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Experiencing the Life of a True Worshiper

Experiencing the Life of a True Worshiper

I Worship You, by CCM group MercyMe, is from the 2002 debut album entitled Almost There. Though this song was never released as a single, World 1 it helped to establish the style and character of music that has kept MercyMe at the top of the CCM charts for more than twelve years. In fact, Almost There is considered the number four best selling album from its decade (2000-2009).

I Worship You, is all about experiencing the life of a true worshiper on a daily basis. It’s about what it can feel like to worship God in all circumstances and life events. It is a song of genuine, godly worship, which is exactly what we have been discussing in this series.

As we close out this simple study on experiencing the life of a true worshiper, we will quickly recap what we have learned so that you can easily recall our various topics of interest. Hopefully this recap will also inspire you to revisit some of these articles and move you to grow in your relationship with God on a daily basis.

Articles One and Two dealt primarily with our first acts of worship — salvation and water baptism. Before we can begin a day-to-day relationship with God, we must first have placed our faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and have been obedient to His command to be baptized (John 3:5).

Articles Three and Four explored the call of all worshipers of God to fulfill the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20). To go through out the world testifying of Christ’s Gospel message and baptizing those who would believe, and to do so by CO-laboring with other believers, in spite of their denominational background (1 Corinthians 3:1-11). You see the true Church, the “Body of Christ,” is not filled with members from any one Christian denomination. No! The Church is made up of true worshipers from all Christian denominations, and we must work together for the good of the kingdom of God.

Articles Five and Six were all about serving mankind, as Christ instructed us to, and suffering as Christ suffered. Though Christ came primarily to seek and to save mankind from their sinful nature (Luke 19:10), He also came as a servant of humanity. He wanted to be an example to us, revealing how we can bring His hope to the hopeless and extend His help to the helpless (Mark 10:45). Ultimately, our serving others and our suffering as Christ suffered will make us more like Him.

Articles Seven and Eight revealed to us the importance of spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. God’s Word was given in written form to teach us, guide us, and grow us to be more like Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This can only be done by our spending time reading it, studying it, and applying what we’ve have learned. And we must also pray, as God’s power flows from Himself into our lives through prayer (James 4:10). Prayer is as essential to our daily relationship with God, as is the reading of God’s Word.

Articles Nine and Ten dealt with living an abundant life in Christ and with gathering to worship God in a corporate environment. God’s purpose for humanity was to allow us to experience a life full of His Spirit, but we rejected His purpose. To get that life back, we must dedicate ourselves to living our lives for the sake of Christ — daily — in all that we do (Romans 12:11). True believers are also tasked with helping each other grow into true worshipers of God (Hebrews 10:24-25). Christians cannot accomplish this duty if they remain separated from one another. This work can only be completed if we are faithful to gather before God on a weekly basis.

Articles Eleven and Twelve disclose to us the importance of giving, especially the giving of God’s love. You see, part of our call from God, to serve each other and to suffer as His Son suffered, is so that we can learn the art of giving. Christ served mankind to give away His love, and Christ suffered for the same reason (Matthew 20:25-28). Love — God’s love — is the reason we are instructed to give, and one of the greatest ways that we can model this godly giving of love is through our romantic relationships. God designed the marriage relationship to be a physical picture of His love for the redeemed (Ephesians 5:22-32).

Articles Thirteen and Fourteen taught concerning how we should care for our physical and spiritual bodies, as well as about celebrating God in our music. Since Christians are considered by God to be members of Christ’s body, we must maintain our health and wellness in order to have the strength and energy to fulfill our calling — to fulfill our duty. It is imperative that Christians — true worshipers of God — maintain both their physical and spiritual health and wellness (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 3 John 1:2). This in turn will allow us the strength to testify of God’s grace and loving kindness towards us through our singing. Though singing is not worship, as a whole, it is an important vessel for expressing our devotion to God (Psalm 95:1; Colossians 3:16).

“Confession” and “Forgiveness” were the topics of Articles Fifteen and Sixteen. We learned that confession was more than an admission of wrong doing, but that it was also a statement of one’s beliefs — a testimonial. Through this act of worship we can confess Christ as our Lord, and testify to others of His Gospel message (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9). Confession also leads us to receiving forgiveness. Forgiveness grants us access to freedom. Freedom from bitterness and hate; freedom to live and to love. Forgiveness is divine, and it is strong enough to cover over all wrongdoings. All we need do is accept it (1 John 1:9), and then give it to others (Mark 11:25).

Articles Seventeen and Eighteen covered the subjects of rejoicing and having a right attitude. A true worshiper of God rejoices over what God is doing, not only in their own life, but in the lives of other believers (Deuteronomy 12:7). Rejoicing rightly prevents us from getting prideful and allows us to celebrate achievements and yet remain humble. A right attitude also influences our ability to rejoice correctly and remain humble. An attitude that is focused on God and His characteristics will remain healthy and positive (Philippians 2:5-8), while an attitude that focuses on self will cause heartache and undo pain.

There you have it, all eighteen topics neatly outlined for further review and study. I hope that if you haven’t followed along faithfully that you will consider going back through and studying further these essential acts of worship. If you have been with us throughout the series, then I pray that you would take the time to review these subjects and apply them to your daily relationship with God.

William Barclay, a Scottish author, minister, professor of theology, radio and television presenter, is credited with having said this about speaking the truth. He said, “Telling the truth demands a deliberate effort.” In like manner, so does living the truth. We must take the time and make the effort to live the life we were purposed to live. God deliberately made us for His pleasure, and we rejected His love. Now we, who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, must make a deliberate effort to embrace God’s truth, speak of God’s truth, and live God’s truth. If we do; if we endure to remain faithful to God’s plan for our lives, then we will see God’s purpose grow in us and shine forth from us.

I’ll leave you with one last quote from William Barclay: “Endurance is not just the ability to bare a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” Endure the life of a true worshiper. Bare the sufferings of life, as Christ did, and watch God turn you into a beacon that shines His glory throughout the world.

Living Your True Purpose by J. Scott Harden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at jasonmin.wordpress.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.jsnmin.org.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

I Worship You lyrics and music written by Regie Glenn Hamm and Peter Kipley. Copyright © 2002 Word Entertainment and Curb Records.

Video made available by Jason Ministries, Word Entertainment, and Curb Records; Copyright © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

If your church or organization would like to talk with J. Scott Harden about a speaking engagement, or a writing project, please get in touch with Mr. Harden through Jason MinistriesTwitter account or Facebook page.

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Living Your True Purpose (Article 8)On My Knees, by CCM artist Jaci Velasquez, was just one of about eight singles released from her major label debut album called Heavenly Place. worship 9 The song is about prayer, and how God can grow us and make us into the faithful, peaceful believers He has called each of us to be.

Verse one reveals how life exposes all of us to good and bad times, but because of our connection to God, through prayer, we can endure the “ebbs and flows” of life. We can even be content, at peace, and surprisingly joyful.

The chorus is simple, and reveals that we may never understand the power that prayer connects us to, but that doesn’t change the fact that God’s power does flow from Himself and into our lives through prayer. Prayer is essential to our daily walk with God, just as much so as reading God’s Word is.

Praying is so simple, and requires nothing more than a humble spirit, an openness towards Almighty God, and a willingness to hear His voice and obey His commands. There is no special ritual or religious rite that must be adhered to. Just simply speak, listen, trust and be faithful to obey (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

We can pray about anything that concerns us, interests us, or preoccupies our day-to-day lives. No subject or situation is beyond God’s ability to understand, and you certainly will not be bothering God, or disturbing Him from some other task or duty. God wants us to talk to Him. He wants us to tell Him about the things that are on our minds. No one thing is too small, or too petty, for God to draw near and listen to us speak about it. He loves each of us that much.

If you are one of the many who claim that God never answers your prayers, then consider the reasons why He may not have done so. It could be you lacked true belief that God would answer your prayer (Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:6-8). Another reason is that you may have asked for something out of selfish reasons, or you may have asked for something that would not benefit you (James 4:3). Or maybe, just maybe mind you, you asked for something that went against God’s will for your life (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15). Sin in our lives can also be a factor (Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 59:1-2; Ezekiel 14:3). Maybe we ignored people around us who needed our help (Proverbs 21:13). Whatever the case may be, humble yourself before God and ask that He reveal to you the reason, and ask that He make you open to hearing His voice and to obeying His will for you.

Maybe you’re one who thinks he/she hasn’t had their prayers answered, but God actually did and you simply managed to miss His divine response. That does happen, and more often than you would think. God always answers our prayers based on His will for each of us, and does so in His own time; in His own way (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 55:8). It could be that God chose to answer you, but He has delayed His divine reply so that He can receive the glory more fully (John 11:1-44). It could be that God sent His answer, but Satan or one of his many demons has blocked the angel dispatched to deliver it (Daniel 10:12-13). But more than likely, God has already answered and you have not realized it because the response came about in a different manner than expected.

There are those who want to pray, but feel as though they don’t know how, or don’t know what to say. If this is you, pray anyway. God’s Holy Spirit mediates for us, and interprets our prayers to our Creator (Romans 8:26-27). God is going to always know what our concerns, desires, needs and wants are. Vocalizing our requests through prayer is not for His benefit — it’s for ours. We must be faithful to spend time with God in prayer (Psalms 5:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). This allows a special intimacy to exist between us and our Creator.

As verse two, from the song On My Knees, indicates we can be in a crowd or alone — it doesn’t matter — God is there and will hear our prayer. There is no place too exposed, or too hidden, that God is not already there waiting and watching for us; ready to listen and speak to us. That’s just what our loving, heavenly Father does. He longs to hear our voices speak to Him, and we should long to hear His voice, too. Spending time talking to God, and listening to Him, is what will grow us into the true worshipers that He has called each of us to be.

So let me encourage you to get on your knees, daily. Sit before the Lord, God Almighty, and let His love change you. You’ll never really know how, but you can still experience the power of God, in your life, when you get on your knees and pray (James 4:10).

Living Your True Purpose by J. Scott Harden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at jasonmin.wordpress.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.jsnmin.org.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

On My Knees lyrics and music written by Nicole C. Mullen and Michael Hunter Ochs. Copyright © 1996 Myrrh Records (a division of Word Entertainment) and Epic Records.

Video made available by Jason Ministries, and Word Music Group; Copyright © 1996, 2006 All Rights Reserved.

If your church or organization would like to talk with J. Scott Harden about a speaking engagement, or a writing project, please get in touch with Mr. Harden through Jason MinistriesTwitter account or Facebook page.