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.”