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Praise as a Weapon: Taking Down Strongholds with a Joyful Song

Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.

The late evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke tells the story of how he was scheduled to speak in a certain town in Africa. The event was being held in a large auditorium and, from early in the day, people started flocking to the hall to hear the great evangelist speak. Unbeknownst to the organisers or Reinhard Bonnke, three witch doctors entered the auditorium and sat down in the front row. They intended to curse Bonnke by the power of their witchcraft. Because so many people were coming to Christ in their region, these witch doctors were losing business hand over fist so they planned to kill Bonnke by witchcraft. After a time of prayer in a side room, Reinhard Bonnke came on stage. Taking the microphone, the first word that came from his mouth was a hearty, hallelujah! At that, the three witch doctors jumped up, and screaming, ran from the hall. The power of praise. Indeed, praise is a powerful weapon. God’s word tells us that our battle is not against man but against evil demonic forces in heavenly realms (Ephesians 6: 12). And it says that the weapons we fight with are not of this world. Our weapons are supernatural and powerful enough for the tearing down of strongholds and taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. And praise is one of those weapons. So, hallelujah! Hallelujah is a word comprised of two Hebrew terms: hall? "Meaning joyful praise and Yah, a shortened form of God’s name, YHWH (Yahweh). Scripture also tells us that God inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3). This literally means that God lives in the praises of his people. Therefore, every time you shout a hallelujah you are creating a throne for Yahweh here on earth. God is enthroned in your songs of praise and where God is enthroned Satan cannot dwell. So, hallelujah! Hallelujah in the face of adversity. Hallelujah in times of celebration. Hallelujah all the time.

Do you have any adversity today; sickness, need, depression, anxiety or uncertainty? Listen: By his wounds, you have been healed.(1 Peter 2: 24)

God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4: 19)

He has given you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.(Isaiah 61:3)

Cast all your care upon him, for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5: 7)

Read the scriptures, meditate on them, and picture God doing what He said in those scriptures. God knows the plans he has for you, plans for a future filled with hope. So I say, hallelujah in the face of adversity!

Schedule a period or periods within your day to just praise God; lift up your voice and give God praise.

IT’S ALL IN THE BIBLE. READ ALL ABOUT IT. (NKJV) Get into the word of God and get the word of God into you! Ephesians 6:12 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 Psalm 22:3 1 Peter 2:24 Isaiah 61:3 1 Peter 5:7 Jeremiah 29:11

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About the Author

Dudley Anderson was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail Christian motivational thought called GodTracker and has complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker.

What is GodTracker? GodTracker is a weekly e-mail Christian motivational thought, written by Dudley Anderson, based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Listen to GodTracker podcasts by Dudley Anderson at,

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