"Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The LORD is over many waters."
Psalm 29: 2-3
Faith for the last days …
In previous lessons we have had an interesting study comparing things like Mount Sinai and Mount Zion; Earthly Man and Heavenly Man; Mortal Man and Immortality. We have learned about Holiness and Separation, The Glorious Church and The Harvest, and about The Coming of the Lord.
“But you have come to … the city of the living God …” Hebrews 12:22
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12:28
This lesson will focus on how the new creation man must worship.
“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:14-15
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
“The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’”
“Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’” John 4:25-25
- Worship is not a place.
- Recognize we worship the Father.
- You were created and designed to worship Him.
- You cannot worship someone you do not know. Job said, “Acquaint thyself with Him.”
- Just as men ought always to pray, men ought always to worship God.
- We worship Father in spirit and in truth from a humble and thankful heart of love.
- Father is seeking true worshippers.
- God is Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is commissioned to teach and guide us about all things. That includes how to enter into true worship. John 14:26 & 16:13-15
- Training is required to produce a lifestyle of continual worship throughout our day.
GOD CANNOT DENY ONE WHO WORSHIPS
“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she cries out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’
“Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’”
“But He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.’ And she said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’”
“Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.’” Matthew 15:21-28
This woman’s worship and faith merged together to leap into the next dispensation and give her the benefits that had not yet come to the Gentiles. How much more should we as God’s very own children expect to have, as we live in continual praise and worship to our Father?
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:1-4
No one else can worship God for you. David said, “I will bless the LORD at all times …”
“My soul shall make her boast in the LORD …”
Although our soul—mind, will and emotions—is involved in expressing praise and worship, the source of true worship is from the spirit of the born again child of God.
True worship is when a Word-dominated heart overflows with expressions of love and adoration to the Father.
That love that is released to God embraces Him and makes contact with His glorious anointing. His anointing soothes, cleanses, and uplifts the soul, far above the mundane circumstances of this world into the heavenly realm where “every spiritual blessing in Christ” resides. (Ephesians 1:3)
We know it is His anointing that “destroys yokes and removes burdens” from us.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:38-39
Jesus has been glorified and the Holy Spirit has been freely given to His children. As we worship Him for all He has done for us, the current in those rivers becomes stronger producing life. This is the root of the abundant life in Christ.
The very first thing Smith Wigglesworth did every morning was to worship God for ten minutes. Those rivers need to be stirred up every morning! And always begin your prayer time with worship.
CASTING CARES: 1 Peter 5:7
Worship helps to pave the way so cares and burdens can easily be cast off and handed over to the Lord who desires to take them. The results are true liberty and trust that He will resolve and restore things for us. True faith dominates ungodly circumstances to see them removed. We boldly declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4
WORSHIP GOD IN TRUTH
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
- The Way
- The Truth
- The Life
No one can come to the Father without going through Jesus Christ.
No one can worship the Father without going through Jesus Christ.
No one can worship God in spirit and truth without being in Christ Jesus!
All other forms of worship apart from being in Him are vanity and pure idolatry.
Definition of True: valid, genuine, absolute, pure, truthful, correct, right, exact, precise, literal, unquestionable, factual, authentic
Definition of Truth: facts, accuracy, actuality, exactness, trueness
Antonym: false, phony, counterfeit, bogus, imitation, artificial, imaginary, inaccurate, deceit, delusion, error, artificial
OLD TESTAMENT WORSHIP
In Old Testament times Abraham built altars to the Lord and called on His name. This worship required no elaborate priesthood or ritual.
As Israel became a nation after their deliverance from Egypt, God established through Moses the form and principles of Israelite worship. Later, as they occupied the Promised Land and were exposed to pagan rituals, the nation began to practice idolatry, setting up shrines and altars to worship pagan gods.
Of course, severe consequences followed as the hearts of His nation turned away from the living God to seek and worship the counterfeit.
JESUS CHANGED EVERYTHING: NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP
People who are born of God’s Spirit have been called out of the world and separated as a holy nation to worship God with joy and thanksgiving. True worshippers are very aware and always thankful for the price Jesus paid in taking our place on the cross.
Jesus paid a price He didn't owe for those who owed a price they couldn't pay.
GOD IS SEEKING YOU
Whether we worship God as we assemble together corporately, in private times of devotion, or even doing our daily tasks, we are called to be worshippers.
As we The Church moves forward, let's expect worship to increase and expand into the glory!
The high praises of God increase light and cause demons to flee!
Life Application Suggestions for the End Days Church
“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh …” Philippians 3:3
Set some time with the Lord to see if there needs to be any correction concerning how you worship. Read over the definition of truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach and direct you in how to worship.
The Spirit of Truth vs. The Spirit of Error
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 gives us a look at how easily error spreads from one Christian to another, which can happen even in worship … “for a little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
Be watching, beloved, leaven expands slowly …
Practice praise and worship before asking to be led by the Holy Spirit in prayer.
Take your freedom to worship in fullness: spirit, soul, and body.
For the love of people:
THE CHURCH—THE LOST—ELECTED LEADERS
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