Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Heaven on Earth: Our Worship

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of al, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24

These verses tells us that we, Christians here on earth, reborn by the Spirit of God, when we join together in holy worship that Holy Spirit can join us with the worship that is going on in Heaven, the heavenly Jerusalem.  Isn't that a remarkable thing. I think our worship is supposed to be done with that in mind, that we are to join together in worship with the worship that is going on in Heaven.

The Church is destined for a different destination than the rest of the world. That means that the Church should have a different worldview than the world, we must remember that we are to live in the world but not be like the world, the world does not think of joining in worship with unnumberable angels and the spirits of the righteous having been made perfect. The world does not get exciting about that kind of worship, the world cant get into a festal mode when you talk about that kind of worship.

The Church must consider that we are heading to a place where the feastal worshipping of God is what we will be doing, and what we believe we should be doing, for we want to bring the only, living, and true God the glory and honor that He alone is worthy of. We should be experiencing that frame  of heart NOW! Of course, we will not experience the fullness of that type of worship until the Day of the Lord, but we have the Holy Spirit now, and He is joining us with that feastal worship. The question we need to ask ourselves is are we experiencing that? Does our worship at our Churches experiencing that, are we experiencing that type of worship in our private devotions? Have we had a glimpse of it? Have we experiencing a small taste of it? We should seek it in our private devotions, turn our hearts to the Spirit and let Him cleanse us of our sins, let us read the Word of God, until we are lead by the Spirit into that type of worship, lets us surrender our pursuits and desires unto His Holy goverance, and let us pray pleading to Him for His Holy help. Jesus states very clearly that not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" will enter the kingdom of heaven but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. He goes on to say that "depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." Matthew 7:21-24

Our Church worship services should be showing us Jesus, it should be pointing us to Christ, praying and preaching that we would seek to be known  by Christ. "The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble he knows those who take refuge in him."  Nahum 1:7

So lets worship God knowing that He is being worshipped also in heaven and we need for our worship to join in, to access the heavenly Jerusalem by the Spirit of God. "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29

For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. Psalm 29:2

Our worship of God is important, and the only trustful guidance we have is in God's revelation of Himself to us, the Bible. Our worship must conform to the Bible to ensure that it is acceptable to God, we cant offer our own devices and the fad and fashion of our culture and think that God is obligated to accept it as worship. The world cant lead the Church in worship, the Bible and the Spirit of God must lead the Church in worship.

My prayer is that we would seek to be biblical in our private devotions and that our Church worship services will conform to the Bible so as to be acceptable to God.

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