God is cleansing the church right now. We are being sifted and shaken to reveal hidden heart motives. Have we become dependant on others to worship? How do we react when the doors to where we once gathered are closed? “Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The God -of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called w
Have you noticed that quite suddenly we have gone from attending church services and worship gatherings in buildings, to now finding ourselves worshiping in our living rooms, on our own with God?
Is this frightening to you? No one to tell you when to sit, stand, yell out or high five someone? No one to see how you diligently serve in church or watch you respond by lifting your hands? Well, God has been preparing me for some time now to “make my house, His house”, to create
David had hit the high of all highs! He was pumped, elated and unashamedly proclaiming his victory in a public display of jubilant celebration! ‘So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.’(2 Samuel 6:15 NLT) David had every reason to triumphantly praise and thank God for the mighty blessing of having the ark back. The presence of God had come to the City of David and despite wearing only his priestly
A few days ago in a worship session I felt the Lord saying to His people…
“I’m calling forth my true worshippers, those who worship in spirit and in truth. Those who are not moved by the cares of the world but the cares of My heart.
They are willing to obey at any cost. These are my true worshippers who will lead the way. They will bring heaven to earth!” Is this you? Does this resonate in the your Spirit? Rise up passionate worshipper. You are chosen for the this hour! #Ca
Moses went right into the ‘tent of meeting’ and met with God face to face like a friend (v11) but the people only stood at the entrances of their tents and spectated. Read Exodus 33:7-11 Moses had a revelation of the necessity to regularly meet with God and hear from Him so he set up his own special place to go to meet with God that was away from the chaos and people in the camp. It probably wasn’t convenient or easy for Moses, but this sacrifice shows his dedication and des
When God gives us instructions or requires something of us, often it is hard enough for us to understand the ‘why, when and wheres’ let alone outsiders.
This is precisely what happened to two of Jesus’ disciples who untied the colt ready for His triumphant entry to Jerusalem. These disciples were simply obeying their Master and got questioned along the way. Mark 11:4-5 (NIV)
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people
Are you facing a challenging situation? Do you feel like you are in prison? Are you locked up by your thoughts, emotions or circumstance? Paul and Silas again find themselves locked up in chains, wanting to bust out of that prison! But what was the key to their deliverance and ultimately the furthering of the gospel? It was their extravagant prayer and worship that caused an earthquake unlocking the chains and opening the doors. Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
About midnight Paul and Sil
I just LOVE how Jesus describes worship for believers of our time. He is clearly not concerned where we go to worship, our title or method. All He asks is that we live an authentic lifestyle of worship from the inside… John 4:21-24 (MSG)
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is
2 Kings 17:33-34 (NLT)
And though they worshiped the Lord , they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel. Have you been holding onto things from the past, things th
1 Kings 9:3-5 (MSG)
And God said to him, “I’ve listened to and received all your prayers, your ever-so-passionate prayers. I’ve sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel, ma
Jeremiah 31:6 (NIV)
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’ ” Are you a watchman on the wall? Are you looking out over the city seeing in advance what’s happening? Are you discerning the spiritual climate and getting an understanding of what God is about to do? The cry of the watchman today is still: “Come let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.”(v6) Come to a higher place on mount Zion. Come up
Romans 12:1 (TPT)
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. How are we to express genuine worship to God? By becoming a living sacrifice. A living sacrifice involves dedicating our whole being to Him. It is including Him in every area of our
1 John 5:21 (NLT)
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. It’s that simple. ANYTHING that might take His place is not for us. This could be alcohol, shopping, video games, sex, food, TV, social media, possessions, money, relationships, kids, your image, your reputation, your title or even your work. If anything is placed higher than God in our lives then He has commanded us to stay away from it. How do you know if something is being
Luke 10:39-42 (AMPC) ‘And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many thing
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG) ‘Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigur
Hosea 6:6 (NLT) “I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.” Here God is revealing His feelings toward us. He wants relationship with us more than anything we can do for Him or give to Him. He wants our heart above all else. Loving God must be our highest goal. But how do we get to know Him? The same way we get to know people. By spending time consistently with God (reading His Word, praying, worshipping) we com
Matthew 3:13-17 (NLT) Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on
Luke 4:16-19 (MSG) “He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me;
he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
Genesis 40:20-23 (MSG) And sure enough, on the third day it was Pharaoh’s birthday and he threw a feast for all his servants. He set the head cupbearer and the head baker in places of honor in the presence of all the guests. Then he restored the head cupbearer to his cupbearing post; he handed Pharaoh his cup just as before. And then he impaled the head baker on a post, following Joseph’s interpretations exactly.
But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he f
Philippians 2:5-8 (MSG) Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless,