But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:1-2, NKJV)
Praise changes things because it changes people. Praise negates the fears, the doubts, the self-pity that stifle your relationship with Me and with others. When you can praise Me in your darkest hours, you will have learned a most important lesson. The enemy cannot hold power over you when your heart is able to praise. Fix your eyes on the Victory – even though at present in this time of trial it may seem very distant. The fire will not destroy you – it will refine you by destroying the dross in your life. It will not consume you, although the enemy will whisper his lies in your ears to turn your attention away from My Power to overcome. I have heard your prayers and I am working in this difficult case to overcome what Satan has intended for evil. I will bring good things to pass – but you must keep your eyes fixed on Me and let My Word be a light upon your path. My Ways are not your ways but they are Higher Ways! Praise – and trust Me.
Anne S. White