My Thoughts About Worship

During my lunch break, I like to take short walks around the environs of my office. The neighborhood my office is located is in the northern suburbs of Illinois and the scenery of the area is very beautiful. It is filled with well manicured lawns, beautiful ponds, lovely flowers and tall trees. On a clear day you can feel the sun’s rays peeking through lush popcorn like cumulus clouds. My walks through this area is usually very cathartic for me and one cannot help but wonder in amazement about the genius of the God that created all these things.  I mean, when I look at the trees and hear the whispers of their leaves or when I watch the geese fly through the clouds, it is almost as if even nature is affirming my amazement of the glory of God.

Psalm 19:1- 4 says that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voicegoes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

So even the heavens, the skies according to the above scriptures are involved in worship. The scripture says that day after day they pour forth speech, in other words they testify through their mere existence that God deserves all the glory. Even though they don’t have voices like we have, they are still able to express worship throughout the earth.  If plants and creations that are not as expressive as we are through speech can declare the glory of God daily then we humans are without excuse.

Romans 1:20 says “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

I have decided not to be “out praised” by the clouds, I have decided not to be “out worshipped” by the heavens, as longs as I have breadth in my lungs, I will declare the glory of God for His deserves all the glory.  God bless you.

My Thoughts About Worship

There was an earthquake with a 5.8 magnitude that shook the east coast of the country today. According to yahoo.com the shaking was felt over such a large area – as far south as Atlanta and as far north of Ontario. While the effects of an earthquake can be felt hundreds of miles away, I think it is fascinating to find out why earthquakes occur.  Scientists say that earthquakes usually occur when there is an explosion or sudden break of underground rocks along a fault.  This sudden break, results in a release of energy that causes waves that make the ground shake. How powerful.

In the bible, I am immediately reminded of a very interesting story that references the occurrence of an earthquake, however, the cause of the quake came from an unlikely source.

The story goes like this “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16: 25-26

Worship caused the place to quake. Wow, their worship was so powerful that it literally caused an explosion or sudden break of underground rocks in the vicinity of the prison which resulted in waves that caused the grounds to shake. This quake was not a bad quake in the sense that lives were lost after it, infact we don’t know if the quake was felt anywhere else. All we know that it was a targeted quake. The quake went after the doors and chains. It targeted the prison environment and by the time it was done, the prisoners were set free. Friends, there is a level of worship that we can enter in that will produce targeted quakes in the spirit realm that can cause problems, pains and chains to be removed in the physical. There is a level of worship we can get into that can literally remove burdens and yokes that have held us down for years. We can burst into this realm of worship that produces powerful waves of “corrective” quakes that can change lives. Regardless of your situation today, whether in bad times or times of depression burst out like Paul and Silas did in heartfelt worship and you will be creating ripples or waves in spirit that will have strong effects in the physical. God bless.

My Thoughts About Worship

The blessing of God is the empowerment from above to prosper, increase, multiply and have dominion on the earth. The blessing of God is so powerful that those that operate in it have victory in every area of life. When the blessing of God is in operation it brings wealth, health and supernatural strength to our lives. How do we get the blessing? The blessing comes from God and if you are a believer you have the blessing according to Gal 3:14 which says

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

From the above scriptures, we are not looking to get the blessing because we already have it. The question now is why are we blessed and how does this relate to worship?

 Let me answer the first question, we are blessed to dispense the blessing of God period.  Simply put we are blessed to be a blessing to our worlds.  

1 chronicles 23:13 addresses the second part of the question. It says “The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was set apart, he and his sons forever, that he should sanctify the most holy things, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister to Him, and to give the blessing in His name forever.”

Aaron and Moses were from the tribe of Levi. The Levites were the priests of God that where the custodians of worship. If there was anyone who understood God’s heart as far as worship was concerned, it was the Levites. Aaron was the first Priest and the bible tells that he was separated to dispense the blessing as he performed his duty as a priest.

Worshipping God is a life line to the blessing of God. It is also a life line for dispensing the blessing of God.  The blessing flows freely in an atmosphere of worship and reverence. The bible also tells us in 1 Peter 2:9 that “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

As priests and worshippers of God, our responsibility is to live a life that is constantly ministering to Him in Worship so that God blessing is continuously released to areas of need in our lives. Worship and the blessing go hand in hand. If you study the lives of the men and women that walked in God’s blessing, you will discover that like Aaron and Moses, they were individuals that knew how to reverence and worship God regularly. So let us seek to be dispensers of the blessing of God as we separate ourselves as priests of God. God bless you.

My Thoughts About Worship

The book of Acts is filled with stories of the effects of corporate worship. It was during corporate worship which involves the gathering of more than one person participating in worship that the Holy Spirit came down. The scripture says in Acts 1:2 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

 It was also during corporate worship that serious prayers were made on behalf of the saints when the early church experienced persecution, this account is recorded in Acts 4:23-25.Throughout the new testament especially in the book of Acts, we see this trend of believers gathering together either in someone’s home or in the temple for spiritual edification, prayer and worship.

However as powerful as corporate worship is, God still requires us to spend quality time with Him alone. Yes alone, without the group or choir, alone without your pastors or friends, alone without our spouses.

Jesus Christ practiced this, very early in the morning he would rise up to be alone with the Father. He understood the importance of this “alone time” with God. It was His life source, Jesus recognized that the success of His ministry publicly was dependent on the success of His “alone time” with God privately.

The scriptures record the following in Mat 14:23

“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”

 Jesus in emphasizing the importance of spending time with God alone says in Mathew 6:6

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

We all are guilty of not spending enough time with God alone; we are inundated with activities even spiritual ones, that we seldom find the time to be alone with God. This should not be the case as the strength of our corporate worship publicly is dependent on the strength our personal worship privately.

As many of us prepare for Sunday, the designated day for corporate worship in the Church, let us not forget to spend some quality time alone with God. Take some time from your spouse, take some time from the job and even take some time from the social media to be alone with God. As you do this, God will reward you with His blessings publicly. God bless you.

My Thoughts About Worship

The word intimacy means a state of being close, familiar and usually affectionate or loving towards another person or group (According to dictionary.com).  Being intimate with someone means that we have access to information and insights about the people we are intimate with.  We can share deep secrets and communicate hidden thoughts that we ordinarily would not communicate with people who are not intimate with us. Intimacy involves transparency, nothing is hidden and all guards are down. When we are in an intimate relationship, our scars, nakedness and weakness are revealed. There is a very high level of trust and communication flows freely.  I have even heard someone say that the word “Intimacy” can be said like this “Into Me See,” meaning that you are allowing yourself to be read like an open book by those you are intimate with. This is a little deep but I was meditating today on what it means to be intimate with someone especially God.

I discovered that God is looking for us to be intimate with Him in worship. In fact intimacy is the highest level a relationship can get to. Ask the spouse that feels like their marriage is just a routine, they will tell you that their craving from their spouses is for more intimate moments. I remember such a moment with my wife, we had been married for 3 years at the time and we just sat talking. As we talked, my wife began to tell me things about herself that I didn’t know. They were not bad things but just regular things, some of them even funny that I had no idea about. It was such an intimate moment because she let me into her thoughts.

God craves such moments with us as well, moments were we can be ourselves with Him and tell him how much he means to us. Moments were we crave for Him and desire His presence. Moments also were He shares with us things that most don’t know about Him.

There is a scripture in psalm 103:7 which says “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” What a powerful statement, God reserved the revelation of His ways to Moses, a man that had an intimate relationship with Him but only demonstrated His acts to the others. There is a huge difference. To Moses, God got close and showed Moses how and why He did what He did, to the others they only saw Gods work without insight as to how He did what He did.

A lot of us know about God but until we are intimate with Him we will never know Him and His ways. Worship gets us closer to God and only those that are intimate with God get the privilege of not only learning from him but hearing from Him. God bless.

My Thoughts About Worship

As I sat at my desk yesterday wondering how to address a problem at work, I was so focused on the issue when i suddenly realized that God deserves our thanks regardless of our circumstances. I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude to God come over me for everything He had done in my life. I began to think about the day and previous weeks to recount various victories the Lord had won for me. Before long, I excused myself and went to the restroom. While there, I was still full of this sense of gratitude.  I just naturally began to thank God for my wife and children. I realized that so many people out there are looking to be married or have kids but God has blessed me with both. I began to thank God for my life, the fact that I am still alive is a strong testimony in itself. This went on for sometime and after that, i felt encouraged and charge up to finish my day.

You see, sometimes, it is so easy to focus on what is not working. So easy to put your head down in defeat and bask in the sorrows of our pains. When we focus on what is not working, it becomes maximized and causes us to focus on ourselves. God wants us to focus on Him and when we count our blessings as the famous song prescribes, it changes our focus back to God.

Everything can’t go wrong all at once. There is always something to thank God for regardless of your situation. Maybe you are behind in your bills but you are alive, you can thank God for that. Maybe that neighbor has been getting on your last nerve but you can thank God that you even have a neighbor. Its all a matter of perspective. Find things today you can be thankful to God, for in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes 5:18)

Discovering Followership ~ Everyone is Following

EVERYONE  IS FOLLOWING   

This is a foundational truth about followership that can’t be ignored no matter your views on followership. If you examine your life critically, you will find out that in certain areas, you have accepted the authority of someone or given your allegiance to a particular thing at one point in time or another.  This shows that we all follow. For example, some people follow a particular type of music; others follow a spiritual leader, others are ardent followers of sports, while others simply follow their “instincts.”

In today’s tech savvy world, there is a trend of tweeting where people “follow” their favorite stars, mentors, pastors and even friends. Tweeting has become such a vital tool in sports and entertainment, it has enabled athletes and entertainers to connect, maintain and grow their fan base.

Followership is ingrained in our makeup.  I dare say that most people find it easier to follow than to lead because followership is part of nature. It begins at childhood as we follow the lead of our parents, guardians and immediate environment. Their leadership exposes us to specific experiences that shape the adults that we become.

When we look at wildlife the same is true. Once an animal is born, its natural instinct pushes it to follow the lead of its mother because she has milk. This ability to follow the lead of the group could determine an animal’s survival in the wild. The animals vulnerable to attack are the isolated ones who through inexperience, sickness or just plain stubbornness have removed themselves from the group.

Followership is so innately linked with our survival that most of us are constantly following, either subconsciously or consciously.  

Now thats true talk……

Except from my book ~ Discovering Followership- The Neglected Secret of Getting Ahead in Life.