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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.

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  • December 02, 2011 12:31 AM


    Dr. Stanley, this article was right on time! I really needed to read this tonight. There is so much to thank God for; even through the trials and difficulities we face. He is sovereign and has everything under control. One of my favorites scriptures: Phillippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (KJV)
  • November 28, 2011 03:39 PM


    God Bless You and Your messages
  • November 26, 2011 05:10 AM


    I have never seen gratitude as a warfare. With the reality of bad things being so obvious, and the uncertainty of our future so great, it has really been very hard for me to be thankful. But now I know I need to put on this weapon of thanksgiving. Thank you for this Bible Studies.
  • November 25, 2011 07:40 PM


    sthank your for the word of GOD and helping us to understand GOD and HIS word; What a blessing you are to the body of Christ. I am searching for a church home where the word of GOD is taught and the Pastor has a shepherds' heart and desires to see the people build, grow and develop a relationship with GOD; I appreciate the sermon cause I need a new car; I was planning to decorate and set up my family with some furniture; but the need for reliable transportation is greater; so your sermon on giving thanks in the hard times; has blessed me; so thank GOD; my car was 11 years old and GOD wants me to have his best; so thank GOD all things are working together for my good. cause I love GOD
  • November 24, 2011 02:53 AM


    Your sermon was just what I needed to see the possibility of a greater purpose for God's work. The Sunday School class that I have been teaching for the last year was shut down with much hostility by the Spiritual Coordinator, stating it was a "conflict of interests" for me to teach the youth that I work with everyday. Although it has greived my spirit and deeply saddened the class, it is my hope that a thankful and prayerful heart will open the door for all our youth to have classes. Please be in prayer as we allow God to work all things out for His greater Glory!
  • November 20, 2011 04:04 PM


    thankyou dr.stanely i went to church today and the topic was exactly the nature of giving thanks in trouble times as well as any other times im so very grateful to be validated in the knowing confidence fellowshipping has truly help me develop so many trusting ways to let go and let God. In the name of Jesus The Mack Family
  • November 19, 2011 04:43 PM


    eu compreun livro seu ,quando o inimigo ataca, goi uma bençao. vc não te un outro livro que fala do mesmo tema ,mais atualisado en portugues por favor.
  • November 11, 2011 02:11 PM


    Thank You, Dr Stanely. Thanks for Your work in The Word to bring us applicable Truths!! Love Your Work!!! Thanks & GOD Bless You & Your Ministry, in The Mighty Name of JESUS, Amen....
  • November 03, 2011 07:49 PM


    can I post this on my Facebook page for my friends to see and learn?
  • November 01, 2011 08:40 PM


    Thank You. This is an inspiration and blessing to me.

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