Thinking Thursday: Praise

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.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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