New Year to Worship Part 1

New Year to Worship Part 1

NEW WORSHIP FOR A NEW YEAR

Worship is not a song or action apart from divine aid—it’s not flesh-led. New Testament worship is Spirit-led—listening for and responding to the inward impulses of the Holy Spirit. Throne room experiences only happen with Holy Spirit help.

John 4:23-24 (TLB) The time is coming when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is our worship spiritual and real? Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should.

. . . A new day is coming—in fact, it’s already here—when the importance will not be placed on the time and place of worship but on the truthful hearts of worshipers . . . if you do not seek the Father, then you do not worship. – VOICE

Worship comes from a heart that desires a throne room experience with God. Worship is seeking God. True worship focuses on receiving from God. Some will argue that worship is not about getting, it’s about giving.

John 15:5 (NLV) I am the Vine and you are the branches. Get your life from Me. Then I will live in you and you will give much fruit. You can do nothing without Me.

1 John 4:19 (ERV) We love because God first loved us.

Romans 7:18 (AMPC) I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]

Worship is seeking God for the purpose of receiving from God, so we have something to give back to God. We are created to reflect God’s glory. Worship is reflecting back to God the glory received from Him.

  • The flesh distracts, seeks comfort and routine.
  • The Spirit centers, seeks connection and inspiration.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to orchestrate unity between our worship and Heaven’s worship. In this room, there are angels in perfect worship. Then, there’s our imperfect worship. The Holy Spirit bridges the gap.

Revelation 5:11-13 (NIV) I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth . . . saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

Heaven and earth united together in worship! The worship service we’re endeavoring to enter into isn’t the one here on earth.

Hebrews 12:22-24 (NIV) You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.

How did living people experience Mount Zion? Through worship!

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (NIV) I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.

The church is likened unto a lamp and the Holy Spirit is the oil. Worship is when the oil of God’s Spirit starts to burn in our hearts.

John 4:23-24 (MSG) Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.

  • If you’re not spiritually moved, you haven’t worshiped.
  • If you’re not emotionally moved, you haven’t worshiped.
  • If you’re not physically moved, you haven’t worshiped.
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