Summary: Free yourself of those things that would hinder God’s work in your life.
Take a rest and let the Lord work!
Let’s close our eyes a moment. No peeking now! Let’s clear our minds of everything except Jesus. Leave all of our concerns… for just a few moments… to focus on Jesus. Let nothing else come between your thoughts of Jesus. Block out all other thoughts… except those that focus on Jesus. Now let’s put our minds on what he did for us on the cross. Let’s ponder for a moment on how he took our sin burden on His own shoulders…our yoke…and carried it through the streets while being beaten, mocked and shamed. Let’s focus on how Jesus felt as He endured the jeering crowd while they humiliated Him…our God incarnate. Now, let’s wonder in awe on why He willingly, freely and happily suffered for us. Let’s cry about the way His life agonizingly ebbed from His sinless body….drip by painful drip as he hung suspended by nails hammered through His hands and His feet. He hung on that cross… for us. His love was so great that He assured one man who hung on a cross near Him that since He believed that this day he would be in paradise with Him. And when it was finished, the sky darkened, the earth shook and His work of saving each and every one of us personally was complete. Can you feel your burden being lifted off of your back or are you feeling unworthy of His sacrifice. Let’s remember on how He was raised on the third day and let everyone know without question that Jesus Christ is Lord and He is alive!
Let’s feel that warmth that He gives us when we have the Holy Spirit alight on our shoulders to be with us, personally, completely, with nothing to do other than to be with us, counseling us, comforting us, loving us.
Open your eyes now and feel that He is in this place; our hearts are ready for worship.
Now He can work with us. Now our hearts and minds are in the right place for praise and worship. Right now we are not focusing on ourselves but on Jesus our Savior. Worshipping Him, thanking Him, praising Him for who He is, what He is doing in our lives, what He has done in our lives and for what He has promised to do in our lives.
Right now with our hearts and minds focused on Him, let’s give Him praise, out loud without shame, give Him praise. Thank Him for providing for you and your family. Tell Him you love Him. Tell Him you are grateful. Tell Him you want Him to take charge in your life. Let’s shout to the Lord His magnificence. Let’s sing to the Lord His glory.
Clap, sing, laugh, cry, pray, dance, get down on your knees, make a joyful noise to the Lord, right now, because right now… you have His attention. However you want to praise the Lord, whatever is in your heart, Praise Him right now.
Right Now He is focused on you. Right now the Holy Spirit has filled this sanctuary and is among us. Right now the Lord is pleased because He finds your sacrifice of praise to be acceptable, without blemish because it comes from your heart.
Now try to wipe that smile from your face. Go ahead try it! You can’t. You can’t because, when you are in the Lord’s will it fills you up so completely that it has to come out someplace and that someplace is your face. The face of a spirit-filled Christian is joyful because we "rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice". Philippians 4:4.