GUYS.

#9 ALREADY.

It’s going so fast! *sniffs*

I can’t wait for the finale. *rubs hands excitedly*

Oh, and the conference ended yesterday! It. Was. Amazing.

My favorite evangelist (well, besides my dad 😉 ), Jonathan Shuttlesworth, showed up there and rocked. the. house. multiple mornings! There he is in the picture above. Russell Evans from Planetshakers came, too. It was awesome!

Alright. Moving on. The ninth way to kick the devil’s butt in your everyday life is to…

What is praise and worship?

Psalm 34:1

I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

The dictionary definition of praise is…

praise

to express one’s respect and gratitude toward [someone]

When we praise God, we’re expressing our respect and our gratitude toward Him (gratitude = thankfulness). We’re thanking Him for what He’s done for us, and let me tell you — He’s done so much more than we could ever praise Him enough for!

The dictionary definition of worship is…

worship

to show reverence and adoration for [someone]

Reverence = respect; adoration = adoring

Worship is just a little deeper than praise. If you listen to a worship song, you’ll notice it is generally a little slower than a praise song.

How do we use this to kick the devil’s butt?

In the morning, noon, night, in church, out of church, driving down the road, in the shower, reading this blog post right now! It just has to come out of our mouths. We have to open it and begin to praise.

When we grumble, gripe, complain, criticize, and say things that contradict the Word of God, we create an atmosphere where the devil can come into our lives. Our words can release the power of darkness into our lives, so we must be careful about what we say (Proverbs 18:21). I mentioned a little of this on the first way to kick the devil’s butt in your everyday life.

It’s hard to praise when we’re grumbling, griping, complaining, or criticizing. Every time we open our mouths, we can either praise or complain. When we do praise, we release words into the atmosphere that the devil can’t stand.

When I taught about this in a sermon I did called The Weapons of our Warfare, and I said this: “When we use this and all the other weapons, the devil has no power over our lives!” … so when we use this to kick the devil’s butt along with all these other ways, the devil has no power over our lives!

How does it benefit us?

You mean kicking the devil’s butt benefits us? YES!

Did you know that in Heaven, we’ll be praising the Lord all the time? That means when we praise Him here on earth, we’re releasing the divine atmosphere of Heaven into our lives, as well as the very presence of God! God always responds to those who are hungry according to…

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

With praise comes joy! That’s why the devil hates it. You think he likes it when you get full of joy? No way! Why? Because Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Even in the hardest times of your life, if you can get full of joy, you’re gonna make it through, kicking the devil’s butt all the way. 😎 He cannot stop you.

Look at Psalm 34:1 again!

Psalm 34:1

I will bless the Lord at all times, and his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Did you know that praising and worshipping the Lord not only blesses Him, it also blesses us?

My pastor praught preached some on the subject of praise and worship yesterday, which confirmed this message on my heart to share today. My pastor’s granddaughter mentioned that when you listen to most songs that are not praise or worship songs, you can feel the depression on them. They’re not full of the joy of the Lord or thankful to Him and what He’s done. I’m glad my phone is not filled with worldly, sinful, depressing music. I don’t want to listen to stuff that drains me.

But when we begin praising and worshipping the Lord, we’re full of joy and are blessed! Isaiah 26:3 says that God will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on the Lord because he trusts in the Him. When we’re focused on God and not on our problems, the devil better watch out! When we keep our eyes on God and and the great places we’re headed (because where we are right now is not where we’re going to say), oh man. The devil’s not going to know what to do with this generation of devil butt-kickers!

So let’s praise the Lord and kick some devil butt!

Do you love to praise the Lord? Have you ever heard of Planetshakers? They have some super cool praise music. What are some of your favorite praise and worship songs?

P.S.

I was out in our front yard watching some sprinklers today when I heard a tiny voice. “Hey! Hey!”

I turned around, not seeing anyone.

“Hey! Heeeeey!” The voice squealed again.

When a nearby branch whacked me in the face, I jumped back with a “woah!” Peering closer, I noticed a tiny little cream-colored spider wrapping up a helpless victim was laughing at having startled me.

“What was that for?” I demanded.

The spider shrugged two of its eight little legs. “Sorry. You’re Madi, right?”

I nodded, wondering how the spider knew my name.

“Tell all of your online friends Happy Memorial Day. You can’t forget that today.”

I gawked at the spider, dumbfounded. I had forgotten to add a Happy Memorial Day wish when I typed up my Mondays with Madi post. “You’re right. Thanks for reminding me.” Then a curious thought struck me as a nearby sprinkler soaked the seat of my pants. “How do you know it’s Memorial Day? You’re a spider.”

The spider grinned at me, pointing to its webbed victim. “Besides the flag you have hanging outside your house, I fought a long war with this little bug so I could eat it. I’m a veteran.”

Happy Memorial Day!