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Is He Worthy of It All?

WORSHIP

They say it came upon a midnight clear on a silent night, a holy night.  It happened in the little town of Bethlehem and brought great joy to the world.  The first noel from angels we have heard on high sang as the shepherds asked those around them, “Do your hear what I hear?”. 

“Hark!  The herald angels sing, ” they said to the people everywhere.  For away in a manger lay sweet little Jesus boy causing many people to wonder what child is this and asking Mary, “Did you know?” Many traveled for miles, saying along the way, “O come let us a adore Him and proclaiming, “God rest ye gentlemen, for the King of the world has come!”  As three wise men followed the beautiful star of Bethlehem we are willing in our hearts to go tell it on the mountain for peace has come to earth.

Year after year we sing the traditional Christmas Carols mostly from memory not meaning.  Many of us learned these songs when we were very little along with Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is coming to town.  So this year I am pausing to reflect if these songs really have any meaning for me.  I love to worship.  I love to sing songs to the One who created us for this very thing.  Nothing brings me into the courts of His Presence like worship.  So today I ponder what all the fuss is about Christmas Carols.

In a way I feel like we should sing them all year round as a witnessing tool, after all they proclaim the birth of Jesus and what He came to do.  And personally do we even really know for certain December 25th is actually Jesus’ birthday?  But, let’s put all of that aside and truly focus on what Christmas really is.  Webster’s dictionary defines Christmas like this:

Christ·mas
noun
  1. 1.
    the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth, held on December 25 in the Western Church.

In the description of Christmas it says celebration which means to me a happy, joyous time, yet so many spend the holidays depressed and unable to enter into the celebrations.  Many are wounded and are pushing Jesus away rather than bringing themselves into His presence and allowing Him to heal them.  Jesus came to save us from sin and in that moment on the cross he bore every sickness and disease.  To me this is cause for continual celebration, more than just a season of songs.

It matters not to God which song we choose to sing when we come into His presence it is all about the heart and a song which comes from a  place a gratitude and thankfulness.  It’s not about the tune or the lyrics, it’s about the attitude and motive. If we are just worshiping out of obligation or it’s just what we do on Sunday mornings our hearts may not be in it.  Worship is a continual succession of praise to God.  A moment to moment intimacy with God Himself.

So this Christmas season as we pour out our worship to God let’s remember His amazing grace and sing praises to His name.  Let us sing here I am Lord, come abide with me.  Sing to Him how great thou art and great is Your faithfulness.  Let Him know it is well with your soul and crown Him with many crowns.  Turn your eyes upon Jesus and sing holy, holy, holy.  Surrender  it all and sing hosanna!  Just tell Him that He is worthy of it all.

Dear Lord, it is with a humble heart we come to You asking You to show us what true worship is.  We thank you and praise you for creating us to worship and we long for a deeper intimacy with you.  Show us how to enter your courts with thanksgiving.  Teach us how to praise You.  We open our hearts to a deeper intimacy with You.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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One Distracting Acorn

arrows

Ever have one of those days or SEVERAL of them when the enemy is just pelting you with everything he has and the pain is so deep you don’t know what to do?  Late for work. Car accident. Sick kid. Fight with spouse.  Rains on your outdoor plans. Over due bills.  Surprise debt.  The washer begins to leak.  The children are fighting.  Just one thing after another with no end in sight.  Yup!  Those are called fiery darts from the enemy.  Things to keep us distracted and defeated.  Ways of grabbing our attention to everything negative.

You may wonder why the title of this blog today is about acorns, well this is how God works for me.  I am currently in a campground in Michigan and it’s officially fall and the acorns are coming down like a severe rain storm.  It’s like living in the middle of a war zone and you are dodging bullets.  Okay I may be exaggerating a wee bit, but they are coming down all around us.  So this inspired me to speak about darts because this morning on our little texting group someone was under attack and I began to put two and two together with the acorn bombs going on around here.

Everyday the enemy bombards us with arrows.  Some of them are physical problems like our cars or appliances and others are mental defeats.  We get so bogged down and bruised, battered and beat up over things that realistically we should be giving over to God.  If we believe that it was all done at the cross then we must begin to understand that the devil has already lost the battle and he is doing his best just to annoy us and divert our attention.  We need to learn to use the greatest weapon we have in our possession: WORSHIP.

Worship is defined as:

Reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
Okay, this may ruffle some feathers but just hang out with me for a minute.  So how do we respond for instance when the car breaks down?  Honest first reaction..anger, frustration, focused on the problem? Am I correct in most cases?  We get caught up in the tragedy of the situation that we forget about the goodness of God momentarily.  Not many of us think to praise or worship God in the heat of the moment of our car becoming unusable, instead we begin to speak at the devil or the object and we actually fuel the fire the devil is trying to get started.  What happens when someone says a harsh word to us?  Do we immediately begin to proclaim who God says we are or do we receive the sting of the words just spoken?  Do get what I am trying to say?
So often we embrace the negativeness of the issue before we even think about applying God to our situation.  We get so caught up in the injustice of what is happening we forget we have the best ammunition in the world!  Praise and Worship!  If we could only wrap our minds around this we could begin to see positive actions in the fiery darts and send them right back to the enemy.  If the definition of worship is to honor then we need to address the situation right away with honoring God.  Thank Him for the car.  Thank Him that He is sending help to fix it.  Thank Him for being your provider.  When we do this we ignore the enemy and eventually get to the point were we don’t notice the darts as attacks but as opportunities rather to honor God.
Lord, teach us today the power of worship.  Let us begin to flow with praise and worship in any situation.  We acknowledge Father that You are our provider and the devil has no business messing with us.  Today we choose to praise and worship in every situation which arises which comes up in our lives.  We go into each day with our heads held high and our shields of worship raised.  Thank You for loving us and taking such good care of us everyday.  In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.