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Whatever you believe you express it in actions; this is what praise is. Everyone does this act of worship, whether you are a Believer or Non-Believer. The scriptures express to the Believer that God is calling them to worship the Father God alone. You and I have the privilege to give back to Him what is due, and that is our praise and worship. The Father God is looking for people who will honor Him every day (John 4:23). Praising God is must easier than worshipping God, because we are use to it. I guess most people only reserved praise for ballgames, concerts, people, and other idols. When you become a follower of Christ Jesus, satan tricks you into believing that we don’t have to praise anymore. So you stop praising. If you cannot praise Christ, then you should not be praising God. You can NOT bypass the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to get to the Heavenly Father. Jesus is the only means by which we can reach (or have a relationship with) Him (John 14:6).
You must understand that God is not wanting just any old type of worship (based on what you think is right), but he would like worship that is pleasing to Him (Philippians 2:13). Here are some of the common hindrances to the right kind of acceptable worship:
• Ignorance. Many people worship gods but not The True God (Acts 17:23).
• Unbelief. We must approach God with believing hearts. (Hebrews 11:4-6).
• Wrong Attitude. If we hold a grudge against someone, God will refuse our worship until we make things right with the other person (Matthew 5:23-24; 6:14; Ephesians 4:31-32).
• Unconfessed Sin. When we as Christians sin, we should confess immediately to God (1 John 1:9), If we don’t, it destroys our fellowship with Him and we become cold and insensitive to Him.
• Misplaced Priorities. When we allow other things to become more important to us than God, we take away from the honor He deserves (Matthew 6:33). Right worship recognizes His worthiness to be first.
• Our greatest enemies: sin nature & the devil. They are constantly opposing our worship (Romans 7:23; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 2:15),but as we daily depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for help, we can overcome our enemies (Galatians 5:16; James 4:7; 1 John 5:4).
Now, you know. Don’t let these common hindrances get the best of you. Why do I say this? Because you have the greater one living on the inside of you—The Holy Spirit—He is there to help. Ask Him. You have the ability to worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Jesus was our role models follow here on earth. He worships the Heavenly Father, and told us to do the same. Here are examples of Jesus’ worship to God founded in the King James Verse:
• Matthew 5:10—(Jesus rebuke Satan) “For it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”.
• Matthew 6:8—”Our Father which are in Heaven, hallowed be thy name”.
• Matthew 11:25– “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things….”
• Luke 11:2—”Our Father which are in Heaven, hallowed be thy name”
• John 17:5—”O Father, glorify thou me, with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
• John 17:25—”O righteous Father”
The following shows His attitude and actions were perfect expression of human worship:
• Jesus was completely humble and obedient to his Father (Philippians 2:8)
• He did not seek to do His own will, but the will of His Father (John 5:30)
• He loved and honored His Father (John 8:49)
• He praised and gave thanks to His Father (John 11:41)
• He lived to the glory of His Father (John 17:4)
Proverbs 3:6 states in the Amplified Bible, “In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him (God, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”
Do you see that Jesus acknowledged God in all His ways. We too cannot just turn off our worship. Why? Because, worship pours out of what we are and what we value. It is connected to our character all the time. Do you know that our attitudes and action come out of who we are as a person? That is why worship is so important. Jesus took some time to explain that for us in John 4: 19-24. When you get a chance, read these scriptures, I believe these verses of scripture to be the most significant passages on the subject of worship. Study them. Amen.
I said a lot so let’s review from the last two days:
• Worship is to respect, and give honor to a divine superior being—God.
• Two forms of worship—acceptable or unacceptable worship. The majority of the world offers unacceptable worship, and God will not accept it. Christians must learn how to offer acceptable worship to God.
• The Creator God pre-wired us to worship for this is our purpose in life. We praise and worship 24 hours a day.
• Our worship should be a personal relationship with God, as our Father.
• Our worship can be for either good or bad, and is looked at as what is of most worth to us.
• Jesus worships the Father God, and told us to do the same. Read John 4:19-24.
• The purpose of worship is to give to God, the respect and honor due to Him.
• You have the ability to worship God “in spirit and in truth”.
Give God Your Best Praise! Your Best Worship! Why? He deserves it!
Due to me overwhelming you today :), I would like for you to leave here in praise. Please watch this youtube video and enjoy it:
Even When it Hurts (Praise Song) by Hillsong United
Until next time, continue to be blessed and Praise the Lord!
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All bible scripture are from the King James version, unless otherwise expressed.