Learning from Observing 3of3
Leaving off where I left you in Part 2…
After the conference and doing a few things I headed to a church event for supper and their evening service. I relearned some things I’ve already learned there as well as some new things.
Imagine this…you enter a room filled with people of all ages ranging from 4yrs to grandparents. The room is dim, band is playing, crowd is singing and worshipping through raised hands, clapping, and praying with one another. You feel the presence of God in the room through the Spirit filled worship happening around you. You look up near the front of the room and see 4yrs-late elementary age children jumping up and down and clapping with the fast songs, and on their knees with raised hands on the slower ones… Now come back to reality.
You may be thinking this is something I see regularly in church service, or you may be thinking this is something that never happens and how do you make that work, is it real, can that happen you ask?
At the church service I was at tonight and every Wednesday night from now on it is. I’ve seen this before but being that I was trying to observe and see what was happening around me I saw it again and realized how great it is to see young children through grandparents all worshipping together. (At the song service the children and youth go to their own classes).
After the song service the pastor spoke on “How Real the Enemy Is.” I learned again that Satan is our enemy, he wants to destroy us, and will try to pull us down. But if we are saved and put on the full armor of God and are prepared that Satan can’t get to us. The gates of hell cannot overcome us. When we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil he will flee from us. We don’t belong to this world, we belong to the Kingdom of Heaven and are just here on earth til God returns. Satan can’t get to us if we don’t let him, we can overcome him.
God has already won this war, Satan is going to loose big time. We know the end of the story, why aren’t we doing more, why are we scared to do things for God and step out into the unknown. Everything is possible with God. Knowing the end of the story we don’t have to fear what the world will do to us, we may be killed, embarrassed, and cursed but we will end up with God one day. I want all my friends to be in Heaven one day, don’t want them to go to the fires of Hell. Our life’s goal is” to get to heaven and take as many people with us as possible.”We have power over our enemy, Satan, stop giving in and take control. The same power that conquered the grave lives in us, the gates of hell cannot overcome us.
That power that we have is another story, but I learned a lot tonight and just blogging through this I learned how a lot of what I learned tonight ties in with what I’ve learned other times with this church. The above was a combination. Following are some scriptures that I referenced above, the Bible is true, it’s in the Bible and we can believe it.
1 John 5:19 – We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Colossians 1:13 – For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Matthew 16:18 – And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
The last thing I learned in that service tonight was “We shouldn’t be running from the devil, but should be running at the devil.” Run toward him, he wants you to be scared, and because we have God on our side we don’t have to be. Run toward him and show him who is in control, not you, but God. Because of God you can run toward him and know that you will be successful and overcome him.
Spirit-filled worship, children on their knees with hands raised,
all ages in the same room worshipping at the same time.
We have been rescued, God has already won, the gates of hell cannot overcome the church.
Put on the full armor of God, submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Run at the devil, the same power that conquered the grave lives within in.