For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)

There is one thing we MUST know and acknowledge as believers, and that is we are at war - no, not with one another, but with our enemy, the devil.  He is crafty and will do everything he possibly can to distract us from what's truly important.  He wants to trip us up, and keep our minds on things that really don't amount to anything in the grand scheme of things.   I've been there; more than likely you have, too.  Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?  Somebody said something that made you angry, and you devoted more mental energy to it than it deserved.  Or, a difficult situation you didn't see coming was laid in your lap.  Or maybe your thoughts wandered into the past, forcing you to second-guess yourself on a current assignment.  There is a name for all of this:  distraction!  Distraction is one of satan's best tricks he uses against us.  How do you handle it?  Do what David did in Psalm 69:30: "I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving."  Praising God is always in order, even in what seems to be the worst of times.   It's called a "victory song."  The person who made you angry is not your enemy. Keep it all in perspective; satan is the enemy, and while he has influence, he does NOT have all power - only God has all power. 

 Please remember this and be encouraged with it:   

Warfare praise and worship does not dictate to God what He should do, but acknowledges His power to act.

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