Thursday, February 21, 2019

Both H.E.A.R.T. and Ministry and Manners will be held today as scheduled.


Tools for Spiritual Battle – Tool #1 – Come and Worship

It is often that believers in Christ face fiery darts and wiles from the devil. Sometimes, it seems to be onslaught of trials, discouragements, attacks aimed at destroying one’s joy, hope, confidence in God, even one’s desire to live for Christ. It is interesting in the passage on spiritual warfare in Ephesians 7, that the Bible speaks of these attacks in plural nouns – “wiles” and “fiery darts”. The truth is spiritual battle is raging around us and within us on many fronts. Evil seeks to prevail. Temptations are great. Conflicts abound. Discouragements seem to abound. Great wickedness is taking place in high places. Weapons are aimed at the believer on daily and even hourly basis. I believe the enemy knows his end is near.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

What should you do when you are facing oppression or attack from the enemy? Some believers respond by retreating from going to church. Other respond by giving their thoughts over to anxiety and depression. Still others begin to develop a negative outlook at all of life. Still others respond with doubting God, complaining, or self-pity.

What is a Godly and Biblical Response when we face spiritual battle? What tools has God revealed in His Word for us?

In Psalm 5, the psalmist reveals his own desire for God to hear his cry. He speaks of a society that has workers of iniquity, people who can be described as bloody and deceitful, and those that speak lies. What can a believer do when living in among this wickedness?

Psalm 5:5-7 (KJV)
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Notice the personal decision to come into thy house. In contrast to God destroying those that speak deceitfully in v. 6, and that the foolish shall not stand in his sight, the psalmist reminds us that when we come to God’s house, there is a multitude of mercy. But as for me, I will place myself in a position to receive God’s mercy. This is what we need when everything is going wrong around us. This is what we need when we see others getting on the wrong side of God. Anyone who comes to God humbly is in a place to receive mercy. When you are under attack, resolve that you will go to church and resolve that you come to God daily and ask for His mercy. Others may make different choices, but as for me, I will come. Are you facing spiritual oppression, an onslaught of attacks (spiritual, mental, emotional, family, financial, physical), then take this simple truth of come into God’s house in the multitude of thy mercy.

Not only did the psalmist choose to come, but he also chose to worship God when facing all the different consternation and chaos that was going on around him. Worship is our response to God in everything He has done for us. It is praising God for who He is and what He has done. Worship frees us from the distractions around us and takes us into the Heavenlies. Come and Worship frees the spirit of a man to focus on the greatness of God. Wiles and Fiery Darts are meant to ignite things within us that turn our attention away from God. What a powerful tool God has given us in the midst of battle and that is come and worship. Our worship or lack of it cannot be dictated by how we feel everyday, but it must be dictated by our fear and reverence for God.

In your battles, what are you doing? Are you trying to fight them on your own? You will fail. You will become discouraged. You will become frustrated and hopeless. Pick up the tool in God’s Word Today and use it. It’s free, and it’s powerful!

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