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.
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.