Saturday, July 10, 2010

In a Battle?.........Praise God!

Are you in the midst of a battle today? If so, what is your game plan? What is your plan of attack? And if you don't mind me asking....how is it going? Are you making any ground? Are you getting close to declaring victory? No.....well, may I make a suggestion? Have you ever thought about using the weapon of praise? Yes. Praise!

Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”

After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:

“Give thanks to the Lord;
his faithful love endures forever!”

At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.
2 Chronicles 20:2o-23

What was this army's plan of attack? What was their strategic game plan? PRAISE!

Remember the Battle at Jericho? No fighting there....only marching, singing, and praising God.....and victory!

What are you battling today? Discouragement? Disappointment? Disease? Dread? ______________ (fill in the blank)

What keeps attacking you? Fear? Depression? Low self esteem? Guilt? _______________ (fill in the blank)

Where in your life do you need a victory? Finances? Marriage? Addictions? _______________ (fill in the blank)

For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
2 Corninthians 10:3-5The Amplified Bible

Make no mistake. We are in a battle....a spiritual battle. The enemy is working overtime to "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10) your life. Left alone to fight on our own, we are sure to be defeated. But......when we enlist the help of our God we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37)

But, just how exactly does praise help us fight our battle? What power is there in praise?

Let the praises of God be in their mouths,
and a sharp sword in their hands—
Psalm 149:6

Our praise combined with the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, (Ephesians 6:17) is a two-fold attack that Satan will not survive.

Praise not only brings God the adoration and exaltation He is so worthy of, but it also reminds us of the character of our God. As we praise Him for all that He is we are reminded of WHO HE IS! Our praise infuses our faith. The more we praise the stronger our faith becomes. And remember the role faith plays in spiritual battles? Our faith is our shield. With our shield we are able to quench all the fiery darts of Satan. (Ephesians 6:16). We are able to do battle and win!

Praising God is faith in action. As we praise Him with our lips we are declaring His power, His might, His victory over and in our life. God inhabits the praises of His people. Our praise ushers God into our presence. Our praise engages our faith and enables God to do what only He can.

Are you battling today? Then, lift your hands toward Heaven and begin to praise your God.

Praise Him for His loving kindness. Praise Him for His mercy. Praise Him for His faithfulness. Praise Him for His power and His might.

Praise Him for past victories....for battles He has already won in your life. Praise Him for going before you in your current battle....leading you once again to victory in and through Him.

Praise Him with every part of your being. Praise Him from the center of your heart.

When you and I begin to praise God, Satan has to flee. When you and I begin to praise God, strongholds come down. When you and I begin to praise God, God shows up and fights our battle for us. When you and I praise God, we are victorious!

Let the praises begin!

(Note: This post is taken from Thursday's post at GRACEFUL SISTERS, an online Bible Study for women. If you haven't already, stop by for a visit. We would love to study God's Word with you!)

1 comment:

  1. Stacy, I am so thankful for your encouragement. Such a faithful woman of God. This post is very much where I am. Learning how to Praise Him! Heart abandoned.

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.