Worship That Pleases God : The Passion and Reason of True Worship

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This is why love is greater than faith because faith is part of pleasing God. Hope is also part of pleasing God so faith, hope and love are very critical. Any man that wants to have victory through worship must forget about self and selfish cravings, dreams, ambitions and desires. Self must be totally crucified on the altar of love. If you are the type of person that always puts your feelings and desires above every other thing and you claim to be a Christian, you are bringing shame on Christianity and openly crucifying Christ over and over again.

You definitely need a rethink or be sure to meet Christ in the place of judgement. We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Selfishness is for pagans and God haters not for Christians. It is wrong and an insult to Christ for a man to wear the tag or label of Christianity without being a Christian. It is so wrong and God hates it. They are simply content to wear Christianity as a tag or a label. True worship is about selflessness.

Loving God and humanity above all else and pleasing God is the only way. We must make it our principal desire to please God and worship Him. That is the reason for our existence. In order to effectively worship God, we need to marry the right person. We need to marry someone that shares our values, goals, dreams and passions.

It is wrong to marry someone that will derail us from worshipping God in spirit and truth. It is very vital and important for us to marry an unselfish person who will always put God first and his or her partner, number two. That is the divine order of things concerning all relationships and marriages. We must love Christ more than mother, father, children, wives and husbands. Anyone who puts God first in all decisions can never be selfish and cause harm to others. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.

And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. The wisest decision we can ever make in choosing a marriage partner is to pray for and choose a person who has made Christ his number one and first love. Christ must be our first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

It is actually a sin for a believer to relegate second or third place to Christ. Christ Himself desires first place in our hearts because that is the only thing that can produce harmony in our relationships especially marriage. Without that, marriage becomes a mockery of what God intends it to be and divorce will be the only consequence. Incompatibility, wrong choice, poor communication and selfishness is the cause of marital discord and disharmony. Any Christian that desires to achieve victory through worship must make it easier for himself by choosing a partner wisely.

A humble and repentant heart pleases God. A heart that is open and always willing to learn and accept correction. A heart that sees each new day and experience as an opportunity to learn new things from God and grow. True worship is about constantly finding out what pleases God and doing it.

It is about turning our backs on things that do not edify like spending time on Face-book and social media. If we must use social media we need to make sure we do not spend too much time there. We must not be idle busy bodies, there is nothing attractive about an unfocussed timewaster. As Christians who long to achieve victory through worship, we must discipline our minds. Our everyday life must be very pleasing and attractive to God. There is no benefit in materialism because our hearts were created for God and eternal things rather than material things and this material world. The only thing that we will get from materialism is sorrow and broken hearts.

Materialism has destroyed so many people and will keep on destroying. In unbridled quest for fame, wealth, success and prosperity many have been led astray and forsaken Christ. They have also broken their hearts with many sorrows. Some Christians also engage in businesses and jobs that Christians should not even contemplate. When a so called Christian decides to work in nightclubs and bars we know that materialism is at work. What about Christians who peddle false doctrines and dilute the gospel just to get large congregations.

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Materialism will simply make you forget and lose your Christian values. We must also get rid of anger. Anger is a negative emotion that destroys. The truth is that instead of nurturing and feeding anger in our minds, we should learn to let go and replace anger with positive creative thoughts. We need to cultivate a habit of overlooking and ignoring insults. One method I have found useful is creativity and innovation. Have you noticed that when you are busy, your mind automatically shuts off all other thoughts from flowing in?

God created the human mind for positive emotions and creativity. He also created our minds to be busy. Stay focused, busy and creative while also enjoying what you do. Be passionate about an activity that yields positive results to you and others and anger will flee. We must also get rid of attachments.

Attachments lead to obsession and obsessions leads to great sorrow. It is good to like good things but we must be careful how we prioritise our needs. Seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is what God wants us to seek first. Most humans are pagans without even knowing it.

We must review our ways, if our life is all about what we want God to do for us and we are not even trying to find out what pleases the Lord, we are unconscious pagans. A lot of people do things for vain reasons. Man naturally loves praise and attention and this attitude is very much alive in the Church. So many people serve God with impure motives. Some people love the respect and attention that comes by being a pastor yet their way of life contradicts what they preach.

These are not true men of God because the number one trait should be humility. Jesus came to serve. Jesus lived the life of a servant and was filled with humility. It is not possible to be successful as a proud Christian or minister. We must be completely Christ like. It is pride and vainglory that makes man crave after praise and approval from men. This is a very wrong attitude because it is only when we do things for the glory of God that God will recognise us as true worshippers.

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. We have the Holy Spirit but we need the manifest presence of God. For us to experience all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we need to be fully pleasing to God. It does not matter how much we cry and desire the Holy Spirit, what matters is our consecration and submission.

If we constantly cause God pain and refuse to follow the word of God and leading of the Holy Spirit on how to pray, we will fail. We must remember that ultimate victory through worship manifests in the Holy Spirit filling us and resting upon us. This will in turn transform the worshipper into a fruit bearing vine and a deliverer like Christ. Christianity of today has become all talk and no evidence or witness of the Holy Spirit.

Nobody wants to pay the price like Paul to partner with the Holy Spirit in confirming His word. Paul himself said he did not preach the gospel with just talks but by demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible instructs us to desire spiritual gifts and the only way to manifest spiritual gifts is by prayer and worship. If we want to be true ministers, we must desire to be effective by doing all it takes to manifest the gifts of the Holy Spirt because humanity needs it. We must heal the world by the power of the Holy Spirit and make the world a better place.

We must not think about our enemies. Do not even entertain their thoughts in your mind because it will only lead to bitterness and pollute you. There is no need to wonder why some people or group of people hate you. Just the fact that you are a human and was born is enough to attract haters into your life. Someone who hates your father can decide to hate you and there is nothing you can do about it. From the inception of the world, innocent people have been targeted for hate and abuse and there is nothing anyone can do to stop people who want to hate from hating.

Please what was the crime of Abel who was killed by his brother or Joseph who was sold into slavery by His brothers? David was targeted for hate by Saul and Jesus was hated by the teachers of the law. What of the children of Israel that were hated by Pharaoh and the Egyptians. What was their crime? There is no record of any offense by them but Pharaoh simply hated them. Hatred is not physical but spiritual.

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Sometimes it is possible that someone will take just one look at you and decide to hate you just as someone will take one look at you and irresistibly love you. Why should you care, you must make up your mind to be emotionally strong and not care if people hate you.

Focus on the people that love you and do the best you can to make others happy. Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let Your servant rejoice. Remembering your past is like carrying extra baggage that will definitely slow you down and harm you. Remembering your not so good past is like self-condemnation and self-hate and no one has the right to hate himself. Jesus says we should love our neighbours as ourselves so self-love is not bad.

It is only when we decide to harm others as a result of self-love that it becomes bad. It is when what should lead to self-preservation leads to the destruction of others that we become alarmed. Self-love is natural but we must remember that we should love others the same way we love ourselves. Jesus and Paul never hated themselves yet they loved others. We must impress God in our speech, confidence, career, friendships, marriage and in the ways we take care of the children he has given to us. We must love our husbands and wives to please and impress God.

We must decide to be the best partners, parents and children — that is what makes God happy. It is not just about praying for children and partners but for us to understand that we have a duty towards God to make our children and partners as happy as possible. We must impress God in the way we love our friends. Remember that God is the master of all friendships and that friendship is divine. In heaven, we will be overwhelmed by lots of wonderful heavenly friends. That is part of what makes heaven exciting. We must also avoid every form of malice.

I never read anywhere in the Bible that Jesus or Paul kept malice with anybody. A Christian should not be involved with any form of hate. We need to realise that anytime we obey God, we are loving and worshipping Him. God hates sexual immorality a lot so if we want to be true worshippers, we must hate whatever God hates. This was the attitude of Jesus when He lived on earth.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality. I have come across some believers who have told me that fornication is not a sin and that God can overlook fornication if that person is a faithful man of God. Whatever the Bible has labelled sin matters and must be regarded as deadly poison to be avoided at all cost. Sexual immorality is among the deadliest of poisons preceded only by idolatry and killing. The truth is that judgement comes when we least expect. The Bible even instructs us to keep away from sexually immoral people who are Christians.

Bad company corrupts good character so it is very important for us to keep away from sexually immoral friends. Married people should also respect the sanctity and holiness of marriage. Sexual immorality does not bring anything good and hidden beneath its surface of excitement and pleasure lies sorrow and judgement. Lack of love for God leads to disobedience and disobedience kills. Just as the devil enticed Eve to disobey God by believing that nothing would happen to her as a direct consequence of her actions, most humans have been deceived into ungodly lifestyles with the same conviction that it does not matter.

However it matters very much because sin is a deadly poison deadlier than a million bombs. This is true knowledge — to worship God, flee all appearances of sin, meditate on the word of God, pray always and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. Nothing else will do, this is victory. Victory through worship, simply put is a lifestyle of worship, love, gratitude and appreciation of God revealing itself in complete obedience and constant prayer, praise, worship, thanksgiving and love expressed towards God. God hates sin with perfect hatred and this hatred for sin is an eternal hatred. The only reason why man believes in heaven and paradise is because there is no evil and sin in heaven.

Man is not as undiscerning as He sometimes thinks he is by his actions. Man desires a place where there is no sin, evil and judgement yet man is not willing to give up sin and encourages others to live in sin. If people are free to say that fornication and homosexuality is not sin why are Christians being persecuted for standing by their faith — homosexuality, fornication, adultery and all sorts of sexual perversion is sin.

Even if we fall into any sexual sin, we must not insult God by claiming that our action is not sin. There is no need for man to pretend that everything is acceptable. Any thought or action that contradicts any Bible teaching is disobedience and will always have a negative impact on us. Unfortunately, some leaders are encouraging sin and destroying the world. We must be careful not to take God for granted because He will not be mocked. Unfortunately, some problems will not go away except by protracted and extended long periods of prayer especially midnight prayer and self-denial.

He must also spend very long hours during the day in Bible reading and praise and worship. Anything less than eight hours is too small. If we really want heaven to come down and visit us, we must be relentless in what we are seeking. You must go into prayer with passion and remain in the presence of God to have victory. If you are not willing to sacrifice your time and effort, forget about victory because spiritual victory is not cheap. Daniel determined within his heart to seek the Lord in prayer and supplication.

This is the kind of prayer that brings victory. Jesus also often went to the mountain alone to pray and renew the anointing upon His life. And great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. Waiting upon the Lord will prevent us from falling into temptations and making wrong decisions. Jesus chose His twelve disciples after praying all night in the wilderness. The life of Jesus actively testifies to the fact that He was not a victim of constant temptations and He also defeated temptations when He was tempted by the devil. Only God can strengthen us and give us victory over temptations.

God can also prevent temptations from flooding into our lives like waves without shores and borders. We must aggressively reject overflows of temptations in the place of prayer. Some people are always in one temptation or the other and have been caged by all sorts of bad habits and vices. A life of prayer and waiting upon the Lord is the solution to temptations and wrong decisions. Be proactive and avoid temptations. Jesus even taught us to pray not to be led into temptation. He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. Prayer is an activity that a lot of people find difficult but it is more important than the air we breathe and the bread we eat. Prayer guarantees oxygen to our spiritual lungs and that oxygen is grace. With prayer we will never be suffocated by temptations, sins and judgement. Anyone who masters the art of prayer has mastered life. Every good and perfect gift comes from God and obstacles, problems and afflictions can only be resolved through prayer. There are also stubborn afflictions that refuse to go no matter what.

Also some problems like chronic poverty and bad luck come from curses. Can you imagine the mental state of a man who is constantly bombarded with chronic bad luck? This man may be intelligent and hardworking yet whatever he does fails. Failure waits for him at every junction and corner of life with boldness, ferocity and impunity.

He is not experiencing the blessings of God due to some stubborn negative spirits from his foundation. He is already redeemed by the blood of Jesus so those afflictions need to respect the blood of Jesus and flee. Jesus is our medicine, answer and solution. However, before those afflictions can respect the blood of Jesus, the person in question must himself respect the blood of Jesus and believe that he is redeemed. He must also pray with aggression and praise and worship God at midnight with reckless abandon. He must also realise that anytime he sins, he is disrespecting the blood of Jesus that redeemed him.

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? He must flee all appearances of evil and live a life of faith, holiness, thanksgiving, praise, worship and rejoicing. He must persist and persevere in the place of prayer until the mercy of God manifests. There is no problem that is a big deal, the only big deal is human unbelief, self-reliance and ingratitude.

There is no problem that is bigger than God, however, man must learn how to trust in God and rejoice in His salvation. Man must learn to constantly see the blood of Jesus that redeemed him. We must learn how to stop grumbling and complaining and respect God. We must stop seeing God as our enemy, because anytime we grumble or complain against God, we are treating Him like an enemy and that negative attitude will not take us to victory.

Our victory needs to come from worship and prayer. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. We must constantly look for opportunities to glorify God not put Him down.

There is a difference between exalting Jesus and insulting and rejecting Him. We must realise that even our lifestyle and prayerlessness can be a form of rejection. The Bible instructs us to ask and receive. Anytime we sin and harm someone else just a little bit, we are rejecting and insulting Christ. It is very vital and important to pray with joy. Any prayer that is not accompanied by joy, thanksgiving, calm and peace is not a prayer of faith.

Anxiety with prayer indicates lack of faith and trust. The Bible says we should be anxious for nothing and present our petitions to God. Patience is like an oil and a balm that soothes the anxious prayer. Sadness also indicates lack of faith and ingratitude. Any mind that is filled with rejoicing, praise, thanksgiving, worship and celebration cannot be depressed. Sadness, sorrow and heaviness has a cure — rejoicing in the Lord. From my own experience, anytime I start getting sad over anything at all the Lord speaks to me to correct me.

Ingratitude is never the right choice. God is not pleased with discouragement and ingratitude. Immediately He corrects me, I obey and start worshipping, thanking and praising Him and before I know it I get very joyful and my mood transforms. This is faith because faith requires action. When a heart is busy with rejoicing and thanksgiving there will be no landing space for negative thoughts that lead to sadness. This is reality — we are what we think and must guard and protect our hearts diligently against negative thoughts.

Biblical positive thinking is not about confessing blessings without holiness and waiting upon the Lord. That is for pagans and magicians. Positive thinking is about thinking the same thoughts with God with complete obedience, prayer, praise and worship. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. The word of God and prayer builds confidence and faith in God.

We must pray for spiritual maturity and perfection. We must also pray for grace to be ours in full measure. We must pray for God to defeat all our enemies if we want to have victory over our enemies. There is no man that does not have an enemy. Supplication and petitions are all integral parts of worship. It is the God you meet in time of need that you worship.

Whatever name you call upon for help is the one you worship so if you ignore God when you are being bullied unnecessarily by your enemies, you have reduced your worship because God expects you to call upon Him in times of difficulty especially when you are harassed by physical and spiritual enemies. This means that the Holy Spirit must control every aspect of our lives. To walk in the Spirit we must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and understand dreams, visions and revelations.

The Holy Spirit is constantly talking but the problem is that we are not listening or paying attention. Paying attention is part of worship and loving God because it is when we listen to Him and obey Him that we prove our love for Him. If the Holy Spirit has been saying something to us and we ignore Him, we will never have victory. He must be obeyed at all times. He is our captain and head of the Church here on earth so it is a great sin to make Him inactive and irrelevant. Unfortunately, this is what so many people and Churches have done. It just seems like He does not matter anymore, so people just go ahead with their own plans and activities without ever bothering to key into the heartbeat of God for the Church.

Jesus our example was so in tune with the Holy Spirit that He was even led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. The truth is that the more we ignore Him, the weaker we are and the weaker the Church becomes. It is not His fault but our own fault. We must learn how to walk in the Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit. I already had a structure but it was not enough because some tasks I needed to do were left out of my routine.

I needed to restructure and reorganise my routine so that no task would be left undone. Subsequently, I would adjust in order to meet my targets and objectives. We may not know how vital this is but a look at the life of Jesus shows a very focused, disciplined and organised man. We need to know when to sleep, pray, get up, work and rest. We need to have a disciplined and organised pattern and stick to it. We must never be discouraged or depressed. A depressed mind cannot achieve much.

If we want to achieve victory through worship, we must realise that our everyday life matters to God. Do we have idle and lazy moments when we just chat, gossip and go on social media wasting away our lives? If we do, we are not worshippers and victory will shy away from us. Those who did and are doing exploits for the Kingdom of God do not live that way. Jesus and Paul did not live that way. Paul warned us against laziness, idleness and being busybodies. Do we engage in useless arguments, if we do, we are not worshippers.

We must master the art of warding off unnecessary and timewasting arguments. Time is very critical in life and must not be wasted. If someone comes along and tries to engage you in a worthless argument, just state your point politely and excuse yourself politely. We must be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves, always being smart without being rude.

If someone calls you names just ignore him and move on. Jesus always knew how to avoid useless questions and arguments. His enemies and time wasters could never trap Him into wasting away His day. He said; My father is always working and so am I. Is that the attitude of a timewaster? Make up your minds to ignore insults and criticism. Decide not to care too much and you will become more pleasing to the Lord. Caring too much means that you are emotionality fragile and anyone and everyone who desires can easily target you and hurt you badly.

We must develop very tough unbreakable minds if we want to be victorious in life. My nephew developed this attitude as a 4 year old boy and He was taught by His teachers not to care. Today he is a very well balanced child and emotionally very strong. However I know other kids his age that have a list of all the offenses and insults that people have thrown at them.

They can even publish a book containing all the negative things people have done and said to them. They are emotionally weak and have developed victim mentality. They believe everything matters and this is a lie. Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. The most we can do is cut off from negative people and never let them break us if we must be around them.

The more we care about God and His will, the less we tend to focus on people and their attitudes. A busy man never has time to recount all the wrongs that people have done to him. Love produces spiritual boldness both now and in the day of judgement. Spiritual timidity and fear is caused by imperfect love. Any man who wants to defeat fear must first of all defeat imperfect love which is the root cause of fear. Fear in itself is torment, bondage and punishment. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

Romans This is in line with peace as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is only the power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God that can destroy fear. The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts to purify our hearts and make us live in perfect love. He is the producer of love and love is superior to faith. The only way that a person will know if he has attained perfect love is by constantly reviewing and renewing his ways — there is no other way.

This means that you could have some level of victory but not complete victory. You have indirectly given the devil an upper hand by that singular act of disobedience. Honestly I cannot understand why some so called Christians have decided to despise and insult God like that. Christians who profess to love God must read their Bibles and stop listening to fabricated tales. The time for lip service is over and the time for love is now.

The only way to show love for God is by being a Bible addict and not just reading the Bible but making sure to follow all the precepts outlined by God. We must also be like the Berean Christian. It is only the man that flees all appearance of evil that has perfect love. The truth is that anytime we commit sin we are destroying the image of God. God wants man to constantly reflect and transmit His purity, love and holiness. Anything short of that is a distortion and a perversion and greatly displeases God. There is no sin that does not matter. If we truly love God, we will shy away from sins that people generally accept and compromise.

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It is perfect love that will make us decide not to play down and compromise any sin. We must constantly refuse to harm one another and contradict the Bible on matters of doctrine. We must make it our aim to live in sound doctrine because sound doctrine leads to sound love. Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. The Bible instructs us to test the spirits behind doctrines and the only way we test spirits is by comparing doctrines with Scriptures. Every false doctrine has a spirit behind it so we must be very careful not to ignorantly worship the devil.

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Jesus knew the Scriptures inside out and defeated the devil by quoting relevant Scriptures. We as believers must make it our top priority to know the Bible completely. That way, we will be able to practice perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. We might be comfortable or even rich but as far as spirituality is concerned we are failures and we cannot manifest the kingdom of God on earth. I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.

I could wish you were cold or hot. Manifesting the kingdom of God on earth is why we were born, live, breathe and exist. Anything short of that is failure. We are called to be the salt of the earth and should give flavour to this world the same way that Jesus gave flavour to the earth during His days. Establishing the kingdom of earth must be our top priority. Most Christians are busy chasing shadows instead of substance. Money, money, money and fame, fame, fame. That is all some Christians are capable of thinking of but we cannot serve God and mammon so we need to determine who we want to serve.

We must choose and chase after God if we have chosen God. There is no need to say we have chosen God, yet our actions contradict our words and all we can think about is money, fame and the world. Worship in Church is very vital and helpful. The Church is a place that has been dedicated to the worship of God so we must respect the presence of God. It is only when we begin to comprehend how much praise and worship means to God that we begin to see Church as an opportunity to please God and put a smile on His face.

Yes, God pays attention to everything we do in Church. He also wants us to fully participate and be involved. Thanksgiving is a very vital offering in the worship of God. God does not need or want physical sacrifices but He delights in spiritual offerings and sacrifices of thanksgiving. Gratitude is a medicine and healthy food. There is nothing as annoying and repulsive as ingratitude. An ungrateful heart will never see anything good in anyone and in God. All a man with an ungrateful heart does is sit idle in a corner and count and recount his losses.

To such a man, there is nothing on earth to be thankful about. To him, everything is shadowy, grey and black including God. His blinded mind is unwilling and incapable of discerning God, and life and God remain a constant mystery to him. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

He will criticise anything and anyone starting from His partner to his children and friends. Then he will descend on the government and the society. He will even complain about nature and animals. Finally he will begin to attack, judge and criticise God, the only one that has the power to deliver him from himself.

The heart of man is very deceptive and the more we listen to and entertain negative thoughts and concepts about God, the more root and branches those thoughts will have in our minds till our minds collapse and faint — Yes, the mind can faint, collapse and die. It can become so hardened and stony that positive thoughts and the word of God get bounced off. Have you ever had a conversation with a sceptical person? Such a man is never ready and willing to accept points regardless of how positive those points are.

He simply enjoys his darkness and is not capable of accepting the thoughts of the Holy Spirit. It is only the power of God that can break and prune such a man and enable him accept the word of God. Nothing else will do. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. All my life the Lord has been teaching me about gratitude. He has spoken to me several times about thanksgiving and gratitude. He simply hates ingratitude and cherishes gratitude.

Any man who wants to obtain victory through worship must delight in thanksgiving. He must make thanksgiving his food and offer it constantly to God. He must also enjoy thanksgiving and not feel burdened or bored with remaining in the presence of God. Praise is vital and crucial to our worship of God. It is not possible to please God without constant praise. God wants man to acknowledge that He is God and the only way we can acknowledge His great power is by praising, exalting, magnifying, glorifying and uplifting Him.

When we do that, an invincible golden bond will bind us to Christ. The opposite of praise is to put God down, look down on Him or belittle Him. We often do this without even being conscious of our attitudes and actions. We do this every time we refuse to spend time praising God. We also do this if we are obsessed about our problems and see only our problems instead of godly solutions.

We look down on Him when we refuse to see or think about the great power of God that is available to deliver us or the blood of Jesus that delivered us on the cross. We simply despise the son of God by our actions and insult the Spirit of Grace. We also look down on the blood of Jesus that purified us. The truth is that we can only overcome by constant praise and gratitude.

We must make up our minds to let God be God and let man be man. Man is powerless but God is not powerless so it is a very offensive and an insult to God when we begin to see Him the same way we see men. We must begin to realise that there is nothing too difficult for God and cling to Him for help and favour. We must give God an opportunity to help us and not close our hearts to God. Closing our hearts to God will only harm us and block His mercy from coming upon us.

God is great and greatly to be praised and power belongs to Him. Love and worship is when we have deep affection for God. It is not possible to love God if we see Him as an enemy. The world and the circumstances of life has been programmed in such a way that man finds it difficult to appreciate God or love God. Most of the time man simply pays lip service to God while His heart is bewildered with unanswered questions. If we do not make it our business to rise above our doubts or unanswered questions through the word of God, the love of God will be sniffled in our heart.

Perfect vision of who God is creates perfect love for God in our hearts. The more we get to know God and His ways, the more we love Him despite our circumstances. Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. We simply love and adore Him and cling to Him as our hope, benefactor, sustenance and inspiration. Love is very powerful and even stronger than death so instead of dwelling in doubt and unbelief which reduces the love of God we must make it our aim to love God the way that Jesus loved Him — with reckless abandon and complete surrender.

We must literally hand over our hearts to God and trust that He will not break it. Most humans are content and brave enough to hand over their hearts to men and women who simply end up turning against them to crush their hearts in pieces. How can we fall in love with someone we are not married to? That is simply foolishness and must be avoided. That is the order of meaningful relationships. The wisest choice you can ever make in terms of relationships is to decide to only fall in love after commitment. In the same way we must approach God with the same pattern.

We must build friendship with Him, commit fully to Him by complete dedication and devotion to His will, please Him and give Him happiness then we will enter the realms of intimacy and oneness with the divine substance. We will enter into Sonship which is the ultimate aim of the Christian life.

Our love of God must be expressed in words and songs. We must constantly tell Him how much we love Him and value Him. We must cherish God with all our hearts because that is why He created us. He did not create us for us to judge him, attack Him, criticise Him and mock Him. Unbelievers think that it is allowed for them to say all sorts of evil things about God and condemn God but that is not wise.

The love that flows out of our hearts and lips to God is an offering that cannot be quantified. It attracts heaven and beautifies a worshipper if the worshipper keeps away from sin. That is the way to open the gates, doors and windows of heaven. Love is greater than everything in all of creation especially when that love is directed toward the creator in the manner of worship prescribed by God in the Bible — in holiness, purity, faith, obedience, praise, worship and thanksgiving.

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  4. Our love for God should lead to tender feelings of love, fondness and respect towards God. This will translate into admiration, awe, reverence and honour. In our worship and prayer life, we must not see our problems, rather, we must constantly see the greatness of God and the littleness of our problems. This means that we must constantly enlarge God in our minds and keep shrinking our problems till we do not see them anymore.

    This involves the power of thought and creative thinking. God did not give us our minds for passivity and negativity, rather He gave us minds that have the ability to conceptualize Him and magnify Him. With constant uplifting and elevation of God far and beyond any and every negative thing that we can see in this physical world, we reach a level of perfect faith. Faith is part of pleasing God so any man who delights in pleasing God and walking in obedience must not overlook faith.

    Without faith it is impossible to please God. God is certainly not pleased with minds that think the devils thoughts and look down on Him as weak and powerless. God is not pleased with minds that exalt demons and problems above Him. God is almighty and all powerful and any man who really wants to make Him happy must see Him exactly the way He is. There is no mountain too great or any problem too difficult for God to handle. All we need is to fix our minds and hearts on Jesus and cling to His salvation and power like drowning men.

    We must never let go or give up until God brings our answers into manifestation.

    What Makes Worship So Important?

    And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? God is very much interested in men who will believe in His power and salvation and exalt Him constantly. We must believe that the blood of Jesus has redeemed us and set us free from all evil. We must also praise and worship God at midnight. Additionally, we must believe in the power and ability of the Holy Spirit that manifests the victory and power of Christ.

    It is by believing that we begin to rejoice in the Lord always and thank God in all circumstances. God is certainly not the cause of evil circumstances but He is greater than them a million times. Is there anything too hard for Me? By praise, worship, thanksgiving and rejoicing we give the devil a technical knockout and obtain victory. God loves the worshipper and praise addict who lives in complete obedience to the written word of God and voice of the Holy Spirit.

    Any man who wants constant victory must live the life of a victorious person by becoming a praise, worship and thanksgiving addict. He must also be filled with rejoicing and celebration because the price that was paid for our salvation was very costly indeed. There is no need to be sorrowful and act like God does not care or is not capable of helping us. That kind of attitude can never lead to victory, rather it leads to sadness and anxiety and God warns us in His word to be anxious for nothing and also commands us to rejoice in the Lord always.

    It is not about feelings but about action. They hate, avoid and respect grateful obedient people. Please do not overlook the power of godly music. It is a very scriptural cure for negativity because when we sing godly songs we are replacing sadness with joy and attracting the power of the Holy Spirit upon us. It is possible that you have an inherited affliction and it was not your way that caused the affliction, however, if your prayer, faith and seeking please the Lord, he will grant your request.

    God is stronger than nature and all we have to do is ask, knock and seek with faith and God will respond. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

    By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me. He makes even his enemies at peace with him. These Scriptures should be enough to convince us that nothing is ever hopeless in life and that pleasing the Lord should be our sole focus and desire. We should please the Lord because we love Him not because we want Him to defeat our enemies or bless us. We should just love Him because He is worthy to be loved. When we have this mind-set, then every other thing will fall in place and all other things will be added to us. It is impossible to focus on two things at the same time without falling.

    If we are trying to please the Lord because of blessings and for Him to defeat our enemies, we are simply pleasing ourselves and our motive, intentions and purpose is not pure. God is looking for purity and pure worshippers not pagans who are constantly panting after blessings and self-satisfaction. Purity of worship is the only thing that can guarantee constant victory over the devil.

    The opposite of purity is selfishness because all other evils proceed from self-worship, lust and desires. It is only the mind that can catch a glimpse of the beauty of purity that can pursue purity. Once the devil succeeds in blinding our hearts to the wonders of purity, he has beaten us hands down without any physical assault. We were created for purity because God Himself is pure. Without purity, we will never see the glory of God. Any man who thinks that He can wallow in selfishness and greed and see the glory of God is deluded. He is simply wasting His time because purity must precede power — that is the divine order of things in the spirit world.

    Seeking power without purity and holiness will only lead to false demonic power so we must be very careful in our ways. Covetousness, greed and quest for fame and power will only attract negative power and doctrines. We must be sincere and truthful to ourselves. We must eat the bread of purity and truth and this delicious bread is the word of God. When a man desires to please the Lord, He will never go wrong and the glory of God and divine visitations will be his companion. He will not even pray for divine visitations and yet he will find himself constantly being visited by the Lord.

    This is because his way is pleasing to the Lord just as Jesus was very pleasing to God. There is a difference between loving your neighbour and being a man pleaser. We should love one another tenderly and sincerely, that is not being a man pleaser. Being a man pleaser is when we do things just to get reward or praise from men. When we do things in order to conform to the expected mind-set of society and to gain more respect and admiration from men, we become men pleasers being controlled and conformed to the standards of men and this world.

    Pleasing men should never be our motive in any decision and action we take rather, pleasing God should be the motive, objective and purpose.

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    The ultimate aim of a Christian is to be a God pleaser. It is only when we become God pleasers that we become real worshippers and subsequently obtain victory through worship. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. Email address:. Follow Me! Powered by WordPress. Laura Bon. Portions of the text may be reprinted for use in religious activities. To fast in such a way that is pleasing to the Lord is to fix what we break, right what we wrong, give restitution to those we have sinned against, remove the heavy yoke that burdens the oppressed, and break the same yoke so its power to burden is broken.

    If your neighbor needs help even if you did not contribute to his being in need then you are obligated to love your neighbor as yourself. Old Testament Israel failed to offer worship pleasing to God. Notice Israel is actually boasting that they are more righteous than God! Yet they reveal their true motive in worship by asking why they should continue if God will not take care of them. They are not serving God out of love for him, but out of the desire for material blessing, protection, and the right to do as they please to others either being oppressive or aloof.

    God is the Lord, not a cosmic genie! The proper orientation of worship is response. The Israelites in this passage appear to be worshiping God according to the biblical model, but they are actually worshiping like Canaanites—attempting to manipulate God to their own ends cf. Saul in 1 Sam ; a Pharisee in Mk a. God calls sacrifice that is alone rebellion and arrogance, like divination and idolatry.

    The OT reveals that obedience apart from sacrifice is impossible for sinners, who cannot fully obey without relying on the sacrifice and obedience of another. Religious people today both conservative evangelicals and liberal mainliners fail to offer worship pleasing to God. We dare not apostatize like our mother churches and denominations have done. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie—that all God requires is to love your neighbor; believe in God is optional! But we commit the opposite sin in more subtle ways by omission and commission. Regarding sins of omission, take for example how evangelical Christians reason that such calls to action are nothing more than social and theological liberalism in disguise.

    So we feel justified in shutting our ears and contenting ourselves with personal piety, Bible study, fellowship, and Sunday morning worship. By and large, this has been the tendency of the evangelical church for at least years—to leave the task of caring for the poor and oppressed to the mainline churches and the government. Regarding sins of commission, we are often guilty of pointing our fingers at others in derision and talking maliciously about them at arms length. Actively showing mercy, being compassionate, and rectifying systemic injustices for the poor and oppressed either those in the kingdom of God or those on the outside is to reflect the heart of God.

    Jesus himself explained that justice, mercy, and faithfulness are more important than things like meticulously tithing your income Matt Only the Lord Jesus Christ offers worship pleasing to God. Jesus was a man who perfectly practiced what he preached.

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    He preached a message of deliverance Lk ; cf. Isa from spiritual bondage to sin—and release from the relational and physical damage that sin causes. His practice on earth included healing the sick Mt , feeding the hungry Mt , offering water to the thirsty Jn ; , having compassion on the oppressed Jn , and saving the poor in spirit Lk Now ruling from heaven, Jesus continues combining faithful sacrifice and loving mercy in true worship that is perfectly pleasing to God 1 Cor Covenant curse for those who trust in the merit of their own sacrifice or mercy.

    If you find yourself either trusting your own righteous acts of worship or mercy, you must see that the covenant curse for disobedience looms in the background. We all tend to justify our actions and excuse our inaction. It is human nature, but there is a price to pay. In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus graphically illustrates the end result of religious people who do not practice mercy Mt , Covenant blessing for those who trust in the merit of Christ and imitate him.

    God rewards true fasting with true blessing.

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    Like the breaking of the dawn after a long, dark night. The path to glory must wind through the land of servant mercy. This is the path of Christ, and we are to follow his ways Mk We can expect new beginnings Isa a , healing v 8b , security and righteousness v 8cd , and intimate relationship with God v 9a. True worshipers will inherit the kingdom of God Ps ; Mt , peace, prosperity, and the presence of God forever Mic ; cf. Isa ; Rev This injunction to observe the Sabbath is not a tack-on to the message of piety and mercy.

    Rather, ignoring the Sabbath is a sign of a deeper sin—a lack of respect for the authority of God. In effect, God has made true Sabbath keeping the litmus test for true worship. The Sabbath, as a day set apart from the rest of the week, calls for careful, thoughtful living. Although it may not be obvious in our entertainment-saturated culture where over-stimulation is literally at our fingertips, the Sabbath rest is not a fast but a feast.

    Israelites kept the Sabbath by resting from their regular labors for one whole day. Israelites ceased from work and commerce Neh ; Jer , but they certainly participated in joyful recreation. Sabbaths were holidays. Selfishly claiming for yourself the one day God requires as holy exposes a selfish and hypocritical heart. Honoring God and his Sabbath demonstrates your willingness to crucifying your selfish desires.

    Keeping the Sabbath is a biblically sanctioned way to demonstrate to God and the world that your time is not your own but belongs to him. Ministries of mercy and gospel preaching are currently being done on Sunday evenings here at HPC. HMS Kids Club ministers to our children, but also to a group of children in our community—many who are poor and have little exposure to the gospel.

    This ministry is difficult but the blessing is overflowing into rejuvenated fellowship, new friendships, renewed zeal for serving God, and heighted dependence on God for grace and strength. Conclusion — Worship that pleases God is true Sabbath keeping and true sacrificing for others. Some of you will need to completely reorient your understanding of what it means to be a faithful Christian.

    Pastor david James.


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