Enter His gates with thanksgiving, enter His courts with Praise

Hi, my name is Cessna and I am a guest blogger today…my first ever blog in fact. I also happen to be Brent’s wife and I may chime in from time to time to share what God has laid on my heart for His people.  

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 “It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates his presence to men.” C.S. Lewis 

“Your praises cause demons to flee” were the phantom whispered words I awoke to one morning and they have been resounding in my mind ever since. (My God knows me…so he knows I need repetition and reminders. Thankfully, he’s patient.) My mind immediately raced to the scripture in Psalms 22 we have commonly heard “He inhabits the praises of His people.” So naturally, that would be a horrifying deterrent for our enemy. God, in all His glory and illuminating love, being in the midst of our praise and all.  But, what exactly is praise? Praise is to commend, glorify, bless, magnify. To proclaim the glorious attributes of God with thankfulness. Thanksgiving and praise are vital parts of prayer. They represent our faith, standing at attention…in action. They are weapons of our warfare. They are literally saying “yes” to God and all his promises. But, I have a suspicion that many Christian have forgotten how to fight…or were never told the truth of what they can lay hold of. 

 There are many scriptures I could reference, but I love the story in Acts when Paul and Silas were being wrongly persecuted. They didn’t despair, they began praying and singing praises to God. Can you imagine? They were the brunt of persecution, thrown in prison, beaten, then shackled, yet they were full of joy, peace…and SINGING. Suddenly, there was an earthquake that shook the prison and amazingly the doors flung open and all the captives were set free. Their praises became a powerful weapon.  Through trials and tribulation, rather it be sickness, loss, family problems or financial difficulties, our enemy will try everything to get us to focus on our problems. To take our attention off of Christ and onto ourselves. He’s craftily subtle though and for most of us it takes a lot less than a sound flogging and prison bars to get us to take our eyes off God. Satan is just as the bible describes him. A roaring lion, roaming around, seeking whom he may devour. Someone to pounce on the moment he sees a weakness, an open door. If we give him access, we crumble under the weight. But, if in our time of adversity, we choose to humble ourselves and Praise God, we magnifying Him over our problem. When we magnify Him and exalt Christ’s precious name we become a force to be reckoned with. In our weakness, He is strong. We become a channel for his power to operate in our circumstance. 

 Through praise and worship Paul and Silas were lifted above their circumstances and they entered into God’s presence, power and peace. Through praise, their hearts were lifted into the joyous presence and peace of God and provided God a channel for his power to operate. “Praise is a vehicle of faith which brings us into the presence and power of God.” Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful into him and bless his name. Psalms 100:4

 Praise is not to be left on the church steps on the way out. Praise was ordained to meet any difficulty. It is meant for everywhere, anytime. In Psalms 34:1 David sang “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be in my mouth.” Praise is hurling your faith at your mountain of adversity. And what can faith do? That’s right…Move mountains. When in the midst of trials, whatever it may be, if you can lay your flesh aside and humbly come before the father and worship Him in spirit and in truth(John 4:24) praising Him and all that He is, with a thankful heart, you can’t lose the fight. You can’t because God will be there in the midst, working the good for those who love Him.(Romans 8:28) 

 So, if I have encouraged even one person (aside from myself) to strive to become a person of continual praise, then you are who I wrote this for. We serve an awesome God who wants us in a place of victory, not defeat. He must truly love us a lot to continually remind us without ceasing. There is power in the name Jesus. Let us become more aware of His presence
Let us experience the glory of His goodness. May His praise continually be on our lips.

~Cessna Kelley

Majesty worship His Majesty 
Unto Jesus, be all glory,
Power and praise 
Majesty, Kingdom authority 
Flow from His throne, 
Unto his own, His anthem raise. 

So exalt, lift up on high
The Name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify,
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His Majesty 
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all Kings.


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