Crushing Fear

Nothing crushes fear like praise… its the weapon of God against Satan that confuses and disarms him by the element of surprise. Satan uses lies to make our problems seem bigger than the solution we carry. When we praise God we surprise the enemy by revealing our solution… God is bigger than all problems and more than enough for us.

 

 We crush fear and release a growing love for God through praise (1 Jn 4:18).

 Praise means “to commend, to applaud or magnify”. For the Christian, praise to God is an expression of focused trust… lifting-up and glorifying the Lord as our source of Truth. It is humbling ourselves and centering our attention upon Jesus Christ, with heart-felt expressions of love, adoration, rejoicing and thanksgiving.

Fears are crushed at a heart level and revealed as the fruit of our lips (Heb 13:15).

 High praises and new songs released from deep within, bring our spirit into a pinnacle of fellowship and intimacy.  It “magnifies” our awareness that we are not in this battle alone.

Our praise invites God’s intervention! (Isa 42:10-13)

 Praise transports us into the realm of the supernatural, where we engage the power of God and it shows up upon our countenance. “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, oh Lord, in the light of Thy countenance” (Ps 89:15). Praise looks good on us!  There are many activities involved with praise to God; from verbal expressions to corporate declarations; like singing, playing instruments, shouting, dancing, lifting or clapping our hands. But true praise is not “merely” going through these motions. True praise sets our affections upon God, because it resonates at the heart. In this way it breaks our emotions free from becoming fearful of the enemy threat or the looming attack.

Crushing something means we break it into pieces. Pieces are easily blown away!

  Jesus spoke about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, whose praise was only an outward show and not from the heart. “This people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Mt 15:8). These were an anemic and weak people who chose to handle their problems by eliminating the source, but God wants to raise up a new generation of warriors who handle their problems with courage. Praise equips the soldier with courage and crushes fear because it magnifies God in the face of all challengers.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual enemies in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12). Praise crushes fear!  

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