The Power Of Praise
Let everything that lives sing praises to the LORD!
A friend was going through difficult divorce proceedings. Her whole life had fallen apart and she was at the point of despair and had actually decided to taker her own life.
But God intervened. A praise tape that one of my associates and I had produced was put in her hands by a loved one with the suggestion that she listen to it.
Shortly later, while driving alone in her car, she placed the tape in the tape player and began to listen. As the music and the praise began to come forth, God began to speak to her heart. As she continued to listen, all of the dark satanic powers that had been enveloping her were forced to flee because Satan wants nothing to do with praise of God and praise music. Some theologians believe that before he rebelled and fell, Satan was the great choir director in heaven, and now every time he hears praise music he flees.
I have no doubt that Satan hates praise and praise music and cannot stand to be around it. If you want victory over the devil, just began praising the Lord with your words and with music.
So as the lady was driving along, the Holy Spirit suddenly captured her out of Satan's clutches and away from his influence. Even though she was a believer she was influenced by the agents of darkness, as we all can be if we open ourselves up to his influence.
She found herself sobbing in tears and surrendering all in her life that had not been yielded to Christ. She had been living her own way and doing her own thing. Now she said, "Lord, I surrender all to you." That is what God was waiting for.
Love flooded her heart. She called her loved ones to say, "God has touched my life listening to this praise tape."
"Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,
praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD" (Psalm 150:3-5, NIV).
He is worthy.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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