The reason that God created us was to worship Him. This is our purpose on earth. Worship is not just a one time experience – worship is a lifestyle
Worship means to bow down to God. This is not only a physical bowing but a reverend and respect to Him. In some translations it means to fear the Lord and I think that “the church” has taken this out of content. We should not tremble before God. God sent Jesus to us so that we would have an intimate relationship with Him. God’s Spirit is in us when we believe in Him.
We worship because He deserves the glory for what He did on the cross for each one of us. We WERE guilty of sin but then Jesus took our place so now we are free.
Psalm 95:6 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
We try to worship God with our earthly understanding. God is a spirit and He can only be worshiped with the spirit in us and by believing the truth about Jesus and the cross as well as who God is.
But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in Spirit and in truth" John 4:23,24
My story of how God taught me about worship
For most of my life, I did not worship God in both spirit and in truth. It was only after He revealed to me what that really meant. I had prayed in the spirit but didn’t have the “truth” – the true revelation about Jesus.
I did a lot of Christian things like go to church, serve, give, ect but didn’t have the understanding of Jesus and therefore was living a life filled with condemnation and guilt. I never felt like I would ever be good enough for God. (I later learned that this was a crafty misconception that the enemy planted in me because we are made be good enough through believing in Jesus).
Since I knew that I was still missing something in my life, (full story) I wanted it. It was the truth about Jesus and how He loved me, saved me, and gave me a life of fullness, forgiveness and freedom.
It was only when everything was being swept under my feet (story), I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving. I thanked God for allowing me to lose everything that I had. Weird, I know, I though the same thing while praying it. I had no idea what would happen, but I was thankful for the bad circumstances. I knew that I could lose everything that I had but I truly trusted the Lord. However, something deep within me believed that we would be okay.
It was during that time when the first seed of transformation came into my mind. That was 8 years ago. Since then, I have been growing in the knowledge of the “truth”.
The second seed of transformation happened through a praise and worship song. I was able to understood who God really is and what I meant to Him (my worth and value to Him). I accepted that I was forgiven, I forgave others and the big one: I forgave myself. I cannot emphasis it enough, but please forgive yourself. Judah crucified Jesus and could not find it in his heart to forgive himself. The guilt, shame, and condemnation was what caused him to kill himself.
After those two seasons of my life, it still took me sometime to understand what worship really meant. But I was on the right path of growing and being transformed.
Lastly, the complete transformation of my mind is still in progress and it will be until I meet Jesus. I de-cluttered my mind from society’s way of entertainment and filled it with things of God. I mainly watch Christian shows/movies, sermons, listen to Christian music and study Gods word. As I shared in my earlier blog, only when I stopped participating in the entertainment that the society offered, was when I realized the negative effects it had on my mind.
Without even realizing what I was doing, I worshiped God during the most difficult time in my life. I had lost my job on a Friday and Sergey lost his job only 3 days later. I will never forget that day, I fell on my face, bowed down and thanked God for allowing me to go through that and simply worshiped God. Today I understand that in that moment, God had changed the course of my life. I can’t take any credit because I didn’t even know the Bible at that moment, but I acted exactly like Job in my turmoil, I worshiped God.
My entire life, I thought that worship was simply singing songs and praying. But it’s so much more then that. The three things to remember are: In order to get the revelation of the true God, we need to want a change in our lives. Second, we need to worship Him even in our storm, and lastly, be consistent and willing to grow in the knowledge of Christ indefinitely. God wants to reveal the true identity and freedom of Himself to you. Do you want it? Why wouldn't anyone want freedom, transformation, joy, peace, love, and a high level self worth because of Jesus right?
Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you. I am so blessed that I get to share my heart with you. Next week I will be expanding on this topic of worship. I pray that God transforms your mind, that you would receive the true revelation of Jesus Christ and of worship, Amen.