Silence the enemy. On my darkest days, I choose to Praise the Lord. In my scariest moments when I have no idea how a situation can possibly have a positive outcome, I choose to Praise the Lord. On my highest of mountaintop days and in my lowest of valleys, I choose to Praise the Lord.
I have found that my praise literally changes everything. It changes my perspective, changes the atmosphere in the room, lightens my spirit, brings clarity where there was confusion, and the best part of all: darkness flees! Light remains and casts out all darkness.
The bible tells us that we don’t fight merely against flesh and blood, but against principalities and evil spirits.
Yet, in Christ we are powerful and mighty and when declare Christ, demons have to flee in His mighty name.
A weapon, a strong, mighty powerful weapon that we have is our praise. We have power in our tongue. Power in our words. We can use our words to hurt or to heal. We can use our mouths to speak ill of someone or to build them up. AND we can use our words to bring mighty change to our moods, our homes, our workplace, and our relationships. Every area of our lives can be transformed by our Praise to Jesus.
Ever wake up and feel immediately anxious?
Have you ever struggled to get out of bed because of fear, anxiety, doubt, or sadness?
Have you ever been walking out your day and been knocked off of your feet by painful news or found yourself blindsighted by an unexpected disagreement, or a misunderstanding?
Praise is the answer. It will lighten your load, give you a fresh perspective, and literally change the feeling of the atmosphere around you.
The amazing part about Praise is it moves our focus from the problem we are facing to the solution: Jesus.
I can share instance after instance where I have started Praising His holy name and declaring His goodness and things start to shift and peace comes, problems are solved without me needing to battle, attitudes are softened, situations become clearer, or solutions that were not there appear. Jesus desires such a personal relationship with us that He will literally be involved in every aspect of our lives big and small if we let Him in.
I have found that the enemy enjoys getting me worked up by instilling fear in me about the future. Sound familiar to anyone? He whispers what ifs in my ear. What if this happens? What if that happens? How are you planning to handle x,y, z. ? On my weaker days when I am not in prayer, I fall into those traps and I begin to worry. However, when I pick up my weapons, I am strong.
My praises, your praises, our praises have the power to silence the enemy!
I pray aloud my praises.
Lord, You are good. So good, soo good.
You’re a good good Father. Thank you for being sovereign and completely in control of my life.
Thank you Lord that I am in the Palm of Your Mighty Hand and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
Lord, I lift up Your Holy name. Lord, direct my paths. Show me where you want my feet to go. Lord, your ways are higher than my ways.
Lord, thank you that you are working all things together for my good. Thank you that you desire a relationship with me and you are always with me, always guiding me, always protecting me. You will never leave me, never forsake me.
You are holy. You are God and I am not. I trust you. I lift you up higher and higher and higher. You are mighty and in complete control. Lord lead me. And I’ll follow.
My praises change everything. They hand over the wheel to Jesus and allow me to remember I am not in control and there is peace in that. Peace in knowing that the One who hung each star is also holding me and my destiny. That He has great plans for me, and He will carry them out to completion.
Praising Him and recognizing that He is God makes whatever that days challenge is seem smaller. It makes even the monumental challenges shrink and praise makes the day to day small stuff appear miniscule.
God has you my friend. He is holding you right now. Begin to praise Him and you will begin to feel your mood transform, your problems will be placed on His shoulders and trust me He can carry them much easier than we can!
He even offers to take them from us! Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
What a promise! That He will carry our burdens and He will give us rest. He is offering a beautiful trade! Our junk, our worries, our hurts, our mess, our stress, everything big and small that we are carrying in exchange for REST and PEACE! Is that amazing or what? This is another one of our weapons that we have complete access to 24 hours a day if we will just remember to use it. Praise and recognition of the One in complete control. JESUS. Praise Him, cry out to Him, call on Him, and He will move mountains on your behalf.
I pray for the beautiful, blessed, woman reading this post. Cover her with Your peace and Your presence. Show her Your love for her in a way that she knows you are with her. Lord, fill her with courage to release control and help her to be brave enough to allow You to comfort her, to guide her, and to direct her next steps. Lord, release her from her troubles and give her complete rest. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.