This past Sunday at New Horizon Church, we heard a powerful message about stripping off the fear! We all deal with different fears from time to time, but we can be victorious over them in Jesus' name. When you are at war with your fear, worshipping God is your greatest weapon. Faith-filled worship is turning your heart and mind towards God and recognizing Who He is and what He has done. Fear is focusing on the worst case scenario.
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat is scared about Judah being attacked by a few enemies, but he puts himself in a posture of worship. When we worship God, we guarantee God's involvement in our situation. We might start in fear, but we can end in faith. We might start in panic, but we can end in peace. Let's be intentional about dealing with our fears. Trying to run away from our fears solves nothing.
Let's live a lifestyle of worship. Worship God before the battle, remembering His precious promises. Worship God during the battle. Stay submitted to Him to stay in His protection. Worship God after the battle. Celebrate what He has done for you. Remember, the battle is not yours; it is the Lord's.
During your prayer time, be real with God. King Jehoshaphat basically said "God, I'm afraid, I don't know what to do. But my eyes are on You." Let that be our prayer when we are afraid, "God, my eyes are fixed on You regardless of what happens." Check out Daniel 3:16-18... Now there was real faith from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, trusting God with their very lives in the face of what would have seemed like certain death for not bowing to idols/false gods.
Fear says, "What if..." Faith says, "Even if..." Even if you lose your job. Even if that relationship doesn't work out. Even if the bad report comes in. Continue to worship God anyhow.
#Naked #NoFear #Worship
(Inspired by Pastor Dave Bowman of New Horizon Church)
Scriptures references: 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; 11:14; Ephesians 6:10-12; John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Acts 19:13-16; 1 John 4:4; Mark 5:1-6; James 1:13; 4:7-8; Matthew 4:1-5
Sometimes we get into physical fights. We win some, and we lose some, right?
But we must also know that we are in a spiritual fight.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
*1 What is spiritual warfare?
It’s the battle between good and evil.
Where does evil come from?
Could it be from psychological issues?
Could it be from socio-economical issues?
Or could it be from the spiritual realm? From the devil.
The Greek word for struggle, “agónizomai” (a verb), which comes from the word “agón” (a noun), means to engage in hand-to-hand combat.
We are at war with satan and his demons.
God and satan are not on the same playing field (“satan” is not to be capitalized if it is not the first word in a sentence since that is not his name, but is merely a title. “Satan” means “the accuser,” according to the texts of the Abrahamic religions. Lucifer is his name.)
So how are God and satan different?
-God is not a created being. Satan is a created being.
-God is omnipotent (all-powerful). Satan does not have all power.
-God is omniscient (all-knowing). Satan does not know everything. And he cannot read minds. But satan can “read us” in the sense that he knows how we think in general.
-God is omnipresent (everywhere at once). Satan can only be at one place at a time. So if you’re being attacked it’s probably just one of satan’s demons.
*2 Why should I care?
See John 10:10
God has a plan for your life and so does satan.
You should care if someone is planning to attack you.
Satan wants to burn your life down and kill you.
1 Peter 5:8
God wants to take great care us, and He does!
*3 Should I be scared?
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior you should be.
You’ve got to know Jesus Christ intimately for yourself and know that you have His power available to walk in victory over the enemy.
1 John 4:4
Christ followers have nothing to be afraid of.
1 John 5:4-5
Submission to God is key to walking in victory.
Do what God tells you to do and don’t do what satan tells you to do.
Jesus is fully God and fully man.
During the time of His temptation in the wilderness, satan was attacking Jesus’ identity.
Your life flows out of your identity.
How you live your life is based on who you think you are.
Satan attacks believers’ identities with this: “You did this sin and that sin. Are you sure you’re still a Christian?”
Matthew 4:5-7 shows that satan knows Scripture too. He just twists it around for his own evil use.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (Satan is in charge of this fallen world until Christ returns.)
Believers in Christ don’t need to keep asking for victory. We simply need to walk in the victory we already have.
Just sharing my heart for a moment. ... So in the wee hours of this morning, I had a very troubling dream in which two pairs of young black boys were fighting each other near a school bus stop. With each blow that landed on either boy's face blood was literally splattering all over the street. It was quite graphic. Meanwhile I was in the car with a close friend of mine watching it all unfold. But for some reason we couldn't get out of the car to do anything about it. It was as if we were made to sit there and watch, helpless to stop the boys from pummeling each other. And no parents or anyone older showed up to break up the fights either. I wanted to cry out of pure frustration. ... Then I woke up totally freaking out. Later this morning I began to pray for our youth, and not just our African American youth, but youth from all over representing various races and ethnic groups. For those who join me in this spiritual warfare, let's really pray for young people out there. Many come from rough neighborhoods where all they know is violence and lack of true parental and mentorship support. The devil is trying to get our youth to destroy each other through violent means, but I say not so! In Jesus' name! Love WILL prevail! #ItsPrayingTime
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.