Worship is Fellowship with God
Worship Part 6 – Worship is fellowshipping with God.
God has direct contact and fellowship with mankind. It started in the Garden during the age of innocence and followed in the tent with Abraham during the period of promise, tabernacle, temple, and the church age. Now we are in the age of the kingdom when Jesus preached with certainty that the kingdom of God is at hand. Unfortunately, sensual men in this age of the kingdom separated from Christ and His followers and formed their world with the ungodly and sinful exercise of their newfound passion, money, power, and control.
When you have these three in you, they become a magnet for wicked work. Maybe they cannot buy everything, but they can buy many things to enjoy a temporal life on this earth. Money springs power, and power can be used to make money work for a person.
With so much power brought by money, somebody can fall in love with it. By the power vested in them by their love of money which is evil, they control the movement of the less powerful and could end up dictating how to live their lives. There was a time in Israel’s ancient history of a powerful king during Daniel’s time dictated who to worship. It was not the God that Daniel and his friends were worshiping, so this king’s power was at work.
Nowadays, in the United States, many influential politicians declare war against God, and the majority of believers are not happy about it and humbly submit the decision to God through prayers. Through corruption, they generate lots of money, and money gives them power, and now they want to control it. God, in due time, will remove these ungodly works, and many of us will still witness the outcome of that punishment.
Money is Power and Power is Control.
We can use the power of money in good or in evil ways. It can save lives and takes lives. Money can control church governance. It can also change the way a church treats people in the congregation. For example, it could treat the high stake givers differently. At times, some church volunteers, when given a choice of whom to serve, choose money over serving in the church. Their passions are more in the convenience of the flesh than the sacrifice in serving the visible church.
Attending worship service and receiving grace purifies our hearts and overcomes whatever uncomfortable situation the world has given us. This situation will eventually overshadow by prayers according to the rule of His word. God will not allow the wicked to snatch you from His hand.
Once we are in God’s hands, we are inevitably saved. Our prayers are most likely to prevail when we pray in the Holy Spirit and under his guidance and influence, with great faith and much hope and true love, the assurance that they can get closer but never they can touch us nor grab us and separate us from the love of God. Worship can keep our faith alive and release the sweet aroma of the Holy Spirit that chases the lousy spirit away.
We must watch over one another and stay connected with fellowship faithfully and prudently to each other. We have to set a good example and let it be known to all about us with God, and how lost we are without Him. This must be done with passion with God and compassion in men, or this will be with no effect, and it is a mistake if we call the name of God, and it turns out to be in vain.
The difference between when we worship God in Spirit and worshiping in the flesh depends on the influence of most worshippers. When surrounded by flesh with darkened thoughts, they are hypocrites, and their presence can be discerned, and the worship will turn worldly, and the absence of the Spirit can be felt. For the worship to be in Spirit, the worshipper must be in Spirit.
“Jesus said that God is a Spirit and to worship it must be in Spirit and truth.” In 1 Corinthians 9:20-22(NIV), Paul said, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law, I became one under the law (though I am not under the law) to win those under the law.”
This is also the same for understanding how birds sing and communicate; we have to be a bird, and to understand and learn how the ants work, we have to be an ant.
When we are surrounded by people who earnestly worship God, the truth speaks, and when we are gathered together in His name, He is always in the midst of everyone. When the Holy Spirit pours upon us during worship, the flesh has no place to interfere or distract us. God’s ways are higher than ours, and the worker of flesh knows it.
Where there is worship, there is the presence of fellowship; where there is no sin, there is nothing to confess; where there is no sorrow, joy will dominate. Where there is holiness, there is God; perfection comes with joy, and to have perfect worship, it must come from God and be of God and no one else. Evil can do evil perfection but can never imitate the perfection of God.
All sincere believers were given to the Son of the Father, and He has lost nothing nor will lose anyone of all that was given to him. If He loses one, He will indeed find it. Constant worship will prevent us from totally falling into sin. When the time comes that the weakness of the flesh to deception and temptations comes into play and is uncontrolled, it is time to call our redeemer who can keep us from falling so that we shall be presented blameless before the presence of His glory. Then God will rejoice over us, and the joy of the Son will be completed.
The worship of God involves the whole of us, and every act we perform must be sacred and dedicated only to Him. Therefore, there is nothing more important than sound teachings in a church, and music is given priority to begin the service.
Music signals the start of the service and appeals to the congregation and brings joy, and sometimes gives Goosebumps to some who believe that it is a sign that God anoints songs. Unfortunately, the music chosen with unbiblical thoughts only causes many to stumble.
Suppose we feel concerned that it will do more harm than good to the congregation with solid conviction. In that case, we should follow what our conscience dictates. With such convictions and rejection of praise and worship, service must be brought to the attention of the church leadership with the spirit of humility.
Any concern by the churchgoers, especially the regular and committed members, must not be ignored to improve the congregation as a whole. We should expect action to settle the issue peacefully. When the decision-makers do not agree, we just gently and quietly leave the congregation instead of making noise out of it.
The absence will surely be missed by members, especially in the small church while in a megachurch, they won’t even notice, especially the leaders that don’t know them. But God knows our hearts, and He will send us to a new place when we ask.
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To Continue Part 7-Worship is Praising God Part 8- Worship Must be Biblical Part 9-Worship is not a Fundraising Event.