Wednesday, May 30, 2007

take a little ride with me.

7 habits of a Highly Effective Church

1. Saturate yourself with God’s words
2. Dedicate an offering each time you come before God
3. Participate passionately in worship

Part III

The misconceptions on worship is when people think that it is dependent on the worship team and that it is a good worship if one enjoys it. Conversely, worship depends on everyone and is for God to enjoy. Worship is never a special anointing; worship comes straight from the heart of a true believer. Worship too, has an outcome, God assesses the worship and for many of us, we should curb our evaluating attitude towards worship for comparisons generate pride and we should participate in worship instead of evaluating!

Worship requires

1) A heart of humility

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6
God looks at what is unseen.

2) A life of obedience

To obey is better than sacrifice, and this is reflected by our actions in daily living."But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD ? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22

But these alone do not result in great worship.

In fact, though one may say that extravagant worship offered by the human lips and body is the icing on the cake, I believe it is more the cake than the icing. To reference great worship akin to a relationship with God is indeed valid. Because we have a God that is worth it. The redemption from God comes when He is able to reverse the use of our lips and bodies (the instruments of sin) into holy instruments of love expressions for Him. And great worship definitely needs to be transmitted from the human vessel to God. And that is what we are created for.

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