Take Up the Sword of Worship
God is saying, you are a soldier, and you have been well equipped, and well trained, for especially times like this! God is saying, don’t sit down, don’t back off, don’t resign, don’t retreat, don’t give up,
But “take up the sword” of worship!
1. Combat Fear with Fasting
Fasting is an aggressive way to affirm and reaffirm the promised power of the Holy Spirit over your flesh and those inner voices, that tell you to be afraid and discouraged and give up!
Fasting is the way to reinforce the priority of prayer and to seek God at extra times each day.
When you are in the battle, be ready to deny your flesh as a sign that your trust is not in human means or energy but in the power of the Spirit!
2. Combat Fear with Prayer
Philippians 4:6-7 The Message (MSG)
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
When fear invades our lives it’s time to send up powerful prayers. It’s time to step to the frontlines of the battle with a mighty war cry! Prayer is one of our mightiest weapons!
Not pitiful puny prayers, but bold, confident prayers acknowledging how great and powerful our God is and our expectation that He is making a way for us! Instead of whining, ROAR, ascribing to God power and authority over the enemy.
This kind of prayer boldly affirms God’s power and His will for you to have the victory!
3. Combat Fear by Remembering
With praise the children of Israel remembered the story of God’s people – the Exodus from Egypt, God’s good care for them in the wilderness, the conquest and victories in the Promised Land!
“Remembering” is a mighty source of confidence and a faith builder that God is able and will again deliver and save you out of all your troubles! Reviewing your testimonies and remembering all the blessings and miracles God has already done in your life! God will do it again and again and again for you!
Now while you are praising God aggressively, be open to the Holy Spirit’s prophetic word among us as a people. God is still moving and working among us and for us!
God is still assuring us that “the battle is not ours, but God’s!”
He will faithfully reveal His will for us in the midst of all our battles!
Uncommon threatening situations call for an uncommon and strong response; Uncommon situations call for taking up a “two-edged sword” in a spiritual way – aggressively trusting God,
Forcefully throwing ourselves in worship at the feet of Jesus and boldly taking up the brandishing the spiritual weapons that God has given us! (the blood of Jesus, His name, His Word, the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Singing, Shouting, Dancing, Thanksgiving, Praise, Worship and Rejoicing, etc…
Isaiah 59:19 when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
These weapons have always, and without fail worked in the the past and they still work today! I said, they still work to put doubts, fears, anxieties, insecurities on the run! Praise cannot be passive, it must be aggressive!
It is our boldest stand against the threats of the enemy!