16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); 17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; 18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 19 Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (AMP).

It’s easy to display joy when everything is going as we like; the Scripture above refers to maintaining a joyous, worship-filled heart toward God the Father even in the midst of adversity. In other words, at the very point when Satan thinks he has you under his thumb, is the precise time to raise your voice and lift your hands in praise to God the Father. Furthermore, we aren’t to allow our emotions to dictate whether or not we “feel like” praising God.

In other words, we don’t allow the devil and his cohorts to host a pity-party in our honor. Rather, we “shout with a voice of triumph, shout with a voice of praise”. We are able to do so in the knowing that the devil is beneath all rendered sons & daughters of the Sovereign LORD God Almighty by the blood of Jesus the Anointed One. The devil is beneath because the Lord Jesus “having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” Colossians 3:15 (NIV).

It is because of Abba Father’s unconditional love for man (i.e., male, female) that “4 God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV). We are seated with Christ Jesus who God the Father placed “Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion . . .” Ephesians 1:21a (AMP). 

“Far above” necessarily means that everything else is underneath. Therefore, in the same way that the enemy persist in whispering that the things of God don’t belong to you, is the same persistence with which you need to make it loud and clear to the devil and his cohorts that you know who you are and Whose you are in Christ Jesus. Abba Father, may wisdom & revelation increase to such an extent that the manifestations by Your power through each of us (individually as well as corporately) open eyes blinded by darkness, for Your glory and honor with thanksgiving, in Jesus’ name, Amen.