Worship is our Response to the Resurrected Christ and His Reality and it is our Responsibility to position ourselves to Receive His Revelation and Realignment
Worship is to experience Reality and Life
I – Who
Isaiah 43:21 NIV the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
John 4:23-24 TPT From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and He longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore Him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
AW Tozer said: The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him
II – What does/can worship look like?
Hebrews 13:15 TPT So we no longer offer up a steady stream of blood sacrifices, but through Jesus, we will offer up to God a steady stream of praise sacrifices—these are “the lambs” we offer from our lips that celebrate his name!
III – When
Acts 5:40-41 TPT So they brought the apostles back in and had them severely beaten. They ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus and then let them go. The apostles left there rejoicing, thrilled that God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.
Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship.
IV – Where
V – Why
- Worship is our response to Him and His Presence.
- To align ourselves with Him and His Truth
- To experience deep fellowship with Him and with one another
- Praise connects what we know and what we feel.
VI – How
- Practice the presence of God daily
- Worship differently
- Find ways to prepare before the corporate gathering – prepare your heart and mind — confess, adore, thanksgiving
- Be willing to submit to God’s agenda and lay aside your own
- Rely in the Holy Spirit
- Absorb distractions with gratitude
- Learn the sacrifice of worship
True worship will move us towards obedience because the presence of God changes us.