Earth Shaking, Doors Opening, & Breaking Free! Acts16:26


By JeanSkurtz   "Let's Just Praise The Lord!"

There's a song that has been around for over 25 years. Hearing it and singing it over and over again still brings victory and joy through the Holy Ghost. It's a song that Russ Taff sang and the Imperial's still sing; it's called “Praise The Lord”. Those three words when put into action are powerful and life changing. Praise is truly key in winning spiritual warfare.

I would like to share a short personal testimony of such a victory in my life. When I was a teenager I was diagnosed with bipolar depression. I even tried to take my own life twice before I turned 18. Into adulthood I allowed life situations and struggles to worry me causing so much doubt and fear. I spent many years believing I was useless and a failure. During it all Jesus found me and filled me with His Holy Spirit (Later on , I was taught and received the precious truth of who Jesus is, and was re-baptized in Jesus Name). Yet, I was still living under the cloud of defeat and low self esteem.

One day while I was in church , I was feeling miserable about something going on in my life at the time, as well as ruminating over my past. While others around me were singing, clapping, shouting, and praising, I stood behind the pew crying and praying for the Lord to help me. Feeling powerless, I sat down and opened my Bible hoping that the Lord would speak words of wisdom and comfort to lift my spirits. What I received from the Lord that day would change my outlook on life forever!

In Exodus 17: 9-12 the Israelites fought a battle against the Amalekites. And the Lord did something quite miraculous. Moses lifted up his hands until he could lift them no more. His friends, Aaron and Hur, had to hold Moses's arms up for him. They had noticed an important pattern in the midst of their battle. Every time Moses' arms were lowered the Amalekites prevailed. But, every time Moses' arms were raised the Israelites were victorious!

As I was flipping through the pages of the Bible that morning, the Holy Ghost redirected me. He said, “Put the Bible down. Stand up and praise Me! Lift up your hands and sing!”. The Lord had reminded me of Moses lifting up his arms and winning that battle. I learned that day that praise is the key to victory. God is bigger than anything that can come my way. When we give praise we are opening doors for the Lord to fight the enemy for us! When we praise the Lord we are allowing Jesus to come in and be our Comforter, our Rock, our Provider, our Healer, our Strength, our Song. He is everything we need.

“By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15. Praise God even when you don't feel like it. When the devil has you convinced that you are defeated and there is no way out of a situation praise Him anyhow. That's the sacrifice of praise.

The devil is out in this world trying to take away our joy in the Lord (1 Peter 5:8). He is seeking to devour God's people. Years of habitual thinking and familiar feelings still affect me sometimes. But, now I have a choice and so do you. Just like Moses, we have the choice to accept defeat and lower our hands because of heaviness; or, we can raise them and win battles in the Name of Jesus Christ. Just like Moses, we have friends who are there to help lift them up through prayer. I choose to sing “, lift up the mighty shield of faith for battle must be won. We know that Jesus Christ is risen so the works already done. Praise the Lord...”!