Sunday, August 16, 2015
And then a friend said to me, "I beleive that you have a gift for worship. And in your worship you will find your strength, and your breakthrough."
So I began to worship in earnest. And everything changed.
2 Chronicles chapter 20 tells us a story that at the onset seems like a dire situation. 3 different armies had joined forces to come against the people of God. They were coming to destroy them. They were just on the other side of the mountain.....
But when Jehoshaphat heard about the imminent danger, instead of 'occupying his mind' with distraction so he didn't have to think about it, he "inquired of The Lord" (vs 3)
He said "we don't know what to do Lord, but our eyes are on you!"
When God spoke to him he said, "Dont be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army! The battle isn't yours! It's mine!"
And they all began to worship and praise in very loud voices. As they sang and praised, the enemies that were coming to destroy them ended up destroying each other. And when God's people arrived on the other side of that mountain, instead of finding a battle to fight, all they found were dead bodies.
So they praised and worshipped some more!
Your battlefield like mine may not be physical but spiritual. Your place of worship may be like mine, the kitchen, the living room, or in your car.
If anyone is watching me on a daily basis, they may think I'm a little crazy, as I walk around hands raised, singing and shouting loudly at the enemy.....
But when I arrived ar the other side of my mountain, all that was there were dead bodies.
The Bible tells us to be anxious for NOTHING!!! (Without exception) but in EVERYTHING with thanksgiving, (praise and worship) let your requests be made known to God. Loudly. Forcefully. Mean it! Do it on purpose!!! With purpose! (Phil 4:6)
It's not easy to do sometimes. A lot of times. But God honors us with His presence and His gifts when we bring the sacrifice of praise. He delights in the praises of His people. He enjoys us.
As you are worshiping, God is causing your enemy to be destroyed. He is fighting your battle. And when you come over the top of your mountain, all you're gonna see are the dead bodies.
If you come to my house, and you are always welcome, there will always be praise and worship on in the background.
Use your weapons my friend!