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Authentic Worship - The Sum of It All Part 4

From the time you and I are born we are all worshipers, believers or non-believer. We often exchange the creator for something he has created. Worship is our response to what we value most. Worship determines our actions, becoming the driving force for all we do. Everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne.

We were designed for worship. We were created by God to worship God. Worship isn’t just a part of your life — it’s everything you do!

Hebrews 13:12–16 (CSB) Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace. 14 For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come. 15 Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

We are to worship continually!

Continually means that any time and all the time is the right time to praise God!

“Continually” “pas” is “all and every”

God in Christ through the Holy Spirit wants worshipers who will be constantly reflecting His goodness and grace in Christ with that life.

God wants our lives to be a constant and consistent streaming of worship.

Our continual sacrifice of praise—our all-the-time expression of worship to God—takes two primary shapes. Our words and our actions.

Luke 6:43-45 (ESV) “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. There’s no fruit without some kind of root. Psalm 34:1 (ESV) I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Worship includes acts of compassion and generosity, sacrifices that really make God happy.

When we choose to do what is right, God is worshiped.

It’s a lot easier to sing a song or give a testimony than it is to stop and touch the broken. It’s a lot less taxing to go to church than to take “church” to your everyday life and to the world.

Worship is the process of surrendering our entire life into God’s hands.

  1. Worship through prayer.

Prayer starts with God.

  1. Develop the good habit of reading the Bible daily.

Hear the Word, Read the Word, Study the Word, Meditate on the Word, and Memorize the Word.

  1. Obey God.

  2. Giving or that scary word “tithing” is worship.

Mathew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Malachi 3:8–11 (ESV) Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.

  1. Build deep relationships with other Believers.

  2. Share your faith.

  3. Serve others both inside the Church and outside the Church.

Matt. 25:40 NLT “when you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did to me!”

  1. Build into your life the continual attitude of praise and thankfulness.

  2. Surrender to God the areas of your life that you have never committed to Him.

The heart of worship is surrender.

  1. Live your life on purpose—In all things, except sin, make it your purpose to glorify God in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

God doesn’t want you to waste your life.

Worship isn’t simply one area of your life; it is your life.

Joshua 24:14–15 (NLT)“So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

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