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Worshiping God is truly the essence of being a Christian. Hebrews chapter 10, verse 22 says, “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
If you are a Christian then you are a worshiper!
John 17:3 says, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Worship should be the center of everything we do. And it is done when we have a heart for it.
Now if true worship is in our heart and at the center of our life, then how is it that we draw near to God and how is it that we have a heart for such?
It is truth that renews our minds as Romans chapter 12:1-2 talks about, and truth or God’s word gives us the knowledge and desire and capacity, through it being what the Holy Spirit uses in our lives, to where we can truly worship God there by.
Worship could be said to be an over-flow of you spending time with God. And the way that you spend time with Him is through His word. When you spend real intimate time with God in the word and in prayer your affections
and your desires will be ignited and sparked by what God has intended for you to draw near to Him by.
Now this is a serious subject, because failure of us to worship God in Spirit and in truth is sin. And it should be a challenge for anyone to say, “How can you love God if you don’t know Him? And how do you really know Him if you don’t draw near to Him?”
If I were to say that I worship God in Spirit and truth and fail to use the means that I am to know Him by, then I would be deceived into thinking that I am truly worshiping Him.
In Matthew chapter 22 it speaks about how the Christian is to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. And this implies that we are to prepare our self to worship, it want just happen on its own.
And we are not to attach our self to some superficial, robotic, programmed or emotional way of service where we think that is true worship to God. In reality we may not even be worshiping Him at all.
One thing we know from Scripture is that God desires for us to give Him our whole heart. God doesn’t desire for us to be divided or to where we put self in His spot or place.
Churches are doing precisely that in our day. They are applauding humans, allowing humans to have the precedence in the service and directing people’s attention to them while the Word of God is given the back seat of the service. And then when the Word is proclaimed the mind and heart has been so directed on the human side of things, such as emotions and human recognition that it is almost impossible to be in a prepared state for worship.
Deut. 10:12: "What does the Lord your God require of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul."
And part of God getting the glory to where people’s heart are prepared to worship Him, where the congregation will have their hearts adjusted promptly, is just as important before the preaching begins, or what sets the stage for the preaching, as in the preaching message itself.
Because we know that Scripture teaches us in Titus 2:7, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity and seriousness.”
And as Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
What is your attention on the most in a church service? Where is your mind directed even before the preaching begins? And how serious and with how much integrity and reverence is Scripture handled and proclaimed?
All these things are of great importance to our Lord and Savior whom is head over the church!
How we are drawing near to Him during the week will greatly affect what we do in His house!
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"We are the Bridegroom's friends, and we rejoice greatly in His joy, but we sigh and cry till we have found the chosen hearts in whom He will delight."
"The motive of the church is to glorify God. And the mission that does that is to win men and women to the Savior."
"To commune with God in prayer, in the Bible, and in the assembly of His people-these things will be the holy person’s principal enjoyments."
"It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ."