Worship and Warfare: Distract the Enemy
"The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4 NIV)
Thoughts for Today
Worship is an essential part of our preparation for spiritual battle. When we worship God, we focus on who he is. We become more aware of his holiness . . . his power . . . his wisdom . . . his greatness . . . and his love. And so worship brings a proper perspective.
With this renewed perspective, our vision of God begins to loom larger than the size of our difficulties. Nothing takes him by surprise. And he is so much greater than anything that can ever come against us. Today's scripture reminds us of that.
Consider this …
What are you dealing with right now? Are you focusing on the problem, allowing it to block out your vision of God? Are you experiencing fear or confusion or discouragement?
You need to regain a right perspective. How? Begin to worship Jesus. Praise him. Focus on him, not your problem. Then you will remember . . .
God's power is greater than your problem.
God's love for you is greater than you can imagine.
God is with you.
Only then will you be able to turn the problem over to the Lord. Only then will you have faith for the victory.
Lord, the size of this problem temporarily blinded me. I have been overcome with fear and anxiety. I've been trying to win the victory on my own . . . and have failed miserably. But now as I worship and praise you, I am reminded of your power and love. I know the only answer is to turn the problem over to you . . . and to continue to worship and praise you. I know that you will bring victory--just as you did for King Jehoshaphat. 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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