Adrenaline Worship

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Adrenaline Worship

I noticed several years ago that I was leaving church feeling more drained than when I walked in. It took me a while before I “connected the dots.” There is a common thing happening during many church services these days.

When you walk in the doors, and service gets started, they tend to say something which gets the crowd excited. Next, you hear a lot of loud music – the kind like you would hear at an actual rock concert. There is an excitement that arises, but it isn’t excitement about Jesus. It’s excitement about the atmosphere. I recently read a phrase that described it so well: Adrenaline Worship.

I used to be an adrenaline junkie, so I can attest that this description fits it very well. I used to work in the emergency room. I absolutely loved that job! It wasn’t until I read a book about being an adrenaline junkie that it clicked. I knew the craziness of the ER often left me with a feeling of euphoria at the end of a day. I would often get an adrenaline rush that would give me an extra burst of energy. I would then transfer that emotional high and the extra energy into a hard workout or cleaning the house. It was a wonderful feeling to get so much done at the end of a long day at work. However, it wasn’t good for me! It is hard on a body to constantly be in that state.

It is the same with adrenaline worship. It feels good. It is powerful. It appeals to our flesh. However, it’s not good for us. It will eventually leave us spiritually drained and parched because we are told to worship in spirit and in truth. First, true worship is spiritual, not fleshly. There is a world of difference between the two. Secondly, it must be in truth. Honestly, many of the lyrics in today’s “worship” are heresy, not biblical truth.

God is still looking for true worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Can He count on you?

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

If you would like to read more on this topic, please visit the websites below:

https://bereanresearch.org/popular-christian-music-groups-teaching-heresy/https://bereanresearch.org/popular-christian-music-groups-teaching-heresy/

http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/05/04/kari-jobe-dangerous-theology/http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/05/04/kari-jobe-dangerous-theology/

http://www.spiritoferror.org/2017/10/should-our-church-sing-bethel-music-worship-songs/7143http://www.spiritoferror.org/2017/10/should-our-church-sing-bethel-music-worship-songs/7143

http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=814http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=814

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The House of Prayer

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The House of Prayer

I was studying my bible one evening when something ‘popped’ off the page at me. Scripture sure has a way of doing that! No wonder it is described as living and active! (Hebrews 4:12)

In Matthew 21:12-17, we see where Jesus cleansed the temple. It was defiled by a couple of things. First, there were those who were selling animals for sacrifice at an exorbitant amount. Secondly, if the people could just come and buy their sacrifice, instead of raising it, caring for it, making sure it was the best of the best for the Lord, then what kind of ‘sacrifice’ was that? Not much of one, I can assure you. It’s often easier for us to donate money, rather than our time and energy.

Here’s what stood out to me in this chapter. Right after leaving that defiled temple, Jesus headed to a city called Bethany, which means ‘house of prayer.’ He didn’t find a house of prayer in the actual temple that day, so He left and went to a city called a house of prayer. Not only that, but it also tells us Jesus lodged there. He dwelt there!

It reminded me of a situation I faced several years ago. I was attending a large church, but every time I left, I felt more drained than when I walked in. I knew that was a sign of a serious problem. As I got before the Lord and prayed about it, I realized that the atmosphere was more like a social club than church. The music was more like a rock concert than true worship, in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) As I dug deep into my Bible, I also noticed something else. That church never taught repentance! Those were the first words from John the Baptist and Jesus about salvation. You must have repentance. Some would say I left the church when I walked out the last time. In reality, what I did was leave a defiled temple. There is a huge difference between the two!

After coming to this realization, I decided to dwell in the Word and in prayer. I was looking for direction, and I knew praying wasn’t enough. I needed to seek the Word to find that direction. I found what I was seeking and so much more! That time of intensely searching the Word, praying the Word, and meditating on the Word has left a huge imprint on my life that will leave me forever changed for the better.

Have you experienced any of what I just mentioned? If so, perhaps you are sitting in a defiled temple. Find your Bethany – find that place of prayer and seeking the Lord through His Word, and dwell there. You will never be the same again!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

The Key to the Battle

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The Key to the Battle

 

We are told in Psalm 149:6 to let the praise of God be in your mouth. Notice what this verse doesn’t say. It doesn’t tell us to praise God when we feel like it, when things are going well for us, when we are joyful, or when it is convenient for us. Instead, the command is to let the praises of God be in our mouth……period!

 

We base so much on our feelings because they are so real. We feel things so deeply. Sometimes it is hard to praise God when we feel overwhelmed with the trials of life. However, it is imperative that we learn to praise Him in spite of our feelings or our circumstances.

 

When the Israelites went up to conquer the land of Canaan, the first group sent into battle was the tribe of Judah. Why is it important to note the first group that was sent? Judah was the worshipers! Before they faced the battle, they worshiped!

 

Why is that so important? When we worship God for who He is, it builds our faith! It turns our focus away from the problem and puts it on God. We can magnify our problems, which does nothing but depress us and wear us down. Or we can choose to magnify our God and increase our faith. Whatever we focus on becomes magnified in our minds, so it is important to magnify the right thing!

 

Even in the small things of life, I choose to have worship music playing. For instance, we were dealing with the flour bugs (weevils). I needed to find the source that was drawing them in and remove it, then clean that area really well. I don’t like bugs of any kind. They creep me out! To help me remain calm and joyful in my spirit during this arduous task, I listened to a playlist on You Tube that was scripture set to music.  It helped me in battling those nasty little bugs!

 

When dealing with other kinds of trials, listening to praise music reminds me of God’s faithfulness, love, protection, and His promises. On my morning drive to work, I will often spend time praising the Lord. Focusing on His wonderful attributes during that time helps keep me from stressing out later when things get busy or chaotic at work.

 

Just like Judah helped prepare the Israelites for battle, it can do the same for us! For instance, I recently shared about the tree which fell on our house, leaving eight holes in the roof, and even crashing through the ceiling in one spot. Had my focus not been on the Lord, I would not have handled that news with nearly as much grace, poise, and confidence.

 

The next time you are in the midst of a battle, remember to worship! It changes everything!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Standing in the Gap

What a wonderful, powerful, encouraging word!

Jesus Culture and the Romantic Love Songs

It really is true!   There is nothing new under the sun.  (Ecc. 1:9)

Over the last several years, I have noticed that my spirit gets very irritated by a lot of the ‘worship songs’ that are popular.   It’s because we aren’t supposed to be singing love songs to Jesus that are much like singing to a physical lover.  We should be singing songs of worship which line up with what is in the Word of God!

Unshakeable Last Day Worship

True Worship

I have noticed over the last several years that the current worship music being played in church was draining me.  I felt more drained when I left the service than when I went in.  This greatly disturbed me so I decided to dig further into why it was doing that to me because I have always loved worship.
We are told to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.  However, what I came to realize is that today’s form of worship is more like a rock concert, not worship.  It’s a performance, not true worship.  Next, I began to pay attention to the lyrics.  Most of the lyrics were not scriptural.  And the ‘worship’ service became more of an “I worship the feeling I get when my emotions get moved by this music.”  It had nothing to do with worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth.  No wonder I felt drained!
Let’s take a look at some true Christian music.  All of these are straight from scripture.
Amen, praise, and honor
These worship songs are FULL of scripture.  Since music tends to stay with you, it is important to have that music be scripture!  I don’t want empty words going through my head when God’s Word is spirit and LIFE to me!  I want music that will encourage me, comfort me, and lift me up when life is hard.  Though these songs are from a few decades ago, they are what I choose to listen to on a daily basis.  In fact, I usually choose the instrumental version of these songs because the lyrics are still in my head.  THAT alone shows you the POWER of music!  The instrumental music soothes me on stressful days and calms my anxious heart.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the lyrics of a few current worship songs.
I hope I have sparked some curiosity in you and motivated you to dig deeper on this topic, especially if you are feeling like I was with this current music being used in churches.  Even more important, is the true spiritual dangers of this music being used as ‘worship’ music, Jacob Prasch has a lot of very helpful information to assist you in your studying on this topic in the following article.

 

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