Praise and Worship is the bottom-line for every Believer!
If you have praise in your heart, get it out right now! You have less than 6 seconds to get it out!
God is holy! Praise Him.
God is to be reverently feared! Praise Him.
God is to be worship as a living Spirit! Praise Him.
God is to be praise, honor, and adore! Praise Him.
God is holy and He must be worshipped as Holy! Praise Him.
God is flawless, without error, without sin, fully righteousness! Praise Him.
Holy, Holy, Holy!!!
What comes first the great commission of works, or the holiness of spiritual worship?
A. W. Tozer will answer this question for me:
“The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to restore the lost soul to intimate fellowship with God through the washing of regeneration. To accomplish this He first reveals Christ to the penitent heart (1 Cor. 12:3). He then goes on to illumine the newborn soul with brighter rays from the face of Christ (John 14:26; 16:13-15) and leads the willing heart into depths and heights of divine knowledge and communion. Remember, we know Christ only as the Spirit enables us and we have only as much of Him as the Holy Spirit imparts. God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. It is inconceivable that a sovereign and holy God should be so hard up for workers that He would press into service anyone who had been empowered regardless of his moral qualifications. The very stones would praise Him if the need arose and a thousand legions of angels would leap to do His will. Gifts and power for service the Spirit surely desires to impart; but holiness and spiritual worship come first.”
Thanks to the late and great Mr. Tozer we have an excellent answer. I encourage you to look Him up on the web, read some of his books. They will be a blessing to you.
Yesterday, we learned the purpose for the assembly of true worshippers, and I believe just what it said in Hebrew 10:25. We are to “exhort one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Amen.
There is something that I would like to share with you before you start your ministry, and to think about it long and hard. Most people today have overemphasized God’s love to the point of excluding His holiness. But there must be a balance between the two.
Unfortunately, we tend to be too ministry oriented (like Martha in Luke 10:38-44) and not oriented enough toward worship. We need to learn from Mary how to sit at Jesus’ feet and worship Him. Jesus said, “But one thing is needful: [worship] Mary hath chosen that good part.”
Those who see only a God of love falsely assume that God would never punish sin. They fail to recognize that God, who is merciful, is also just and must punish those who sin against His holiness. Consider the two great sins of David: his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband (2 Samuel 11:4, 15); and the census of Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1-4), which demonstrated his reliance on his army rather than God.
Though David confessed his sins (1 Chronicles 21:8, 17 and also Psalm 51), what were the consequences for them (2 Samuel 12:7-18; 1 Chronicles 21:9-14)? In spite of the dreadful crimes that were met with divine justice, David recognized the mercy of God and His grace that was shown toward Him.
Do you willingly accept the consequences for your own sin? Are you able to see, like David was, God’s mercy in context of His justice?
Every good ministry should have this sense of holiness, and godly fear of Him that would result in true acceptable worship. Never take that for granted.
Watch this youtube video called ‘You are Holy’ by Lisa McClendon:
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.