The .Com Diet: (Part 3)

Monday, July 16, 2012


For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3)

WORSHIPING: GET GENUINE

When the music fades all is stripped away and I simply come; longing just to bring something that’s of worth, that will bless your heart. I’ll bring you more than a song, for a song in itself, is not what you have required. You search much deeper within through the way things appear, you’re looking into my heart. I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about you, all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry Lord, for the thing I’ve made it; when it’s all about you, all about you Jesus.

The words to this song, remind us that when the music is gone we alone are left to worship God. Do we genuinely feel this way about our Lord? Do we freely make ourselves available to worship Him?
Do we open up our hearts and pour out our adoration for Him? Is He who we love above all others?

Today, we talk about the last “w” in The .Com Diet, which is worship. It is time for us to get genuine in our worship to the Lord! So, what does genuine worship have to do with complete wholeness in Christ?

When you give the Lord everything that is within you, (your desires, hurts, fears, every breath) you’re left with nothing; this nothingness may feel like you’re incomplete, however, you’re in the perfect place to allow God to fill you with all of Him. Don’t allow incompleteness keep you from worshiping the Complete God. Are you trusting the Lord enough to give Him back what is rightfully His: YOU?

God wants us to desire Him above all; above our complaints, above our husbands and wives, above our children, above our careers, above our dreams. He wishes for an intimate relationship with you and deserves the preeminence in your life (Colossians 1:18). He wants you to be genuinely in love with Him. Your worship tells God, I’m completely into you, because I know you’re completely in me.

If you couldn’t lift your hands, how would you worship God?
If you couldn’t pat your feet, how would you worship God?
If you couldn’t speak, what would your worship look like?

Worship signifies a direct acknowledgement of God, his nature, powers, ways, and claims. This is done by word, praise, thanksgiving, or deed. How can you alter your words to be a constant worship to God? Are you adoring Him, are you telling Him how beautiful He is, how much He means to you?

If we are honest, so many of us go to a worship service looking for a worship experience. Never realizing that we are the instruments of righteousness and praise (Romans 6:13, Hebrews 13:15). Worship is not the physical place; it is the issue of the heart. Does your heart genuinely crave the Father? How do you know that the worship is genuine? Genuine worship focuses on the Father. God is the experience. Our worship is the expression of what we've experienced.

The Lord wants spiritual, heartfelt, holy worship; he’s not looking for a show. No musical instrument, hype worship leader, or strobe lights can make your worship better. Your relationship with the Father should be the experience. You should be offering him the deepness in your soul because He divinely created you. He deserves your complete obedience and genuine devotion, not a play or a rehearsed production.

Worship must leap from the heart via the Holy Ghost. To worship in the Spirit you must be under the influence of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 5:18). The Spirit of God dwells in the hearts of believers, giving us the desire to worship, as God would have us to (Philippians 2:13). He gives us life (John 6:63)! His mission is to comfort, guide, and prompt our worship. The Spirit always points to the word, and the word was Jesus made flesh. True, genuine worship will always point to Christ who is the epitome of complete wholeness.

The Spirit was even given for the purpose of glorifying and worshipping God (John 16:14). Yet, we must be free enough to know when the Spirit is moving inside of us, and cast out any fear so that our worship is not hindered. You suppress the Spirit when you don’t act on what He tells you to do. If your Spirit is moving you to tears, to pray a little deeper, or prompts you to raise your hand, and you fear your environment [or your environment controls those emotions] then you are hindered from genuinely worshiping the Lord. It's time to get genuine about our worship.

Your life should be a continual worship, not just on Sundays, but everyday; when we are genuine in our service to God, our worship is genuine. He wants no one to worship Him in fear, but He does want us to fear being apart from Him. Anything that we allow to take the place of our worship is in danger of taking the place of where God wants us to be. Get genuine, by allowing the Spirit to speak through you and guide your worship.

Questions to consider:

1. Does the name of Jesus move you to want to worship and adore Him?
2. What does genuine worship look like to you?
3. Where is your heart focused when you worship God? Are you distracted easy or fixated on the Father?
4. Has the Spirit been allowed to move your worship?


* We want to thank you all for joining us for the .Com Diet, a plan to Complete Wholeness in Christ. As we walk through this journey, feel free to share your thoughts here on the blog or connect with us via our Facebook page. We would love to learn more about you so that we may all grow together in the Lord! *


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4 comments

  1. That was absolutely awesome. We forget that God is a spirit and we must worship HIM in spirit and also truth. People get hyped up with music and when it isnt there they are at a loss. He seeks pure worship. Thank you and may you be blessed always.

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  2. The Holy Spirit brought this lesson as a teachable moment for me as I am somewhat experiencing this right now in my life. I'm thankful for the questions that accompany this lesson that allow me to further examine my life and my worship to God! I have a hunger and thirst for God but sometimes I am guilty of allowing my environment to suppress the spirit within me. Pray with me sisters as I strive to freely worship God in Spirit and In Truth!

    Shanita

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  3. I am SO thankful that this lesson was brought to the heart of SWAP Ministries, because God knew it was something I needed to hear and to study. For years I have treated the Holy Spirit like a red-haired step child, afraid of what His power could do in my life...and for those many years, I've slighted myself on the wonderful leading and guiding that I was always in search of! This is amazing. My worship to God was mundane and lifeless, routine and robotic, however this study on the Holy Ghost moving me and prompting my worship reminds me that the Spirit is active and I should be too! I should have life in my praise to the Lord; my entire being should praise God as I worship Him with all that is within me. I'm just so thankful and newly humbled at the Spirit of God that dwells within me.

    Melanie

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  4. Wow ladies....This lesson is very POWERFUL. Genuine Worship has me reexaming myself and how I worship God. Thank you ladies for this lesson.....love it..

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