Son of man, when a land sins against Me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out My hand against it and break its staff of bread and send famine upon it and cut off from it man and beast…or suppose I were to pour out my fury by sending a plague into the land, and the disease killed people and animals alike. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, they wouldn’t be able to save their own sons or daughters! They alone would be saved by their own righteousness. When My judgments come upon the Earth…when I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or when I command locusts to devour the land [as is happening right now in Kenya] or when I send a plague among my people [as is happening even now worldwide]…the people of the world learn righteousness. Even so, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. [Ezek 14:13, 19, 20; Isa 26:10; 2 Chron 7:13-15]
Lord God Almighty, show the wonder of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.
Beloved…I am the One Who comforts you. Why should you fear mere mortal man, who soon withers like the grass and disappears? Have you forgotten the Lord your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens and their starry hosts, and laid the foundations of the Earth? Why should you live in constant terror because of the wrath of those who oppress you, who have set out to destroy you? Their fury can no longer touch you! [Ps 17:7-8; Isa 51:12-13]
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.
God’s Infinite willingness:
I am hopelessly helpless in the power of my sin-enslaved human nature to live my life in a manner that is good and pleasing and acceptable to God. Therefore, God has assured me that He is infinitely willing, through the Power of the Holy Spirit He has graciously given to dwell in me, to:
BE ALL in me…all He created me to be, all He saved me to be;
DO ALL in me…all that He has planned in advance for me to do.
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you of all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; yes…I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you…to follow My decrees and to be careful to keep My laws. And this is My covenant with you,” Says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave you, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children from this time on and forever! I, the Lord, have spoken! You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God.” [Ezek 36:25-28; Isa 59:21]
“Is not my house right with God? Has He not made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part? Will He not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?” [2 Sam 23:5]
For we are God’s Own workmanship, born anew in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do. And not in our own strength…for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in us, energizing and creating in us the power and desire, both to will and to do for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. [Eph 2:10; Phil 2:13]
Agent of Worship: Holy Spirit
My part in this Sacred Covenant relationship with God…the chief end of Man…is to worship God and to enjoy Him forever. Although this is my very place in our relationship, and I am consecrated and set apart to worship God, I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do so in the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature. In the power of the flesh…the totality of my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts and in my own strength, according to my own wisdom, knowledge and understanding…I cannot worship God as He really is, nor offer Him the true worship that He wants. Even so…in His infinite willingness to fulfill all He has covenanted in our Sacred Covenant relationship, God has given the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us…never to leave us, never to forsake us. The Holy Spirit was given to be the Divine Power Personally living out the life of Jesus within me…a life that is indeed good and pleasing and acceptable to God. My sin-enslaved human nature was crucified with Christ…nailed to His cross; I am never to allow my flesh to come down off that cross and usurp the rule and authority in my life that rightfully belongs to the Holy Spirit. It is only in the Power of the Holy Spirit that I can live my everyday life in a manner that worships God as He really is. He alone is the agent of all true worship. Therefore, the attitude in my natural human spirit must be one of absolute surrender, giving the Spirit of God free reign in my life, to rule over my everyday manner of living… Sovereign Lord over my life, seated upon the throne within my heart, to reign in Sovereign Majesty, and to rule with Sovereign authority. It is only in the Power of the Holy Spirit that my worship can be good, and pleasing, and acceptable to God.
Jesus said to the Samaratin woman at the well, “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. God is Spirit, and only by the Power of His Spirit can people worship Him as He really is.” For it is God the Holy Spirit Who is continually living out the life of Jesus in me, working in me both the desire to obey my Father’s will and the power to do His will, for His own good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. [John 4:23-24; Phil 2:13]
God has given the gift of the Holy Spirit, not only to dwell in me but also to be the Divine nature within me out of which I am to now live my life. I am no longer to live my life out of my natural, sin-enslaved, human nature. The indwelling Holy Spirit must:
1) BE ALL:
- a) Embracing the Life of Jesus:
1) Sacred Covenant Relationship.
2) Mirror of the Almighty.
- b) Embracing the death of Jesus:
1) Death to sin.
2) Death to self.
2) DO ALL:
- a) God’s workmanship.
- b) Works both to will and to do.
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: