Worship! What are your first thoughts when you see the word? Is it corporate singing and adoration of our Father? You most definitely aren’t wrong, it is that, but it is so much more than just that! Worship is total submission to the plans and purposes that God has for each and every one of us. In other words it starts with obedience in many different aspects of our life. Worship lies in reading the word, praying in tongues, praying in your own language, reading Spirit filled books, throughout the day just acknowledging Him for His greatness and love, just saying “I love you Holy Spirit”, doing any and all tasks to the glory of God.
You see worship is one of the keys to moving into a deeper relationship with God, it is one of the keys to walking in the Spirit as scripture tells us. The psalmist in Ps 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people; this means that our spirits are constantly being filled by God’s Spirit when we worship Him and in effect we grow in relationship and intimacy with our Father. So much growth happens within us as we constantly walk in the Spirit. You see the Holy Spirit within us produce the fruit of the Spirit, which are Godly characteristics and this in turn then enables us to live and shine like Jesus.
What happens if we don’t live a life of worship? Gal 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” This verse explains it very well, short and sweet and in my own words I will also try to explain it short and sweet. When we worship God and then walk in the Spirit, we are constantly being filled by the Spirit of Grace who produces the fruit of the Spirit within us(Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control), but when we don’t live a life of worship, we walk and live in the flesh and all its worldly desires, then this can only produce the works of the flesh(adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, murder, drunkenness, revelries), characteristics of Satan.
So my wish for you today, for the rest of 2011 and for 2012, is that you will learn to live a life of worship unto God for He is truly worthy. Your relationship and intimacy with Him will grow, you will start to discern His voice much easier and you will experience more of His Love, Joy and Peace in your life. You will also find that you live in His will for your life much easier. Please don’t get discouraged when you find it difficult in the beginning, it is all part of the process and He loves to see you try and you will exceed, for we have the following promise in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Now go out, live a life of worship and teach others to do the same.
…. remember Lions Lead.
Jos 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”