But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she cries out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ – Mat. 15:23-25 NKJV
Rejected by the disciples, by the society of that day because she was a gentile, regarded with low esteem as a woman, receiving no answer from Jesus, she fell at His feet and worshiped Him! Not only did she worship Him, but she also cried out, “Lord, help me!” She didn’t give up. That’s never an option when we believe in the promises of God. Nothing could stop her, and nothing should stop us.
Faith in the Lord stirs up worship regardless of the circumstances. By faith, we press through rejection, offenses, and any opposition, with a heart of worship. Even when God seems to be silent. Lord, you are holy, mighty, faithful, and awesome. I love and worship you. Lord, I believe!
We war with our worship. Satan used to lead worship before his fall. He cannot dwell where we do what He no longer can do. Our adoration to the Lord lifts heaviness and burdens. Thoughts of defeat, hopelessness, and fear leaves. Worship flows on the wings of faith. Peace and joy overflows. Angels sing. We will not give up, but worship, from glory to glory!
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17
God is omnipresent, always present everywhere. No place can confine Him, nor can He be reduced to mere images or statues. Whether we believe it or not, he is always present. God is with us. When we believe in our hearts that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose on the third day, and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, He also dwells in us.
He is with us and sees everything: the hidden and the visible, good or bad. God hears every spoken word. We don’t. What we see and hear limits our understanding and might cause us to walk by sight and not by faith. When we see Him see us, instead of worrying about our circumstances, we rejoice because the Almighty is with us. No fear because He is here, accessible 24 hours a day. We are never alone.
With His Spirit living in us, God offers guidance, strength, and protection. We can rely on Him no matter what we face. He is not a silent companion but a comforter, counselor, and a very present help. As we grow in awareness of His presence, we learn to acknowledge Him in all things and communicate with Him more deeply, from glory to glory!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20 NKJV).
The classic picture by Holman Hunt of Jesus knocking on a door is currently hanging in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At its first unveiling, a certain critic said, “You have made a mistake, Mr. Hunt. There’s no handle on the door.” “That was intentional,” the artist replied. “The door opens only from the inside.”
Even though God is omnipresent, He doesn’t force His way into our lives. He waits for us to welcome Him in every area of our lives, to invite Him to take part in all we do. We believe and receive what He has made available to us by surrendering our will to His. Just like in our other relationships, we need to communicate our desire to know what concerns others and pursue deeper connections. Intimacy results from a longing for more.
He knocks through our circumstances, and He calls through His Word. He is leading us to fellowship and communion. Our relationship with the Lord is personal. After we are born again, we seek Him. The divine guest becomes Himself the Host. He is the Bread of Life! We commune with Him and welcome Him to be Lord of all in our lives, from glory to glory!
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:23-24 nkjv.
Our Heavenly Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Knowing that draws us closer to Him and leads us to do so even more. With our heart turned towards Him, we embrace Him through our words, tears, and expressions of love. We rejoice in worshiping Abba Father and giving Him glory and honor because of who He is.
It is imperative that when we feel the most oppressed, attacked, or in warfare that we rise and worship. As we do, we submit to God, resist satan, and cause him to flee from every area of our lives. In doing so, we get closer to what is of God, and further away from what is of the enemy. In that place of intimacy, nothing can come between us and the awesomeness of God’s glory.
If we ever need to feel closer to God, let’s worship. When depression tries to come upon us, let’s worship. When darkness increases in the world, let’s worship. When we don’t know what to do, let’s worship. No matter what it takes or where we are, we press through to worship, from glory to glory!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. – Isaiah 6:1 nkjv.
Amid our trials, what do we focus on? Our human tendency is to fixate on what’s immediately before us. However, this narrow focus can twist or cloud our perception. The intensity of the trials we face may obscure our faith. To maintain a proper perspective, it’s crucial to keep the Lord as our foremost priority.
Since God is eternal and exists outside our time dimension, His perspective differs vastly from ours. Consider watching a parade from street level; we only see it as it passes directly in front of us. The higher our vantage point, the more of the parade we can see at once. Similarly, God perceives the end from the beginning—our past, present, and future are all visible to Him simultaneously. He safeguards our loved ones at all times.
When we see as God sees and pray to have His perspective, our faith surpasses our natural limitations. Today, let’s envision Him high and lifted up, trusting in His divine intervention. He extends His hand to shield us from our adversaries. At the moment He touches us, we experience a slice of eternity. Heaven intersects with earth. Glory transforms dust. Healing overpowers sickness. Hope dispels despair. In this divine embrace, we rise, from glory to glory!
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 (a) KJV.
When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. Our loving Father recognizes our heart’s desire for more of Him. In our pursuit of His presence, wisdom, and grace, we must press through distractions, always prioritizing Him. The moment we reach out to Him, He responds swiftly, blessing us with an increasing measure of His glory.
Many things compete for our attention daily, pulling us away from focusing on God’s presence. Sadly, connecting with Him often becomes our last resort rather than our first response. We mistakenly think we don’t have enough time, not realizing that the sooner we turn to Him, the more efficiently we can handle our pressing tasks.
It only takes a moment of undivided attention to draw near to God. As we acknowledge our inability to do anything apart from Him, we learn to cultivate this crucial habit. When we draw near to Him, His presence becomes so tangible that the struggles and chaos of our surroundings fade away. In His closeness, He takes over our battles, guides our steps, and leads us away from obstacles, moving us, from glory to glory!