is one of the most important aspects of our walk with God. When we see
pictures in revelation of the people in heaven, they are always
worshiping. Our primary calling as Christians is to
worship God in both song and life. One of the reasons that Christ did
not toss the devil straight into hell at His resurrection, and bring the
millennium is so that we could live a lifestyle of worshiping God in song and life, despite
all the temptations and trials, so that we could choose obedience
rather than the pleasures of sin, and we could worship God by staying
true to Him through suffering. The most powerful worship is a song,
attitude, and life of loving God despite going through suffering. In
heaven we will no longer have the chance to suffer for Christ, or to
chose obedience to Him rather than temptation. This is one of the
reasons God leaves the devil on earth, this is our chance to prove our
devotion to Him.
So what is worship?
are two types of worship, the first is we worship God verbally and in
song. The second is that we worship God with a lifestyle honouring Him.
we’ll look at verbal worship. Some worship can just be statements to
God of awe, gratitude, or of love of Him, its doesn’t always have to be
in a song. You’ll probably find it best to have most worship as songs
though. Songs can really help bring out passion in us, and much of
heaven’s worship is done in songs as you can see when reading through
the book of revelation.
Worship needs to be done throughout the week:
thing many people struggle with is that they only worship at church on
Sundays, and never on their own. Worship is so important though, that we
must learn to both worship God in gatherings, and also on our own,
because 30min a week is not anywhere near enough, when worship really is
the purpose we were made for as humans. A good tip is to print off
worship songs so you can remember the lyrics when you worship throughout
each week. Worshiping throughout each week rather than just on Sunday’s
really will transform your spiritual life. And if you don’t worship
throughout each week, you are going to struggle with worshiping right
on Sundays anyways.
Prioritize worship: I
want to share a personal testimony of how putting worship first, God
will take care of the other things in life. This weekend, God put it on
my heart that i needed to give a lot of the weekend to Him in worship.
The problem is, i was planning on doing homework that weekend. God kept
bringing luke 12:22-31 to my mind. Its the passage about how since God
takes care of the lilies, and the animals, he will definitely take care
of His sons, but we must not have a worried mind about the details of
life. As i worshiped God He gave me this sense that He was taking care
of the details. Two days later, God told a student to prophesy that
verse for me. The same verse that God had kept bringing to my mind. So
that did a lot to boost my faith. Two weeks later, instead of being
swamped, i was blessed to write a paper by the spiritual gift the word
of wisdom miraculously. When we put our relationship with God first and
worship Him despite being busy or tired, He will take care of us. It is always worth it to put God first.
Worship and Intimacy with God:
Worship is probably the best way to increase intimacy with God.
Oftentimes we rely almost entirely on prayer, but when we also worship
throughout each week, it will do wonders to increase intimacy with God.
We must have worship, prayer and the word, and learn to balance these.
You will find that the prophetic is also attached to worship, the more
you worship God the more of His voice you will hear. This also applies
for the other gifts of the Spirit, a life of worshiping God tends to
bring an increase to the amount and strength of spiritual gifts in our
life. Worship is never wasted. Though we cannot always see the effects,
we will come out changed. with both transformation, and literal
Worship and Transformation:
a worshiper is transformed into the image of the one they worship.
People in false religions tend to take on the nature of their gods.
Because we are blessed to know Christ though, we take on Christlikeness
as we worship. After thorough repentance from sin, worship is the next
most effective way to be transformed into Christlikeness. This is
especially true of the first and second greatest commandments. When we
worship we begin to love like Christ loved. It helps us love God with
all our heart, and not just a little piece of it. It helps us love
others selflessly as God’s love comes into us.
this means being devoted to God in one’s life, making sacrifices for
Christ, and suffering for Him rather than taking the easy way out.
Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers by the mercies of
God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to God, which is your spiritual worship.” To be a living sacrifice we
make Jesus complete Lord over our lives and surrender everything to Him.
As long as we only give half of ourselves, and hold onto control of the
rest of our lives we are going to be blocked from true intimacy with
God. God does not have to remain distant. To make a complete surrender
of ourselves to God there are two main areas:
surrendered Heart attitudes:
first area is in our heart attitudes, and their transformation. the
second area is in letting Him transform our life walk. This is about
surrender and obedience, not so much about striving. We must give God a
fully surrendered life that is His and not ours anymore. Make an irrevocable covenant with God that your life really is His
forever and He is in control. This is really what becoming a living
sacrifice is all about, sacrificing SELF, and sacrificing FLESH for
God’s will out of love for Him. One of the things we like to do as
Christians is try to be “good enough.” When our life walk is not
surrendered, we will not be able to do true worship in song either. A
lifestyle of worship is completely different, because it seeks the
fullest union with Christ, and obedience to Him. There honestly is no
easy way, sacrifice means pain and death. But when we surrender and
dedicate every part of your life to God, He will give us the strength to make every sacrifice. Only by giving Him all of us in surrender we come into the fullness of lifestyle worship.
A side comment on heart attitude transformation:The
five main things we can do to have transformed heart attitudes are to
love God with all of us, love others, be humble toward others, selfless,
and an obedient attitude These five things can end up being
very hard to do, but they are some of the most important things for us
to live a Christlike life.
that should be mentioned is that worship at night can be quite
powerful. If you are looking for a breakthrough from God, trying
seeking God at night and worshiping. Same goes with prayer. I have
experienced a lot of breakthrough and God’s power when seeking Him at
This message is
done. But i challenge you now you need to think of practical
application. You can hear the best sermon in the world, but if it
doesn’t change the way we are, or the way we do things, it will be quite
useless. So my challenge is take time to think about how you will
change how you worship. God bless you all.
ps: good book on worship: Bob Sorge: Exploring worship
pps: most of these insights were learned by other prophets, the word of wisdom told me to compile them as such. any credit goes to them (but really the Holy Spirit)