I felt it hot and heavy breathing down my neck—the enemy’s lie.
What’s it matter? Give up. This is too hard.
I remember the exact spot where I was standing when his foul breath blew that lie across my face, the sound vibrating in accusing waves through my brain. That was almost 15 years ago, and there’s been many hard battles fought since then. And in every battle, the enemy tempts us to lose heart.
It’s always about worship, you know. No matter what form the temptation takes, it’s always about worship. The enemy seeks to devour our joy in God, tempts us to turn our hearts from Him, tries to convince us that God’s unworthy of our worship. He tries to deaden our heart in battle.
Will I trust God and worship or will I default to doubt?
Who will I follow?
Who will I bow down to?
Will I believe the enemy’s lies and turn on God?
Will I give way to doubt, allow despair to gobble up faith?
Will I cease to worship the only One worthy to receive worship?
Will I lose heart?
I was standing at the kitchen sink when the battle reached its climax and I grabbed hard onto the edge of the counter, preparing myself for the stand I was about to take. And I said it out loud.
“I will worship Jesus—no matter what!”
I slung it out of my mouth like a weapon at an unseen foe. For good measure I repeated it a little louder and with greater force the second time.
The enemy had been taunting me with lies for awhile, and he seemed to be winning every battle. He was trying to convince me that God didn’t care, wasn’t working, wasn’t going to come through this time. The liar was wrong. Again.
As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew this battle was over. My stand was secure and I dropped to my knees on the kitchen floor to worship. The fearful circumstances grew worse, but the enemy knew better than to bring the same taunts again—that line of attack had only resulted in a firmer resolution and a heart turned to praise.
Worship is happening 24/7 in God’s realm. It is the air of heaven—unceasing praise and adoration. One day, we’ll join in with the heavenly host to worship Him there. We’ll worship without threat of attack or an onslaught of lies. There, worship will come naturally and flow freely. But here, within this realm, it is a different story.
The worship lifted here is of a different sort.
Only here will we worship while in battle.
Only here will we have opportunity to lift up the pure worship given while under assault.
Only here can worship serve to humiliate the enemy of our King. Because once we cross into eternity there will be no more battle with this enemy; he’ll be defeated.
“We do not lose heart.”
He is impressing that phrase on me daily.
There is so much that comes against us to tempt us to lay down the weapons of our warfare, to go back to bed, to give up . . . but how can we turn away from the One who calls us to follow Him? He alone deserves our worship and obedience, no matter what. Worship offered while in battle is the sweetest worship we can offer.
I don’t want to miss out on offering this sacred worship that comes while under fire. I’m determined that I will not lose heart. Will you join me? Let’s worship while in battle. Let’s turn the enemy’s lies on his head and worship God for the Sovereign King He is—no matter what the enemy says or brings against us.
Let’s take our stand to worship God alone.
[box]Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints . . . (Ephesians 6:10–18).[/box]
This is what I’m galvanizing in my heart. This is the battle plan for worship. This is the truth to stand on and the staying power for not losing heart.
Will you join me in memorizing this passage?