The Power of Worship (continued)
For new readers of this blog series, you can catch up with our discussion on The Power of Worship in Part 2.
Because of the incredible power potential of worship, it is one of the ministries in the Body of Christ most targeted by Satan. Worship and prayer are under constant enemy attack. No one knows the power of worship more than Lucifer, the chief minister of worship in heaven (Ezekiel 28:13, KJV & NKJV). Many times we do not discern the enemy’s attacks because they come in subtle ways. The greatest battle field is in our minds and the second greatest is the things people around us say and do. But they are not the enemy. Ephesians 6:12 tells us quite clearly who our real enemy is and we need to always remember this and target our warfare accordingly.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
We all fall prey to Satan’s tactics but we are told by Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:11 that we must not allow him to get the advantage over us by being ignorant of his devices. I know there are some Christians who believe there is a demon behind everything that happens to them. I am not one of them. I know God has given us freedom of choice and many times we ourselves make the wrong decisions and have to bear the consequences. On the other hand, I am not naïve enough to believe that because I am saved the enemy cannot touch me. There must be a reason why we are told in 1 Peter 5:8,
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)
Burying our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich will not cause his attack to pass us by. We must be on the alert and be battle ready at all times. One of the driving forces behind my ministry is Hosea 4:6, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. I am called to teach and to minister healing and deliverance through the prophetic anointing in Jesus’ name. If you will partner with the Holy Spirit today the enemy’s tactics will be revealed and if you are in the worship ministry you will move to a higher level of power. James 4:7 says,
Therefore, submit yourselves unto God. Resist the enemy and he WILL flee from you. (Jas. 4:7, emphasis mine)
Any time you see a ‘therefore’ you need to check what it is there for. What preceded this verse? “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (Jas. 4:6b). Pride is of the enemy, don’t let it rob you of what God has for you today. In part 1, we talked about worshiping in Spirit and in truth. All of our power comes from the Holy Spirit so the first requirement for operating at full power is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8). This is necessary but not sufficient. Even when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit there are things that can hinder the flow of the Spirit and make our worship powerless because God will not be with us. I have identified 9 such barriers and will begin our discussion of these next time. See you then!