Yesterday morning, when I turned on my kitchen lights, I saw a trail of ants swarming around my countertops. The first thing that I did was look for the trail head. They were coming out of my electrical receptacle.
My first attack was to wipe out the trail scent with clove oil. The vapors disturbed the ants and they scattered. I sprayed them with clove oil and water to stop them in their tracks.
What a spiritual application! When we get an invasion of insidious thoughts we must take immediate action. We stop them in their tracks by praise. Praise defeats the enemy encroachment.
2 Chronicles 20 is a great example. I would encourage you to read the whole chapter. My summary: Judea was in eminent trouble. The enemy had come to do battle. King Jehosphaphat prayed. In verse 12 he said, “…For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
Verse 17 says, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you…”
Verse 21 says that the king appointed singers to go out before the army saying: Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever. Watch what happened. Verse 22 says, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people…and they were defeated.”
Praise is our mighty weapon. The enemy hates praise. Why? It is because our heart is lifted up to the One who redeemed us. The enemy of our soul hates to be reminded of his defeat at the cross.
Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”