BOLD: Practical Principles of Worship 2

Romans 12:1 (AMP)…on screen
 
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties, as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, consecrated, and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship..
 
“A Heart of Worship
 
“Powerfully bold worship is an expression of the boldness of a surrendered heart.” 
 
  • A surrendered heart, is the difference between true worship and religious exercise
 
    • As a young man growing up in the church, I had the opportunity to see and experience this in a negative way.  sad to say its so easy to do.  We can easily go through religious exercise with truly worshiping God.  Gather for church, sing the songs, lift our hands, even jump and dance, even flow in the gifts of the spirit or appear to any way with a heart that is not truly surrendered to God.  I did this for years.  Its what we used to call playing church.  Going through the motions.
 
  • We’ve heard people say for years, coaches or teachers, “your acting like your heart is not in it”
 
  • The idea is when you’ve surrendered your heart, is when you have been given to God in a deeper way. 
 
Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul wrote this…I am crucified with Christ yet not I but Christ lives in me, the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me.
 
The idea is Christ died for me, so I am going to live for him!
 
 >David obviously taught Solomon this precept, because in Proverbs Solomon wrote this…Proverbs 3:5,6
 
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
 
Worship is all about a surrendered heart.  David is the epitome of understanding what worship is all about and understand the hearts role in all this.  God described him as having a heart the beats with His own heartbeat
 
  • The wonderful thing about true worship, it enhances the intimacy we have in a relationship with Jesus
 
The heart:  is the seat of our will, emotions, thinking.   The great thing about God is he does not want to break us but nurtures and graces us so we will willfully submit to his will. 
 
The heart is the place devotion, surrender, and commitment comes from.  Worship is as much about these words as it is anything else.  The activity of worship is that much more meaningful, when our absolute motive of life is to devote, surrender, and commit ourselves to the king and his kingdom.
 
In the bible when we see the word heart, it is a reference to the will, emotion, desire, thoughts, and life of a person.  Physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally.
 
This is why the greatest commandment is to Love the lord your God with all your HEART, SOUL, MIND, and STRENGTH. God is telling us love God with your whole life. Our whole selves.
 
BOLD worship starts in the heart and proceeds through our lives.  The best example I could give you of this is King David.  He was Bold especially in worship.  the expressions of worship flowed from him with ease, because his heart was so given to God.
 
1 Samual 16:7  
 
God doesn’t see they way man sees, man looks on the outward appearance of a man, but God looks on the HEART.
 
>The apostle Paul in the book of acts described King David as a man after Gods own heart.  the message bible says it this way.  That David’s heart, beat with Gods heart beat.
 
>Meaning what was important to God was important to David, what moved Gods heart, moved David’s heart, what broke Gods heart, broke David’s heart. 
 
David BOLDY gave his whole life to Father God for his use and purpose.
 
You can see it…
 
  • as a shepherd on the pasture, guarding, protecting, loving the sheep
 
  • as a bold young man who was moved to fight Goliath, because of his outlandish Gaul in Taking Gods name in vain.  You could see it is his BOLD response of Faith against the giant and in defiance of the fear of his own brothers and the entire Israelite army including King Saul
 
  • in his submission to Saul, even when Saul hated him and tried to kill him.  His heart was to honor God and honor the king.
 
  • As he became King at 38 years of age after waiting for over a decade for the purpose of God to be fulfilled in his life.  His desire was to reestablish zion, the city of God Jerusalem, It was his bold declaration as he worshipped in front of the ark of the covenant as the presence of God was brought back into the Great city of our Great King.
 
  • You can see it in David’s desire to build God a house, no one had ever up to that point on their own thought of God in that way.  Meaning, its not right that we have built homes for ourselves but we have not taken the time to build a house for God.
 
  • You can see it in his rule as king, the tenderness of his heart, the strength of his heart, the worship of his heart
 
  • Even in his failures, you can see it, as he realizes his treachery, he realizes the devilish the way he has handled himself and how he found his heart growing cold, lost his purpose, and begin to act out of selfish desire and ruthless self centeredness.  When he came to himself at the prophetic confrontation of Nathan, he immediately without hesitation became repentant, and his heart broke, and he turned his face to God and ask for mercy, and rededicated his heart, his house, his life to His King.
 
  • In his death, as he had created all the plans for the house of God, had prepared all the money and supplies for the house of God to be built and on his death bed explained to his son Solomon how to be a king, his heart reflected the heart of God.
 
So what does Bold look like?
 
1.  Bold worship is tender heart.  A heart that is soft and pliable before God.
 
2.  Bold worship is surrendered heart.  A heart that is unreservedly given to God
 
3.  Bold worship is Caring heart.  A heart that protects, loves and is compassionate.  breaks for what Gods heart breaks for.
 
4.  Bold worship is a submitted heart.  A heart that says God not my will but your will be done.
 
5.  Bold worship is Changed heart.  Not perfect but not pretentious.  Its authentic, honest and real.
 
6.  Bold worship is a Courageous heart.  A heart that stands in the face of pressure and challenge and says I will worship God anyway, and I will win this battle not for me, but for the sake of the Glory of God.
 
7.  Bold worship is an honoring heart.  A heart given to think, act, love and lead with the heart of God.
 
8.  Bold worship is a loving heart:  A heart that puts God first, others second, and self last.  A heart that loves God and His house.  a heart that says, Jesus died for me, I will live for him.  A heart that says, I will not build my own until I have built Gods.
 
9.  Bold worship is a full heart.  A heart filled with purpose, destiny, joy, and peace.
 
Take away:  I hope that you are taking away from this series the realities of worship.  That it is much broader, deeper and wider than the mere expressions of it. 
 
This week, take time each day, when you get up in the morning, just fifteen minutes, and surrender yourself to God, just say God I was made to worship you, you have saved me, and first and foremost I want my life to be given to you.  before I have had a chance to let the day carry me away in its business, I give myself my family my everything in surrender to you.  Use my life today to reflect your glory. 
 
Just take fifteen minutes and do this, sit in his presence and truly worship him, and let him prepare your heart for what he would have it to be.
 
 

Break the Bottle

Romans 12:1 (AMP)

1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

Definition of worship:

reverence honor and homage paid to God
formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage to God

Break the Bottle.

Mark 14:3-9 (NKJ)
3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

1. A woman boldly Came.

Praise and worship is something we do on purpose. It’s a choice we make, a decision that we come to. Its not a feeling, its not a gathering, its not a night, it’s a decision.
When David Brought the ark back into Jerusalem he decided to worship radically.
When Miriam arrived on the other side of the red sea, she decided to take a moment and worship him.

When this woman who had so much sin, who had been delivered from so much pain, basically couldn’t take it any more and decided to worship Him.

When The children of Israel walked around the walls of Jericho, they were instructed but had to make a decision they would do it.

2. Have an alabaster flask of Very Costly Perfume…And she Boldly Broke it.

Worship is a “using what you have” experience
Worship is a “giving it all” experience
Worship is a “sacrificial” experience
Worship is a bold experience

I Chronicles 21;24

Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”

3. Some people don’t like boldness.

Some times people don’t understand why we worship the way we do. They don’t
Get the faith in it, or the celebration of it. It makes them uncomfortable. They’re not
uncomfortable seeing this kind of behavior in other areas but for some reason
When it comes to praise and worship they just can’t take it, it offends their pride.
It offends their religious thinking.

They said this is too much, we could have given that to the poor, too much?….to much for the king of Kings, too much for the Creator of all?….too much for our savior?….no its never too much.

David’s wife Michael mocked him, david continued to worship with complete surrender

The People of Jericho mocked Israel, and the walls fell

Regardless if people understand it, regardless if people are to religious for it, regardless if peoples pride hinders them, Our King, our savior is deserving of our praise and worship….we must give it to him.

4. What she does is good.

God created us to worship Him…..Everything created was created to worship its Creator. Jesus said even the rocks will cry out…revelations 4 says we were created to worship him.

5. Our praise and worship is our breakthrough….its the fragrance of our lives

When we praise and worship God in advance of our solution we are doing it in faith. It is like a sweet smelling savor to God, and brings unbelievable results in our lives.

Paul and silas after being beaten, prayed and sang praises to God and their chains fell off, and the chains of those around them fell off.

6. How do we praise and worship God

Don’t misinterpret our worship for the expressions of it. Worship is the embodiment of bringing glory and reverence to God, based on who He is. The expressions of that worship are many.

Singing,
Playing instruments
lifting hands,
Dancing
giving
Shouting
on and on the biblical methods of the expression of worship go…

but worship is our everyday being the believer, the Christian, the church God has called us to be, paying homage to God and bringing glory to His name.

No more talk of how bad it is, and who doesn’t care, and what are they going to do about it, lets let the fruit of our lips be praise to God.

Every time its hard…Break the bottle,
every time we get a bad report, Break the bottle,
every time our family doesn’t act right…break the bottle
every time we are facing a challenge….break the bottle
instead of complaints….break the bottle and let the fragrent smell of our worship go up before God and see what happens.

When we break the bottle we are fully pouring our lives out on Christ and saying Jesus you are Lord, and I reserve nothing of myself for myself, but I give it all to you.

Mission Accomplished

When you take a short term missions trip the goal is to come along side local churches in different nations to resource, strengthen, and help in whatever way you have ability to help.

What usually happens however is as much as you want to make a difference, the greatest difference made is in you.

You are inspired, gain perspective and most importantly build some life changing relationships.

We did what we came to do. Helped orphans, street kids, several local churches and trained pastors and leaders.

God did what he sent us to do. Used us to make a difference in the lives of many while awakening each of us to higher heights and deeper depths spiritually. 

Mission accomplished.

God has not Forgotten You

In Mark 5 there are two intersecting accounts that equally reveal the power of God and the action that moves Him. Faith.

One is the story of a woman struggling for years.  Having lost all of her resources, left to accept her fate and die. She hears about Jesus and acts on her faith. She decides that if she touches Jesus he whole situation would change and she was right. She pressed through the crowd touched him and was made well.

When she touched Jesus he was on his way to Jairus house.

Jairus, a great leader in the community had a desperate situation,  his daughter was gravely ill. He was so distraught, his status meant nothing, his influence meant nothing, his wealth meant nothing.  When he saw Jesus he fell to the ground in front of him and asked, “will you heal my daughter?” Jesus said yes I will.

On his way there he was interrupted by the faith of the woman. After his encounter with the woman, Jairus servant arrived on the scene and told his master, “no need to bother the master further, your daughter is dead.”

The words were final, cold, and must have caught Jairus off guard as the truth of them settled on his heart.  “Dead”, that word is so harsh. Have you ever thought about what Jairus must have thought in that moment. His answer was on its way but seemingly too late. If only Jesus had not been interrupted, if he had not stopped, maybe his daughter would have lived. Why does the women get healed and his daughter die?  Did Jesus forget?  Did He not care? 

In that moment despair, grief, fear, anger, sadness and regret must have landed on him like a ton of bricks. Should he have just stayed with his daughter, was this foolish to run after Jesus hoping he could cure her, had his desperation drove him insane?  Why? Why? Why? 

He believed just like the lady, he humbled himself, he asked for help. What more could he have done? 

He felt alone, abandoned, shocked, and his whole world seemed to be unraveling right before his eyes.

Jesus must have seen the sheer terror on his face.  He arrested his thoughts and said with an uncanny confidence. “Jairus, don’t be afraid, only believe!” Only believe, as if to say it’s time to stop all the torrent of thoughts racing through his mind. Don’t doubt, don’t fear, don’t grieve, don’t be distracted, only believe.

Today if you feel alone, forgotten, isolated, disappointed, stop listening to the wrong voices, bring the crazy thoughts of doubt, fear, and discouragement to a screeching halt and Only believe. No matter how final things feel to you, nothing is final to God.

Help is on the way, He’s not late, He’s not forgotten you. It doesn’t matter how things feel or look, ONLY BELIEVE.

Just like Jesus rescued the daughter of Jairus he can and will rescue you.

From kidnapper to Christ follower

What a great guy as you can see in this photo. He has a true pastors heart, and is building the church in Cambodia. He Pastors one of the New Life campuses in Kampong Thom Province. His story is amazing.

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In 1999 new life started reaching into this area. They sent one of their pastors to the province to connect with people and have a bible study. As the Pastor, Mara Kong would teach and share, it was effecting the community, and there were a contingent of men who decided they would stop it. So they sent a man in to case the movements of Pastor Mara. The objective was to watch him and at the opportune time kidnap him and put a stop to this Jesus business.

So they sent this man to infiltrate the group and seize the opportunity to grab Mara. Week after week he sat in the bible study to pretend he was interested. What happened next proves the power of God. The word began to penetrate the hard heart of this hate filled man and as he sat in the studies instead of kidnapping Mara, God kidnapped his heart. He received the word of God, gave his life to Jesus and Jesus radically regenerated his life.

That, would be kidnapper, is now the Pastor of that church. Doing great things for God and reaching people for the cause of the local church.

When you hear these types of stories it makes it all worth it. You know that the time spent, effort given, money invested is all worth it. Lives are being changed.

Everyone Doing their Part

Today is an excellent day in Cambodia. The team did a work day at the hope center in Kampong Thom and Janae and I attended the new life staff retreat. We heard some great teaching and had the honor of teaching and praying over the staff.

This afternoon and evening the team are having a game time and ministry time with the orphans and attending and helping with an English class.

We will continue the retreat tonight. Believing God to truly use us to make a difference. Helps us to encourage and strengthen the church here in Cambodia.

Please continue to pray for the team. Thanks for the part you played in sending us.