We sang many songs in worship at Centre Grove on Sunday. Some words from “Victor’s Crown” really resonated with me …
Every high thing must come down. Every stronghold shall be broken!
We don’t want anything to prevent us from experiencing and accomplishing all that God desires!
There are spiritual forces at work. Paul writes in Ephesians 6 …
Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6.10-13, NLT)
We have spiritual enemies. They are not flesh and blood. Rather, they are “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world.” They are “mighty powers in this dark world” and “evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
But, God is greater than our enemy. Jesus told Peter, “upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16.18, NLT). Paul writes, “Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses” (2 Corinthians 10.4, CEB).
If we want to be victorious, we must be “strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” We must “put on all of God’s armor.” We must stay connected to Jesus and “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5.17, CEB)!
If we do those things, “we (will) win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us” (Romans 8.37, CEB).
Yesterday was a pretty intense day at Centre Grove. We have a sense that some strongholds did indeed come down. If so, I truly look forward to what God will do next, in us and through us!
Please pray for us!