Praise Your Way to Victory
When you are going through the hardest time in your life the last thing that you want to do is praise. I can relate ….
I sat in the pew at a new church for weeks. I was desperate for the Word and a safe place to warm the bench while I started to heal from church hurt and other things that had been going on. So I sat.
While worship service went on I sat and looked around. I wanted to join in with the singing and praises but my heart was too broken and heavy. I was worn out just trying to get to church on Sunday morning. My burdens were weighing me down and no matter how I tried I could not lift my hands or sing.
So I sat.
Until one Sunday the worship leader said something that started to shake the chains off my heart and voice. “Your victory is in your praise. The size of your praise will determine the size of your blessing.”
I was desperate for breakthrough in my circumstance so I took a chance. I stood up. Lifted my hands and began to mouth the words. After the first song I was able to whisper the words. By the third, the tears were flowing and I was crying out to the Lord. By the end of the service that burden was lifted off my shoulders.
Do you know that praise confuses the enemy?
Don’t allow the devil to steal your praise. It is what focuses your heart on God and helps to bring you peace and victory. When you are praising the Lord you are not worried about the devil or your circumstances. You are solely focused on the One that loves you and will see you through. (If you aren’t then you aren’t doing it right)
The devil doesn’t understand praise. He doesn’t understand how you can praise when your world is falling apart. He doesn’t understand why you would thank God for all the hard times you’ve been walking through. That’s a good thing.
We want to confound and confuse the devil. That’s one way to resist him. And when we resist him he has to flee.
There’s a story in Joshua about a group of people that found a great victory through praise in obedience to God.
So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Joshua 6:20 ESV
I’m not sure what you are dealing with sweet mama, but I do know that you will begin to walk in victory when you start to praise. Praise God for His goodness. Praise Him for all that you need Him to be right now. Don’t stop praising until you feel at peace.