Worship - A Weapon of Warfare
Men, let me start by thanking each one of you who take the time to read this and for any feedback you provide. This blog is changing my life. My forced awareness of the Lord in my life is more real now that it has ever been. I see Him moving in ways I haven't and I have grown more confident in His abilities to carry us into and through the battles we face, We are in a battle for our beliefs, our freedoms, our country and our families.
This week the reality of pressing into this blog and another study called "Rooted" that my wife and 4 other couples are going through together came to a head. On Monday and Tuesday of this past week I was flying high enjoying the sense of the Lord working in my life and points of personal breakthrough I have struggled with for decades. It was Tuesday morning I was thankful for the changes in my life and was reminded that God wants us pressing into His plans for our lives and to not sit back complacently waiting.
Revelation 3:15-16 New International Version
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Personally, I had grown tired of myself being lukeward and directionless so change was welcome. My time of reveling this week unfortunately was short lived. Mid-morning Tuesday the general manager of one of my businesses informed me that the company had been hit by a ransomware virus and we had lost our entire computer system. Our choice was to be held hostage and pay a ransom and "maybe" recover all of our lost data or proceed on our own to rebuild the entire system from remote backups, new hardware and days of IT specialist work that would be needed. Like the US Government I elected not to negotiate with cyber terrorists and proceeded on my own. Needless to say the oxygen quickly left my airspace and the reality of an enemy whose only assignment is to rob, kill and destroy us as followers of Christ was very real. The next couple of days were quite challenging and by Friday morning my emotional ability to fight the battle was exhausted and I began to feel defeated.
It was Friday morning at 5:30 as I was getting ready for my 6:00 am weekly meeting with my 4 Cavetime/Men In Arms brothers that I was reminded of why we gather and the lessons we learned from Jeff Voth's book Cavetime. Jeff's book is written around the principles of David as he faced Goliath. As David was walking out to face Goliath he put 5 smooth stones into his leather pouch. Jeff's book refers to these stones as; 1) showing up, 2) the word of God, 3) the power of prayer, 4) worship and 5) being part of a community of believers. At 5;30 I decided to pull out the stone of worship. Part of the lyrics of the worship song "Do It Again" by Elevation Worship came to my mind (I have listed part of the lyrics below). I played this song and decided to go into battle. As I played it over and over again I felt the sense of defeat be turned into victory and that the Lord was taking back ground the enemy had occupied. Just before 6:00 am my brother Troy arrived who immediately joined me in worship, then followed by Scotty and Tim. By 6:10 it was battle on as we pushed back the advance of the enemy of our souls.
Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I'm still in Your hands This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
I've seen You move, come move the mountains And I believe, I'll see You do it again You made a way, where there was no way And I believe, I'll see You do it again
To see Elevations Worship YouTube video of the song:
The remainder of the morning was not business as usual. We were on the march and one brother pulled off the the emotional band aid of a long time wound that has held him captive for far too long. Unlike my ransomware attack we were not taking hostages nor were not negotiating with the enemy. Through prayer and worship we took back lost territory. Did we win the war, probably not but we won that battle and we did so through the power of worship, the effective prayers of righteous men and the strength of community.
When I look back on that morning I marvel at the events. What changed? The circumstances of life hadn't changed, I am still spending thousands of dollars repairing an attacked computer system and nothing else from the demanding week had changed. No, what changed was worship. Worship was a weapon of warfare against an enemy that is rendered powerless when confronted by the power and the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.
Chronicles 20:22 says, “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (NIV).
Tommy Walker, an incredible worship leader, explains the breakthrough power of worship as follows:
"There is something inherent in the act of worship that enables us to encounter the power of God like nothing else. It is not effective to simply tell someone to stop worrying; stop being proud; stop being self-consumed, distracted, insecure, bound and materialistic. But it is effective to tell them to start worshiping. When we make that decision to fix our eyes on Jesus, we quickly realize that God has already begun to release the grip these tendencies can have on our lives.
Worship is a declaration of our weakness and God’s strength. I challenge you in your next point of need to make that hard choice to be a worshiper and let the breakthrough God fight your battle for you.
When we worship, the invisible God is at work doing invisible and powerful things. We get realigned, refreshed and refueled; we find unspeakable joy and indescribable peace. We discover the breakthrough strength of God, which enables us to walk in the truth, live in His presence and see Him fight our battles for us. It is how we can put the beauty of the Gospel on display, receive His many blessings and at the same time be a blessing to the world."
Thanks again for for listening. As I told all my brothers this week "WE ARE IN IT TO WIN IT" so swing for the fences and don't be intimidated by a defeated foe. I stand with you in the gap and am always a phone call away.