Worshipping a Holy God

“Be Holy, because I am Holy. ( 1 Peter 1:16)

Our worship of God is a result of our perception of God. Because our life experiences shape our values and we are influenced and shaped by those experiences, our love and reverence for God will vary. But God does not leave us in the dilemma from being born in sin that having desperately wicked hearts places us in.

“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am Holy'” (Leviticus 19:2).

God gives us the foundation in the Scriptures to build our knowledge and relationship with Him. He teaches us using a straightforward description, “I am Holy.”

Jesus willingly became the sacrifice for the redemption of our sins. We have a spiritual connection with Jesus Christ, so there should be no variation in the meaning of holiness. Through prayer and study, we fully comprehend that God is Holy. We have Divine intervention ensuring that our understanding is in sync with who God says He is.

The influencers readily try to define our worship experience. Yet, we must remember that our relationship with God is 1:1. We will not receive our reward of eternal life [Revelation 22:12] based on collective worship. We cannot sing our way to God despite popular trending worship movements. God does not require us to experience the escalation of our emotions as an outward sign of worship.

When linked to Jesus Christ, our hearts receive the spiritual nutrients required for an in-depth relationship with our Creator. This is one of the Holy Spirit’s functions, which is why we pray for daily anointing [not reflected in speaking in unknown tongues or shouting holy dances]. From the Holy Spirit, we receive daily spiritual transformation of our hearts–minds that allows us to become holy.

Our worship reveals the love and adoration that we have for God. To worship Him is to reverence our Heavenly Father, who we will never fully understand. Yet, our love for Jesus Christ and daily repentance, surrender, and obedience allows us to invite the Holy Spirit to shower us daily with a Pentecost experience that draws us closer to God.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).

Prayer: God, we desire a deeper relationship with You. We pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Draw us closer to You, Jesus. In the Worthy Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

The Dual Roles of Christianity

With exasperation, the nursing student stated, “I will be glad when learning is over,” to which the professor responded, “Then you have chosen the wrong profession. Nurses are forever students who are always learning to educate themselves and their patients.”

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge… (Hosea 4:6).

Christians are also forever Bible Students–diligently studying our Treasure Book [the Bible] and always seeking God through prayer to receive discernment and direction from our Teacher, the Holy Spirit. We are simultaneously students and teachers faithfully witnessing to those without knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Time invested in our relationship with Jesus Christ is priceless. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12).

“Life is too valuable, too full of solemn, sacred responsibilities, to be wasted in pleasing self.” Ellen G. White

Prayer: God, we are not fulfilling our roles as students nor witnessing to others to teach them of Your love. We ask for forgiveness. As we study, anoint us with the Holy Spirit and give us wisdom and discernment of Your truth. In Jesus’ Worthy name, we pray. Amen.

Intentional Intimacy With God

Can you boldly proclaim that you have a deep knowledge of God? If the majority of our thoughts bring praise from the depths of our hearts for God, then we are true worshippers. Yes, our intimate love for God produces steadfast faith, trust, courage, and perseverance.

Sing songs daily, utter praise through prayer, and let God know how much you love Him! Study the Scriptures, which speak of our loving God who freely gives us abundant grace and mercy.

Prayer: God, we love You and praise you for all you have done. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in. From this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalms 121:1‭-‬8 NKJV)

Prayer and Praise

Prayer and Praise are indicators of our love relationship with God. We praise Him throughout our day and evening by having a heart filled with gratitude. And from our hearts and lips, we express thankfulness to our Father.

Some children have never heard their parents or caregivers say, I love you. Love is not only a state of being; love is readily expressed from the depths of our hearts through our words and actions. It is a disservice to others for us to never verbally express our love to them.

Even God tells us, “…Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore, with loving kindness, I have drawn you…” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Our love, when joyfully expressed, creates an unbreakable bond between God and ourselves. Praise and prayer reinforce our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. We were created to worship the Creator God, who receives honor and adoration from the angels. Yet, humanity who received redemption from the sacrifice of Jesus fails to give Him adoration.

Eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth will be the reward only for those who have loved and praised God with all of their [obedient] hearts, souls, and minds [and loved others]. Praises to our Heavenly Father now and forevermore. Amen!

Prayer: God, we love You. And we praise You because You deserve to be praised. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer is Our Vital Connection to God

Tremendous power is made available through a good man’s earnest prayer ( James 5:16, Phillips).

Sharing this excerpt by D. Winn

Prayer is entering into intimate fellowship with the most awesome Mind in the universe! It is our privilege to “think in His presence”–to work through any and every facet of our lives while consciously interfacing with God’s wisdom. It is accepting the accountability for how we live, fully awake to His guidance, without fear of condemnation.

Because we know that it is not His purpose to belittle or browbeat us. In communion with Him we are set free to look squarely at our lives, meeting the challenges with head held high. We are released from mediocrity–we are yoked with divinity! We are released from pettiness–our inspiration is infinity!

I believe that the tremendous power available in prayer is the power to live intelligently and reasonably. It is not a power attained by the waving of a magic wand; it is gained by being in the presence of One who is wonderfully reasonable and realistic. And our prayers are effectual because we ourselves are being made more effective through companionship with Him! D. Winn

Without diligent and daily prayer, we do not have a Spiritual connection to God.

Prayer: God, we thank You for the awesome privilege to humbly and boldly approach You through prayer. Thanks You, for loving us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.