OVERCOMING FEAR THROUGH PRAISE

In my last post, I talked about overcoming fear. I would like to continue along these lines today because as I mentioned, fear is the mother of all limitations. It can make you ineffective if it is not dealt with early and correctly.

Fear is a spiritual force, it is not something you see with your eyes but its effects are felt physically. In fact, the spirit of fear can dominate an entire generation or nation.

Since it is a spiritual force, it will need another spiritual force that is greater in its impact on the three main aspects of man (spirit, soul and body) to overcome it.

Praise to God is a force that can do just that. It is an antidote to fear. Psalm 149: 6-9 says

“May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people.”

What a powerful statement, praise is a weapon against fear, praise to God transfers the focus from your fears and puts them on God. Praise opens doors that dispels the odor of fear from a situation. In fact when we praise God in times of fear, we invite a higher power (God) to delve into our situation.

There is a familiar  story in the bible about a King who was faced a frightful situation. His name was Jehoshaphat and his story is recorded in 2 Chronicles 20. A vast army had gathered to destroy Judah his kingdom and the king being so afraid immediately went to seek God’s  counsel concerning the matter.

The answer from God was direct, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”[2 Chronicles 20:15).

God further commanded Jehoshaphat to deploy men to go ahead of the army singing praises to God as they approached their enemies. Can you imagine facing a mighty army with a choir matching ahead of the marines? It beats your imagination right?

The bible says that as they began to sing and praise God, God set ambushes against Jehoshaphat’s enemies. Without a single physical weapon raised, God destroyed the enemy.

Friends, God is in the business of rescuing us from our fears, in fact the bible says that He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a disciplined mind. Don’t run away from your fears, approach them and as you   praise God, thank Him for delivering you and you will see your fears removed. God bless.

Decision for today: Lord I will continue to praise you in spite of the fears or issues that surround me.

Question for today: When last did you praise God?

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