I remember as a child, going to church with mom I was so confused as I watched her and many other members speaking in tongues, jumping, and singing all kinds of praises to the Lord. I couldn't understand why they were so excited, nor could I interpret the origin of what I heard. However, I knew it had a time, a place, and a reason. Once I grew older, the confusion intensified, for my understanding of demons and spiritual warfare broaden. Whenever I saw someone wailing in the Spirit, I would stand shocked, praying for Jesus to ‘cover me' because I didn't want ‘their' demons jumping on me…. I know, sad. It's possible, but as a child of God who is covered and armed in the Spirit, you are completely free to worship and not be concerned about the threats of someone else's deliverance.
I've learned. As I developed in Jesus, I received
a clear revelation of the love, glory, worship, and honor that we give God. Also, my attitude towards worship reflected in such a way that I have compassion towards those who have yet tapped into that place of worship and rejoice with those who have. My cry is that you're drawn to a higher altitude and understanding of worship.
There was and still is, a misconception of the time of worship. It seems as if the time for praise, is for church and an occasional praise break at home. As if, God is confined to the solitude of what we call time. He's not, so much that it even changes the meaning of what we call or consider worship. The Bible tells us that Jesus inhabits the praises of His people and to honor God with our first fruits (Ps. 22:3 & Pro. 3:9). If God inhabits the praises of His people and we are to honor God with our first fruit, then worship becomes the very essence of who we are. Removing the notion of how, where and when to worship, we'll begin to realize, that we are worship. God created us for His purpose and His glory, thus creating us for worship.
This means that we intentionally live in a state of worship. Now, I’m not talking about constantly singing and dancing, but rather acknowledging Jesus with love, adoration, and thanksgiving. Doing this, we create a form of worship in our everyday lives, by not confining our Lord to an occasional Sunday. Jesus wants us to acknowledge Him in all that we do, in exchange, He'll direct our paths. Acknowledging Him, allows us to become an embodiment of who He is - we can't help it. We've now shifted the atmosphere and changed the perception of worship, as we include Jesus in our everyday lives.
My prayer for you is that you begin to seek Jesus on a new level. I pray that you intensify your acts of worship. I pray that you will not limit your praise, nor your thanksgiving to an occasional time and designated days, but rather worship Him with your entire being by acknowledging him in all that you do!
** Stay tuned for part two ~ “Our Place of Worship”
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