Today I believe the Lord want to encourage your heart, ignite your faith and empower your worship as you read this article I wrote that was just published on Crosswalk.com! After much prayer and study, I have pinpointed five specific strategies for utilizing your weapon of worship in every battle you face. But remember, spiritual battles are like any real battle and are fought against a clear and present danger to your faith!
Satan’s primary strategy is to keep Christians self-centered and self-conscious so that you never develop a God-consciousness. When you praise and worship the Lord, your mind is utterly fixed on Him, and you deliberately sacrifice and intentionally set aside your own situations, emotions, opinions, problems, worries, weights, and sins—and everything else involving self—to worship the Savior.
The primary battle you’ll face in this life will be against yourself, not against Satan, but it doesn’t matter! Your enemy is willing to use you against yourself, to tempt you to get in your own way through emotions and experiences instead of walking by faith and worshipping. Satan expects you to respond to the events in your life a certain way, based on how you’ve always responded in the past. If you really want to change the outcome, change the strategy!! Read on to see what the Lord wants to speak to you about the weapon of worship today! <3
[Note: Below is the introduction to the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
Satan understands the power of worship. He understands its purpose more than many Christians do. Satan understands that worshipping God draws you closer to Him—and above anything he ever tries to do, He wants to keep you apart from God!
Satan expects that your natural inclination will be to avoid worship altogether or to just go through the motions when life gets hard… or when your emotions don’t “feel” like it.
Of course, nothing can separate you from God’s love, but plenty of things can separate you from connecting with the Spirit of God in worship. Well, it would be more accurate to say this: Plenty of things can make you feel separated from God in worship.
The truth is that you have as much access to God’s holy presence in worship as you ever did. But sometimes we feel like we can’t because we aren’t “worthy.” Satan expects that your natural inclination will be to avoid worship altogether or to just go through the motions when life gets hard, or when you’ve messed up, or when your emotions don’t “feel” like it…so he will throw everything he can at you to keep you trapped and disconnected.
If you want to throw Satan off his game in worship….