Praise and Worship: Your Foundation for Spiritual Warfare!
“The Lord has been speaking to me about praise and worship as spiritual warfare. I’d be interested to hear what you have to say about it. ~ M.A.”
Thank you, M.A. for your email and your query.
The topic of spiritual warfare, like many other New Covenant subjects, can become quite complicated and, therefore, has been hotly debated over the years.
For me, coming from a scriptural standpoint, I like to keep things both simple and well-documented. I believe that that is the safest way to approach most topics in the Bible.
While I could write volumes about this question (if I had the time to do it!), I will lay down a few scriptural points as a firm foundation for using praise and worship in engaging in intercession and spiritual warfare.
The Bible as our guide
Let’s start with this: the Bible is our only trustworthy and authoritative guide to approaching everything that has to do with God Almighty. That covers everything in life itself, since He created everything anyway.
2 Tim 3:16 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: “
The basic principle is, let’s find it in God’s Word, and then we know that we are on safe ground.
We are in a spiritual battle
Eph 6:12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but [we wrestle] against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.”
In this verse, God specifically tells us that we are in a ‘wrestling match’ with demonic entities, whether we know it or not and whether we believe it or not. Since we are in a battle, we need to take God’s Word and use it as the ‘sword of the Spirit’ (v. 17) that God intended it to be used for.
Demonic entities directly oppose the will of God
Mat_16:23 — “But [Jesus] turned, and said unto Peter, ‘Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.'”
2Co_10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Satan and his spirits have made themselves the enemy of God, so they set themselves AGAINST the will of God for the lives of you and your family. If you love God and you want to fulfill His will for you, you are going to have to stand up against these enemies of God.
Messiah used scripture to battle the demonic
Mat 4:4 “But he answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'” [He quoted Deut 8:3.]
Mat 4:7 “Jesus said unto him, ‘It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.'” [He quoted Deut 6:16.]
Mat 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'” [He quoted Deut 10:20.]
Mat 4:11 Then the devil left Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him. [In other words, it worked!]
This portion of scripture was written as an example for us (see 2Tim 3:16 above), so that we would know exactly how God wants us to engage in warfare with the enemy.
In this verse, Yeshua/Jesus did not throw javelins or wield swords against His enemy. He used the Torah, the written Word of God Almighty, to defeat his opponent.
This was the ONLY weapon hat was strong enough and effective enough to push the enemy back, especially when Messiah was feeling weak from fasting for 40 days and nights. When His body and mind and emotions would have been challenged to the max, He used the power of SCRIPTURE to win the battle that day.
You and I need to follow Yeshua’s example and do the same thing, in the same way that He did. He said, “It is written….”, and we should as well. The converse is true: if we don’t have a chapter and verse for our prayer or warfare, then think twice about saying it.
Inviting God’s presence into the battle
When we praise and worship God Almighty with a clean and submitted heart, God’s Word states that He inhabits the praises of His people. It does not say that we force Him to show up, as He is everywhere at all times anyway (see Ps 139:x-x).
God Almighty can be in your home and yet be ‘inactive’, as He is waiting for some praise and worship to inhabit. When we worship Him with all of our hearts, it INVITES Him to manifest His holy presence in our midst–even in the midst of a spiritual battle.
Deut 26:8 – And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:
That is actually when we need His presence the most, when we are facing down an enemy that we cannot see. With God inhabiting our Bible-based praises, we invite Him to take our side and wield His “…mighty right hand and outstretched arm…” [ref].
As the old saying goes, “Your arm’s too short to box with God!”
Sing His Word in the battle
What happens when we combine the POWER of God’s written Word with the POWER of whole-hearted praise and worship?
It spells double-trouble for God’s enemies!
Imagine Yeshua in the desert, being personally confronted by Satan. Remember that the disciples called Him ‘rabbi’, which means ‘teacher’. Imagine Yeshua starting to cant like a rabbi and beginning to SING Deuteronomy 10:20 before His enemy:
“Thou shalt worship…Yehovah thy God…and Him ONLY…shalt thou serve!”
We can only imagine that scene, as the scripture states that Yeshua/Jesus ‘said’ those verses–He didn’t sing them.
However, we know that God sings over us, as it is written:
Psalm 32:7 – “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt surround me with songs of deliverance.“
Zeph 3:17 – “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in his love, He will rejoice over thee with singing.”
God sings, and God confronts His enemies with His Word, and God wins every battle.
Let’s do the same…
Start RIGHT NOW to find a verse that promises God’s victory in your life and begin to SING THAT VERSE in the face of your enemies.
Sing, sing, SING!
Force the enemy to leave your presence! Remind him that there is only ONE God, and He is one YOUR side.
If that helps you, then save this article, print it out, read it daily for the next week and put it into practice every single day.
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Until next time, be blessed as you worship the LORD God of Israel,