The battle against worship is constant. Our insecurities, other people, or even surroundings may hinder our worship. Thoughts of inadequacy, unworthiness or inferiority may be added to a long list of other obstacles. As we draw nearer to God through our worship, we press through all obstacles.
One of the greatest blessings of the new covenant is our freedom to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. True worship is not measured by outward gestures or behaviors, but by an inward genuine love for God. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance; God looks at the heart. The how matters internally, not externally. We must worship with a true heart in honesty and humility. We cannot worship with others publicly on a Sunday, and not worship privately other days of the week. We express our love and adoration to the Lord in the midst of our daily activities because our heart is devoted to Him.
We can come to God in spite of our faults and limitations. When our heart really longs for His presence, the Spirit of God enables us to surmount all obstacles. We love Him in response to His great love for us. He is the strongest when we are the weakest. We worship Him with our heart regardless of what our head says, and our adoration increases, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 10:22 “…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
God hears us! The Almighty with whom all things are possible hears us! The Greek meaning of to hear, is to stop and pay attention to. When we pray, God stops and pays attention to us. He doesn’t just pay attention: He answers our petitions according to His will. Our confidence in God grows as we know He hears us. At times when we speak to others, we realize that they only hear us partially. Hearing is filtered through past experiences and the revelation of truth. No one will hear fully until we are perfected in the Kingdom, but God does.
He not only hears fully what we ask; He also hears what we have no words to express. He pays attention to the petitions we express, and to those we have in our hearts. He exceeds our expectations and does above and beyond all that we ask or think.
We ask God for the total victory we have in Christ. Every request we have is answered by more of Him. The moment we ask, we receive. We do not ask wondering if He wills, but according to His will. Without a doubt, it is His will for us to receive what He has given us. God hears us. We do not always hear Him. We find we hear Him increasingly as we pay attention to Him, from glory to glory!
1 John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Love conquers all, especially fear. There is no fear in love because perfect love casts out all fear. Anything we might fear was conquered by Christ on the cross. If we detect fear in any area, we need to receive and apply God’s unconditional love. When fear knocks at our door, we let faith respond.
Any thought that can lead to a fear-based decision needs to be taken captive. When we have gone through many trials, we may expect things to go wrong. We fear the worst so that when it happens the pain is not as severe. We try to protect ourselves with fear; fear is faith in the worst outcome. Worry does not know what is going to happen. Faith is trusting in the best outcome, regardless of what is seen. Faith knows we are more than conquerors through Christ; we have the victory in Him.
God is omniscient, He knows all things; He is omnipresent, He is always with us; He is omnipotent, He is all power! Whatever we experience, we can trust that He is there. He knows the circumstances we face and is able to do what seems impossible. We walk by faith and not by sight, which brings fear. We walk in wholeness, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:18-19 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
The answer to fear is God’s love. There is no fear in love and when we fear, we have not been made perfect in love. The moment we place our mind on God’s perfect love, fear is driven away and replaced with a peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s in His love that we are complete.
Perfect love casts out all fear, but fear casts out love. The enemy, satan, uses fear to come against the love God has poured out on us. Trials we face come to cause us to question our security in Christ. God does not cause evil to come upon us to teach us lessons. He teaches, convicts, guides and heals us by the precious Holy Spirit. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. When fear tries to grip our souls, we rebuke it and trust the love of God that the Holy Spirit has shed abroad in our hearts. As we do so, we are instantly empowered to stand in the midst of our trials.
Fear feeds failure and our fallen nature. Love births and maintains our divine identity. If there is anything that we are afraid of, let us trust our God to take care of it by the power of His love, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:17-18 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Our prayer for ourselves, and others, should be for the Spirit of Revelation to bring forth truth in every area of our lives. When Peter told Jesus that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus told Him he was blessed because flesh and blood had not revealed this to Peter–but His Father who is in heaven. Upon this rock Jesus is building His church; and He has given us the keys of the Kingdom.
We can only believe and receive the blessings of God by the revelation Father God gives us, from faith to faith. We seek revelation for every decision we are facing and should never do anything based on the revelation someone else obtained for themselves. When doubts came to quench things that were revealed to us in the past, the Lord will bring these anew as we seek Him wholeheartedly. When God reveals something to us, we are able to stand firmly and be immovable. Others cannot always grasp a revelation to the extent we have, but they can rejoice and stand in agreement with us by faith and their own walk in revelation knowledge.
We may try to get others to understand a truth we believe in, but it’s only when the Lord Himself reveals it to an individual that they can walk in that truth. God reveals to heal so we can rejoice that with revelation comes the anointing and healing of the Lord, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:15-18 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”