Do You Know Him? (Worship Series Part 12)

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God is multifaceted. Meaning He is not one dimensional. As soon as we place Him in a box and say, “This is how He will respond,” He often turns and allows us to see another part of His character or nature.

I am not stating God is flakey or shifty or unreliable. I am stating He can be mysterious. He longs for us to know Him personally and not simply through second hand knowledge.

Who is God to you? How do you define Him? Here are some of my responses…

He is truth. He is life. He is holy. He is pure. He is love. He is good. He is faithful. He is wise. He is righteous. He is just. He is mercy. He is compassionate. He is glorious. He is the beginning and the end. He is the everlasting God. No one stands above Him. He is Sovereign. He is Redeemer. He is Healer. He is creative. He is wonderful. He corrects those He loves. He is amazing!

He is my Heavenly Father. Jesus is my best friend. The Holy Spirit is my Comforter, Teacher, Guide, and fills me with gifts and love. He is attentive. He speaks words of life. He asks challenging questions to get to the heart of matters. He sings. He laughs. He speaks my love language. He sets up divine alignments and appointments. He wows me. He brings freedom. He saves and delivers. He forgives completely. He is kind. He encourages. He knows me. He cares for me. He is good to me even when I don’t see it. He sees something good in His kids. He cares more for His children than any earthly parent could. He’s misrepresented and often misunderstood. He doesn’t need, but wants our love. He loves when we say thanks. He loves when we selflessly love others. He is concerned with why we do what we do. Knowing Him is so worth it.

We become like the One we worship. Jesus said, “Abide and remain in me and you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing,” John 15:5. The world will know we are His by our fruit (character).

How does this all fit together? Good question.

1. God invites us to know Him. This starts with relationship with His Son Jesus. No one can come to The Father except through the Son.

2. He tells us to abide and remain in Him.

If we do not know Him and are not abiding in Him, we will not truly be worshipping Him but the God created in our own image or imagination. Without the Spirit of God and relationship with Him we are relying on our flesh and what others tell us about Him.

Worship is intimacy. How awkward is it to be vulnerable with someone you don’t know? To love someone we don’t know?

God reveals Himself to use in this beautiful way. He sends out a loving invitation, “I want to be with you.” Our response to this invitation is an eternal covenant. It’s far more intimate and serious than a marriage covenant. Marriage is on earth only. The covenant with God is eternal. We become one with God. He dwells in us through His Holy Spirit. That is 24/7 habitation. Married people aren’t together 24/7. Nor do spouses know everything about each other. God knows everything. He invites us to know Him.

Lastly…

God doesn’t need our worship, we need Him. Our worship (love, adoration, devotion) changes who we are for the better. Worship takes our eyes off ourselves, our problems, our desires, and places them on Him. When He’s the highest priority, life flourishes.

Father help us to know you, truly know you. May our hearts be knit tightly into yours. May we seek first the Kingdom of God and all your righteousness. May we develop a deeper knowing of who you are. In Jesus powerful name, amen.

The Best Yes

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My friend and I are reading the book, The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst. It’s so rich and so good. I highly recommend this book. I started to think, what is the best yes? What is my best yes as a single person? The Bible says a single person has undivided attention. Meaning they can spend as much time with God as possible. They can go wherever God calls them to go without hindrance or having to check in with someone else. They donate as much of their time, money and resources to the Kingdom as they want and their focus isn’t pleasing a human spouse, but solely pleasing Christ. Married people have the priority of caring for a spouse and maybe kids. Their focus is divided as Paul stated. Neither is better than the other, but it’s easier to see priorities when they are set for you.

Married people: love God and please your spouse/take care of and disciple your kids.
Single people: devote your life to God. Be sold out for Him. What does that mean?

Here are my responses to that question.

Start each day with God
Cultivate intimacy with God
Invest monetarily, gifts, talents, and skills for Kingdom purposes
Seek God about relationships, how to spent time, resources, gifts, and talents. What will bring Him the most glory?
Be discipled by the Holy Spirit and other believers
Disciple others
Study God’s word and know it well
Soak in God’s presence often
Worship God and give thanks continually
Pray without ceasing…
Be salt and light everywhere I go
Share the Gospel with others
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked…
Be with Jesus and do what I see Jesus doing
Bless and encourage people daily (1 a day is 365 a year-14,600 in 40 years if you just bless one a day)
Pursue purity in thought, heart, and deed
Enlarge heaven

My best yes is relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The most important yes is to cultivate intimacy with God which doesn’t always mean doing for Him. It’s mainly being with Him. Being with Him leads to doing for Him out of love, not to establish identity or check a box. It’s not about perfection either. It’s about purpose.

Why are we here? What did God create us to do that only we are designed to do? What are we doing to be in alignment with our divine destiny?

Being single is the time in life to spend as much time with God as possible. To find out who He is, who I am in Him, and have unhindered fellowship with Him. No husband to check in with, no kids tugging at you, no restrictions in what you can do for Him. I am not against marriage. It’s a good thing too. I am pro living content in the season I am in. Enjoying today. I am pro not believing a wedding day is the best day of a person’s life. The day a person gives their life to Jesus is the best day of any person’s life. No person can do what God can do. He’s transformed and continues to transform my life. Only Jesus saves…so you don’t wait for the next thing to feel that’s what gives you purpose. Jesus gives purpose. God gives identity. Contentment is found in Him alone.

We also don’t live aimlessly and allow people to decide what we are doing. Jesus wasn’t driven by the demands and opinions of people. He only did what He saw the Father doing. He offended many by not doing what they wanted Him to do. He wasn’t a people pleaser. He pleased the Father.

For the married people. Loving your spouse and/or kids is loving God. It is honoring God. Teaching your children about Jesus is awesome and a best yes. Being a light to your spouse and family is so honorable. You don’t have to go across the world to do missions, though you may. Marriage was God’s idea and it’s noble. It does not replace God. A spouse and family are not God. He still wants to be first in a married person’s life as well as a single person’s life. He still want’s married people to disciple others, put Him first, give, be generous, encourage others, be with Him, study the word, worship, know Him, enjoy Him, and be led by Him. It’s just in ways different…

Lastly, God alone gives purpose. Only the Creator can tell someone what they were created to do. No marriage, friend, job, ministry, family, or anything else can give someone identity that is solid. When our lives are over, we will stand before Him alone. The most important question is, “What did you do with my Son?” for salvation. He will assess also what we did with what He gave us; time, talent, money, gifts,…see parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). God is the Best Yes.

What is your best yes?

What are you living for?

How are you spending time? There are 168 hours in a week…what are they being used for? Lysa has this great assessment tool. See link below. I highly recommend her book. It’s not adding more things to do. It’s assessing what we are doing that it’s aligned with the best yes. God gives each person the grace to be and accomplish what He created them for. I can’t be you. You can’t be me. We are unique creations designed to fit into our nitch to give Him glory.

Time Assessment tool: http://thebestyes.com/time-assessment-tool

What is Worship (Worship Series Part 7)

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Pictured above are some of my notes on worship and worship leading.

Seek first the Kingdom of God and all my righteousness,~God.

You shall have no other gods before me,~God.

I inhabit the praises of my people,~God.

This weekend was filled with rehearsals and practice for an upcoming worship night at Vineyard Reynoldsburg campus. I love worship! I love leading worship. And it’s not for the reasons that some may think. It’s not about lovely songs, instruments, and God knows for me it’s not about being on a stage or having attention. I’m not expressive or an extrovert. If you see me out front, leading, or being social, it’s mostly due to the Holy Spirit. I’m quite content in my secure cubby in God’s heart and not engaging with anyone.

What’s worship all about?

Worship is about intimacy. It’s about love. There’s a quote I just love that states, “I did not know how to worship until I learned how to love.” God wants our love. He doesn’t need it. He doesn’t need our worship or fellowship either. He’s in community. He had community before the earth was made. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed always. The angels worship continuously around God’s throne singing, “Holy, holy, holy!” All of creation (except us humans), are celebrating and worshipping God continuously by doing what they were created to do.

When God invites us to worship Him (love Him, put Him first, devote our lives to Him, adore Him, spend our lives, time, resources, talents, skills, etcetera…for His glory), He’s inviting us into something that will transform us.

One moment with Him can do more than we could do on our own in a lifetime! He’s inviting us to know Him, be loved by Him, and be transformed by Him. It’s not about ego; God is complete and confident in Himself.

True worship of God benefits us the most. We were created to worship. If it’s not God, then an idol takes His place.

Those who worship money, become greedy.

Those who worship food, become gluttonous.

Those who worship pleasure, become enslaved to it…needing more and more to be filled while leaving them emptier still.

Those who worship work, become workaholics.

Those who worship people, become people pleasers, fans, groupies, or lose their identity in their idol.

Those who worship other’s things, become jealous, envious, or covetous.

Those who worship themselves, become overly selfish, self centered, and can’t help anyone else.

Those who worship God in spirit and truth, become like Him. In worship He imparts Himself. He says come, “I want to reveal more of who I am to you. I want to deposit love, hope, peace, joy, and remove what’s been entangling you. I want to meet with you; heart to heart, spirit to Spirit.

Worship is not simply singing songs. It’s love. It’s intimacy. It’s warfare. In the Bible on many instances the worshippers were sent out first in battle. Worship is more than songs. It’s encountering the beauty of the King. It’s turning our attention towards heaven and our true Source, God Himself.

There’s no place we can go from His Presence, yet we can be completely detached from Him. We can have the Holy Spirit and quench Him or ignore Him. Worship is turning our focus towards Him saying, “God here I am, You have my undivided attention. I am here to love You! I am living to love You!

The devil is the prince of the air. If you don’t believe words have power or music is powerful, spend time with a gossip or angry person. Turn on the radio and listen to some of the words of songs and you’ll notice a shift in your spirit. You notice a shift in the atmosphere. I’m not saying only listen to Christian things. I’m saying worship is more than music. It’s impacting your spirit. Worship creates or cultivates a spiritual atmosphere around you and in you.

I pray this week our eyes are fixed firmly on God. He’s glorious. I pray we’d know Him; the heights, depths, and vast expanse of His great love. I pray we’d know also the richness of fellowship with His Son Jesus who paid the highest price for us. And to to be infused and led by His Holy Spirit for He is life! This week and every week, let us worship God in spirit and in truth. God bless you!

Oh magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together,~Psalm 34:3.

He’s beyond worthy!

Heart Abandoned (Worship Series Part 6)

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Photo: Pinterest Lyric: Joel Houston (The Stand)

It’s around 5 am here. I’ve been waking up between 4 and 5 am the past few weeks. I mention this because it is the time of the most sweet fellowship with God. What does it mean to love God? What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth? How does one foster relationship with the Creator of the Universe?

Well let’s start with the basics for the non Christian. Unlike what you hear on talk shows, there’s one way to God. It’s through faith in His Son Jesus.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6.

We believe Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin, was crucified for all sin, and rose again. We confess our sins before God (for all but God have sinned), we receive forgiveness, we are baptized in water and filled with His Spirit…

Jesus gives us access to the Father. His righteousness covers us. God is holy. There’s no sin in Him. We cannot remove our sin. Someone who never sinned had to pay for us. The cross represents perfect love and justice. The penalty for sin is death. Jesus paid for our sins with His life. He died as us and rose so we could have life eternal. It’s like someone sitting on death row for a crime and Jesus walks in and says, “I know someone has to pay, I will pay for this. Let this person go free.”

What does this have to do with worship?

Glad you asked!

I believe we sometimes forget what God paid for. When we begin to worship things other than God, we’ve forgotten the great lengths God went through to save us and call us His own. I can’t name one person in my life who would die for me if I were guilty. Forget guilty. I can’t name one who’d die for me if I was innocent. Maybe my mom, yet the way Jesus suffered is beyond comprehension. He was marred beyond recognition. Films can’t capture how badly He was beaten. His flesh was ripped off His body.

The cross reminds me of how good God is and how deadly sin is. To choose to worship anyone or anything above Him is ludicrous. He gave everything for a world that gives Him the scraps off the table. “Here God, here’s my Sunday morning attendance and offering. Please don’t ask for anything else.”

God doesn’t ask for part of our lives or part of our devotion. He asks for everything!

He’s worthy of whole hearted devotion. If my conversion and following Christ does not lead me to love Him more and more with each passing day, I must go back to the cross. If my love for Him does not lead me to want to do what He says, I must go back to the cross.

The cross…
Where Jesus took what I deserved.
The cross…
Where love was poured out so we would never have to experience the tragedy of eternity in hell and separation from God.
The cross…
Where God’s wrath for sin was targeted at His Son so forgiveness and grace could be appropriated to us by faith.

It cost God greatly to redeem us. He passionately pursues us. He gave and gives His best to us. Yet He often receives so little love in return. He’s the One people blame in crisis or they don’t get their way or is sought out only in times of trouble.

Sweet friends, God is SO much better than anything or anyone He created! We do not know how to worship until we know His love. We do not know His love until we know His Son. We can’t love Him until we first receive His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness for us.


Father forgive us for worshipping created things. Forgive us for making You an obligation or our genie in a bottle. Forgive us for being consumed by this world and not putting You first. Help us to reflect on the cross. Help us to know Jesus, know You, know the Holy Spirit. May we know the height, depth, width, and vast expanse of Your great love for us. Help us to receive the fullness of what You paid for. In Jesus powerful name, Amen!

Worship (Only God is Worthy)

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Worship Definition

n. noun
The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.
Ardent devotion; adoration.
v. verb
To honor and love as a deity.
To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion.
To participate in religious rites of worship.

Jesus told him, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,~Matthew 22:37.

We were made to worship and we all worship something!

We will become like the one we worship,~Bill Johnson.

The Gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something … That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming,~Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I’m quite passionate about worship. I’m passionate about worshipping God, giving Him honor, love, praise, thanks, devotion, and all of my life. It sounds overboard, but He’s everything. I’m often consumed with thoughts of Him. It hasn’t always been that way and though I love Him, there are still some days I’m lost in my own thoughts or zoned out from fatigue.

This new series on worship will hopefully draw us both into deeper intimacy with God! There’s always more with God.

Worship is so important. It’s so important it was coveted by Lucifer and he’s spent his days trying to divert worship away from God. If he cannot get people to worship him directly, he attempts to lure people to worship themselves or created things. We live in a world where beauty, youth, sex, fitness, relationships, entertainment, social media, status, money, music, food, family, wealth, celebrities, fame, children, even pastors, churches, and ministry are worshipped over God.

Social media is a good place to see the idols of our day. The things we talk about, gravitate towards,…show what we deem worthy of our time, devotion, and praise.

The problem with worshipping created things is that it’s idolatry. It’s caused all kinds of problems for people. It angered God with the Israelites and many others we can learn from in the Bible.

Oh those pesky idols…

Our idols cannot save us. They enslave us. Only the worship of God frees us.

The worship of money makes us greedy.

The worship of food makes us glutenous and often obese.

The worship of fitness, youth, and beauty makes us vain.

The worship of pleasure and comfort makes us addicts.

The worship of people makes us slaves to their opinions.

The worship of self makes us selfish.

All our “gods” do is provide empty cisterns that never fulfill us. They keep us coming back for more and more and we are never satisfied. Idols keep us in a cycle of perpetual discontentment.

I know something has taken the wrong place in my heart when I can say to God, “I will be happy when…” Fill in the blank. It’s great to ask God for things, yet when things become the source of contentment, there’s a problem. One of the idols I constantly have to cast down is comfort. I don’t like suffering. I feel as though in my short time on earth, I’ve endured my share. When being comfortable becomes more important than honoring God, I’ve placed comfort above Him. He frequently draws me out of comfort into unsure waters. It’s not fun, but He is Lord. He’s number one, above me. He also empowers whatever He calls me to do.

Lastly, this series isn’t intended to bring condemnation, but to hopefully reveal the joy in worshipping God. Theres no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

There’s great blessing in worshipping Him. He’s worthy! I hope you stay tuned as we investigate God’s worth.

Father, we live in a world full of distractions and temptations to worship something or someone other than You. Please help us to worship You in Spirit and in truth. Deepen our awareness of Your love and the beauty of Your presence. Amen.