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DEVO: GET YOUR WORSHIP ON!!!
WHY do you worship God? Have you ever thought about it?
ROMANS 12:1 NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
WORSHIP is giving everything you are - spirit, soul and body - to the glorification of God. It is taking your time, talent and treasure and giving it to the complete service of God’s will. It is the willful surrender of your attitudes, motives, personal agendas, bents towards image management, and pride as an offering to God simply because He is worthy.
Worship at its heart is God-centered. Worship is about God. It's not about you or me. It's not centered on human need. It’s not contingent of human feeling or mood. It’s not about what our circumstances or disappointments of the moment might be. It’s not even about what we get out of it. Worship, etymologically, is worth-ship; at its roots we are esteeming God’s worth.
Worship is not about giving God a percentage of my heart along with the various other pleasures competing for my attention. It's not about my preferred style. It's not about my personal tastes. It’s not about my personality. In worship we gather and encounter the presence of the Living God, and we declare his greatness and his goodness and his glory with our heart and soul and mind and strength.
In Scripture we discover what God finds pleasurable in our worship. So our worship is to simply prefer God’s pleasure to ours; though God sees to it that our reciprocal pleasure, a mysterious pleasure, is exceeded. God is seeking such to worship Him.
Below are some of the things God derives pleasure from (all enumerated many times in Scripture). It may not be your initial preferences. Because it is worship - where you meet with God and connect deeply with Him - it will become your greatest delight.
Worship Him from deep within your spirit
Worship Him authentically, honestly and transparently
Worship Him with shouts of praise, celebration and ravings
Worship Him with extended, upraised hands
Worship Him with dancing, joyful spinning and showing excessive emotion
Worship Him with verbal expressions of praise, adorations and thankfulness
Worship Him with tender, quiet, still and contemplative focus on God’s person
Worship Him with the extravagant value towards His Word
We were created to worship God. There is nothing more mysterious, wise and medicinal than worshipping God in His preferred style. Worship is a life-giving, heart-felt activity that stirs from deep within. It touches the core of who we are, connecting us with the One we worship. Thank God today for all that He has done during this great Awakening Fast!
Dear Lord God, I surrender my affections, emotions and attention to You. I want to offer You the worship that You desire. I give You my praise; vocally, physically, emotionally, expressively because that is what You like. I want to give Your heart pleasure. In Jesus’ Name.
Extravagant Worship for LP – That EVERY LP ATTENDER would have the courage to worship God with what delights His heart.
Extravagant Thankfulness - Review the previous prayer items during the fast and lavish thankfulness on God for hearing and answering.
SUGGESTED READING: 1 Corinthians 13 (AMP)
If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody). 3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
9 For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). 10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God]. 13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I yield my tongue to the Holy Spirit and therefore He is taming it (James 3:8). He is helping me to bridle my tongue and therefore setting the course of my life (James 3:4). I am confident that my God can take the promptings of my spirit to speak languages I have never learned (Acts 2:4). I will speak and the Holy Spirit will make a language out of it (Acts 2:4). I will speak of the wonderful works of God as I do (Acts 2:11).
Workshop Saturation is when we take spiritual topics and listen to them until they change the way we think, believe and live. Many of us have approached God, His Word and teachings like other academic pursuits, to gain data-knowledge. Saturation is when we are focused on BECOMING the truth we are learning. It’s when the Word becomes a part of your very personality, extracting the spiritual substance within the text.
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