Men’s hearts are failing them for fear…as is now happening, terrified at what they see coming upon the Earth: for the Powers of Heaven shall be shaken. Lord God Almighty, When Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are even now, the people of the world learn righteousness. Though God shows grace to the wicked, even so, they still do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord. They cursed the name of God, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him. [Luke 21:26; Isa 26:10; Rev 16:9]
I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice! My body rests in safety. Because the Sovereign Lord is my help, I will not be dismayed. Therefore I have set my face like flint to do Your will, Father, and I know that I will most assuredly triumph! Many are the afflictions of the righteous…but You, O Lord, deliver me out from them all! [Ps 16:7-9; Isa 50:7; Ps 34:19]
Foundational Principles of Worship
“It is we who have received the true circumcision…we who worship by the Power of the Spirit of God, who glory in our life union with Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.” [Phil 3:3]
1] Glorying in Christ Jesus.
2] My hopeless helplessness.
3] God’s Infinite willingness.
My hopeless helplessness:
I am to have no confidence in the power of the flesh, since in my sin-enslaved human nature I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do anything, or say anything, that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God. The power of the flesh encompasses all of my human capabilities and capacities…anything by my own efforts or in my own strength; anything according to my own wisdom or knowledge or understanding. The Holy Spirit…through Whom I have been joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus; the Spirit of God, Who dwells in me and has promised never to leave me, never to forsake me…He must BE ALL in me and DO ALL in me. I must live my everyday life in the Power of the Spirit.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sin-enslaved human nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I end up doing is not the good deeds I want to do; no, the evil deeds I do not want to do…this I keep on doing! Now if I so often end up doing what I do not want to do, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is the enslaving power of sin living in my human nature that asserts itself and does it. So I find this law at work in me: when I want to do what is right and good, evil is right there with me, subjecting me to its insistent demands. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law embraced by my regenerated mind and making me a prisoner of the indwelling principle of sin at work within the members of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God…He has delivered me and set me free through my living union of oneness with Jesus Christ my Lord! So then, to sum up this whole matter, such is the unchanging conflict of these two principles within me as a child of God: I myself in my regenerated mind am a willing bondslave to God’s Law, but, in the sin-enslaved human nature that still remains a part of me, a wretched slave to the rule and reign of the indwelling principle of sin. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so I am not free to carry out my good intentions. But when I am directed by the Spirit, I am not under obligation to the Law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. [Rom 7:18-25; Gal 5:16-18, 24-25]
a] Helpless to worship my Father in any manner that is good or pleasing or acceptable to Him.
“But the time is coming and is already here, when by the Power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering Him the true worship that He wants…worship that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Him. God is Spirit, and only by the Power of His Spirit can people worship Him as He really is.” [John 4:22-24]
b] Helpless to pray effectively, as I do not know what God’s will is for souls whom I am interceding for, nor even how to offer my prayer in a worthy manner as I ought. In my utter human weakness, I must wait before the Spirit of God for His help.
“So too the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. So, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” [Rom 8:26-27; Jude 20-21; Eph 6:18]
c] Helpless to bear fruit…the abundant, abiding fruit produced by the Spirit. We are merely branches; branches do not produce fruit. Branches are meant to bear the fruit which the Spirit produces.
“Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without being vitally united to the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me, and I in him, bears abundant fruit. However, apart from a living union of oneness with Me…you can do nothing.” [John 15:4-5]
d] Helpless in my own wisdom, knowledge or understanding to know God’s plans, purposes and will for me. It is the Spirit of God Who places me where I am to be, leads me where I am to go, shows me what I am to do, gives me the thoughts I am to think and the words I am to speak.
The Holy Spirit searches all things…even the Divine counsels and the limitless depths of God…things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny. For just as no one among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s own spirit within him, even so no one knows the mind and thoughts of God…only the Spirit of God. Now, we have not received the spirit that belongs to the world, but the Holy Spirit Who is from God, given to us that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of Divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly bestowed upon us by God. But the natural human spirit of man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are meaningless nonsense to him; and he is incapable of knowing and understanding them because they can only be spiritually discerned and appreciated. [1 Cor 2:10-12, 14]
e] Helpless in the human capabilities and capacities of my mind to acquire spiritual wisdom, knowledge or understanding. My deepest need when I have studied or heard God’s Word, is to cease from my thoughts, put no trust in them, awaken my heart to open itself before God, and seek living fellowship with Him. It is the Spirit of God Who illuminates my mind to spiritual things.
“But as for you, Christ has poured out His Spirit on you. As long as His Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For His Spirit teaches you about everything, and what He teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ.” [1 John 2:27]
f] Helpless in the power of the flesh to do anything, or say anything, that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God.
Those who live according to their sin-enslaved human nature have their minds set on and pursue what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Those whose manner of life is controlled by their sin-enslaved human nature cannot please God, or be acceptable to Him. [Rom 8:5, 8]
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: