Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Meaning of Worship


One writer notes that:
"Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mind set. Worship is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services.. Some, with a bent for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. We'll try anything -- until something else comes along."

Does this describe our attitude toward worship? What is worship all about?



A. A look at both the original language and the origin of the word in English will help us understand the meaning.
1. The primary Hebrew word for worship.
a. Shachah - "to depress, i.e. prostrate (in homage to royalty or God): bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship."
2. Three Greek words.
a. Proskuneo - "meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand), to fawn or crouch to, homage (do reverence to, 
adore): worship." It occurs 59 times in the New Testament. It originally carried with it the idea of subjects falling down to kiss the ground before a king or kiss their feet.
b. Sebomai - "to reverence, hold in awe." Used 10 times in the New Testament.

c. Latreuo - "to render religious service of homage." Used 21 times in the New Testament.

3. The word in the English language.
a. Literally means to ascribe worth to something.
4. True worship begins with a deep respect or reverence for God, a frame of heart, an attitude. This must be fixed in one's mind before we go further. An "act" of worship is an act proceeding from or the result of that attitude. 

B. The Bible talks about several "kinds" of worship.
1. Ignorant Worship--Acts 17:22-31
a. Acts 17:23 - "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
b. Paul perceived that they were very religious but he warned them that their religious service was not pleasing to God for it was done without knowledge of what God wanted or even who God was.

c. Ignorant worship is like throwing darts at a bulls eye while blindfolded--sure you might hit the mark but more than 
likely you will do a lot of damage 

d. ignorant worship is not pleasing to God for he is not glorified by accident, but by a conscience praise of His name.

e. Such worship will never be pleasing to God, for His will has been revealed (John 4:24).

f. God does not wink (tolerate) ignorance - Acts 17:30.

2. Vain Worship
a. Matthew 15:7-9 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 - 'These people draw near to Me with 
their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9- And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
b. The Pharisees made their worship Vain (useless) because they had layered on the commandments of men to their 

c. This is the attitude which changes what God has said, does not respect what God has said, and not obey what He has 
commanded. See Leviticus 10:1-11.

3. Will Worship
a. Colossians 2:23 - Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (KJV)
b. Colossians 2:23 - These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and 
neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

c. This is worship that centers in satisfying self. This is the same type of worship that we often have today, that 
which calls for "audience centered" worship.

4. True Worship.
a. John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 - "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
A. Worship is God centered.
1. Psalms 95:6 - Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
2. Acts 17:23 - "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this 
inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:

3. Hebrews 13:15 - Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our 
lips, giving thanks to His name. 

4. One of the great errors in modern worship is making it worshiper centered. Worship is to be centered on praising God, not entertaining ourselves.

a. We need to understand that the blessings we receive from worship are a by-product of our worship and not the focus. In worship we come to do and give, not receive.
b. The effort to "get more" out of worship has led to all types of artificial, superficial, and unscriptural gimmicks to "liven up" worship periods. Such IS NOT WORSHIPING GOD; it is bowing to altar of the social gospel.

c. Our problem is that we have determined that we have a problem but have not correctly diagnosed the problem. The 
problem is not with the content of our worship. The problem is with our hearts. We are so materialistic and carnal minded that we cannot center our minds of praising God and need artificial stimulation to "feel" spiritual.

B. The correct place of our worship.
1. Anyplace where God's people dwell.
2. Acts 17:24-25 "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25- "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

3. This is the truth that Jesus revealed to the Samaritan woman. 

a. John 4:20-21 "Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." 21 - Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father."
C. There must be a combining of reverence toward God and worshiping according to the truth of God's will.
1. John 4:24
2. Joshua 24:14 - "Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!

CONCLUSION: The child of God does not need special stimulants to bring about proper worship. He centers his life on pleasing God, therefore he is always happy to come before the throne of grace in praise to the King.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Anne Marie Molster & Amie Rogers
We have been overwhelmed with a sense of urgency; that we are in a critical and strategic moment of time that requires us to shut ourselves away in the quiet. Heaven is passionately pursuing to encounter us like never before. We are on the cusp of a massive shift that will thrust His Bride forward into all He has purposed us for, but we have to know His heartbeat, we have to be seeking His quiet.

Throughout the entire Bible, people have sought out the comfort of the Lord. At times, they simply rested and worshiped in His presence, but also relied on Him to bring victory in times of adversity. The reassurance that God was with them offered confidence, strength and hope in all they faced. God’s desire then was just as it is now. He longs to be with His people and live among them.

“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” Exodus 29:42-45 NIV

Later in Acts 2, a group of one hundred twenty people intentionally shut themselves away in the Upper Room – in the quiet, awaiting the return of the Lord’s Presence. They saw and received the mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire from Heaven, resting upon them leaving, them forever changed; which in turn, changed everyone around them.

This is where we must see ourselves today. We are to establish Heaven here on Earth. Wherever we go, we must take Heaven with us! We have been empowered to heal the sick, lift up the lame and the rejected, open blind eyes and raise the dead! Church as we know it has forgotten that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the very power within us. We are Heaven manifest. We ARE His Glory Carriers, we are the ones He’s chosen to change this world.

His presence upon us is the power that births miracles, opening doors for the signs and wonders of Heaven here on Earth! It is no mistake that there are twenty-two scriptures referencing the Lord’s presence. It is the key to opening doors to the plans He has for us.

“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22 NIV

There is a level of excitement in the spirit as many begin to understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is, in fact, at hand right now! We have been given the gift of Holy Spirit so that we too can be carriers of His presence, glory and miraculous nature!

“From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. ”” Matthew 4:17 NLT

As Jesus preached these words, we can be assured that they were quite confused. Heaven as they knew it was an inaccessible thing; something only a high priest was allowed. They could not fathom that they could easily grasp hold of it. Although they may not have understood Him at the time, as Jesus continued to put His words into action, they began to witness Heaven. Heaven turned water into wine, Heaven touched the lepers and healed them, Heaven broke bread with tax collectors (the most hated of the Jewish people), Heaven sought out the rejected and adulterers, Heaven opened blind eyes, Heaven made the lame to walk, Heaven raised the dead, Heaven miraculously fed the hungry and Heaven washed the feet of those that would deny and betray Him.

Then, Heaven went to the cross, taking on the sin, sickness and shame of all those that had gone before Him, those hanging beside Him and for ALL who were to come after Him. He received the punishment of death for it all, then three days later, defeated that death when He rose from the grave.

“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts of the Apostles 10:38-41 NLT

When something has been defeated, we are given dominion over it!

Just as Jesus displayed the power of the Lord in Luke 4:18, as His Father’s spirit rested upon Him, we have been given the same power and authority! The favor of the Lord has come and it rests upon each one of us!