How do you overcome adversity with God? You overcome it by holding onto your faith. Paul said it this way, “lift up your tired hands then, and strengthen your trembling knees! Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed.” Hebrews 12:12-14
Praise is a powerful weapon in times of adversity because it challenges that adversity. When we praise, we draw the strength of God to operate in our lives, the same way the woman with the issue of blood stretched out to touch the hem of Christ’s garment.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘ Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out of me.’ Luke 8:45-46.
I believe that when we praise God in times of adversity, we activate His power in that situation. We do this because praise in times of adversity is a powerful symbol of faith. The scriptures say that we cannot please God without faith. For whoever comes to God must believe that He exists and richly rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews, 11:6).
Three Accounts in The Bible That Prove Faith is a Powerful Weapon
- Paul and Silas praised! [Acts 16:25] The account of Paul and Silas is one of the most potent examples of the power of praise. The two men were praying and singing hymns to God. Suddenly, a violent earthquake occurred and shook the foundations of the prison.
2. The fall of Jericho [Joshua 6]. “Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in,” (Joshua 6:1). The fall of Jericho is proof that there’s nothing that God cannot do. The Israelites were told to march round the city’s walls for six days. On the 7th day, they were to blast on the trumpets and give a loud shout.
When Christians praise, we usually incorporate instruments such as a trumpets. We also give shouts of praise. Therefore, this story is proof that you can set some days to engage in prayer and praise when faced with adversaries. Do this while studying scripture. The results will astonish you.
3.As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning [Exodus 17:8-16]. This scripture talks about a battle that occurred in the wilderness between the Israelites and the Amalekites. For as long as Moses lifted his hands, the Israelites won the battle.
Lifting of hands is another practice that Christians do when they praise. To me, lifting of hands is a sign of acknowledgment of a higher power. When you’re facing adversity, lift up your hands to the higher power and praise God because, by His strength, you shall overcome.
There are many other powerful stories and scriptures talk about God’s sovereignty in all circumstances. This sovereignty is the reason why we praise Him even in times of adversity.
When we choose to praise God, we also act in obedience to the words in Proverbs 3:7-31. “Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.”
Have you ever tried to praise God when you are worried, in fear, or doubt? Have you ever praised God when in adversity?
When you do, you realize that it is good medicine, healing your spiritual wounds and pain.
Happy October! Let’s forge ahead with hope! Our God is a God who changes things. God is mighty to save.
Song of the week: You raise me up.