“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
there is no higher praise and worship that we can give to God than that of a fully commited and surrendered life.
This is how we worship God (through our lives)....this is true worship!
when our worship is shown through our entire life similarly to James 2...
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
similarly showing our worship or honor to God by our life style we live.
worship is: the activity of showing love and devotion to a deity; also involves the necessary knowledge concerning beliefs and practice to be able to participate in worship.
For us to show the activity of showing love and devotion to God we must:
have knowledge of God... in that:
being in the purpose and will of God.
knowing our God.
The question then becomes?
why don’t all people worship God in this manner (with their whole life, honoring him??
this can happen largely due to a lack of knowledge, understanding or desire to even know God in this way.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
The word of God gives us the needed understand of what it is to worship him and how we should go about that.
how many people do we know that don’t really have a clue to what it is to truly worship God.
many time, peoples whole understanding of God is largely, misaligned and removed from the scriptures
all to often, people don’t associate worship with a life style
several things come into play when we talk about a life not fully commited to God. (why people don’t fully commit)
the sense of Unworthiness
Obligations: or cares of this life
the pleasures of sin.
All these things are the results of a lack of understanding and a desire for the things of this life rather than the things of God.
from the very beginning Adam and Eve, upon sinning against God, began hiding themselves from God.
According to the word of God, we see that Christ came for the specific purpose of setting us free:
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
When we worship God…we don’t do it because we are somehow worthy enough to do so.
Our worship is because he is worthy
“One ship drives east and another drives west With the selfsame winds that blow. Tis the set of the sails And not the gales Which tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate, As we voyage along through the life: Tis the set of a soul That decides its goal, And not the calm or the strife. ” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The very outcome of our voyage we are on, is not every wind that blows but rather, the very way we set our sails.
the very surrender of our soul to God, sets our direction and ambition in this life.
Worshiping God is in all respects:
Praise, Adoration and reverence of God, both in public and in private. (both inwardly and outwardly)
worship is honoring the one who not only deserves it but has saved our souls from hell.
We see that the word “Worship” has a much deeper meaning that just the mere act of raising our hands at church, the giving of our money or even the simple act of the words that come out of our mouth.
while these are all good, necessary and within themselves, a show of worship, we see a deeper meaning. the very commitment of our lives is the ultimate praise and worship to our God.
therefor, True worship is:
The creation of the alters in our life
a complete and sincere commitment that a lifetime can offer.
The humble obedience to the purpose and goal of God
The unwavering Love and dedication to his will.
Our worship of God must extend beyond the church.....if it doesn’t, what profit does it have to us or God
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says:
In order to set the stage for victory, you need to manage both your resources and your forces wisely. Preparation matters: Every battle is won before it is ever fought.
General Yang Su commanded during the Sui Dynasty (558 to 617 C.E.). He was known for his decisive leadership and swift executions of those who disobeyed his command. In preparation for battle, Yang would seek out troublemakers or those who’d erred for execution. This number could be as low as 12 men or as high as 100.
When it was time to engage in combat, he would send out hundreds of men to attack the enemy. If they failed, he would execute them and send another group. If they failed, the process was repeated. Everyone under his command understood the stakes of failure, and as a result, they always fought hard and were often successful in overtaking their opponents.
while this story is a harsh example of failure and victory....the point is so very important.
King David had this type of commitment in mind when he slew the giant Goliath.
29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
our effort, is significantly changed when we understand the importance of what the stakes are.....
in this fight…there is no second place.
it is to the death…to either win or lose.
but in this, God has given us a promise.....
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
when our whole life is a reflection of our worship and commitment to God, then and only then, can we be assured of victory