God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24).
So many times congregates have been instructed to praise the Lord, and your praise will get you what you need from God. We have been instructed to worship God no matter what our life style may be. Jesus knew the heart of man, and He informed His followers of the prophecy that was given by the Prophet Isaiah “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commandments with their own man-made teachings” (Matthew 15:8 New Living Translation).
God has given us instructions how we should worship Him and receive results from our worship. We cannot have on the garment of unforgiveness, envy, strife, rebellion, disobedient, fornication, adultery, unbelief, doubt and all the others things He has commandment not to have or do and think the praises are acceptable in the eyes of God.
Many times we come together in worshiper, we sing, shout and jump, run around the church, and we say “the Lord is here”, when we’re really worshipping in our emotions. The music sounds good, it’s ministering to our emotions and not our spirit. Whenever the Lord comes on the scene, changes are made, people don’t go out the same way they came in. Conviction comes upon those that aren’t living right, those that are born-again will be refreshed in their spirit. Sinners will come to the altar and it will be a life changing experience, not a today salvation and living like a sinner tomorrow. Healing will take place in the spirit, mind, emotions, and body. Relationships will be healed, back-sliders will rededicate their life, people will receive the Holy Spirit, and the Spiritual gifts will be in manifestation when the Lord enters the sanctuary.
We cannot live a sinful life and expect the Spirit of the Lord will come; because He will not (The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or He might turn away from you (Deuteronomy 23:14 New Living Translation). When sin is in the camp of the body of Christ, it’s not the Spirit of the Lord moving among the people, but the spirit of emotions that’s making the people to believe the Lord is in the midst of them. We’re spirit beings and we draw spirits by the spirit that is dwelling in us.
Many churches are filled with envy, jealous, spiritual discrimination, fault-finding, disunity, disobedient, rebellion and some ministers have the people believing the Lord is in the midst of the mess; God doesn’t bless mess. If the minstrel is not living a holy life, separated from the world, committed to the Lord, they cannot usher the Spirit of the Lord in the place. Choir members cannot usher the spirit of the Lord in the sanctuary, if they’re in disunity, back-biting, fault-finding, ungodly pride as well as any of the other things the Lord has put in place for us to follow, He isn’t coming in the sanctuary.
We cannot manipulate God with our praise and worship and not be living according to His bylaws to receive the blessings. The Bible is our mirror of correction, it will always assist us to find out where we are. We draw God’s Spirit, by His Spirit that lives within our being. The next time we go to worship, we need to discern what spirit we’re drawing to us. When the worshiper is real, He will give a visitation in our homes; wherever we maybe, He will come to us.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king (Daniel 3:17). The three Hebrew boys was thrown in a fiery furnace because they wouldn’t bow and worship the golden image. Although they were thrown in the furnace, they didn’t burn, the Lord met them their in the furnace. Children of God there will be times you may feel as though you have been thrown in a fiery furnace and the heat is continually excelling. Know that the Lord will be there with you to walk you through. Whenever we go through fiery trials its because we’re living a life that is pleasing to God, and He is allowing us to go through what were going through to bring us to perfection. God will never allow a tribulation door to be open and not give us a exit door. Tribulation will either bring out the best or the worst in us. God spoke into our life prior to our birth and what He spoke shall come to pass unless we reject His leading and prompting. God’s desire for His children is for us to prosper in every area of our life. Satan comes to try to destroy what God has for us, but he can’t unless we allow him and lose faith in God. God is greater than anything we have every been through or will go through, God has the last word pertaining to our life, the doctor’s report has to line up with God’s spoken Word. Our finances has to respond to God’s Word; when God speaks everything must come subject. You may be in a tight spot, or a trial so big all you see is darkness, child of God focus on the Word of God, wrap yourself in prayer and fasting, don’t allow Satan to speak doubt or unbelief, as surely as you went into what your in, God’s has a set time to bring you out, and when you come out, you coming out with the victory!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2nd Corinthians 5:17) There is a difference from one being a Christian and one just being religious. Religion is either trying to make yourself righteous or one who acknowledges there is a God, but rejects the Bible’s instructions; they pick and chose what scripture of the Bible they will submit to. Religion doesn’t have principles to follow as Christianity. With religion you can do what you want and yet call yourself a Christian or a religious person. True Christianity brings about a change in the person’s behavior and character, the Holy Spirit give them new life, and they are not the same anymore. The Christian is not reformed, rehabilitated, or re-educated, the person is a new creation, living in vital union with Christ. Christians aren’t someone who merely turned over a new leaf, we are beginning a new life under a new Master.
Christianity comes with a sanctification, Christians are once and continually set apart and kept. As Christians, we abide by the doctrine of Christ and will not follow no other doctrine. Christians are born again in their spirit, their spirit has been transformed by the Spirit of God and they become one with God and His Son. Christians take on the nature of their Father, whereas religious people nature, behavior and character will stay the same, not reflecting the nature of the Father. Christians don’t practice sin, for whatever is opposite of the instructions God has given us through His written Word is sin.
Many have lost their souls because they wanted to gain the world through their beauty and talents, desiring popularity; whereas the Bible has states ”What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”, to gain the world is to be an idol, having glory and honor going to the individual, and God has forbidden the Christian to have no other gods before Him, an idol is not just a statue, its people and things, anytime a person wants to be glorified and worshipped, this isn’t the Spirit of God being manifested in them.
There is no way the Spirit of God is indwelling our human spirit, and we haven’t changed in our behavior and character. If were still doing the same thing we were doing before we became Christians the Spirit of God hasn’t come in our being, when He comes, He makes changes. God wants us to be Christians, not religious, this is why He instructed Nicodemus he had to be born-again, meaning being born from above, its nothing we can do of ourselves.
It’s not God’s desire for anyone to perish, but He will not push Himself on anyone who don’t desire to be a follower of Christ.