A POSSIBLE YOU
FINDING GOD’S DESTINY FOR YOUR LIFE
WE WORSHIP HIM BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM
The number 50 represents the year of jubilee! Jubilee means that every 50th year all debts were automatically cancelled and every loan and obligation was paid in full. I hope that reading these collections of thoughts this year has blessed and reminded you that Jesus HAS already paid our sin debt, and when we are “released” from the bondage of sin, we are FREE to experience the joys and excitement of a rewarding spiritual life. My new book is about the “lifestyle” of worship and living in the awareness of His presence and these are areas where I need to grow stronger and more mature! FREEDOM to enjoy His abundant life is the heart of our praise to Him because we are forever grateful for His love and are filled with a burning desire to express our love and worship to His glorious Name! Go ahead, jump, sing, dance, clap and run around shouting praises to our God! He is worthy of all honor and adoration! He is exalted; He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! The stones will NOT cry out because – WE WILL WORSHIP HIM! “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:12)
It is exciting to think that worship will be the “center” of all activity in heaven! For those who look forward to living with Jesus for all eternity, it would seem that praising Him would be a constant state of mind but much of the time it is not. Why? It is simple, because most of the time, He is NOT on our mind. How can we change this? By changing the way we think. But how do we do this? It is a most difficult task to re-structure and allow God to re-wire our brain and will come down to laying a new foundation where our “house” can be built; this bed-rock is God and it all hinges on us being willing to abandon our will. The “amount” of our heart we surrender will measure how filled we can be with His presence. Since we are already “living” in the Spirit realm it would only make sense that we would be starting the celebration early by worshipping Him as a lifestyle. When you examine your life today, what percentage of your heart do you feel you have given to the Lord? Selah. God’s ultimate plan is for us to empty ourselves out so that He can fill us with His Spirit until we are “overflowing.”
Worship is not an act that we do to prove how spiritual we are to everyone else – it is an honest, sincere appreciation of our love for God while developing a deeper spiritual awareness. It is a discerning attitude of the heart that expresses our passion and love for Christ beyond words by literally “living” for Him at all times. There are many questions related to what we do and why we do them but the answers are always found within our intentions. We worship Christ because we love Him above all things which leads us to confidently say that a person will not truly express their worship outwardly until they have fallen in love with Him inwardly. In this light, we can say that we can and must be consumed by Him from the inside out. When Christ is found seated on the throne of our heart as Lord and Master of our life, and then He alone will be the focus and adoration of our deepest spiritual intimacy.
When we draw from the wells of our soul, we tap into the deepest most “personal” resources of our being. Within each human conscience there are rooms and closets of secret compartments which hold thoughts that many times are never revealed or exposed. It is in these chambers of our mind that we come to terms with what we believe is true and allow our trust and love to be developed. It is in these hallowed halls of intimacy that God desires to have access and to bring His penetrating light of truth. Our heavenly Father does have an agenda and that is to literally possess us. If we can ever become determined to harness our free-will and allow Him to set-up His Kingdom within us, He can freely take control and complete His will through us. This can only happen when we become tenacious to please Him and become saturated with love for Him. The definition of tenacious is; “Steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” “Lord, give us passion to become tenacious for you!” If the church would sincerely pray to become a Jesus fanatic, burdened for souls, tenacious, on fire, filled with the Holy Spirit, driven by love, seeking wisdom, to have the eyes of our heart to be opened, willing to surrender our will and serious about becoming a true disciple for Christ – we would NOT even recognize this NEW empowered church! This is a picture of the overcoming remnant warriors that will NOT fall asleep in this last hour because they love God more than their flesh!
In closing, I want to compare the attitudes of two different Bible characters which reveal the difference of intentions in the ones who truly love and worship God for who He is, and those who just want a one way ticket to heaven. If we love God with all of our mind and strength, nothing can keep us from worshipping Him. If we are just using His grace as a free reservation for Heaven’s eternal luxurious playground – nothing will inspire us to adore Him. These two passages expose the human conscience and identify why some people never think about worshipping God and others who will never stop. Let us turn to Luke chapter 18 and pick up on the story of the rich young ruler. We have heard about this all of our life and how this young man became depressed when Jesus explained what was required to follow Him. I want us to listen carefully; “And a certain ruler asked Him [Jesus], saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18) It is easy to read over this and not discern exactly what this man was asking. Sadly, it seems “eternal life” is what the masses have always been interested in and the easy version of salvation has given the “broad way” crowd just enough false security to believe that all we need to do is just understand the story of Calvary and everything will be alright. We see at the end of this meeting that Jesus perceived the pride in this man’s heart and became blunt with the divine reality of true discipleship. When this highly successful businessman weighed the cost against the scale of his love for materialism and comfortable living, he decided that the price was too expensive and that he was not willing to yield his will. Tragically, this is very common attitude among the millions that are also stumbling through life in a state of rebellion and selfishness. How often do we stop and give God praise and gratitude for what He has given and all the wonderful blessings He has for us if we will obey Him? Allow me to say, we will NOT enjoy spiritual fulfillment while living in the bondage of arrogance. Selah. Of course, we can settle for a socially acceptable religious façade – but this is NOT God’s blueprint for our destiny or how to dwell within a genuine lifestyle of worship.
Let us observe another individual as we turn the page forward to Luke chapter 19 and look closely at a man by the name of Zacchaeus. The Bible says this man was also wealthy and a leader in his community, but notice closely what he was seeking when Jesus came into his neighborhood; “And HE SOUGHT TO SEE JESUS WHO HE WAS; and could not for the pressing crowd, because he was little of stature.” (Luke 19: 3) Do you see the difference? The rich young ruler wanted to know the guaranteed way to get to heaven but this man only wanted to know the person of Jesus! These are the ones that will worship Jesus in Spirit and truth! They will be filled with the presence of God and will freely run and shout the praises of God because they have a clear conscience and a clean heart! These represent the holy, without a spot and wrinkle bride of Christ that He is soon coming back for! The disciple that has “dropped their nets” and laid down their will at the feet of Christ has a “new song” in their spirit and a love and compassion that is bursting to be poured out. These are the ones that are carrying their cross while singing “Victory in Jesus my Savior forever!” There is no army or power in the universe that can hold back their praise to the lamb that was slain! There is no problem so devastating that they cannot sing, “It is well with my soul.” There will never be a night so dark that they cannot release the light of Christ even as a candle that can be seen for miles. Whether in abundance or lack, on top of the mountain or in the valley of the shadow of death, there will be a song of triumph on their lips and the oil of gladness within their soul! All of this not evident because they have accomplished great deeds in this world, gathered empires of wealth and power, or have been recognized and respected in the halls of man’s admiration but because “They KNOW whom they have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which they have committed unto Him against that day.” There is an old saying that declares; “whatever is in the well will come up in the bucket” and it is with heartfelt passion and perseverance that I humbly proclaim the truth of God in saying that if we are truly the sheep of His pasture, the expression of worship will flow out of our bellies as rivers of living water that will rise as a sweet fragrance of our endless love NOT just for all that He can do – but for who He is. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and truth.” (John 4: 23-24)
“Dear Father, I am humbled in your presence. I choose to pour out my heart to you until I am empty of myself. Please fill me with your holiness, your wisdom and empower me to WALK as a representative for your Kingdom. The more I learn about you, the more I realize I know nothing. I have not been the best I can be. My mouth has spewed negativity and I have been an enemy to your cross. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me. I plead with you to not just remodel me but re-build me and renew me from the inside out. Wash me with your blood. Amen.