For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The testimonies in our UNPLUGGED worship series have been powerful. Lives are being transformed at CROSSROADS and God is answering prayers. As part of this series, we have been discussing the struggles we all face in life. A constant battle rages between the flesh and the spirit. Our spirit desires to commune with God; to pray, praise and worship, but our desires and appetites are constantly bombarded by images on TV, movies, and social media. We are so plugged into worldly activities, we become unplugged from God. We have information coming at us from every side and we seldom prioritize time to do things that feed our spirit. We often use our time for work or entertainment rather than for spiritual food which comes through worship, prayer, praise, reading Scripture, or serving others. One child was making sandwiches on Sunday after worship and she was precious. She said: “I am so glad we came to church today so we could make sandwiches to help hungry people instead of going to the fair.” (The State Fair is not evil and we went last Sunday after worship. But this young person probably heard a discussion at home of “should we skip worship today and go to the fair instead?”) The parents instilled an amazing value in this child. Worship and serving are more important than entertainment.
The enemy of our souls knows that he cannot touch our spirit because the Holy Spirit lives there. Instead, he tries to appeal to our natural senses. He draws us by making things look, sound, feel, taste, and smell nice so we can be drawn away from the reality of what is important, and that is our relationship with God and God’s people. Often we don’t recognize that the battle is won or lost in our day to day decisions. Long before we stop attending worship, or fall away from a Christian community, we make decisions that isolate us. If you have been away from worship for a while, I would encourage you to reconnect. Fill your heart with the presence of God to help you in your everyday struggles of life. Fuel yourself with the truth of Scripture to help you in times of trouble. I want to encourage you to take time every day to feed your spirit in God’s Word. I hope to see you this Sunday at CROSSROADS.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul