Worship. What State Of Maturity. Sermon and prayer point by Pastor E A Adeboye.

Worship: What State Of Maturity? Sermon and prayer point by Pastor E A Adeboye

Psalms_113-3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised

Psalms_113-3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised

Memorise

Psalms_108-3: I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations

Psalms_108-3: I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations

Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
Psalm 113:2

Read: Psalm 113:1-6
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.
4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

Psalms_139-14: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalms_139-14: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Message

Psalms_63-3: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Psalms_63-3: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

It is a great thing for you to seek God, but it is a far greater thing for God to seek you out. From experience, most people only seek God because they are in need, and because they want Him to do something for them. This is self-centredness. God may not seek out such people. Those who God seeks after are the ones who worship Him for who He is. Jesus, at Jacob’s well, revealed the class of people that God seeks out: true worshippers (John 4:23). For God to seek you out, you must be of high value to Him. If you take someone like David as a case study, you will find out that David had resolved to always bless the Lord, whether the going was good or not. Hence, in Psalm 34:1 he said:
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

That is a very hard attitude to adopt and sustain. It is not easy to praise God when it appears the whole world is turning against you. It is not easy to worship God immediately after experiencing the loss of someone or something precious. Why would God seek out someone like David? It is because he always had what God wanted, which is praise and quality worship in his mouth and from his heart, always! This implies that anytime God visited David, He received praises. Can the same be said of you? No wonder God also decided that only goodness and mercy would continually follow David all the days of his life (Psalm 23:6).

In our trip to Israel not too long ago, I told those who travelled with me that there are two categories of worshippers. The first are those who praise God only after something good has happened to them. In other words, such people believe that God should earn their praise and worship. If He has not met their expectations, then there is no need to praise Him. These are baby worshippers. God may never seek such people out for anything. The second category of worshippers is made up of those who worship God even when their miracles have not come. Such people believe that God has already earned the right to be praised and worshipped, because of who He is and for all He has already done. They feel indebted to God; hence, their worship of Him is not conditional. They will praise God in any circumstance. These are adult worshippers. Such people always get more than what they desire from God. They are the ones whom God seeks after. What category do you belong to?

Praise The Lord O My Soul

Praise The Lord O My Soul

Key Point

The quality of worship you give to God shows the place that God occupies in your life.

Psalms_9-1: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalms_9-1: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

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God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth

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Surely The LORD Is In This Place

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Surely The LORD Is In This Place

 

 

 

 

 

Surely the LORD is in this place. This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.

Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with a song. Know ye that The LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Know ye that the LORD He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.

O go your way into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him, and speak good of His Name. For the LORD is good; His kindness endureth forever, and His faithfulness unto all generations.

Hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and He shall lift you up. Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you! Amen!

–          From an Old Hymn Book

 

 

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us

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Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us. 

Daddy I wish he could have heard me.

That’s what my daughter said to me after church Saturday night.

She was told that a famous singer and recording artist had been there.

She said, “If only I could have met him, he might have hooked me up with a recording deal.”

I laughed a little (on the inside) when I thought about the ramifications of this statement.

To think that at eight years old, my daughter thought she had already missed her big opportunity.

Our Big Opportunity

I think we’ve all felt this way at one time or another… especially when it comes to our worship.

Many times, we’re focused on the people around us.

We want them to hear us sing. We want them to see us dance and raise our hands.

But worship shouldn’t be a show for the people around us.

In reality, our audience is an audience of One.

Worship is our response.

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us.

Abraham had a full revelation of who God was, and he trusted Him completely.

Genesis 15:6 says that his trust in God was credited to him as righteousness.

In Genesis 22, Abraham’s trust is put to the test when God asks him to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar.

While this might sound extreme today, Abraham’s response was one of complete and total trust in God.

He knew that it was all going to be okay.

In Genesis 22:5, Abraham said, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.

You see, he never doubted God’s goodness. He spoke in faith (or in trust), “We will come back.”

When Isaac (who was probably 11 years old at the time) asked, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering,” Abraham answered in faith by saying, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:7-8)

Then, after Abraham had gone as far as to bind his son to the altar and raise his knife to complete the sacrifice, God intervened.

God said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

This story reveals Abraham’s complete and total trust in God, the result of which is his worship.

What do you worship?

The fact is that everyone worships something or someone.

Cardinals fans worship the team with their time, energy, and money.

At the game, you’ll jump up and down and cheer. You’ll spend hundreds of dollars on a soda and a hot dog. It’s worth it, right?

Worship means to show something’s worth.

The word “worship” is derived from two Old English words, “worth” and “ship.”

When we put these together, we see that “worth-ship” is the quality of having worth or of being worthy.

So when we worship, we are saying that God is worth it.

Of course, God can see our heart, so don’t mistake worship as just the songs we sing on Sunday mornings.

The Apostle Paul says that we should give all of our faculties (or talents) to God, for this is our act of worship. –Romans 12:1

Our life should be as a living sacrifice to glorify, extol, lift up, and praise His name.

Like Abraham, there will be times when our faith in God is tested by circumstances that just don’t make sense.

But if you know who God is, and if you know that His plans for you are good, then there’s only one way to respond to life’s trials… with a heart of worship.

As you go through your day today, focus on God’s goodness. Give Him the praise and know that whatever you’re facing, He will bring you through it.

Like Abraham, place all of your trust in your Saviour. Believe me, He is worth it!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Our worship is right only when we are right with God and with others

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Our worship is right only when we are right with God and with others.

READ: John 12:1-8

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. —John 12:3

Shortly before Jesus was crucified, a woman named Mary poured a bottle of expensive perfume on His feet. Then, in what may have been an even more daring act, she wiped His feet with her hair (John 12:3). Not only did Mary sacrifice what may have been her life’s savings, she also sacrificed her reputation. In first-century Middle Eastern culture, respectable women never let down their hair in public. But true worship is not concerned about what others think of us (2 Sam. 6:21-22). To worship Jesus, Mary was willing to be thought of as immodest, perhaps even immoral.

Some of us may feel pressured to be perfect when we go to church so that people will think well of us. Metaphorically speaking, we work hard to make sure we have every hair in place. But a healthy church is a place where we can let down our hair and not hide our flaws behind a façade of perfection. In church, we should be able to reveal our weaknesses to find strength rather than conceal our faults to appear strong.

Worship doesn’t involve behaving as if nothing is wrong; it’s making sure everything is right—right with God and with one another. When our greatest fear is letting down our hair, perhaps our greatest sin is keeping it up. —Julie Ackerman Link

Whenever we gather to worship
Let’s not hide behind a façade;
Instead, let’s be open and honest
With others and also with God. —Sper

Our worship is right only when we are right with God and with others.

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

God is spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth

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John 4:24, “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.”

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Man dwells primarily in the physical and emotional realm, but God is a Spirit (1 Sam. 16:7). To have true fellowship with God, we have to relate to God on the spiritual level.

In order to make this possible, God changed our spirit. At salvation, our spirit became totally new (11 Cor. 5:17). It is now righteous and truly holy (Eph. 4:24). It is now exactly the way Jesus is, because our born again spirit is the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 4:17; 1 Cor. 6:17; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6).

In our spirits we are worthy to come before God and worship Him without any fear. Our spirit is the only part of us that is worthy. That’s why we must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

When we come before God dwelling on all our failures and problems, we are not approaching Him through our spirit. Our spirit is not our problem. Our born again spirit is perfect.

There is a place for mentioning our problems and failures but it’s not the part of us that has been saved and is in fellowship with God. We must always base our relationship with the Father on who we are in our spirit through Christ Jesus.

Record your thoughts, learn to take notes during sermon

Worship is a way of life

One of the most exciting things you can do in your Christian walk with the Lord is to keep a journal of all that He is teaching you. Exodus 24:4 says,Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.” In other words, he did not want to miss or forget anything. He took notes! If he were attending church with you, you could expect him to pull out a notebook and start jotting things down. Why? God directed Moses to do this because he was the one who would communicate what God said to the nation of Israel.

Today, godly men and women teach God’s truth, and we would be wise to pick up the habit of taking notes, as God taught Moses to do. Actually, the human mind has to hear or record a fact at least three times before it is committed to memory. Sometimes, it can take hearing a fact up to fourteen times before it is actually stored in our knowledge base.

This is why when you walk up to your pastor at the end of the worship service and commend him on his sermon, you pray that he does not ask you to repeat his main points back to him. It also is the reason you can gather over lunch with family and friends and exclaim how much you learned at church, but when you are asked to tell what you thought was the highlight, your mind goes blank.

Learn to take notes. Record your thoughts, and then, when you are alone with the Lord, ask Him to affirm what you have heard in and through His Word. Godly messages never conflict with what God has written in the Bible – it is the infallible Word of God. This means that it is God’s Word to us, and nothing about it can be changed or taken away.

We live in a devious world because Satan is constantly enticing us away from God’s truth. As you worship the Lord, ask Him to make you aware of the Enemy’s subtle and dangerous scheme. There is only one way to worship God, and that is with the entirety of our hearts and minds.

Worship is not a place or an event. It is a way of life.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

True worship begins with a heart that is totally turned towards God

True worshipbegins with a heart that is totally turned towards GodImagine what it would be like to step inside your church sanctuary on   Sunday morning and witness the vision that Isaiah saw. He writes, “I saw the   Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe   filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings . . . One   called out to another and said, ‘Holy,   Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And   the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called   out, while the temple was filling with smoke” (Isaiah 6:1-4).

This had to be a glorious sight! But it also was one that   conflicted Isaiah’s heart because he knew that he was guilty of sin.   Immediately, a godly sense of fear swept over him, and he cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am   a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes   have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). When we become aware   of God’s holy presence, we won’t be able to stop ourselves from worshiping   Him and seeking His cleansing for our sins.

However, if we become so entangled with sin and the pleasures of this   world, we will fail to sense the need to worship God. In fact, our spirits   will be dead to any true praise. Instead, we will yawn and check our watches   to see if the preacher is preaching longer than he should.
Isaiah realized there was a problem in his life—it was one that needed to be   addressed immediately, so he could do what God had called him to do. Many   times, we miss God’s best for our lives because we become too busy for   worship. When we take time to worship God for who He is—righteous, loving, and   infinite in power—our hearts will be lifted, and our lives will be changed.   We will cry out, “Holy are You Lord and   worthy to be praised!”

True worship begins with a heart that is totally turned toward God.

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and   defend us from all their enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!