Have you ever had the thought that you might be your own worst enemy? We all have! Of all the battles we face as Christians, one of the worst is against our own selves. Not the “flesh”, but the person of who we are and who God has made us to be. When we come into the world, we are a blank slate, filled with possibilities and expressions of what God put inside of each of us. But over time, the fallen nature of this world causes people to inflict damage through their own fears and pain. Then? We turn on ourselves- often for the very things that the Lord has put inside of us to use for His glory! We believe the lies the enemy has told us- about who we are, what we are here for, why God made us, what value we have to Him, and what place we have in the world.
Sound familiar? Think about it: If God has something tremendously important to accomplish in the Kingdom during your time on earth, why wouldn’t Satan to everything in his power to destroy it in you? There is an ancient proverb that says, “The best time to uproot the mighty oak tree is while it is a young sapling.” What you are battling inside of yourself is the idea that you are still unworthy – in every way – even though the Word of God is clear that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
Worship and the Battle Against Self
Ground Zero for the battle against self is in your own mind. We tend to absorb all the bad things and the wrong definitions of ourselves and we internalize them and soon they become part of who we are and then they influence how we see ourselves in the world. Whatever it is that you think about yourself in your heart, that’s who you become. (Proverbs 23:7) Worship is centered exclusively around the Lord, and it is all about Him. This is different than singing the Scriptures or songs of faith. Worship, the ministry to and exaltation and high praise of the King of Kings has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with Him. That is where the real power is!! And Satan knows it.
Worship, the ministry to and exaltation and high praise of the King of Kings has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with Him.
Satan wants you so wrapped up in your own head that you can’t step out of that space and into the presence of God in worship. You need your mind 1) renewed and 2) transformed (Romans 12:2) through a steady, daily “washing of the water of the Word of God” (Ephesians 5:26). You won’t undo all the negativity in one day or one worship session. Worship is a lifestyle. A lifestyle where you firmly and consistently remove your mindset off of yourself and onto the Lord through worship is what will strike the winning blow in the battle against yourself! [Read this next: “Deny Yourself.”]
If you want to “decrease” so He can “increase” in your life (John 3:30) – WORSHIP HIM! Why? Because “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Here is a worship secret that many others will not speak aloud (because it doesn’t go with the flow of contemporary thinking about worship!): If you want to win the battle against yourself, you must stop singing about yourself!
Many “worship” songs lack true spiritual power because they lack a solid Scriptural foundation. Hebrews 4:12 puts it this way, “For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The battle within your “self” stems from the need for the Word of God to help divide between the soul and the spirit inside of you. How is that done?? Through worship that is is theologically rich, instead of vague spiritual cliches and statements of personal empowerment or God-themed poetry, ideas and narratives. Do you want to win this battle or not? No more pop culture, Christian love songs to Jesus. IF YOU WANT TO WIN, YOU MUST WORSHIP!
Thought for today
Friend, the journey of your life must be on the road of faith, which means even when you don’t feel it, you still believe it. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Even when you feel the definitions creeping back into your soul, you run into the Word and read about who He says you are and you fall to your knees the minister to the Lord, with a mind fixed on Him. [Read this next: “Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus”] You are a new creation. You must stop defining yourself by the old terms and stop behaving like the old man. This is not easy- it is a battle! Yet you have every spiritual right to freely worship before the throne room of grace with no shame. (Hebrews 4:16) You’ll never be worthy, but Jesus Christ is! That’s why we worship!