From the first minutes that you stepped out of the world and into the Kingdom of God, you entered a battle zone. Actually, you were already in a battle, although you weren’t aware of it- and God went to war on your behalf- and won you! One thing a lot of people who want a life of victory don’t understand is this: You’re only victorious when you’ve fought and enemy and won! Many give up the fight too quickly, or fear the casualties or avoid fighting because it takes so much effort and difficulty- and then they wonder why they’re endless fighting and never achieving victory or times of peace. Why is life such a battle in Christ? Because before you got saved, you represented no to threat to Satan, but now that God has you, you are a clear and present danger and a high value target as a person who will reach the world with your testimony!
God has equipped you with the weapons you need and it’s time to learn how to use them to take back the territory Satan has occupied for far too long! Worship is one of the most misused and misunderstood weapons of spiritual warfare that God’s people have been given because many mistakenly believe the worship is for their benefit, when really, worship is about ministry to the Lord. [Read this next: “Get Back Satan! 5 Tips for Using Scripture as a Defense”]
The fastest road to take when you want to depart from sin is the one you’ll walk with another Christian helping you.
There are many Scriptural, beneficial “results” to your worship, but they are not the reason why you worship. This is a powerful, and deep truth that will completely transform your worship and the power of worship in your life if you grab hold of it!
Worship and the Battle Against Sin
Sin will take you further than you want to go. Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. Sin will cost you more than you want to pay. Once you’re in Christ, your sin is no longer an issue of eternity apart from God, however, it will keep you separated from His presence because “God is light and in Him is no darkness”. (1 John 1:5) This isn’t an issue of perfection, but of sanctification- the process of spiritual growth, maturity and progress that every Christian should live by. After all, if you got saved and nothing changed, what’s the point?
God is holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16) Stay in the light as He is in the light. Choose the path of light. Depart from darkness- these are choices we all have to make. When you fall, confess, repent, walk forward, never looking back and never going back. You can freely enter into the presence of the Lord, boldly, (Hebrews 4:15-16) not because you’re perfect, but because of Jesus Christ. Often, when we stumble, our worship feels false and we feel like we don’t “deserve” to enter into the presence of God- that is a lie from Satan to break the power of ministry to the Lord in your life! [Read this next: “Don’t Judge Yourself Unworthy- Worship!”]
When you are battling a sin issue, a darkness, the first and most important thing you can do is: Expose it to the light. This may mean you need to find an older Christian who can walk with you through it, challenge you, hold you accountable, ask you tough questions, and lovingly admonish you. This is a point where many, many Christians never reach because the idea of exposure is too difficult to face. Another lie from Satan! The fastest road to take when you want to depart from sin is the one you’ll walk with another Christian helping you. Fight with every weapon you have, and you will win! <3
Thought for today
On a personal level, your worship and ministry to the Lord will need to become fundamentally interwoven into your daily life. Remember, the purpose of worship is not for the Lord to minister to you (although He will be faithful to do that) – the primary purpose of worship is to minister to the Lord. This fundamental shift in thinking will change how you worship! Praise is ministry to the Lord for what He has done. Worship is ministry to the Lord for who He is. The more time you spend in His presence, the closer you will be to all that His presence has to offer. Remember, we all fall short. (Romans 3:23) But, “…if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1) Don’t let the enemy convince you that your sin is “too much” or that sin disqualifies you from being able to worship the Lord. Satan wants to separate you at all costs- don’t buy the lie! A lifestyle of sin will disconnect you from God’s holy light, but a lifestyle of worship will transform you from “glory to glory”!! (1 John 3:2)