New Year to Worship Part 3


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.

  • If we pray in other tongues, the Holy Spirit helps us pray.
  • If we sing in other tongues, the Holy Spirit helps us praise.
  • The spiritual comes first, the soul follows.

James 5:16 (TLB) The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.

An “earnest prayer” is a heart-felt petition arising out of a deep personal felt need that is urgent. It’s realizing we need God; therefore, we seek God with all our heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

When you find God you find your freedom!

Deuteronomy 10:12 (CEV) Moses said: People of Israel, what does the Lord your God want from you? The Lord wants you to respect and follow him, to love and serve him with all your heart and soul.

You’ll never be able to seek God with “all your heart” until you get over yourself.

Isaiah 51:7-8 (CEV) If you want to do right and to obey my teaching with all your heart, then pay close attention. Don’t be discouraged when others insult you and say hurtful things. They will be eaten away like a moth-eaten coat. But my victory will last; my saving power will never end.

God is only found when we are hot after Him. God is worth that!

1. Get over yourself—get over the opinions of others—and worship!

1 Samuel 12:20 (CEV) Samuel answered: Even though what you did was wrong, you don’t need to be afraid. But you must always follow the Lord and worship him with all your heart.

Worship doesn’t mean we never sin—it means we fully engage.

2. Get over yourself—get over your sin—and just worship!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (CEV) I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering. You will turn back to me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers. You will worship me with all your heart, and I will be with you and accept your worship.

3. Get over yourself—get over your pride—worship with ALL your heart.

Ephesians 5:17-19 (CEV) Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life. When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.

Acts 16:22-26 (NIV) The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

God does not inhabit any type of worship—only heart-felt worship.

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