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When you’re up against a struggle
That shatters all your dreams
And your hope’s been cruelly crushed
By Satan’s manifested scheme
And you feel the urge within you
To submit to earthly fears
Don’t let the faith your standing in
Seem to disappear

CHORUS:
Praise the Lord
He can work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord
For our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord
For the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you
That they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

Now Satan is a liar
And he wants to make us think
That we are paupers
When he knows himself
We’re children of the King
So lift up the mighty shield of faith
For the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ is risen
So the works already done

CHORUS:
Praise the Lord
He can work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord
For our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord
For the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you
That they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

 

I have changed my focus. or maybe I have focused. it seems for the last two years, since the beau was injured on the job, that our finances have been hit repeatedly, in little ways, just enough to keep the struggle going. like treading water, and waves keep hitting you in the face, and keep you from getting anywhere. but not really taking you down either. I have engaged in many spiritual battles over the years, and won them. I know how to wear the armour God has given me, and how to wield the Sword of the Spirit, and lift up the shield of faith. I know how to stand, after having done all. but this battle over financial matters has been a real bear. so, I have done some personal inventory, and casting out the attitude of angst that has crept in, much like a rotten order sometimes gets in and you don’t quite know from where or how. you have to open the windows, and let the wind blow through to clear out the musty stale, and let in the fresh.

so it is sometimes with battles that seem to go on and on, and you don’t see any progress. not that faith is by seeing, but at some point there has to be results. that is the point, isnt it? so I have opened up the windows to my heart, and am letting the breath of the Spirit blow though me like a wind. let it blow all the dead rotty attitudes and debris from the world that has cluttered up my mind and my heart. for out of the heart the mouth speaks, and out of the heart are the issues of life. death and life are in the power of the tongue. whats been on my tongue lately? I have gotten into some bad habits of speaking things that are … instead of doing like God and calling those things that are not as though they were. its how He brought about light in the first place.

im focusing now. im focusing on Him. im not focusing on the promises. im focusing on the Promise Giver. im filling my heart, and my mouth, with praise for Him. He inhabits the praises of His people. things happen when His presence is manifest on the scene! let me be the lens that focuses His light … like a laser!

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