Worship is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons you have in your fight against the enemy. Remember, your fight isn’t with the people that contend with you. (Ephesians 6:!2) It’s a spiritual battle, every time, although Satan will use people to attack you, for sure! It’ll be a challenge to see past the human equation, to remember that the cruel words, the betrayals, the offenses, the pain and harm that people bring against you is really an attack of the enemy, but worship will help you keep perspective and stay focused and strong.
You were created to worship and if you will discipline yourself to respond in worship before you respond in the natural realm, you will facilitate the presence of God into your situation!
Paul and Silas were innocent of any crime and yet were taken captive and held in chains. In Acts 16, they set free a woman bound by the spiritual chains of witchcraft, and for it they were thrown into prison. Have you ever experienced something similar? Figuratively speaking has this felt like you? “A mob quickly formed against them and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.” (Acts 16:22-24) (!!) You were created to worship and if you will discipline yourself to respond in worship before you respond in the natural realm, you will facilitate the presence of God into your situation!
You know what happens next right? “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” (v. 25) Why do you think Paul and Silas were miraculously set free from jail? Because they worshipped? No. Worship didn’t tear down those walls, God did! His presence, because of worship, was in that place. Then the very people who held Paul and Silas turned and asked how they could be saved! The entire time Paul and Silas were in chains against their will, being perfectly innocent, the jailers and the other prisoners were listening to them worship. And when they were finally set free, did Paul or Silas go back to those who had accused them? Did they seek revenge? Did they call down fire from heaven? No. They went onward in Christ, and continued in the ministry and work of the Lord. That is your mission as well. Even in your chains, worship so the other captives and even those who have imprisoned you can hear it. They are listening! And when God sets you free, don’t go back. Go forward, walking in that freedom, and get busy setting other captives free!
Thought for today
Ministering to God in worship is a powerful phenomenon that contradicts and defies the human experience. Anyone can worship and be thankful when things are going well. But it takes a person of determination and grit to worship when it hurts, to be thankful when it feels like there is nothing to be thankful for! Don’t underestimate your enemy. He will do anything within his legal power to disconnect you from God. A.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. Nothing is off the table with Satan. Every evil work, every terrible nightmare he is allowed access to in this fallen world- he will use. Fight! Scream! Make war! Close yourself in and get alone with God. Do what you must to keep your connection to the Spirit of God open, and flowing and holy. You might be experiencing a “prison” season, but worship anyway. And God will break chains, tear down walls and terrify everyone in the room if He has to- to set you free! And then? Get to work!