into sin and we carry a sin nature. So sin brings about sickness which bring death. God having a love for his people in the old covenant brought protection through his Law against sickness. Exodus 15:26

He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

His healing came through the resistance of sin. But the law was only a shadow of the glory that was to come through Christ. Sin eventually found strength in the law but there was a new law that was being established through Christ. Rom 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Christ has broken the law of sin and death and had given us complete freedom through his Spirit. God has actually forgiven all the sins of the world. The truth is no one goes to hell for their sins They go to heal for being born into sin and refusing the atonement through Christ blood. Romans 5:6 says

   For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

So the truth is that the sins of the world have been forgiven. God reconciled the world to himself through Jesus. But it is only those who believe that walk in the fruits of the cross. The moment that you received the blood and believed in Christ the Holy Spirit released the breath of Life and created you into a new creation. You were restored back into the image of your father as though you had never eaten from the tree. There is no separation from God. The veil has been torn and you can know God as father.

So lets take a look at this important scripture out of Matthew. This truth will show you that not just your sins but your sickness was broken through the power of his blood. Matthew 9:2

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 

This is what I want to point out to you, is it easier to say your sins are forgiven or arise and walk? Both seemed impossible to those standing in the crowd as Jesus spoke. But one seemed more impossible. See forgiveness of sins was an issue of sacrifice but the healing of palsy was a manifestation of the flesh that would show results immediately. It was a tangible experience. See for the Jewish people the sacrificing of bulls and goats was the atoning of sins for the entire year. Only God could forgive sins. But Christ is making a point. If I can heal you, your sins are forgiven or if I say your sins are forgiven you are healed. He puts the forgiving of sins on the same level of healing of sickness. And to prove his point he says ” But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house”. This is a great truth. Remember when after Christ healed the man at the pool. He later saw him a the temple and said, ”Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee”. Sin is the root of sickness but Christ has forgiven all of are sins and broken the law of sin and death.

       By His stripes you were healed! The healing has been paid for! You have to take authority through the name of Jesus and command the sickness to leave. If the root of sin is broken then sickness has no legal right in your body. Jesus told the disciples to speak to the mountain to leave not pray that God would remove the mountain. He has given you his resurrection power through his name. You are a son or a daughter of the King. Christ in you the hope of glory lives inside you. It’s time to believe for your healing. If God is for you what can stand against you. GOD WANTS YOU WELL!!!!

Sin shall have no dominion over you.

In the Old Testament anything sin touched was made unclean. If a man with leprosy touched you, you became unclean and some type of sacrifice would have to take place. In the New Testament when a man with leprosy comes to touch Jesus the consequence of sin is destroyed and everything Christ touches becomes clean. Where Christ is exalted sin can not have dominion. He makes all thing new! Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Our battle is not over flesh and blood but over our hearts. So whatever a man thinks in his heart so is he. We often times complicate our situation by trying methods to relationship instead of looking to Jesus. All those who had a touch from Jesus had one thing in common. They saw him as their savior. We want to think we know all the answers but the truth is it is all about him and his blood, his cross and his love. Its that simple. Our theology tells us there has to be more. But Paul told the church in Galatians to not be so quickly removed from the simplicity of the gospel Christ crucified. One truth that remains is this, knowledge will make you proud but love edifies our relationship with him. We need him every moment of our day. Jesus even said Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. We must know where our hope comes from and that attitude will take you from glory to glory as you look into the eyes of a loving savior. Never stop asking, seeking or knocking. Let us start the day with a radical pursuit of Jesus.


As crowd grew on the way to Jairus’s house. The disciples pushed their way through the crowds so that Jesus could pray for Jairus daughter, something happened. Jesus suddenly realizes that someone has touched him. As he screams out who touched me Peter responds many people have touched you. Many people were there to be spectators and others had needs. But there was one who had come with the expectation to receive healing through touching him. There are many of you that need your healing, but how many our going to push through the opposition and allow your faith to touch Jesus? This woman had come to her breaking. For 12 years this sickness had been her identity. But that was about to change. She conceived with in her heart a hope that if she just touched the fringe of his robe she would be healed. See the healing started the moment she conceived hope with in her heart. As so a man thinks in his heart so is he. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The substance of her faith was the pushing through the crowd and the touching of his robe. Her hope was the expectation that the moment she touched him she would be healed. See many times we conceive a hope with in our heart but never release the action of faith “the substance” needed to birth the promise. Our deferred hope will make our heart grow sick. We all have needs and promises that we have not been fulfilled. But I will leave you with the words of Christ. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you! Let your pursuit be relentless!

Those who hunger and thirst shall be filled. Only Believe!!!

He said, I give you my peace!

Peace… How do we get it? How do we maintain it? First how do we get it. Obedience to the Spirit! It is hard to have faith in a life of disobedience. Peace comes from Christ. Christ even said I give you my peace. Think about that! The very peace that Christ had as he took our sins upon himself and hung himself on that cross is ours. It is a supernatural peace. A peace that can not come from focusing on the flesh. In the middle of a fierce storm we see the disciples cowering in a boat with fear praying that they would not die. And their answer comes as Jesus their savior walks on their fear. As soon as they recognize him Peter ask if he too can walk on the thing he feared which was not the water but death. Christ said come. Now this is important, he did not say Peter come but all Twelve to come. As Peter steps out of the boat his feet do not touch the water but the words of his Savior. He walks on th C the O and the M. And as he takes his last step his reality of God in the moment shrinks as his  fear of death magnifies with the storm. Now we know that Jesus picks him up and comments on his unbelief. But this story reveals our own realities.

Here are a couple of points.

1. We fear death over his promise. This means the disciples hated it anytime Christ talked about death, even Peter rebuked him. They even thought it was over the moment he died on that Cross. Before that time no man had came back from death to life. They feared death. Once Christ resurrected we see these same men run toward death knowing that life existed beyond the grave. Your peace is often dependent upon your circumstances and not the finished work of the cross.

2. I give you my peace- Jesus. His peace is the forfeiting of your right to understand your situation but the gazing of your heart into the eyes of Christ. Just like when Peter was walking on the water, as long as his eyes rested on Jesus nothing else mattered. We at times will start out walking on the storms in our lives but we soon realize that we are doing the impossible and we begin to sink in our fear. That is why intimacy realigns spirit and soul and we begin to see his face as seeing it in a mirror and transformed by his peace and he takes us from Glory to Glory.

3. Never give up. His grace is more than enough and his strength is made perfect in your weakness. Even when Peter was sinking Christ grace covered his unbelief and pulled him out of his fear back into Christ peace. I can hear Peter screaming Jesus help me. I don’t believe that Christ pulled Peter to the boat. I see his peace being restored as the hand of Christ reaches to pull him out of the darkness into his glorious light and them walking on the water back to the boat. In the same way when we lose our peace in the storm it is his grace the moment we cry out that releases the grace that restores it all. In the middle of your fear today call out and say King Jesus and watch him take authority in your life. Only believe!!! – Brent Kelley