A DEEPER LOOK AT WORSHIP
FRIDAY 18TH JULY 2014
SIS. ANNE-MARIE CLARKE
FATHER GOD, I thank you for this day, being able to come in your Presence to worship and give you thanks, for your mercies and grace bestowed upon me daily. Oh how I love you and ask that you would continually search my heart and remove ALL things that are a hindrance to you. Oh FATHER GOD I bless your HOLY Name! For you ALONE are worthy to be praised!! All Blessings, Honour, Dominion and Power belongs to you! The Only KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS! Hallelujah!
My dear fellow brethren, today I will be sharing on “A Deeper Look at Worship!” Hope you all will be Blessed, Encouraged and Edified, for the Honour and Glory of Our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST! Hallelujah!
A DEEPER LOOK AT WORSHIP!
In most of the Church today, there seems to be a heightened awareness of the call to worship. But sadly, when most people hear of worship, they immediately think of music, singing, dancing, and other forms of worship expressions. Also, they would think of Sunday morning services. For most people, as long as they attend Sunday morning worship service, they have worshiped. Most Christians would easily claim that they are worshipers and in fact, they do worship every week as they attend church, sing, dance, give tithes and offerings and listen to GOD’s Word. Though all of these activities are important and highly recommended, they do not necessarily constitute true worship. The truth is that anyone can attend church on Sunday mornings, singing, dancing, and lifting hands. One does not have to be a member of the church to engage in any of these activities. Worship must mean much more than a church service or singing. We must therefore examine the true essence of worship and move beyond the song and dance.
Worship is much like love, difficult to define. However, it is the highest and most powerful form of expression of those belonging to the kingdom community. In fact it should be the goal and life of any church community. In the Old Testament, whenever Israel wandered away from true worship into idolatry, the prophets, whose primary function was to protect true worship of Yahweh, prophesied against their sin and pronounced that worship is only true when directed to Yahweh. The Church today must address its worship. Nothing is more important to GOD.
In the kingdom community, Yahweh is King and HE determines and establishes the rules that govern His Kingdom. The Church as a kingdom community was established and functions by the Sovereign will of GOD. As the church, we were sent into the earth to represent GOD. This sending makes the church apostolic in nature. The apostolic church makes a bold statement in the earth. The church belongs to JESUS CHRIST. The church is not owned or on loan by GOD to any one pastor or group of pastors. Leaders of churches cannot do as they please with the churches under their charge. The church is the possession of JESUS CHRIST, and must always function according to the desires of CHRIST, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16v18).
JESUS declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4v 21-24.
FATHER GOD, I thank you for this Word, as we are enlightened to what true worship is and what it means to you. Thank you for removing the blinders from our eyes and truth being revealed to remove old mind sets and religious theories of men. Thank you FATHER GOD! Hallelujah!