Summary: These are the steps that make you grow from strength to strength, from Glory to glory by going higher in truth and spirit.
Nine Steps to Restoring a Heart for Worship
The unquenchable flame of passion for Christ burning in the hearts of the saints spreads a sweet aroma of worship before God in heaven. A true worshipper’s heart and head is deeply engaged with God uninterruptedly. Worship always sanctifies the worshipper when he redefines his commitment according to the perfect will of God for Him. The more deeply you worship like this, the more Christ like you become. You can write a thousand books about worship in truth and spirit and still completely fail to please God in your personal worship. If you are driven by a desire to stay in love with Jesus endlessly, your worship will restore the glory of God in you. A true worshipper will always connect and enter the throne room of God to celebrate His presence. When churches fail to do this God stops rejoicing in them, there the house of prayer becomes a den of thieves.
Thankless hearts do loveless worship and create lifeless churches. These days, on a Sunday you see more pretenders than worshippers. The manifest presence of God never visits such places and people, because they worship in vain without meeting up with God face to face. If you have lost your joy in worship, you can return to God with true repentance and rebuild your worship as a lifestyle.
* Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
* Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
* Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
* Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
* Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
* Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
* Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matt 5:3-12
Meditating the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5, I found nine spiral steps that takes you higher and closer to the presence of God. Nine steps complete one circle and takes you to the top of one floor and you see step one in the next floor again.
The first step: Climb With A Humble Heart
Blessed are the poor in the spirit. Many people never even started the worship because they have never climbed the first step humility. If you don’t humble yourself, you cannot give God the glory. If you don’t humble yourself again you will worship yourself. To receive God’s favor and grace, humble yourself before the One who is worthy to be praised. Worship God, because God exists without your worship when your life and eternity completely depend on Him alone.
The second step: Climb With A Thanksgiving Heart
Blessed are those who mourn. You mourn as you climb step two which is brokenness because you have disappointed God in worshipping with a hard heart. Remember Jesus and His sacrifice for you at Calvary, come to Him and be broken before Him. Offer you devotion and with thanksgiving tears that wash the feet of Jesus. Be broken, ready to break the alabaster jar of worship, ready to anoint your Lord with everlasting joy. It is easy to bear the fruit of repentance when you are broken. Brokenness is the key to nearness with God.
The Third Step: Climb With A Gentle Heart
Blessed are the meek. Gentleness is the outward expression of an inward humility. Gentleness is also power under control. Gentleness is your commitment to stay humble without misusing your position in Christ. Gentleness is the fruit of awareness about your citizenship in heaven so you stay calm or stand still and show maturity. Gentleness is to give God the glory regardless of what you are going through. Climb step three gentleness with sensitivity, because worship can be loud and explosive or calm and silent. A gentle heart can be filled with peace that surpasses all understanding so that you can inherit the earth
The Fourth Step : Climb With A Hungry Heart
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. In the presence of the living God there is fullness of joy. Lack of hunger and thirst can lead you to emptiness and dryness because there is no filling with the indwelling presence of God. Worship is a real encounter with God. Be aware of Gods promises to a worshipper.
"Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely. Rev 22:17