Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4
On Monday we noted the importance of fellowshipping with God on a daily basis and on Tuesday we discussed 4 reasons to establish a deep and intimate relationship with God with the third being that praising and focusing on Him is an act of spiritual warfare. This is a very important truth! So often people want to be delivered from various bondages or cast out demons they feel are operating through others. Remember though in Luke 10:19 when Jesus told His disciples that He had given them power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy? He followed that statement up with "but don't rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven" (Luke 10:20 NLT). While the Bible does admonish us to conduct spiritual warfare by binding, loosing, and casting out demons, we are not to become so demon oriented that we focus more on demons than on God. There is a fine line in doing this and if we are not careful, we can get into flesh. In Him is where the power for any deliverance lies. Throughout the Gospels while Jesus was here on earth, He preached about the Kingdom of God. While he did heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons, His focus was on God. James 4:7 reminds us to submit yourselves therefore to God and resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The focus in this verse is again on God first. Remember in 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 that as the people of Israel focused on God by praising Him and not their enemy, God wrought them a great victory! As we focus on God through his Word, prayer, and most importantly praising Him, we conduct spiritual warfare and every other illness, lack, or problem will flee!