April 12, 2015 Gathering to Worship by Michael Mondragon

Posted: April 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Gathering in Denver

April 12, 2015

Gathering to Worship

What is Worship?

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  1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
  2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
  3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
  4. To perform acts of adoration.
  5. To perform religious service.
  6. Chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to him in religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like.

Lucifer created and anointed Ezekiel 28: 13-19                  

  1. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone–red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald–all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 14. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. 15. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.
  2. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. 17. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.
    18. You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19. All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you will exist no more.”

Lucifer Created and anointed

Before the creation of man, we see the angelic creation praising and worshipping God (Job 38:7). While the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

In Ezekiel 28:13-19, we see that God created and anointed Lucifer, the Messianic Cherub to minister praise in heaven. He was adorned in all and had everything and according to Ezekiel 28:13, God equipped him with some serious pipes!

He was given the power to bring worship on God with his voice. The Bible calls them pipes referring to his voice and was every instrument. If every instrument in all the world was playing in harmony, there’d be nothing like him. Not even your best worship songs combined could compete.

He was so big, powerful, wonderful and good looking that even Michael the archangel was afraid to say anything to him. He got a big head and started listening to his own voice. He had it all but wanted the very thing that belonged to God alone. He coveted God’s praise and worship and adoration. His pride caused him to make a run at the third heaven in attempt to be seated in the midst of God’s praise.

Coveting God’s glory and the praises of God’s creation to be worshipped as the king is the central motive behind the fall of Lucifer. He wanted to be God and to take the glory that only God deserves.

God cast him out of heaven!!

When was Satan cast out of heaven like LIGHTNING and made to FALL to earth?

Luke 10:18 Jesus stated he personally witnessed this momentous event which occurred with all the quickness and power of lightning. He Stated “ I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.  Satan was literally ejected from God’s throne long before what happened in Genesis 1:2 took place. Satan’s revolt took place when he was on the earth. Our Maker states, in Isaiah 14, that he planned to ASCEND to the third heaven where his throne resided (meaning he was not already there!). And what would our Father’s adversary DO once he arrived at the very center of all power and authority? He would mount on all-out assault, with his army of demonic followers, to FORCIBLY take control of God’s throne so that he could rule everything!

(Isaiah 14:13 – 14)!  You said in your heart, “ I will ascend to the heavens: I will raise my throne above the stars of god; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high.”

In the Old Testament worship is portrayed as
an act of homage anddevotion to God.
It always took place at certain times and places.
Jerusalem was the center of Jewish worship.
(John 4:20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Some have suggested that to worship in spirit
and truth is simply to have the right attitude before God.

Is that true?    Psalm 51:10 states “ Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The above statement regarding worship occurring only in certain places and at certain times, hardly does justice to the context of the passage and the choice of words. It means much more than that. Jesus was stating that the time had come when there would no longer be any special place or time for worship. Since God is a Spirit and is omnipresent (and He was about to pour His Spirit upon all believers), He can be worshiped anywhere and anytime. Thus true worship comes from the heart, and is tempered by the state of your heart!

Where is our heart right now???  Is it ready in season and out of season to worship the Lord?

Worship is not a matter of outward action but a spirit-to-spirit
devotion to God. We worship from our spirits but there is always an outward response.

To worship in spirit and in truth means to sincerely worship the true God through Jesus Christ from our inner beings. Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even its blessings, but filling it with God himself.

“Feeling the presence of God”

Worship cannot be separated from our service. Everything we do ought to be for God’s glory. That is true worship. This can be done in our service to God and others, in our time of devotion and giving (Tithes and offerings).

(Philippians 4:18), I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

  • Totally absent from the Bible is any indication that believers can physically feel God’s presence. What some people feel is their response to an increased awareness of God’s ever indwelling presence, oftentimes in the form of “goose bumps”. Surely one does not need to be a spiritual giant to experience that.
  • Others perform acts of worship as a religious duty once a week. True worshipers worship God with tlife and seek to glorify Him in all they do.
  • Everyday life is an act of worship. Are we making it worthy?
  • What can we do to make it better?

The Heart of worship

Psalm 139:12-14  (NIV)

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;  the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well

True worship “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  JN 4:24

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Romans 12:1 “[ A Living Sacrifice]

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”.

ACTS of worship… Make it personal!

Acts of concern for others’ well being.

(Romans 14:8), If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Caring for one another

We should love one another as acts of worship and obedience unto God. By this do we honor adore and worship God.

  • 1 Timothy 5:4 “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God”.
  • James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • Hebrews 13:1 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters”.

Congregational Worship

  • David and his men praised God with dancing, singing and musical instruments. The basic principle is that God is to be praised with whatever means we have. There are no rules that say praise must follow certain guidelines or has to happen any certain way!
  • The proper attitude in worship is recognizing that God is the sole object of our worship, and thus can be practiced by exercising that attitude in all we do.

 

Psalms 150: Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Worshipping together

Psalm 96:1-3 “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

Our corporate prayer for today:

“Lord, I choose to praise and worship You today. You know how to break through the difficulties in my life. I choose not to be overwhelmed with circumstances, but instead I choose to behold your beauty and greatness. I choose to say blessed be Your name. You are my victorious God. I will praise Your name and proclaim Your salvation day after day. I will declare Your glory among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples (Psalm 96:1-3). I will sing to the Lord a new song.   

Psalms 63:3-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 25:10 “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant”.

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