We must continue comparing scripture with scripture; line upon line, precept upon precept until we see the accurate picture of Who Jesus is and what His plan is for the church. We must learn to worship Jesus in Spirit and in Truth. We must learn that the act of worship is done in the spirit that comes from learning of Jesus in Truth, in the scriptures. As an example, there are some that do not believe in the doctrine of One God in three Persons or also know as the doctrine of the holy Trinity. When they lift up their hands to worship Jesus they are at least in part - worshipping a false Jesus because they are not worshipping Him in truth. Now they not just SEE a false Jesus but they also WORSHIP a false Jesus. Even the simplest and most foundational doctrines will be challenged in these last days and many will abandon them for seducing doctrines. As in the case of the "trinity" they use man's natural reasoning power to make LOGIC out of truth. Our natural minds cannot comprehend spiritual things. Try reasoning that God has never had a beginning. Our minds are boggled, totally dumbfounded. Try to imagine how God can have counted the hairs on every head that ever existed, and every time you lost a hair or grew a hair it did not pass His notice. The scripture teaches that the Father is God and Jesus is God and yet they were separate Persons capable of having a relationship with each Other. Jesus did not pray to Himself, He prayed to His Father. Our mind cannot fathom that God can be three Persons. Therefore many try to "FIGURE IT OUT" and therefore choose to combine the Three into One Person. They have abandoned a True knowledge of God. Are they born-again? I cannot answer, but I will say that when they come to a worship service and lift up holy hands to heaven that they are at least in part worshipping a false God. I am making a point - knowing that as you read this, you do not believe this false doctrine. But please hear; we all are guilty to a degree - of this same principle! So now let us examine ourselves by looking to Jesus in light of the scripture.
Examine the Jesus that you
worship - in light of scripture.
The church has entered into the act of worship and psalmistry in these last days that have been at many times - GLORIOUS. The act of worship is important and God wants us to soar to new heights in the spirit concerning worship. However, worship will be much more glorious and much higher when you see Him that you are worshipping, as He is - in Truth!
This is a truth that cannot be ignored; you can worship the Lord everyday with the most anointed music available and still grow little or none. How can this be? Because, only the seed of the Word of God is sown in your heart - therefore only the Word of God can grow in your heart; fruit is produced from the Word. <Matt 13:23> <James 1:18 > It is a mind renewed by the Word of God that is transformed to discern the perfect will of God. <Romans 12:2> It is the Word of God that cleans you and makes you one who is holy before God. <Eph. 5:26>
The book of Psalms is the book of worship, yet one of the longest psalms written was Psalm 119, which is a psalm about Gods Word. Psalm 119 shows the worshipper in relationship with the Word. It is a panting, a strong consuming desire, and a passion for Gods Word. The worshipper of Psalm 119 did not separate God from His Word, when he desired to worship God in His presence; he desired to worship God by knowing what God spoke. Why? Because I love God so much, I want to please God so much, that I will learn what He has spoken from His heart and I will hide it in my heart. It is in the hiding, the planting in my heart that causes us to declare, that I might not sin against thee even as the psalmist declared. If we desire Gods presence, if we desire to worship God in song and yet we have little desire for what He has said, then something is amiss. If we find ourselves in this place I am trusting in the faithfulness of our God to cause us to hunger and thirst for Him in His Word.
In some churches it would be a strange concept that you can worship God in song, lifting holy hands and yet still have lost your first Love Jesus Christ, but yet that is what God says. Worship is very important, but we are living in a day where the church has no problem entering into the act of worship and has yet lost a craving for Gods Word that they know is the manna from heaven that feeds the inner man. A mature man is a worshipper, but a worshipper is not necessarily a mature man in fact he can be as immature, he can be as carnal, as the day he was born again. God speaks very loudly in Psalm 51 obedience is better than sacrifice. It is better to obey Gods Word than to offer the sacrifice of praise and worship, God wants both but the more excellent way is to obey His word that you have hid in your heart even as you have meditated on it day and night.
The more I fall in love with Jesus, the more I experience intimacy with Jesus - is commensurate to the degree that I yearn for His Words! Knowing Jesus is - knowing Him Who is the Word of God. If you do not desire to know His words in scripture and do not submit yourself to those words then your worship is mere FLATTERY. As Isaiah declares - Isa 29:13 Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from me. The consequences of this action resulted in these people coming to NOTHING, being CONSUMED, and CUT OFF. Their wise men shall perish and their prudent men shall be hid.
Now, let us look at how
the Apostle Paul viewed knowing Jesus and the flame burning in him.
Philippians 3:8,10 AMP
I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish in order that I may gain (win) Christ. V10 For my determined purpose is that I may know Him! <concise>
We must consider those things in our life that are separating us from Gods Word as loss or as dung as King James Version puts it. If we examine our life truthfully, what will show up is - we do not have the time for reading what God says because there are many things in our life that we have not considered as dung. What is more saddening is we have not valued His words as possessing a priceless privilege. You will never really know Jesus without knowing His words. Everything between you and Jesus words are mere rubbish!
God sets the order of the
act of worship by prioritizing His word.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Many of us have become weak in Gods Word; we must fall in love with the Word, we must have a romance for the Word of God that reveals to us the face of Jesus. In my own life there are people that sing my praises for abilities that I perform and yet they care nothing for my words of conversation. There are others that do not outwardly esteem me and yet they listen intently to my conversation and then order their behavior accordingly. The first group thinks that they have courted my favor and instead I do not know them and I have no pleasure with being with them. The second group not only knows me but they have become intimate with me we are like-minded. Jesus speaks likewise in John 15; Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. No one desires to become intimate with someone that drastically differs in thinking. If you think like Jesus, if you obey Jesus, if you see Him as He is - then you will be like Him, you will be intimate with Him. If you desire not His words in scripture, if you are blinded to the meaning of His words in scripture, if you obey not His words in scripture, you will not be like Him and no matter what manifest presence of God comes down, your intimacy is limited. God will let you experience His presence to court you to come into His chambers of intimacy, but we deceive ourselves if we think we have arrived there and yet desire not His sayings and do them.
For us to mature any further we must humble
ourselves before God and return to our first Love. How can I get to this
place of longing for God in His Word? If we have found ourselves with a
void of craving Gods Word then read Psalm 119 out loud to God
and have faith that you are touching the heart of God. Substitute the word
precepts, commandments, etc. for Your Word and God will
bring this message to bear. THIS COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Make
special note of Psalm 119:71,92
If we worship Jesus and habitually refuse His words then a danger lays ahead. We become as one who greets Jesus with a kiss and an embrace. We become as Judas into the garden of God saying TEACHER RABBI and we do not choose to do His sayings we betray Him. Jesus says His friends are those that hear and DO His sayings. The Greek definition for worship is to kiss. We should kiss our Lord Jesus, we should show great affection for Him, but we must choose to kiss Him most by finding out what pleases Him and doing it.
I have seen over and over the people of God
falling on their face worshipping, dancing and rejoicing, intensely giving
Glory to God. This is a beautiful thing, but some of them might as well be
ROCKS. Why? They leave the worship service and follow false doctrines,
they serve themselves, and they refuse to hide the Words of Jesus in their
hearts and obey them. I have even seen a practicing homosexual that
refused to renounce his abomination as even being sin and he
ed worship in our love feasts. He had no problem expressing outwardly
with the people of God. In fact he was considered to be an anointed
leader; though he served a false God and was not even born again. Surely
this is a drastic scenario, but it is easy to worship to songs and it is
hard to obey His sayings. The bottom line is this; never evaluate your
spiritual progress based on how good your act of worship is.
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