God Provides Instructions On How To Build A Healthy Spiritual Life Support System – Part 3

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Jay’s View of Worship and Thanksgiving

Good morning, my dear readers.  You know, one thing that was heavy on my heart was the fact that my two grown children were not attending church services as regularly as they had been required to do when they were kids.  Both children are married now and have their own families and life-problems, but I was still expecting them to connect with a corporate body of church folks.  But this morning, the Lord ‘rung me up’ and shared an endearing message with me from the heart and mouth of my son, Jay.

Here’s how it all began.  I prepared a cup of coffee, went into my office, sat down at my computer and began to compose Part 3 of my blog for this week on the Discipline of Worship.  I had just finished praying a short prayer and had asked the Holy Spirit for His guidance when suddenly the phone rang.  It was Jay.  Now Jay is a retired executive from the corporate world who had just moved his family to a beautiful lake front property in North Carolina.  And he wanted to call his mother and share with her the serenity of the majestic scene he was now privileged to view from his bedroom window.

I was awe-struck by the picture Jay was describing to me and the excitement that was in his voice.  Mom, I can see for miles and miles up the river; all kinds of birds are swooping down over the waters; blue jays, blue birds, red birds, yellow birds and eagles.  I can see the white feathers on their heads.  And my little furry neighbors; the squirrels and rabbits and chipmunks running around.  Mom, sometimes in the early morning there’s a lite mist hovering above the lake.  Mom, you’ve got to see this.  Everything is just so beautiful.

And with that introduction from Jay, it led us into an in depth conversation about God and his magnificent creation and His goodness He has allowed our families to share.  After a time of giving Him all the praise, honor and glory we were both shedding tears of joy and thanksgiving.  When I hung up the phone, I remained still and I heard the Lord say in a wee small voice, My child…NOW THAT’S WORSHIP!

The Discipline of Worship

To have a complete understanding of the Discipline of Worship means you must be able to define worship.  What is worship?  Worship is the human response to divine overtures and initiatives of love which come forth from the heart and dispensation of the Father.  Consequently, true worship can come forth only after the Spirit of God touches the spirit of man.  John 4:23, 24 – “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.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

All corporate preliminaries that go forth to comprise a worship service such as the liturgy, singing of songs, scripture readings, prayers, announcements, etc., are just that:  preliminaries.  The component to remember for your spiritual life support system is that worship does not take place until the Spirit (God) touches the spirit (human beings).  And the “touch” can come in places other than the sanctuary.  (Just ask Jay.)

During the Discipline of Worship it allows our spirit to see God high and lifted up, to see His marvelous acts and how abundantly His grace abounds.  One can do nothing short of praise.  The Discipline of Worship also helps us put our priorities in order.  Worship comes before service.  So stop running around answering the call to service at the exclusion of ministering to the Lord.  Mark 12:30, 31 – “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”…and your neighbor as yourself.”  And if I might add:  in that order!

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Corporate Church Services

When we gather in our sanctuaries for worship, we go forth in anticipation and great expectation that God will meet us there.  We remember what we read in the History Books of the Bible.  How God appeared in mysterious lightings, how foundations and walls shook, how people were slain in the spirit and just plain slain and how birds became your GPS system.  Yes, we do come to a physical place in order to worship.  But now we have learned how to go inside ourselves where it is quiet and still and we can listen for our Master Teacher’s voice.

You will recall in Part 2, at the time when we discussed the Discipline of Solitude we identified moments in your life when you thought God had left you.  “The dark night of the soul.”  It is during those times you are to initiate acute listening skills.  Well, if God is expected to meet you at the traffic light, or while standing in line at the store, or while sipping your morning cup of coffee, surely He will meet you in corporate worship services at your church.  So why not go into worship with great expectations?  Just look what is at work here.  Positive thinking, constantly engaged in holy communication, the ability to recognize the Presence of God and unspeakable joy when it all comes together in worship.  It’s the epitome of Galatians 2:20…”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Here is an example of what I mean.  If only a minority of worshipers come into a public worship service with divine expectations they can supernaturally change the entire assemble.  Those who are troubled and contrite are quickly drawn into a sense of the silent Presence of God.  I personally have experienced and testified to God’s grace in this way: Often while the preacher is delivering his or her sermon and I receive a revelation identifying additional scriptures that will also align itself with the words of the preacher, I’ll pray that those words of God will also come forth…and sure enough, the preacher does deliver them!  Another example is when one Sunday morning, just as the Pastor stood up to began preaching a baby started to cry.  I immediately went into my quiet place and talked to God about it.  The baby stopped crying instantly!  Often similar distractions can interrupt the services, but did you know that you have the power through the Name of Jesus Christ, to marginalize or to suppress them, while at the same time continuing to worship God.

(I’m reminded of a non-biblical expression:  “God Works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.”)

Yes, the Discipline of Worship takes work.  But the Lord pours out blessings from the top of your head down to the hem of your garment.  DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ENGAGE HIM!

In closing this blog, I want to challenge you to always look for and expect Jesus Christ in your worship services. If you are at mid week prayer service, listen for Him in the testimonies of others.  If you are at an all night prayer vigil, expect to hear a prophetic word.  If you are at a healing service, expect a miracle.  If Jesus Christ is truly the leader during your worshiping experience you will see and hear all types of people offering up praise and worship.  There should not be any big “I’s” and little “You’s”.  And this is a quote:  “Christ selects the human instrument He wants to play” in His sanctuary.

So, never humanly initiate spiritual activity in an attempt to aide the Holy Spirit.  Let all of your expressions of praise be divinely prompted.  Even if you don’t have a personal testimony, you can always praise the Lord with your body.  You can raise holy hands, kneel, clap, sway, be in agreement by saying “Amen” or “Praise the Lord”.  Yes, your Godly emotions need to be brought into your act of worship.  Not just your mind and spirit.  A quick vocabulary lesson teaches us that the Hebrew word translated “worship” is “to prostrate”.  The Hebrew word “bless” literally means “to kneel”.  And the Hebrew word for “Thanksgiving” refers to “an extension of the hand.”  So there!

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  By Singing         By Kneeling       By Clapping        By Raising Hands

The point is, without a doubt, we are to offer our body parts as well as all the rest of our being as we worship the King during the Discipline of Study, The Discipline of Solitude and the Discipline of Worship.  Amen

TO REVIEW PART  2 OF THE DISCIPLINES,  CLICK ON THE RIGHT, MARCH 2019 AND SCROLL DOWN.    TO REVIEW PART 1 OF THE DISCIPLINES, CLICK ON THE RIGHT, SEPTEMBER 2018 AND SCROLL DOWN.

Scripture Lesson:  “Where two or three are gathered in My Name there am I in the midst of them.”  Matthews 18:20

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God Provides Instructions On How To Build A Healthy Spiritual Life Support System

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“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”  Psalm 127:1a

Can We Talk?  Yes, I’m addressing you, my dear readers, because this blog is very special to me. Why? Because I am very serious about cultivating and expanding my time to converse with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

His presence is so sweet and His voice so soothing and His advice so penetrating that I just can’t get enough.  Once, when in prayerful discussion with Him, I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say: “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”  (Matthew 18:20).  Needless to say, I took that divine message to heart and have throughout my walk with the Lord attempted to surround myself with like-minded believers in the Holy Scriptures.

So as not to be presumptuous and not to waste your time, this blog post is designed for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Our time together will be focused on identifying and developing our inner man’s or inner woman’s spiritual life; that is eternal life. For 1st John 5:12 says, “He who has the Son has life: He who has not the Son of God does not have life.”

Now, if you will permit me, I would like to share with you a synopsis of the ongoing conversations I have had with our Maker concerning how His people can continue to build up their spiritual houses; fortify their vital signs; and identify components that can help to make up a healthy and vital spiritual life support system.

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2nd Tim. 3:16-17

One of the main courses of study for a Christian believer is their Bible. This is the building license you need to begin construction. The first part of the Bible is the Law and the Prophets and the History books. God wants us to diligently study that portion of His Word as well as the New Testament, so as not to make the same mistakes as our forefathers. The summation of the History books is found in 1st Corinthians 10.  What one should glean from these passages are that we need the protection and guidance of God; deliverance from our past sinful lives; acknowledgment of a spiritual Head over our lives (Jesus); to be constantly fed and provided for; and lastly, to associate with family and friends, especially those of the household of faith.

News flash! Did you know that to do anything on a repetitive basis is habit forming? Therefore, the application of what we read, as well as other avenues of experiences, should fortify and/or cause lifestyle changes within us as we learn to rightly divide the Word of Truth. So, without a doubt, the study of both ancient and modern Christianity is a vital component to keep our spiritual life vibrant and healthy.

Now, let’s talk about our minds.  Let’s declare every day that we will show love to somebody, speak and think only positive thoughts and words. Eventually the mind, because it is constantly being fed positive stimuli, will produce vitality in the inner man or woman and the outer man will begin to disappear. (See Phil. 4:8)

Finally, dear readers, in our time together, let’s also reflect.  Let’s look at things from God’s perspective. Just as I did when the Holy Spirit directed my attention to Matthew 18:20. The moment God is in the equation you must look inward at yourself. So, overall, when you study to show yourself approved, you should often stop to ponder over the slightest details which will put you in a state of humility. You will come to hear and see things in a new light. Remember, the opposite of humility is arrogance! And we don’t want that beast to raise its ugly head, now do we? Yes, the discipline of study that renews the mind, soul and body is directly dependent upon humility.  And that’s got to be a good, vital, and healthy spiritual life support system component.

Some additional components that I have learned in my conversations with God on this subject are that it is alright to engage in various avenues of learning. For the Christian believer feasting on ‘meat’ rather than ‘milk’, don’t be afraid to pick up several Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and other translations of God’s Word. Compile a collection of biographies and other thought provoking books like Shakespeare, Plato, modern founders of Christian sects.  Go hiking and explore God’s creation and creatures.  Attend lectures and join book clubs.  Listen to the voices of birds and frogs.  Stop to smell the roses.   Ask God is there a message in the face of your pet dog as he wags its tail and greets you at the door when you’re late coming home.  Practice living for God over and over again.  Concentrate on what you are learning.  Become a practitioner of prayer.  Get an understanding about the matter.  And finally, tell somebody how you have been changed.  Become a Star witness to the Plaintive AND the Defendant.

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Be Like Jabez. Ask God To Enlarge Your Literary Territory.

As the saying goes in real estate…Location, Location, Location!

The mantra for us is…Reflection, Reflection, Reflection!

Reflect…think on these things blogged herein and be blessed.  Amen!

Scripture Lesson:  John 17:17  Jesus prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; your Word is truth.”

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