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Praise - Essential:
2 Samuel 11
1. Now it came to pass in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
Just as General Joab made war on marauding tribes each spring, just so God expects that we will take the pro-active stance of making war on temptations that harrass us.
This kind of war not only requires us to submit actively to the Lord and resist the Devil, but this war also engages us in pro-active praise, where we praise God before-hand for victory over these tests.
How can I praise God when I am being tempted? you ask.
Praise is essential in this war with temptation because, by its very nature, temptation's aim is to catch you unawares and put you on the defensive.
But if you begin the day in God's presence, submitting actively to Him and being honest with Him about the temptations that harrass you, and then you praise Him for being Your mighty God, then your inner person is prepared before the temptation ever has a chance at you.
Praise also puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you are coming against the temptation before the test comes against you.
This is how General Joab made war on his physical enemies and this is how we make war on temptations and tests today in our kind of war.
Father, today I praise You because
I have the privilege of submitting to You and resisting the Devil:
all his pressures, his attacks, his deceptions,
every instrument or agent he would seek to use against me.
I do not submit!
I resist him, and drive him from me
and exclude him from my life
in the name of Jesus,
Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!