One of the things you can never truly know about yourself is how you’re going to react to extreme circumstances – until you’re faced with them. You know the adage: “Fight, flight or freeze”? I’m going to add one more to that: FAITH. We all face the pain and troubles of life, but we don’t all face them the same way. Some rage. Some cower. Some tremble. Some hide. Some fight. Some flee. For most people, our reaction to anxiety, fear, shock, stress, trauma and difficulties depends on what is going on inside and outside of us – and how high the stakes are. For example, you would react very differently to someone carjacking you and taking off with your kids inside the car than you would to being fired from your job.
While many unexpected things happen in life, how you respond to the external forces of life is very telling of the internal forces at work inside of you. That is not to say that if you overreact or if something traumatizes you that it’s a sign that your walk with the Lord is on shaky ground – no! It means that the only way to prepare ahead of time for the tough seasons in life is from the inside. I say this all the time, and will continue to do so: Worship is a lifestyle. Just like you wouldn’t step into a war zone without as much training as possible on how to use your weapons, how to keep your wits about you and how to respond to attacks, you shouldn’t think you’ll be any more successful at stepping into life without proper “training”!
If you’re a worshipper now, having honed your instinct to turn to the Lord in worship in all things, then when the battle comes, you’ll be ready and you’ll know how to respond to the enemies that come against you.
Fight. Flight. Freeze. Faith. Worship is your training. Worship hones your spiritual instincts to react how God needs you to react in battle. A lifestyle of worship is what you’re going to fall back on when it’s time to retreat, or regroup, or take refuge under the shadow of His wing. If you’re a worshipper now, having honed your instinct to turn to the Lord in worship in all things, then when the battle comes, you’ll be ready and you’ll know how to respond to the enemies that come against you. Start today! In Psalm 91, the Psalmist wrote, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”
Thought for today
You “set your love” upon the Lord in worship – and His Word promises that He will honor that. Worship is how you stay connected to the Spirit of the Lord. His Spirit will give you everything you need – even words about what the future holds, if the Lord needs you to know that (John 16:13). Your job is to stay connected to Him and fight for that connection every day, every moment, if need be. Don’t let anything break it. Not lies from the enemy about your worthiness, not being too busy, not self-consciousness, not grievances against yourself or another person – nothing. Get into to worship now, before the battle begins. Worship is the winning strategy!! Fight. Flight. Freeze. Faith. Train yourself to win! Today, take a few minutes to read Psalm 91 and reflect on the power and the promises of God to save you amid the battle! ❤