Last week, I shared the amazing testimony of how God miraculously healed my wife and blessed us with a beautiful family. I encouraged you to see your need as an opportunity for God to display His greatness. This week, I’d like to share some important keys about fighting the good fight of faith.
If you’re facing an obstacle, it’s important to find some Bible scriptures that contain a promise of victory in that area. Then, with the assurance of that promise, begin to praise God for meeting your need. If you’re sick in your body, praise God that “by His stripes, we are healed” (Is. 53:5). If you’re struggling financially, praise God because “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). If you worry about everything, praise God that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).
So many times, we only praise God for the works He has done, but we should also praise Him for the good things he has in store for us. Praise God before you are delivered. Praise Him before you are healed. Praise God before you see victory. Praise Him before your prayers are answered. You have God’s promise, so the answer is on the way!
We can learn a lot about praising God in faith from an account in Second Chronicles chapter 20. King Jehoshaphat of the nation of Judah received word that enemy armies were coming to attack his nation. Wisely, the king ordered his people to seek the Lord, and as they did, the Spirit of the Lord answered, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” The people of Judah responded by praising the Lord “with voices loud and high.” The next day, King Jehoshaphat appointed certain men to march in front of his army and simply sing praises to God. “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, and they were defeated” (2 Chron. 20:22).
What an awesome scripture! You see, just as the Lord promised victory to the people of Judah, He has promised us victory in His word. As we praise God for the victory, He “sets ambushes” against the works of Satan, and we see our victory come to pass! You may be going through a storm right now, but you don’t have to be discouraged, worried, or afraid. Receive the words God spoke to the people of Judah as His own promise to you today. God says, “The battle is not yours, but Mine.” So, go ahead now and praise the Lord for already making you victorious! Unleash the power of God to fully operate in your life. I promise you will never be the same!