Praise Is the Way to Bring God in on Your Side Against the Devil

Psalm 8:2
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

One thing we notice in the psalms of David is that he says a great deal about his enemies. If ever a man had enemies, it was David. But he had learned the secret of dealing with his enemies. He had learned the secret of evoking God’s presence and God’s help and here he reveals the secret very simply. It’s to offer God praise.

He says, “God has ordained from the lips of children and infants praise.” Children and infants are the weakest in the natural, but when praise comes from the lips of even the weakest; its effect is to silence the foe and the avenger.

The Bible shows us so clearly that every one of us has a foe, an avenger – someone who’s out to destroy us. His name is Satan. He’s the devil. He’s the accuser of the brothers. He’s the one who misrepresents us, who’s always against us, who misinterprets everything we do, who accuses us before the very throne of God. How can we stop him? How can we silence him? The answer is by praise. When praise ascends to God, it silences Satan. It silences his accusations. It stops his mouth and we have free, unhindered access to God. We live out our life without that continual condemnation of Satan’s accusations.

Remember, praise is the way to bring God in on your side against the devil.

Derek Prince
(1915-2003)

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Sowing and Reaping (Derek Prince)

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

There’s a warning against deceiving ourselves, imagining that we can sow one thing in life and reap something different, imagining that we can get away with things that God won’t see, that we won’t be caught up with the consequences of our actions. The Bible warns us this isn’t so. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

We know this is true in the natural realm. We know that if we plant an orange pip an apple will never grow. We know that if we sow maize, barley will never grow. What we sow is what’s going to come up out of it. So many, however, that see this in the natural don’t realize it’s equally true in the spiritual.

God has made the whole universe with the same principle – that what we sow we reap. If we sow unkindness, we’ll reap unkindness. If we sow selfishness, we’ll reap selfishness. If we sow bitter words, we’ll reap bitter words. But if we sow peace, we’ll reap peace. If we sow love, we’ll reap love. If we sow joy, we’ll reap joy.

Are you dissatisfied with your life? Are you dissatisfied with the way things are? Remember that what you are reaping is the result of what you have sown. If you want to reap differently, you’ll have to begin to sow differently. God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Derek Prince
(1915-2003)

The Extravagant Love of Jesus Christ

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son
[Jesus], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

God loved the world and He gave the life of His Son to redeem the world. But what God receives out of the world is the whoever: “whoever believes in Him shall not perish.” That total company of whoevers is the treasure in the field that Jesus
died to purchase. He redeemed the world for the sake of the whoever.

In Titus 2:14 we find the same truth presented again. It is speaking here about Jesus Christ:

. . . who gave Himself for us to redeem us [buy us back] from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.

That is the treasure, a people that are His very own who have been redeemed from the world—redeemed from wickedness, purified, and made zealous to do what is good. And the price was Himself: all He had, all He was. He laid down His life.

He gave Himself to buy that field for the sake of the treasure, His redeemed people.

Derek Prince
(1915-2003)

How Christians Should Being Their Day

Psalm 5:3
Morning by morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

How do you begin each day? Does your day begin with a scramble, with a flurry, with trying to do three different things at the same time? Do you find yourself often short of breath, short of temper, angry with your wife or husband, scolding the kids, unrestful, anxious, perplexed? Do you go out into the day unprepared, ill armed, not altogether confident of what lies ahead of you? The reason is you didn’t begin the day right.

Take a lesson from David. He says to the Lord: “Morning by morning, O LORD, you hear my voice.” The first thing David did each morning was to lift his voice to the Lord.

He goes on to say, “Morning by morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” That’s the wise way to begin the day. Lift your voice to God in prayer; lay your requests before Him. Set out before Him the things you are going to have to do that day. Commit to Him the problems, the difficulties you anticipate, and then, like David, you will be able to wait in expectation. You won’t be worried, fearful. You will be expecting the answers to those prayers that you committed to God in the morning.

Remember, that’s the secret. Begin each day by letting God hear your voice.

Derek Prince
(1915-2003)

True Security (Derek Prince)

Psalm 5:12
For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

That’s one thing very sure – God blesses the righteous. A lot of things today that we used to count on, we’ve found no longer absolutely sure. Many places that we’ve looked for security and certainty have failed us and let us down. Political solutions and financial solutions seem to be crumbling today. But there is one thing still sure in life, that God blesses the righteous.

We need to spend much more concern about making sure that our lives are right before God, that we qualify for that blessing of the Lord which He reserves for the righteous, which is only for the righteous. And then the psalmist says, “You surround them [the righteous] with your favor as with a shield.” God’s favor is toward the righteous and when we walk in His righteousness His favor is like a shield, like a protection around about us that shields us against the blows of life. It shields us against the pressures. It shields us against forces that are too strong for us. It shields us from harm and danger and evil.

What a blessing to walk in the favor of the Lord, to know His presence, to know His favor around about you as a shield. Remember, there’s one thing sure; God blesses the righteous.

Derek Prince
(1915-2003)