One of the most powerful and effective tools Satan will use as you walk in relationship with the Lord is your own sense of self. Self-consciousness in worship is a strategy of Satan to disconnect you from the Lord because it often pushes itself in front of our God-consciousness and we wonder who is watching, or listening or what we must look like or sound like to others. Then, we struggle to really put our true feelings on display before the Lord. If only we could all find the courage to worship the Lord in front of others the way we worship Him in the car or shower!
Satan knows that your passionate worship testifies of Jesus Christ so he actively works to shut you down with the fear of others’ opinions.
In 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 Paul wrote, “For observe your calling, brothers. Among you, not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty men, and not many noble men were called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” It is in the “foolish” things that the greatness of God is put on display! Satan knows that your passionate worship testifies of Jesus Christ so he actively works to shut you down with the fear of others’ opinions. It’s a lie and it will prevent you from stepping out in faith and being a living witness to the world of the greatness of God.
Will passionate, expressive worship and ministry to the Lord always be comfortable? No, not every time. Will it cause people to look at you funny? Possibly. Will it bless God? Absolutely! And really, that’s all that matters. In the book of Romans, (1:21) Paul noted that people who knew God “did not glorify Him or give thanks to Him as God, but became futile in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” See the lie from Satan? He says you’ll look foolish, but the Word of God says that you were created to worship, so really, avoiding worship or refusing to worship even stifling your passion in worship is the foolishness! Satan knows the “foolish” things are exactly what will overtake and disprove and make a mockery of the wisdom of man, his wisdom. No one likes to feel foolish, but if you are foolish for the sake of worshipping the Great King Above all Gods, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the Lion and the Lamb… who cares?! Yes, they are watching, but so is God!! <3
Thought for today
“Their foolish hearts were darkened,” Paul wrote. Failure to prioritize worship in your walk with the Lord is wrong thinking. Over time, the less you worship, the less connected to the Lord you will be, further from His light. No, you won’t lose your salvation or become possessed by Satan, but your ability to see past the darkness will be stunted, you’ll be less sensitive to the illumination of His Word, and to “walk in the light” as He is in the light. (1 John 1:5-7) It’s not a threat- it’s a warning! Stay close to the light of God’s Spirit by worshipping Him. Worship is what attracts Him; it is what draws Him near. In the darkness of this world, you’ll need as much light as you can get if you’re going to navigate it successfully. The foolish ones are those who refuse to worship and acknowledge God, and then drift away from His light. If the rest of the world sees worship as foolishness, you know you’re doing something right!