I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s quite profound:
We need to understand praise, because I think maybe we’ve misconstrued it just a little bit. I don’t praise God because I’m sick, I praise God because He isn’t sick and He’s the source of my health. I don’t praise God because I’m broke, I praise God because He isn’t broke and He has all of the riches by Christ Jesus to share in my life. I don’t praise God because I’m unemployed, I praise God because He’s not unemployed and He has a plan and purpose for my life. You see, in other words I praise God for who He is, not what He does. And therefore when I come in thanksgiving I say, “Lord I praise you that I can come to you, you are bigger than this situation.”
Now Satan is suddenly way, way back out of the picture. I’m not focussing on him, I’m not trying to resist him, not in a tug-of-war with him, because I’ll lose. Now I’ve put Satan directly in contact with the Lordship of Christ. He’s a defeated foe. So now I stand under the Lordship of Christ and I say, “I resist you Satan.” And then notice what the scripture says, “And he will flee from you.” Absolutely no choice, no contest. That’s the message of the cross, he’s defeated.