I don't know any other way to begin but by saying WOW! We began our War Zone series this week and today was just a great day. It was awesome being back with everyone after being out sick the week before. The worship was simply incredible today. Robbie is bringing great leadership and a heart of worship is undeniably been birthed in him. It is awesome to watch God grow him. The band also did a great job with the special song and the bumper video for the series was excellent.
Now that I have mentioned all the things that I enjoyed, let me tell you about what I didn't. I did not enjoy the extreme battle I was engaged in while speaking today. I've excepted it, but not enjoyed it. During the entire message I was struggling with confidence. I never have those type of thoughts and emotions going on. I felt as though the crowd was staring at their watch thinking, "come on dude wrap it up!" I could hear voices in my head telling me I was stupid and that nobody was listening. It was a horrible feeling, but I kept believing that God was at work. It was much better the second service; however, we had some technology woes that sprang up -- imagine that. Overall, many came forward for prayer in both services and afterward. I believe many eyes were opened. I hope we were all awakened to the war today.
Thank you all for the encouragement you gave me expressing how the message spoke to you. I realize that we are all going to be experiencing more spiritual warfare during this series than perhaps we have ever seen. I want all of you to be on your guard this week. Stand firm against the enemy and remember that "greater is He who is in us than he who is in this world" - 1 John 4:4. The next three weeks of the series we will dive deeper into how we can recognize those attacks and how we respond.
I love this church. I love the spirit of our people. I love how everyone is willing to embrace this subject and take a serious look at their lives in light of it. As we growing internally, we will continue to grow externally. May God's grace and love guide each of you.