Summary: Ax exploration of worshiping God in spirit and truth
Christians serve a beautiful God. Beauty is the absolute foundation of all things. It is transcendent by nature. The beauty and glory of God is far greater and far surpassing any earthly beauty one could ever know. Everything about God is beautiful. His power is beautiful. His love is beautiful. His mercy is beautiful. Beauty is rooted in Him. God is the foundation of all beauty in the universe. Beauty begins and ends in Him. He is the revelation of all that is good, loving and kind. He even signs His name using the brilliant colors of a rainbow (Gen 9:13) and uses beauty as His messenger declaring across the universe that He is “altogether lovely”. (Song 5:16)
The Beautiful God is worthy of worship. The Bible proclaims that Christians must “worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) Contemplative worship draws our heart to Him as we take the time to gaze upon His beauty and become lost in the intimacy of divine embrace. It draws the heart upward into the whirlwind of Gods glory and into the realm of His unspeakable beauty and the indescribable magnificent splendor of His holiness as the heart is consumed alive with the fire of His presence and fervent passion.
Because God is love He desires to have people who will trust Him. God wants people who will worship Him because they want to, not because He does something to make them love Him. The foundation of trust is love. In order to trust there must be freedom. But God can’t create faith so He put into human beings an unlimited capacity to love and trust. Faith is something we must provide! It is based in Freedom. Adam and Eve chose not to trust Him. Faith requires freedom. The Bible says that the “righteous will live by his faith”. (Hab 2:4 4 NIV) The Hebrew word used for faith is “Amin” where we get the word “Amen”. The righteous shall live continuously by faith. We must enter into the state of “Amen” where no doubt exists
The Church needs to become a place of extravagant worship and teaching - A place of training and mentoring in order to empower and send out a bunch of revolutionaries to take our cities for the Kingdom. We must teach them what it means to be loved by God, not just as His servant but as His bride. We have to cry out for God to move us with each breath, not just when He speaks. We must break the chains that hold us back from knowing Him more so that we can be released into the passion of His presence.
The anointing of Holy Spirit gives the liberty to worship. The Bible reveals that worship is a combination of inward humility and the reverential attitude of mind and body; the feeling of awe, love, trust, adoration, loyalty, reverence, dependence, obedience and outward action in service. True worship comes out from walking daily in humility. Humility requires a total yielding of self and trusting in God. It is esteeming EVERYONE more highly than ones self, casting ALL cares upon Him, taking NO thought for tomorrow and not being anxious or concerned about ANYTHING. (See Matt. 6:334; 1 Peter 5:7; Phil 2:4, 4:6) It is a giving up of any last confidence in self that one is better than anyone else and that they could ever possibly obtain the character of God through any of their own feeble attempts.
Someone once defined Praise as thanking Him for what He has done and Worship as thanking Him for who He is. Worship truly is a way of life. The ability to worship should be as natural as it is to breathe. It is not just worshipping but being a worshiper - living a life that is pleasing to Him, no matter where we are or what we are doing.
We worship God in how we do our jobs - in how we run our business - in how we esteem and care for others - in how we love our family. If we want to be a Holy Church that is filled daily with HOLY Spirit then we must each be holy and offer our “bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:1-2 NIV)
One day soon the Lord will come like a thief in the night. We must teach others to “live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (2 Peter 3:10-13 NIV)