Living Free - Jan. 14, 2015

  

Worship and Warfare: Fight to the Finish

Today's Scripture

"This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet." (Ephesians 6:12-13 MSG)

Thoughts for Today

Jesus said we would have problems on this earth. "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT). But he said to take heart. He overcame the world . . . and with his help, we can too. That's the key. With his help. Today's scripture makes it clear that life struggles are far more than we can handle on our own. We are to take all the help we can get, "every weapon God has issued."

One of those weapons is worship.

Consider this … 

Worship sensitizes us to the presence of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the rule of Christ. Worship helps us surrender to Christ's authority.

Psalm 22:3 describes the Holy One's position: "Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises" (NIV). The footnote in the NIV says, "Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel."

Our praise brings to reality the establishment of God's kingdom in any place or situation in which you find yourself. Praise brings the authority of God. Adoration prepares you to yield to God's authority.

Prayer

Father, when I am dealing with problems and attacks from the enemy, help me to be still and remember you are God. Help me to praise and worship you and yield to your authority. To trust you to win the victory. In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …

A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couple.

 

 

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