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Thursday, 3 May 2012

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The purpose of praise & worship

The purpose of praise and worship is the key ingredient to draw closer to God and God closer to us.
Praising God means to speak well of God and to rejoice in Him because of all the things He has done for us. Praising Him and His goodness creates an awesome atmosphere, because it brings God into the scene. It is written in Psalm 22:3 "But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel." (enthroned in hebrew yashab means: to sit, dwell remain; Israel according in the Old Testament are God's chosen people and we as the following believers are crafted into the family of God by faith through the seed of Abraham) God dwells in the praises of His people, so when we praise Him, God's presence comes close to us.
Praise is something we can do anytime, anywhere. Hebrews 13:15 tells us: "Therefore by Him (Jesus) let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." Luke 19:37 says: "...the desciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen..." We can exercise praising God with a loud voice wherever we go or wherever we are right now. There is a link between our praise and If we desire the manifest presence of God.
Conclusion: If we desire the manifest presence of God we have to use our voice out loud to praise Him. Praise attracts God's Presence.

Praise & Worship in Heaven
In the year when King Uzziah died the prophet Isaiah had a vision from heaven (Is. 6:3), where he describes the angels praising God. God on His throne in heaven surrounded by an atmosphere of praise.
Apostle John describes God in the book of Revelation 4:8 as seated on a throne guarded by four angelic beings who praise Him continually. In Revelation 4:11 the 24 elders fall down before Him, who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They give glory and honor to God.
The inhabitants of Heaven praising and worshipping God already. When we pray "here on earth, as it is in heaven" we have to take a part in it. We are called to praise and worship God here on earth continuously.

In Spirit & Truth

God is holy and He longs for His people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. God looks at the heart. True worship and praise that God inhabits generates from the attitude of a humble heart. A humble heart that is focused on God alone. In Rev. 4:11b it says: "...(the elders) and they cast their crown before the throne, saying: '...for You created all things and by Your will they exist and were created.'" Deeper meaning of casting their crowns in this passage symbolizes casting all their accomplishments and rewards at God's feet as a symbol of honoring God. Shedding themselves of all their glory with a humble heart, for He deserves all the glory. It was God in the first place that gave the elders the ability to receive those crowns. 
Throughout the Bible we find examples of God's presence being ushered in by the praise of His people. The pattern is common enough for us to conclude that, generally speaking, praise is the key for ushering in the presence of God.
This is not absolute, of course, because God is sovereign, accountable to no one except Himself, and works in whatever way suits His purpose, but still God set this standard to have fellowship with us this way. Through praise and worship we are preparing our soul, mind and heart for the presence of God.

Worship as the Ultimate Experience
Worship comes from the word: worth, which means, the quality or value of something. To show devotion to God.
To bow down before God. Show adoration that is due to God.
The purpose of worship God is to show devotion, to bow down before and to show adoration to Him.
As a result it can bring us closer to the Lord and to get to know Him better, ultimately changing us and making us more like Him. 
Worship can be created in our praise. The position of worship begins with a prostrate soul. When the soul is prostate before the Lord you are presenting yourself before Him.

There are different types of worship the bible talks about
Vain worship. Mt. 15:9
Ignorant worship. Acts17:23
Will worship, self-worship, worship that satisfies the flesh. Col. 2:20-23
The worship the Father longs for is in
Spirit and Truth Worship, the real and only worship acceptable to Him.
(John 4:20-24)

Why did Jesus say: The Father longs for this kind of worship? 
The Father longs to have fellowship with us to give us directions, instructions, revelations and to intervene in our lives and therefore change us.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Prayer Request

Please don't be shy to post your prayer request here. We will pray for you.
God answers prayer.

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