It’s easy to praise God when things are going well! God is still good even if things aren’t going well. Regardless of our circumstances, we’re commanded to offer a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). It’s a sacrifice because you don’t necessarily feel like doing it. Confined to a dark prison cell, it wasn’t easy for Paul and Silas to praise God given the gravity of their situation either (Acts 16:23-25). The enemy fears you so much he tries to set up circumstances so it looks like you’ll never escape from your situation. But you’re to praise God not for what you’re going through, but because you’re about to come out. The last thing Satan wants you to discover is the power of your praise. He’ll use anyone and anything to shut you down.
I can recall one of the most difficult times in my life. It took every fiber of my being to make it to my car without breaking down. Once inside, all I could do was scream and cry. In my despair I expected depression to consume me. Then suddenly, I started praising God as tears streamed down my face. Before I knew it, I felt something lift off me in the midst of my praise. I realized I had been delivered from depression that plagued me since I was a child. God had to shake up some things in my life for me to experience a personal earthquake that set me free.
Some of you reading this post don’t understand why you’re being bombarded with one thing after another. It’s because you’re so powerful, the enemy has rounded up a multitude to try to put a stop to you. If you can’t seem to muster up the motivation to praise God, push past how you feel. Start praising and the motivation will kick in. Sometimes you’ve got to look in the rear-view mirror of your life and start remembering all God has already done for you, what He’s already brought you through. For encouragement, read the Book of Psalms and see how David praised God in the midst of great trials. Keep a prayer journal and date your prayer requests. Review it weekly to see and be encouraged by God’s faithfulness over time. God’s promises always come to pass!
Don’t allow your circumstances to have the upper hand. God’s plans for you won’t change just because of your state of affairs. The devil tries to render you ineffective by making you think you’re powerless. Child of the Most High God, you’re not powerless. God has given you the spiritual authority and power to rip a hole in hell. You’ve been empowered to praise your way to your victory. So, begin to thank God in advance for what He’s about to do. Remember, your praise is a powerful weapon. Don’t retreat. Engage your weapon and give God praise.
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson
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