New Year to Worship Part 2

New Year to Worship Part 2


Throne room experiences only happen with Holy Spirit help—listen and respond to the inward impulses of the Holy Spirit.

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.

Worship is seeking God for the purpose of receiving from God, so we have something to give back to God.

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

The worship service we’re endeavoring to enter into isn’t the one here on earth.

1 Corinthians 14:10-15 (NIV) Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning . . . . For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.

Notice what comes first—the spiritual is first, the soul is next.

1 Corinthians 14:16 (CEV) Suppose some strangers are in your worship service, when you are praising God with your spirit. If they don’t understand you, how will they know to say, “Amen”?

  • If we pray in other tongues, the Holy Spirit helps us pray.
  • If we sing in other tongues, the Holy Spirit helps us praise.

Paul does not want us only engaging our spirit.

  • 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.

Romans 8:26 (VOICE) We are weak and do not know how to pray [praise], so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers [worship] for us with groaning too profound for words.

1 Corinthians 14:13 (NIV) The one who speaks [sings] in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.

We are singing in tongues for the purpose of engaging our soul.

1 Corinthians 14:23-25 (NLV) If some people who are not Christians come to your church meeting while all the people are speaking in special sounds, they will think you are crazy. But if a man who is not a Christian comes to your church meeting while you are all speaking God’s Word, he will understand that he is a sinner by what he hears. He will know he is guilty. The secrets of his heart will be brought into the open. He will get on his knees and worship God. He will say, “For sure, God is here with you!”

Acts 4:5-13 (NIRV) The teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas, the high priest, was there. So were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and other people in the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought to them. They wanted to question them. “By what power did you do this?” they asked. “And through whose name?” Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people! Are you asking us to explain our actions today? Do you want to know why we were kind to a man who couldn’t walk? Are you asking how he was healed? Then listen to this, you and all the people of Israel! You nailed Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the cross. But God raised him from the dead. It is through Jesus’ name that this man stands healed in front of you . . . . The leaders saw how bold Peter and John were. They also realized that Peter and John were ordinary men with no training. This surprised the leaders. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.

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