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The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.
Did you know that praising God invokes your spiritual authority and paralyzes the devil? The mistaken belief that God is in complete control is contradicted when you read in the book of Genesis that He gave Adam and Eve authority over all the earth. Because of their fall and the loss of that authority, Jesus came to restore it to mankind and give us dominion over heaven and hell. That may be very shocking to some Believers who don’t realize just how powerful Christ has made us. With that in mind, we must remember God will not come down from heaven to get the devil off our back. As Believers, we are expected to use our God-given power to do this ourselves. How? Through praise and thanksgiving. Praise and thanksgiving have real power in deciding the outcome of our situations. Giving thanks to God allows Him to move in our life and stops the devil in his tracks. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, when the Moabites and the Ammonites gathered against Jehoshaphat to battle, the people did not know what to do. Despite being outnumbered, they responded by keeping their focus on God. God told them this was not their fight but His. The people’s praise, worship, and songs allowed God to intervene and He slew their enemies. Likewise, the same thing can happen for us when we give God praise and worship. Whether we dance and sing to music, lift our hands professing his goodness, or simply say, “Thank You Father” while sitting behind a desk at work, we allow God to take precedence over every circumstance in our life and defeat the enemy. When we stop struggling with the fight and start celebrating God, we are sure to see victory every single time.
Lord, I thank You that I am forever changed by Your Word. Nothing that the enemy has planned against me this week will work. I release my authority right now saying that You are the Most High God. I exalt You, and as I praise and thank You my circumstances are shifting. People are moving, doors are opening, provision is manifesting, relationships are improving, and my health and emotional well-being is improving. All is well with me! I give You all the glory and praise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
2 Samuel 22:4
Colossians 2:6, 7
Mathew 21:15, 16
2 Chronicles 20:1-25
Week 2: March 14, 2016
How Praise Releases Spiritual Authority (Part 2)
(Source Date 11/22/15)
Many Christians spend a considerable amount of time asking God to do things for them that He has already done, or has already told them to do. When we look at the concept of spiritual authority, it is simply the right to use God’s power. Praise and worship connects us to that power. Psalm chapter 22, verse 3 says that God inhabits our praise. He can’t inhabit our praise if we won’t praise Him. There are Christians who come into the understanding of this concept and immediately start exercising it in their lives. But if they don’t see an overnight change in their situation they tend to think that something is wrong with God, or that what they are doing isn’t working. In actuality, many times the problem is their lack of consistency where the things of God are concerned. Consistency is the key to the breakthrough. We don’t work out in the gym for one day then quit if we don’t see results. Likewise, we don’t praise God one time then quit if our breakthrough doesn’t show up. Praise and worship has to come from a place of knowing that God has already worked on our behalf, not the place of trying to get Him to do it. Right now, it may not look like that situation is ever going to turn around, but keep thanking God. We must remain steadfast in His Word and don’t allow the devil to rob us of our faith right before we experience the manifestation of what has already been done. It is the will of God for every area of our lives to be blessed. Breakthrough is on the way.
Lord, I honor You with praise and thanksgiving. I acknowledge what You’ve already done for me. You came so that I could have life and have it more abundantly. Because of that, I am hopeful and believe that I will see every promise in Your Word come to pass in my life. Bless me and guide me through this week as I keep my focus on You, and remain consistent with my praise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Daniel 10:12 (AMP)
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