WE COME TO WORSHIP HIM

(Psa 84:4 KJV) Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

(Psa 84:5 KJV) Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

WE HAVE COME TO WORSHIP HIM,

Wise Men Worship Jesus

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” {Jn. 4:23}

“In spirit” means that we will worship God from our hearts. “In truth” means that we will worship God according to His word ((John 17:17 KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.).

Come now is a time to worship Him

WE COME TO WORSHIP HIM

WE COME TO WORSHIP THY NAME

OH LORD WE WORSHIP YOU BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU FOR YOU LOVED US

WE COME TO WORSHIP YOU, JESUS CHRIST MY LORD

1. WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRT.

Come, worship the Lord
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords
For when He spoke the world was made
And by His power it is sustained

Jesus is the King of the King, and He should be honored as such

That is why one of the fist worship choruses I learned to sing was-

Majesty, Worship his majesty, unto Jesus belongs all power and praise, kingdom and authority flow from his own unto his own. Worship his majesty.

(Dan 2:37 KJV) Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

(1 Tim 6:15 KJV) who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

(Rev 19:16 KJV) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

2: Worship him also with your own words, AND WITH YOUR WHOLE BEING TOO.

“When you come before the Lord to worship Him, get real and be honest. Begin thanking Him for the blessings He has given you and by telling Him how good it is to know Him. Don’t forget that God created your spirit, soul, and body;God loves to hear your words of appreciation ! So do tell him how you love Him and long for Him, and desire to see Him face to face. Be also yourself, tell Him how you feel about Him in your own words. Allow the Spirit of God to flow through you in worship. There will be times in worship when you are in His presence that you will use no words at all. This is quietness before the Lord ”

3: Worshiping Jesus Means Joyfully Ascribing Authority and Dignity to Christ with Sacrificial praises as well.

The Lord, God omnipotent reigneth
He reigneth over all the earth
The Lord, God omnipotent reigneth
He reigneth over all the earth

Rejoice in him BY FAITH even though you may feel otherwise.

(Psa 33:1 KJV) Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

(Psa 97:12 KJV) Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

(Isa 41:16 KJV) Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

(Isa 61:10 KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

(Joel 2:23 KJV) Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

(Hab 3:17 KJV) Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

(Phil 3:1 KJV) Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

(Phil 4:4 KJV) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

4: WORSHIP HIM IN TRUTH, in the truth of His word.

The Spirit and the Bride Say “Come Lord Jesus”

(Rev 4:11 KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

(Rev 5:9 KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

…the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him… to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba… (Psalm 72:10, 11, 15).

5: MAINTAIN ALWAYS A REVERANCE TO GOD,

Worshiping God is a particular act performed including obeisance and reverence to God.

The Greek word for worship that is most used in the New Testament is proskuneo, and means to make obeisance, do reverence to.

Call.. the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: (Isa 58:13 KJV)

John 9:38 “Lord. I believe, and he worshipped him.” and Matthew 28:17 “they saw him, they worshipped him.” Please note that the word translated as “worshipped” in both verses is the GREEK word “prosekunesan” which is derived from the root word proskuneo {pros-ku-neh’-o}. The literal meaning of this word is (and I quote): “to kiss, like a dog licking his masters hand.” FULL HUMBLE REVERENCE, SUBJECTION TO GOD.

6: SINGING, SINGING IN THE SPIRIT, PRAYING, PRAYING IN THE SPRIT, READING , QUOTING GOD ‘S WORDS , PROPHESYING, ARE ALSO ACTS OF WORSHIPPING HIM..

(1 Cor 14:15 KJV) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

(Gal 5:25 KJV) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

(Col 1:8 KJV) Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

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

Joel 2 28 “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days…The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

1 Thess. 5:19-21 – Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophecies. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

(1 Cor 14:40 KJV) Let all things be done decently and in order. (Titus 1:5 KJV) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

The person and present work of the Holy Spirit. includes the spiritual gift of prophecy to individuals, to the church. Prophecy is God speaking directly to his people in a way that is relevant to their situation. It is the ‘now’ word of God.

I Corintians 13 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.

3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

V1 Eagerly desire (or you are eagerly desiring) spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

Paul says that Christians should go after the gifts, especially prophecy. He says the same thing in v.39, “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.” Also in 1 Cor.12:31—”Eagerly desire the greater gifts.”

V3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

Part of the definition of prophecy is found here: “speaking to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” True prophecy does that. It strengthens, it encourages, it comforts but it also warns, rebukes as well.

V4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

Uninterpreted tongues builds up the individual, prophecy does build up others. That is why Paul says that prophecy is superior and more to be desired than tongues, unless there is also interpretation to bring forth the meaning and understanding.

v.23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?

24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all,

25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

Genuine Biblical prophecy can have a powerful evangelistic effect on unbelievers who may be present in the church service. Yes there are also still false, unbiblical prophecy being done in the church today as well as well as genuine ones.

If a non-Christian feels that his or her : life” is being read through prophetic words that are spoken, that the secrets of his or her heart or known to these Christians who could not have known in any other way than by GOD disclosing it, then “he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”

I would like to share an illustration of this kind of thing from a man known —Charles Haddon Spurgeon. “There were many instances of remarkable conversions at the Music Hall; one especially was so singular that I have often related it as a proof that God sometimes guides His servants to say what they would themselves never have thought of uttering, in order that He may bless the hearer for whom the message is personally intended. While preaching in the hall, on one occasion, I deliberately pointed to a man in the midst of the crowd, and said, ‘There is a man sitting there, who is a shoemaker; he keeps his shop open on Sundays, it was open last Sabbath morning, he took ninepence, and there was fourpence profit out of it, his soul is sold to Satan for fourpence!’ A city missionary, when going on his rounds, met with this man, and seeing that he was reading one of my sermons, he asked the question, ‘Do you know Mr. Spurgeon?’ ‘Yes,’ replied the man, ‘I have every reason to know him, I have been to hear him; and, under his preaching, by God’s grace I have become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Shall I tell you how it happened? I went to the Music Hall, and took my seat in the middle of the place; Mr. Spurgeon looked at me as if he knew me, and in his sermon he pointed to me, and he told the congregation that I was a shoemaker, and that I kept my shop open on Sundays; and I did, sir. I should not have minded that; but he also said that I took ninepence the Sunday before, and that there was fourpence profit out of it. I did take ninepence that day, and fourpence was just the profit; but how he should know that, I could not tell. Then it struck me that it was God who had spoken to my soul through him, so I shut up my shop the next Sunday. At first, I was afraid to go again to hear him, lest he should tell the people more about me; but afterwards I went, and the Lord met with me, and saved my soul.’

I could tell as many as a dozen similar cases in which I pointed at somebody in the hall without having the slightest knowledge of the person, or any idea that what I said was right, except that I believed I was moved by the Spirit to say it…And not only so, but I have known many instances in which the thoughts of men have been revealed from the pulpit.” (From the autobiography of Spurgeon, quoted in “The Gift of Prophecy” by Wayne Grudem, p.356-7)

1 Corinthians chapter 14, verses 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.

27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two— or at the most three— should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.

28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.

Still all impressions and spontaneous revelations from the Holy Spirit must be tested or evaluated according to God’s Word and they must never be placed on a par with sacred Scripture. Everything must be done in a fitting and orderly way. But these verses teach that there is great value in allowing the gift of prophecy it’s place in the church.

V.29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.

30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.

31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.

32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,

V29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.

Those with a gift of prophecy, those with a prophetic ministry, can share and the others should do what? “Weigh carefully what is said.” This means that if someone shared a prophetic word, it was to be tested, to be evaluated, to be discerned. Every believer present was to weigh carefully or to evaluate the prophetic word.

Test it against what standard? Against the only authoritative and infallible standard of truth that believers have—the written Word of God!

V30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.

This is the briefest, clearest description of prophecy in the New Testament, it is a revelation from God that is then reported in human words, that is why it must be weighed carefully, to be sure that the content and the spirit and the timing are from God. “We prophesy in part” or “our prophecy is imperfect” (1 Cor.13:9), it has a human element and thus must be tested or weighed carefully.

V31-33a “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

You see the kind of body life ministry that can take place through prophecy.

V.33 …As in all the congregations of the saints, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

Paul aalready speaks about women praying or prophesying in a worship context (1 Cor.11:3-5). I believe Paul is forbidding women to speak in a church worship service in a way that dishonors or rebels against the leadership and headship of men, their husbands and the eldeers too. This I believe is consistent with all the writings of scripture in the area of gender and God’s order for families and the Church. Those who believe in the authority and inspiration of the Bible, submit to the consistent teaching of holy Scripture in this area of God’s order for men and women in the family and in the Church;

V.36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?

37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.

Does the apostle Paul claim an authority greater than those with prophetic gifts in the New Testament churches? You bet he does!

V.39 39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

“Paul is referring to something that God may suddenly bring to one’s mind, spirit, or something that God may impress on someone’s heart or thoughts in such a way that the person has a sense that it is directly from God. It may be that the thought brought to mind is surprisingly distinct from that person’s own train of thought, or that it is accompanied by some sense of urgency or persistence, or in some other way gives the person a rather clear sense that it is from the Lord…. Paul would call the sense or intuition of those things a ‘revelation’, and the immiedate reportof it to the assembled church of that prompting from God would be called a ‘prophecy’. It still may have elements of the speaker’s own understanding or interpretation in it and it certainly needs evaluation and testing, yet it has a valuable function in the church nonetheless.” http://www.rolchurch.com/newsermons/2001/sermons/2001-01-14.html

“The Pastor had finished his sermon and made an alter call for sinful persons to come to the Alter for repentances. He repeated his request three times and no one moved forward. Now God spoke to me next as told me to prophesy this “My servant the pastor has preached my word faithfully and has called some of you to repentance, yet you refuse wrongfully to come, shall I call you by name and list your sins?” needless to say next many people rushed forward to the alter repenting. ”

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

“God called me to full-time ministry through prophecy. I was 17 years old, when one weekend a friend telephoned me, rather anxiously, and told me that she had been praying and that God had said he wanted to use me in leadership in the church, if I would commit myself wholeheartedly to him. Over the course of that same weekend three people in all received and communicated that prophecy to me. I began to have a strong feeling that God might be on my case, and I said yes to him. On other occasions God has spoken prophetically to me about where he wanted me to be, and what he wanted me to be doing. We have also had prophecies about one of our children, which we are excited about, and so on. ”

1 Timothy 1 Paul writes, Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.

(Heb 10:38 KJV) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Pray for, Ask God for this gift of prophecy that he wants us all to have.

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About thenonconformer

I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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