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3)  There is a third way that praising the Lord, lifting Him in praise, protects us and that is protection from the attacks of the enemy.  Your mind is under battle, but it is one that you aren’t winning right now.  The Lord will make you victorious, but YOU HAVE TO LET HIM.  When you are focused on yourself, on your fear or on evil in the world, then you are allowing the enemy a foothold into your mind.  When you are only praising the Lord, then the enemy cannot get a foothold in your mind.  When you focus on God, when you drink deeply in His Word, then you have a shield to defend you against the arrows of the evil one.

We will continue to see this verse pop up in our healing as it paints a picture of our armor in the Lord so that we can stand.  Understand that at no place did it say “Put on the helmet of stressing” or “Keep your feet shod so that you can run out of the restaurant really quickly” or “Take up your shield…and used lighters and magazines and wrappers and newspapers and bottles and broken lamps and every bit of clothing you found on sale…’cause you might need them someday”.  No, our armor is not in ourselves, but in the Lord only.  Only He can save us, He knows the plans He has for us:

Jeremiah  29:11 For I have known the thoughts that I am thinking towards you — an affirmation of Jehovah; thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give to you posterity and hope.  YLT

We know that we focus on ourselves.  However, all throughout the Word, the Lord admonishes everyone to start focusing on Him.  He promises peace.  He promises to heal their land.  He promises hope and salvation.  But we must stop focusing on ourselves and focus on Him.  The Lord promises that you will not falter, that He is faithful.

So start praising Him today.  In praising Him, you take your focus off of you.  In praising Him, you cannot be swayed by the enemy.  In praising Him, you put your faith where it belongs—on the Lord, not yourself.  When you fully praise Him, you will know it—your focus will be so thoroughly on Him that you do not think about you.  In that moment you have freedom.  Feel it, understand it.  This will help you understand when you are “right” and when you are slipping.  And the more you focus on Him, the more you will be free.  The more you praise Him, the more you will trust Him.

Look for things to praise Him for this moment, and do not let your attention be swayed.  The enemy does not want you to praise the Lord, because that is glorifying the Lord.  You are not weak when you praise the Lord, but are dwelling in the strength of the Lord, focusing on His strength, not your own.  That is exactly what Paul was talking about when he said in:

2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  KJV

 

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