We discover from scriptures that praise is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons that provoke the acts of God, yet, many are not aware of its potency.
On the other hand, those who know are yet to experience the benefit embedded in it. We must understand that while there are several wonders in praise, there are also enemies of praise which stops the acts of God in our lives.
This is because it is acceptable praise that works! Erroneously, many people sing without actually praising God. They sing for different reasons and with different motives, which make their songs of no effect.
Thus, it is one thing to engage in praise and another for our praises to be acceptable.
To experience the wonders of praise, we must understand what it takes to make it acceptable. Thus, it is important to note certain hindrances to praise which we must watch against. What then are the Enemies of Praise?
•Murmuring and Complaining: It is written: Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer (1 Corinthians 10:10). No matter how legitimate our reasons, “neither murmur ye…” No reason is acceptable to God for complaining.
The shortest way to getting destroyed and seeing no results is to have a case against God. When we stop seeing what God has not done, everything keeps getting done in our favour. It’s time to recognise that it is dangerous to give room to murmuring and complaining.
Every time we murmur, we invite the destroyer. Everything we murmur about never grows, rather it diminishes. When murmuring stops, accomplishment begins. When complaining stops, triumph begins.
When we complain to men, we secure sympathy but when we complain to God, we incur His anger (Numbers 11:1). There is nothing to complain about but there is everything to praise God for.
• Spirit of Heaviness: Heaviness is a spirit. It is one of the key strategies of satan to strip God’s people naked. He knows that with heaviness, God is absent and when God is absent, we become a cheap prey in his hands.
It is written: …the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… (Isaiah 61:3).
The reason the devil steals joy is to make victims of men but we have the gift of joy from the Most High God. He has not withdrawn it. If it is not seen, satan has stolen it.
Satan calculates heaviness for God’s people because he knows no one can stop the fiery acts of God when man is giving Him quality praise. That is why we must fight heaviness more than we fight any other sin.
• Discontentment: Until we are satisfied with Jesus, we will never smell contentment. Our satisfaction with Jesus is what provokes heaven to satisfy us.