Spiritual Weapons: Praise

Girl raising hands in praise

Revelation

I like to start my day by praying and putting on the armor of God and standing against the enemy. I think it’s very important and something all Christians should do. As I was diving in to do this one morning last week, I felt this rush in my spirit to give God praise first. To exalt Him, to give thanks and to proclaim His goodness and love. I realized right away, God was showing me and reminding me that praise is a powerful prayer weapon as well!

The enemy does not like to hear us giving praise to the Lord. I’m sure it grates on his nerves like nails on a chalkboard and none of his forces like to be around it either. So, let’s give God praise! Loudly!

Real War

In the Bible, in II Chron. 20, we see the people of Judah facing three (not one, but three!) armies who have come to war against them and to destroy them. But the Lord says to not be afraid because He will fight for them. He says the people only need to march down to where the armies have gathered against them because the Lord will handle this. So the King, “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness– as they went out at the head of the army, saying,

“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men…who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” (II Chron. 20:21, 22)

Reality Check

Did you catch that? They put the worship team at the head of the army! The front lines of an actual battle is not where the singers usually find themselves. Professional soldiers usually handle those assignments. But “as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes…”

The same is true today. We need to remember that we are also in a Real War. Just because we can’t see the enemy taking a stand against us doesn’t mean he’s not there. AND, as we begin to sing and praise, the Lord will move against the work of the enemy in our lives. And he will be defeated.

Are you facing many trials? Feel like you are hard pressed on every side? Start to give God praise. Proclaim His goodness. Out loud. Give Him thanks in prayer.

As we begin the season of giving thanks, let’s remember that as we exalt Him and give Him praise, we are also pushing back against the enemy and advancing the kingdom of God.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Day

My son texted me at 8:00 this morning and said, “Mom, this day stinks.” (Slightly edited version!) I told him it was a little early to “scrub” the whole day! What to do when the day starts out badly and then gets worse?

1.     Realize you have the power to turn this day around. Maybe you can’t change the circumstances taking place, but you can change how you feel about them. And how we feel is what really determines if we’re having a “good day” or a “bad day.” Change your frame of mind. Tell yourself, “Things will get better. I will be able to solve this problem. I will not drown myself in worry. I will look up.”

2.     Set your mind on the Lord. Have you left Him out of this day? Have you left Him out of this problem? Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” (KJV) Remember you are not alone. There is a God in heaven who is watching you right now and who loves you more than you can imagine.

3.     Ask for God’s Help. This is not the same thing as remembering He is with you. Now, actually ASK for His help. He is our “very present help in time of trouble.” He wants to show Himself strong on our behalf. He is ready to show how mighty He is. Whether it’s something big or small, He wants to demonstrate His love for us. But we need to ask Him. Ask Him for the solution, for the miracle.

4.     Give God Praise. This step is guaranteed to turn your day around. Start to give God praise for Who He is, for His greatness, for His power, for His faithfulness, for His incredible love for you. Say these things out loud if possible. Or turn on some Christian music and sing to Him. At the very least, end your prayer for help with praise. Even if you don’t feel like it, if you make your mouth say, “God, I thank You that You are good. I thank You for Your love. I lift You up and give You praise,” your heart attitude will change. I’ve done this. I know it works. Keep speaking out praise until your spirits lift. Your feelings will follow your words, so lead your life well by what you say.

Lead yourself to a better place. Lead yourself to a better day!

 

Have you talked yourself into a better day before? Do you need try it today?


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