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This Is Us – The Raw & the Real

June 27, 2018

Based on a message by Ps Sharon Kelly at Sisters on May 2, 2018

Blog by Sandy Hopkins

Have you ever noticed that it’s when you’re alone – especially at night, that your mind can wreak havoc on you? You start telling yourself things that are just not true – AND you start believing them! Like the other night I started feeling sad about a situation that is far from hopeless – yet because I didn’t pray about it, because I just continued to lament about it – I started feeling sorry for myself, then I started being fearful and not being able to see a way forward. Truth be known – if I had of prayed about it and gone to God in faith about the situation I would have saved myself a lot of time & worry!

As Christians it’s no surprise to us that we have an enemy – right?! That’s Christianity 101. Yet we get surprised when our enemy starts messing in our lives. Girls, we have a very real enemy. His job is to steal, kill and destroy us – yes it’s personal!

John 10:10 NIV
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

If we’re not careful we can blame people for our problems instead of placing the blame with our foe. And then there are those other times when we do something silly and put the blame on our enemy rather than seeing we could have prevented the issue by using our brains or asking for advice.

The point I’m wanting to bring across is that this enemy we have is not defeated by carnal weapons.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

We, the people of God fight according to God’s ways. Worship is a weapon we have that unlocks God’s power and presence like nothing known to man!

Psalms 9:3 TPT
“For when you appear, I worship while all of my enemies run in retreat. They stumble and perish before your presence.”

2 Kings 17:39 NIV
“Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

2 Kings 17:39 NLT
“You must worship only the Lord your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies.”

Worship gets God’s attention. It also has many other benefits like…
– makes the enemy flee
– brings breakthrough in the heavenly realm
– gives us new revelation and insight
– brings God’s presence
– breaks yolks
– brings deliverance
– gives peace in the midst of chaos
– gives honor and glory to God
– brings joy
– brings us closer to God

I’m sure you could add to this list of benefits. Suffice to say – worship is powerful and we have the ability to choose to tap into this power source by coming with contrite hearts before God and lifting our voices in glorifying worship.

It would be amiss for me not to mention the Word of God when speaking of God’s power. The combo of worship AND reading/proclaiming God’s Holy Word puts you in the victor’s position. I encourage you to embark on the journey of discovering for the first time or maybe once again – the peace of God in the midst of battle.