Praise Leads to Victory – Part One

Supernatural Praise
Did you know that there is tremendous power in praise? It has been said that our minds are like a battlefield, where the enemy of our souls is constantly trying to seize territory and set up strongholds.
King Solomon wrote, Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23 KJV); while the New Covenant Version translation says it very plainly, Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life; and Saint Paul exhorted the members of the Colossian church, Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (3:2 ESV).
How did the serpent convince Eve to taste the forbidden fruit? He deceived her and caused her to doubt that God’s instructions were well-intentioned. He lied to her in order to change her mind about what was true. He caused her to forget who she already was as God’s image-bearer.
The enemy’s lies had to first snake their way into her mind before he could entice her to act against her own best interests.
The age-old battle for our hearts and minds is still being waged today, and one of our best forms of defense against the enemy’s tactics is to set our minds on things above, by offering God the sacrifice of our lips in praise.
When we talk about praise and worship, we picture ourselves at church in a group of fellow believers, praising God with a worship leader and singers and musicians onstage – that’s when we give God glory in a corporate setting, as the Body of Christ.
But there is another kind of praise that we can practice personally - at any time, wherever we are - that gives us the power to guard our hearts and minds in the middle of any onslaught of temptation or distraction.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me (Psalm 103:1-2 NLT).
Sometimes what God says at the end of a verse highlights the point that he intends to make. The sweet Psalmist is saying that when we remember all the good things that God has done for us in the past, our minds will become so full of the memory of his goodness toward us that our whole being will respond with praise.
Remember, our minds are territory that the enemy would like to conquer. If he can convince us that God is not on our side, he can entice us to strike out on our own instead of following God’s guidance. A sheep who wanders away from the Shepherd is in grave danger. A coal pulled from the fire will smolder and die.
When we make it our praise practice to never forget the good things God does for us, and to praise him in every trial - the enemy can’t break through and invade our minds. The helmet of salvation is unbreachable, when we remember what Christ did for us at the cross, and how much he loves us, every day.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39 NLT).
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