One of the most important keys that will make it possible for us to walk in Heavenly Culture is our praise. Acts 17:6 talks about how Christians are those who turn the world upside down. As worldly people, we are prone to feeling sorrowful, disappointed and even angry towards God when things don’t work out the way we would like . The last thing I want to do when something goes awry in my life is praise God… however, the presence of praise is voiced continually in heaven.
- Revelations 4:6 Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Therefore, it is our heritage as citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom that our voices should also be lifted up in praise to our Lord.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
The Lord tells us here that we are to HAVE an attitude of joy, thanksgiving and prayer at all times, no matter what the conditions or circumstances are that surround us.
CLEARING THINGS UP: This verse does not mean that we are to thank God for bad things and tragedies that come our way. It means that we are to remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we shall overcome no matter what the devil is trying to do to us. The Lord does not want us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us because He did not send them. He is NOT the author of evil. We are not to become bitter over life’s circumstances, but rather to continue to rejoice in the Lord. It is the will of God for us to rejoice no matter what comes. It is not the will of God to receive evil things as from Him. It is an insult to God to thank Him for accidents, sickness, tragedy, etc. He does not send those things to us, the devil does.
- James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We are to love and rejoice in the Lord in spite of what the devil tries to do to us.
UNDERSTAND: That one of Satan’s most common tricks is to send something bad into someone’s life in order for us to and blame it on God. If he can get people to believe it is from the Lord, he has an easier time convincing them of his next lie, that God has failed them and deserted them. He follows this up with a further lie, “Why go on serving a God who does these kinds of things to you?” Satan’s real target is to destroy our faith in God. He just attacks different areas to get at different people.
Our prayers should be in an attitude of praise even in the midst of our trials. We should lift our voices and praise the Lord like this,“Father, I praise You and love You, and no matter what the devil is doing to me I know that You shall bring me through victoriously! Show me what I need to do, Lord. Show me the door that I have opened to the enemy. I resist him in the name of Jesus, and I command him to leave with all of his oppression and attacks. Jesus, You are the Lord of my life, and I submit to You and will never deny You no matter what happens. Praise God!”.