Who is your WORSHIP?
For days I have been pondering this question. Who is my worship? Is it FULLY in Christ? Because, if it is, then when I go through times that are set up to destroy, I will NOT be defeated. I believe in my life, MOST of my life was lived with mixed worship. In fact, at one time, I worshiped so many things and people, and really believed that it was of God. But, it was NOT. IT was simply the conditioning of mind that comes from the world.
John 4:24 ESV / 281 helpful votes
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Psalm 95:6 ESV / 249 helpful votes
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Colossians 3:14-17 ESV / 154 helpful votes
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Romans 12:1 ESV / 138 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Isaiah 12:5 ESV / 138 helpful votes
“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
John 4:23 ESV / 122 helpful votes
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Hebrews 13:15 ESV / 113 helpful votes
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Luke 4:8 ESV / 101 helpful votes
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
Hebrews 12:28 ESV / 83 helpful votes
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,
Psalm 95:1-6 ESV / 67 helpful votes
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. …
Matthew 18:20 ESV / 61 helpful votes
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 58 helpful votes
Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Psalm 132:7 ESV / 55 helpful votes
“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!”
Psalm 29:2 ESV / 53 helpful votes
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Revelation 19:10 ESV / 47 helpful votes
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Isaiah 56:7 ESV / 42 helpful votes
These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Revelation 14:7 ESV / 40 helpful votes
And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Psalm 99:5 ESV / 37 helpful votes
Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
1 Peter 2:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Psalm 84:10 ESV / 36 helpful votes
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
There was a TIME in my life that I worshiped music. In fact, it was such a problem that God striped me of it for 15 years. I could not write, I did not sing much, except sometimes in church. I did not have a passion for it, like I once had. He really tested me in this time of my life. It really was NOT until Sarah Elizabeth was born, that my desire to connect to God through music came to life again.
As a dear sister gently pointed out, I was focused on a performance based life. Never could I do things for me, because I was trained and taught that was simply selfish. Yet, God sees us honoring HIM within, as we receive gifts for us. Meaning, there is a time to let GOD bless and heal you. If you do NOT do this, then you will be destroyed by giving your all to others, and sacrificing the needs you have.
I have always disliked the term self worth. In fact, for years because of psychological abuse, I really hated psychology. But, NOW that I have forgiven those involved, and even myself for what transpired in that time, I can see how GOd uses this and other sciences for deep healing purposes. I always try to be upfront. Sometimes, I can be a bit too real, raw and relational, but for better or worse, THAT is just how HE made me. I am learning to REST in His quietness, and that finally there is REAL safety and JOY that resides there too. I even forgave God. Remember He never makes mistakes or does anything wrong. Though, sometimes His choices are hard to process and can hurt. So, forgiveness ALL across the BOARD is necessary.
I am thankful to hear that people are being blessed by this site. I was told today that my outlook was refreshing. I am so humbled by the LOVE of God. It is often so tough to just REST for me. I mean, just to sit and let GOD LOVE on me. I spent A LOT of my life having performance drive me. I thank GOD also for my spouse. He looks out for me, and so do our kids. God uses them to encourage, love on me, and help me to see truths, even hard ones. I am so grateful. There is lots of healing taking place. There is restoration and wholeness that WE are seeing right before our eyes. Why? Because JESUS is our worship, NOW and forevermore.
In His Grace and Glory,
E and FAM