Monday, September 5, 2011

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?


Despair
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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.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 20:20-23

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,

praising God

..... and victory!


What are you battling today? Discouragement? Disappointment? Disease? Dread?

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What keeps attacking you? Fear? Depression? Low self esteem? Guilt?

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Where do you need a victory in your life? Finances? Marriage? Addictions?

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Make no mistake.

We are in a battle - a spiritual battle.

The enemy is working overtime to "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10) our 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 in a battle today?

Then, lift your hands toward Heaven and begin to praise your God.

Praise Him for His lovingkindness.

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!

 


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11 comments:

  1. Really good. Love this! The story of Jehoshaphat is one of my favorites.

    Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
    Isaiah 59:1 - reminds me to praise that He is always right here with me.


    Have a great week!!

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  2. I like this! I don't usually think of praise as a weapon, but Scripture certainly shows us that it can be.

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  3. When I read this story in my One Year bible it so struck my heart. Today, we have been battling fires and I quickly forgot to praise Him for what we did have. When I remembered, it made my heart lighter. He is in control. He is God. He is worthy to be praised...all the time.

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  4. Great post! Too often I'm so busy praying for something that I forget to praise Him.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  5. Great post. I have just begin praising God for my battles and I do feel that my whole attitude has improved as well as knowing God is please with that 'sacrifice of praise.'

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  6. Like was mentioned before, I've never considered Praise as a weapon against evil. It is a powerful tool we have! Thanks!

    Visiting from On your Heart Tuesday Hop!
    Thanks,
    Becky Jane
    http://RiseAboveYourLimits.blogspot.com/

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  7. Stacy,
    This is my first visit to your blog - visiting from Shanda's.
    What an encouraging, strengthening post. Thank you for being used by God to be such a blessing.
    Off to follow you now.
    Thank you again.

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  8. this was such a timely reminder, and just what i needed to read today, right now. thank you for sharing your heart.
    steph

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  9. amen to that thanks for sharing.shalom from holland.. soraya and huub

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  10. I'm visiting from On Your Heart Tuesdays. I totally agree with this post. I'm going through the battle of my life for the last couple of years and praise has been the ultimate weapon! It was hard at first, the pain was so great. But now I've come to realize how powerful it is. Praise Jesus for that!!

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  11. This is just what I needed tonight. Thanks for sharing it!
    Blessings...Chelle

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