Gratitude as Warfare
READ 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
One of our strongest temptations in times of trial—especially during a spiritual attack—is to respond in our flesh. Anxiety, self-pity, and resentment seem justifiable. But when Satan targets the vulnerable places in our heart or threatens our confidence in God, his goal is to get us to agree with his lies and focus on the seemingly overwhelming situation. This remarkable story during King Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah reveals the spiritual power of practicing gratitude in the midst of the worst possible situation.
1. When Judah was under attack, how did the king show his strength, and why did his actions ultimately lead to the people’s deliverance?
2. Imagine that you were one of the psalm-singers marching out before the army of Judah. How would you have felt going toward the enemy during the battle and then afterward as you returned home?
3. Sometimes we don’t feel like praising God, but when we engage our will to do so, the heart gradually opens up to natural thanksgiving as we begin to recognize His goodness. Take a few moments to put this into practice, thanking the Lord for as many things as you can think of.
Consider these related passages of Scripture and what they reveal about the act of giving thanks.
- Psalm 118:1-17, 19. Giving thanks turns our focus from self to the Lord’s greatness and love.
- 1 Timothy 2:1-4. Giving thanks opens our eyes to see the world and people around us from God’s point of view.
- Psalm 30:11-12. Giving thanks strengthens the spirit.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Giving thanks destroys the power of Satan’s deceptions and keeps him from getting a foothold in our life.
- Philippians 4:6-8. Giving thanks clears our mind to hear God’s voice and empowers us to act on what He says.
- Acts 16:22-34. Giving thanks bears witness to God’s glory and draws others to see who He is.