Making war in the heavenlies
Tearing down principalities
Standing firm in Jesus’ victory
Making war in the heavenlies
Casting down every high thing
That exalts itself against the knowledge of God
We used to sing these words at a church I attended back in the 90s. It speaks of warring in the spirit as we worship, and it touches on a passage of scripture from 2 Corinthians 10:5. But what’s the connection between “worship” and “making war” in the spirit? I’m glad you asked that question. Keep reading…
Praise and Worship
While praise and worship go hand in hand, they aren’t quite the same thing. You can praise someone for their good deeds without actually knowing them or even liking them. But worship is much deeper. It involves adoration and a desire to have an increasingly close relationship. Both are very important in the lives of Christians, but worshipping God goes further and demonstrates our love for Him.
To worship means to show reverence and adoration for someone (usually, a deity). But even this definition doesn’t do justice to how we are to worship God. Jesus said:
~ John 4:23-24 [NIV]
What does it mean to “worship in Spirit and truth?”
First, true worship begins with praise. We must acknowledge the truth of who God is – that He is our Creator, our provider, and master of our lives. This encompasses the whole truth of the Christian faith. We believe and recognize that God is the Holy Trinity – Father, Spirit, and Son – that He redeemed us through Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and that His Spirit lives within our hearts and guides our steps daily. Now this is merely the beginning of worship.
As we enter into worshipping Him in the Spirit, we must make our flesh subject to our own spirit. Our spirit, the very breath of God which gives us life, longs to be one with His Spirit again. Why again?
Understand that the word spirit comes from the same root as the word inspire. The term inspired literally means “God-breathed.” When He breathed life into Adam, God was planting a part of Himself – His Spirit – into mankind. Our breath of life, or spirit, came from God. And so, it longs to be one with Him AGAIN.
When we worship God in the Spirit, this rejoining of our spirit with His takes place. This is why we feel His presence so strongly during this kind of true worship. And there is nothing more satisfying to our spirit than being one with the Holy Spirit.
What Is Worship Warfare?
Now that we know true worship involves allowing our spirit to commune with God’s, we need to realize that the enemy does not want to let this happen. Satan will unleash his hellish forces to try and prevent it because he knows how empowered we become by it. If the devil can distract you in any way, he will. So we must be ready to do battle with him.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
~ Ephesians 6:12 [NIV]
This is where spiritual warfare comes in. During this, we remind satan who he is, and that he is subject to the authority of God in us. We pray in the Spirit, we draw on the strength and power of God, and we invoke the name of Jesus against the devil and his minions. Defiantly, we worship our Lord in the face of the enemy, putting him in his place as we exalt God.
This is one of the reasons why worship is of crucial importance to the life of every believer. It aligns our spirit with God’s. It puts the will of our flesh under subjection to the will of the Spirit. It forces the enemy to expose himself and beats back those forces of hell that attack us and wish to negatively influence our lives. And it refocuses us, recenters us, on God.
Worship is more than just a time we need to experience on Sunday morning. It needs to be part of our daily plan of action.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.