The end of the week found me weary and feeling a bit worn. It had been days of warring in the spirit, or so it seemed. With several family members battling sickness, I felt I hadn’t even had time to think.
I sat at my desk, searching for words to write when something came through my messages. It was a declaration video put together by a pastor friend of mine. I hit play, became still and closed my eyes to absorb the words.
Although it was short, it was so anointed, it brought refreshment to my soul.
I decided to search for the cd it was a part of – and I found it. I quickly purchased it online and downloaded it. As I began to listen to it, tears began to flow. This music and declarations, to me, were so anointed, I could feel it destroying yokes and removing burdens.
For hours I listened and worshipped God. It was exactly what I needed.
Worshipping God does something in us that nothing else can do. Declaring the word doesn’t do the same thing. Prayer doesn’t. Even praise doesn’t do what worship does. I can’t explain it, I have tried, I just can’t.
To me it feels like it washes my soul from the inside out. It washes away everything trying to bring discouragement.
Acts 3:19 tells us that times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.
This word, refreshing, is defined as; to recover from the effects of heat, a recovery of breath, to be revived, and to refresh one’s spirit.
Sometimes, we get so entrenched in the heat of the battle that we fail to remember where our refreshing, our recovery, comes from. It comes from the presence of the Lord.
At times like this it is important to confess the word, to pray and stand firm on God’s promises. However, it is also vital that we spend time in His presence. Our times of refreshing, the times of being able to breath deeply again, only come from spending time in the manifest presence of God.
It causes us to refocus on God. It causes us to remember to give thanks. I have never worshipped God for very long without my words turning to words of thanksgiving, regardless of what I am going through. Today was no different.
The moment we decide to put our eyes back on Jesus, we are quickly reminded that God is our true strength, and He is fighting our battles for us. I can tell you from experience it is good to be reminded of that, especially during challenging times.
Worship is a bowing down. It is a declaration of our weakness and His strength.
Remember Jehoshaphat? When they worshipped in battle, God fought and won the battle for them.
How about Paul and Silas? They sang and worshipped God in prison and the doors flung open.
When we worship, the God we serve is doing amazing things for us. And while He is working on our behalf, we also become refreshed, realigned and refueled. And we find peace. Peace is a much needed weapon in every battle.
I don’t know what you are facing today. Perhaps, like me, you are weary of the battle. You can find refreshment and strength. You only need to enter into the presence of the Lord. Worship God. Bow before Him and sing songs to Him. As you do, your enemies will flee and doors will open. I know this to be true – I have lived it.
(if you would like to check out the music and declaration cd I found, click on the link below, it is called… ENTER IN)
Appoint My Days
I am led, directed and guided by the Holy Spirit. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and a stranger’s voice I shall not follow. I prosper and increase every day, me, and my children. Because we are tithers, the windows of heaven are opened over us pouring out a blessing we can’t contain. The devourer is rebuked for our sakes. He shall not destroy the fruit of our ground, and neither shall our vine cast her fruit before the time in the field. Nations call us blessed because we are a delightsome land. Because we are sowers, the hundred-fold return is working on our behalf every day. God is able to make all grace, every favor and earthly blessing come to us in abundance, so that we may always, and under all circumstances, and whatever the need, be self-sufficient, possessing enough to require no aid or support, and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation. The Lord commands THE BLESSING upon us in our storehouses and upon all we set our hands to do.
John 16:3, John 10:1-5, Malachi 3:9-11, Genesis 26:12, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Deuteronomy 28:8