Many Christians go to church on Sunday’s and worship and sing praises to God, and share testimonies and give Him the glory for all the good things in their lives. And God receives all the glory, which is a good thing because He deserves it. But then, many will turn their allegiance around during the week and constantly give praise to the devil.
We really have to STOP giving the devil so much glory!
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” … Matthew 6:24
We might not speak the words directly, but we do it through the things we say and do, and through the attitude that we portray to others, especially during trials. We need to realize that our words reflect what’s in our heart. We need to be aware of what’s coming out of our mouth.
“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” … Matthew 15:11
One of the most common ways that we give the enemy praise is to constantly talk about the bad things that are going on in our lives. Yes, we may need to talk about them to get advice and direction through them. In fact, God tells us to confide in one another for help.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” … James 5:16
But too often, Christians like to just talk about these situations as a point of conversation. Some Christians even carry a ‘woe is me’ complex and just talk non-stop about their problems to anyone who will listen. The devil is in his glory because HE is more important than God to these people, and he will never allow an answer to come through because he’s just basking in this glory. When we talk (or brag) about all the negative things that are going on in our lives we are giving the devil the glory, and since the problems he gives us earn him all the praise, we can expect more. And the sad part of all is that the words we speak are a reflection of what is in our heart. In other words, we don’t have faith in God to heal us.
The devil does not care about people; he does not have any feelings or regrets for any of the destruction that he does to people. In fact, he enjoys it immensely. It’s his job and he does it well.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy.” … John 10:10
We need to change our words so that they give glory to God. And how do we do that? Should we praise God that we’re sick or dying, or that we just lost our job or that our marriage is falling apart? Of course, not. We wouldn’t – and we couldn’t – because it’s likely not God who has done them to us so we can’t give Him praise for something that He didn’t do.
BUT, we can give Him the praise for the promises He’s given us in His word and for the hope that He will deliver us out of our troubles.
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18
We need to recognize and acknowledge our problems and stop holding on to them and praising the devil for them. We need to give them to God because He told us to give them to Him so that He can take care of them.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” … 1 Peter 5:17
And then we need to STOP talking about the problems as if we still had them, as if they will never be solved, as if we don’t believe that God can and will honor His Word and take care of them as He’s promised. Too many of us continue to whine and complain and carry on as if our problems will never be resolved. And of course, they won’t be.
Why? Because when we continue to complain about them and talk about them, we continue to give the devil glory for them and he’s not going to let up because he enjoys our praises. And God can’t do anything to help us because our negative words and attitude says that we do not trust Him, and that we’d rather have the devil around than Him.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” … Hebrews 11:6
We keep the problems, talk about them and get empathy from people rather than give them to God. And until we’re ready to repent and come back to God our Father, we’re on our own. And the devil is laughing at God because one of His children would rather praise him instead of the Lord.
What we need to do is treat our Heavenly Father like a father, with the same love, trust and reverence that we would give to our earthly father. We need to come to Him and pour out our heart to Him and ask for His help. We need to understand that the devil is the ruler of this world and that we don’t have the brains or the brawn to defeat him on our own. The sooner we realize that we need God to be involved in every aspect of our life, the sooner we’ll start to live like real Christians.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” … Ephesians 6:12
So when things come against us such as sickness, we don’t praise God that we’re sick. Instead, we come to God in prayer and with faith and we talk to Him about the sickness; remind Him of His word such as Isaiah 53:5 where He says that “by His stripes we were healed”, and we give Him the sickness and then thank Him for healing us. After that we come to Him and just praise Him and thank Him for healing us according to His promise. And God is faithful to His Word.
“Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” … Psalm 119:90
If we’re going to talk about the things that challenge us and that stress us, why not speak in a positive way and say that God is working on them and that we know we’ll rise up and get the victory through them because of Him. Let’s not give the devil any more glory for giving us the problems. He’s just doing his job. Instead, let’s give God ALL THE GLORY by being faithful to Him and to His promises. Let’s give God the glory and let’s praise Him to everyone we see; let’s be a witness and a testimony of His love toward us.
Let’s spend more time in the Bible and learn who God is and who we are in Him so that when problems arise – and they will – we’ll have the faith to automatically and without hesitation take them to God in prayer and then trust Him to do what He knows is best for us. Let’s focus our thoughts and our words on God so that instead of giving the enemy glory, they will cause others to see the goodness of God in the land of the living, and they’ll bring people to Christ and give God the glory that He deserves.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” … Philippians 4:8