Quote (excerpts): ” The truth is that praising God is not an option. Praise has a powerful effect on the believer, the devil, and on God. It is our highest calling.
How does praise affect the believer? When we praise God, we are acknowledging that it is not our own efforts that produce blessings and prosperity. In Deuteronomy, chapters 7 and 8, the children of Israel are told to remember to thank God for the abundance they will receive. God, not their own efforts, gave them wealth. Praise makes us humble.
Thanksgiving is also a way to abound in faith. Any time we operate in a high degree of faith, praise is present. Colossians 2:6-7.
When you are believing God for something and it is completed, praise is a natural response. What some people often neglect is that they can increase their faith with praise, and their answers will come more quickly.
How do you keep from focusing on the problem when you are in pain or have no money? The most important thing you can do is praise God.
When we pray, we should begin with praise and end with praise. The Lord’s prayer gives us this example, and Philippians 4:6-7
Praise will build you up spiritually and keep you from crumbling, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh. 8:10).
Praising God doesn’t just affect us; it is a powerful weapon against the devil as well. Psalm 8:2. In the book of Matthew (21:16), at the time of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), Jesus quotes from Psalm 8. When he quoted this verse, he interchanged the words “perfected praise” for “ordained strength.” This is a tremendous revelation: Praise is strength (Neh. 8:10)!
Why does praise defeat Satan? Satan’s sin was jealousy of God. He is still driven by jealousy today (Is. 14:13-14).
The most important reason to praise God is that it ministers unto Him. Acts 13 describes a situation at the church in Antioch. Verse 2 says, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…
The truth is that God desires ministry. God is complete and self-contained, but He needs us to love Him.
Our number one priority must be to love God personally. Praise is giving of yourself to God — an intimate communion with Him.
Intimately knowing God is eternal life. Praise is a way to begin this love relationship with God. (John 17:3)”
Original article from Andrew Wommack. Read the full article here: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/effects_praise
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