Why worship matters …
I’ve seen you move, come move the mountains and I believe, I’ll see you do it again. You made a way, where there was no way and I believe, I’ll see you do it again. Walking around these walls I thought by now they’d fall but you have never failed me yet. Waiting for change to come, knowing the battle’s won, for you have never failed me yet. Your promise still stands. Great is your faithfulness. I’m still in your hands. This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet. I know the night won’t last. Your word will come to pass. My heart will sing your praise again. Jesus you’re still enough.
It matters. So much.
The attack of the enemy will come. We do not live in Eden. There are giants in the land taunting us but we have to see beyond the giant. We must cast our eyes upon the Victor. We know the war is over – we know the the Winner. Faith trumps fear – “yes, giant you are big and you taunt and yes, you can knock me down (if I let you) … BUT … I see beyond you and you’re already dead, you just don’t know it yet. I do. I’m looking past you to Jesus and He’s WAY bigger than you or anything you can throw at me.”
We win by faith. We win by our worship. We win by believing in our Promised Land.
Fear is a giant – one of the most common giants that must fall. Fear can taunt us and harm us. Fear can get a foothold in our lives and begin to dominate us. Fear can demoralize us and ultimately diminish God’s glory in our lives – i.e. the way we reflect God’s glory. The way we show the world who God is and our ability to walk out our testimony – that’s what is lessened.
It doesn’t always look like fear. Are you anxious, nervous, worried, stressed or feeling dread? Are you tense or having stomach problems? Is sleep very hard for you? There’s a good chance fear is at work. Fear chews away at our lives and erodes our sense of confidence and well-being. It robs us of sleep and rest. Fear blinds us and steals our praise.
Fear seeks to obscure our view of God and crush our confidence. It will yell insults to try to convince us that we’re going to live with this giant the rest of our lives.
The opposite of fear is not being bold and courageous. The opposite of fear is faith. Faith beings by us saying, “I have confidence in God that He is bigger than this giant.”
Americans are the most medicated culture in the history of mankind. We take prescriptions by the millions for worry, stress, anxiety, despair and terror – all cousins of fear. Some get medication from their doctor and some from a bottle. But the end goal is always the same. We want to take the edge off. We want to decompress. We just want to forget about the things that are troubling us for a while. We want to not be afraid. The answer for fear is seldom as simple as saying, “fear, go away in Jesus’ name.” Fear is symptom of a deeper cause.
Goliath was a champion. He had a record, a history and that’s significant because a lot of us have a history with our giants. These giants didn’t just show up this morning. You’ve been battling some of these for years, decades. Ever heard these voices?
Remember when you went to that retreat and promised how your life was going to change? Guess what, it didn’t.
Remember that time you thought you were going to be all big and bold and you lit a candle by your bed and said, “the light of God is with me?” Too bad sucker, I still won out on that day.
Remember that time you went to church and they had that message on life change, and you thought you felt something different that day? Nope, nothing changed. Won’t then. Won’t now
That’s the voice of your Goliath.
He harassed them for 40 days and 40 nights. He came out every morning and every night. He started the day taunting, and he ended the day taunting. He started the day demoralizing and diminishing, and he ended the day demoralizing and diminishing. Giants are relentless. They don’t take days off.
So, we must battle. It isn’t one quick prayer and this is behind me. No, he’s far too crafty for that. He will come back. This is daily. It is drawing upon the Vine. It is worship. It is soaking in God’s Word. It is daily conversation with Father. It is preparing before you go into toxic environments, girding with prayer and inviting God in ahead of you. It is a process. Day by day.
God paid it all – for you – you are incredibly valuable. You have a Promised Land – the area God created you for where you can thrive and cast glory to God. The enemy is trying to dominate your thoughts, mind, will and emotions to keep you from seeing your creative value and seeing the price Heaven paid for you. Bad fear is chronic and debilitating – that is not from God. It’s a controlling spirit by the devil to keep us off our promised land. Once I understand that isn’t me, but a separate identity, I can begin to take authority over it.
By believing this and pursuing our Promised Land, we keep our eyes on God and what He believes about us and there is no room for the roaring lion. When he roars, we roar back!