Unshakeable Last Day Worship

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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.

 

Prayer Series – Finding that Solitary Place

Finding that Solitary Place
Jesus sought time alone with God on many occasions, especially in times of momentous decisions.  In Lk. 6:12, we find that Jesus went to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying.   After this particular time in prayer, He had incredible results.  He chose the twelve who were to be His apostles, He healed numerous people, and preached His most recited sermon (the sermon on the mount).  You may have heard about the famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”  He actually stood up, had his notes just inches from his face, and read that sermon.  It sure doesn’t sound too impressive, does it?  What made it impressive?  What brought about such awesome results from this message?  Mr. Edwards spent the night travailing in prayer over the message and the people who would hear the message.  You see, it wasn’t him that brought the results, it was GOD!

In Mt. 26:36 we find that Jesus tells His disciples to sit there while He went off a short distance to pray.  In Mk. 1:35 we see that He got up very early in the morning to find a solitary place to pray.  Lk. 4:42 mentions that at daybreak, Jesus was going out to a solitary place.  Lk. 5:16 reveals to us that Jesus OFTEN withdrew to lonely places to pray.

I know that as mothers, many of us find that it is so hard to find a solitary place to pray.  One thing I have started doing is to turn my thoughts upon the Lord as soon as I waken in the morning.  I commit my day to Him, asking Him to lead me and to show me what is truly important for me to do that day.  Many times, the important things are as simple as listening to Rachel when she wants to talk.  Sometimes it is being diligent in disciplining her.  Too often, I find myself punishing, rather than disciplining.

Other times, it is learning to stay at home that day and focusing on the house since another day is going to be packed with lots of activities.  I tend to stress out quickly on the days when there is much to be done.  He has taught me to play soothing gospel music.  That has helped me to focus my thoughts heavenward a lot more.  I find that in the middle of mopping the floor or cleaning the bathtub that I am worshiping my Master.  I am pondering on what the words of the song say, turning them into my own prayer.  I am training my mind to focus on Him when unseen things happen during the day.  How many of us will put something in a certain place so that we won’t lose it, only to find out later that we have lost the item?  I have learned to pray for His help at those times.  I walk around, praying, listening to hear His voice.  I ask Him to give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to think where the item is.  WHEN I take the time to ask for His help, it never takes more than five minutes to find it.  Then, I just have one more thing for which to praise the Lord!  It’s also teaching Rachel to look to Father for the everyday things in life.

In I Th. 5:17, we are admonished to pray continually.  This refers to abiding in His presence.  In Jn. 15 we are told to abide in Him.  This is to become a lifestyle for us, not of constantly uttering formal prayers, but rather prayers of all kinds and on all occasions.  It can be as simple as hearing a siren, then praying for the people involved (the victims, the police, the fire department, the ambulance drivers, the doctors who are going to be treating the ones being helped….)  I recently took Rachel to a local event where she got to climb up inside an ambulance.  While there, I told the paramedic that we pray for them anytime we see or hear their sirens.  He was touched by that; you could see the surprise in his eyes.  I proceeded to let him know that we aren’t the only ones praying.  I know of many mothers who are making this a habit, and then passing this godly heritage on to their children.

Father, as the disciples asked You to teach them how to pray, we ask You to teach us how to pray, but we also ask of You; teach us to abide.  In the midst of the chaos, the frustrations, the noise, the busyness, teach us how to abide.  Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

Worship That Moves the Lord

Worship That Moves the Lord

Have you ever been so desperate in prayer that you begin to beg God for His help, yet feel as if He is ignoring you?  A Canaanite woman experienced that very thing.  In Matthew 15:22, she is crying out to Jesus as He passes by.  Yet, the Lord doesn’t even acknowledge her.

Now many of us become discouraged when we feel as if the Lord is ignoring us.  We may even fail to pray since we feel as if our fervent prayers are falling on deaf ears.  Yet, what this Canaanite woman does next fascinates me.  She refuses to give up.  She comes and humbly kneels before Jesus and again asks for His help.  Her humble posture speaks volumes to the Lord, for not only does He notice her, He speaks to her.  Her humble response shows her great faith in Him, even though He previously ignored her.  He commends her for her great faith and grants her request.

We can learn much from this story.  When we don’t get an immediate response, we must not get mad and become too proud to ask again.  We must humble ourselves before Him and keep asking, for the Lord will not reject a humble, contrite heart. (Psalm 51:17)  Our humble worship may be what moves Him to act quickly on our behalf.

© 2008, Stacy R Miller

In Spirit and Truth

In Spirit and In Truth

God was very particular and exact about how He wanted things done in the tabernacle.  He was very clear in saying that the fire that was to heat the incense MUST come from the altar of sacrifice.  This was for 2 reasons.

#1 – God lit the fire on the altar of sacrifice himself.
#2 – Blood from a sacrifice poured over the coals on the altar of sacrifice.
Any other fire for petition or worship were absolutely unacceptable.  God made this very clear to Nadab and Abihu when they offered “strange fire.”  They were consumed by fire.  (Lev. 10:1-11)

The symbolism here with the two altars is that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for us.  The altar of incense represents the intercession which He does on our behalf.  His intercession on our behalf is a fragrant offering to the Father.  That fragrant offering is only possible because of sacrifice – His sacrifice of His own life for our sins.

When we come to God, we must remember that He is a HOLY God.  We must remember that the only way we can approach Him is through Jesus, because Jesus is our intercessor.  Trying to approach God because of our good works, or in any other manner, aside from Jesus, is offering “strange fire.”  Because Jesus is our intercessor, we can now worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  The Hebrew word for “truth” means unveiled reality.  Keep that in mind as we look at some scriptures that Beth Moore used in the study book A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place.

Jn. 1:14 says that Jesus was full of grace and truth. (unveiled reality)
Jn. 1:17 says that grace and truth (unveiled reality) came through Jesus.
Jn. 8:32 says that we will know the truth and the truth (unveiled reality) will set us free.
Jn. 14:6 says that Jesus is the way, the truth (unveiled reality) and the life.
Jn. 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (unveiled reality) and He will guide us in all truth (unveiled reality).
Are you getting the idea that Father wants us to really know Him intimately?  With no veil blocking us from seeing or knowing Him?  I pray that you catch the vision!

Because of the blood which Jesus shed as the ultimate sacrifice, we can now be clean.  We are now free to worship God with no accusations, with no more guilt.  May we all learn what it means to worship in spirit and in truth (unveiled reality).  After being cleansed by the blood of Jesus (the altar of sacrifice), we can worship (the altar of incense) God from the very core of our being.  May we learn to have a deeper reverence for Him, and a holy desire to focus all that we are on who HE is.  May we all see our Savior’s great sacrifice in a new way, and begin to worship freely.  My hope is that your prayers and your worship are becoming an incense before Him, (just as the altar of incense rose before Him).  Jesus in us is the fire that causes the fragrance of our worship to rise to Father God.

When this happens, we may ask the Lord, “Can we have more intimate times like this?”

He will tenderly tells you, “My child, I am ready and waiting.”

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

Handwriting on the Wall

Handwriting on the Wall

 

“So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from

them.” (Daniel 5:3, NIV)

 

I can assure you that these Babylonians were not using these stolen items from the temple of God in a holy manner.  Rather, they were drinking from them as they

were praising their false gods. (verse 4)

 

Their actions must have incited the anger of God, for the next verse tells us that

“suddenly” a finger of a human hand appeared, writing on the wall.

 

The Lord let this evil king know that his days as king were numbered, and would

be divided and given to other nations.

 

As much as God watched what was taking place with these stolen items, they were

just “things.”  They did not hold His holy presence.  However, we do hold His 

presence, for we are the temple of God.

(First Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Second Corinthians 6:16)

 

In our “Babylon” there are many false gods such as success, money, beauty, and

self-absorption.  We must be very careful not to use our temple to worship the false

gods of this generation.  We do not want to end up receiving the same kind of

fateful, fearful message that God spoke to a Babylonian king many years ago.

 

© 2007, Stacy R. Miller