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The primary purpose of prayer!!!!

September 22, 2010 2 comments

So what is the primary purpose of prayer?

It is repentance, is it interceding, is it getting our needs met. Of course, all of these are important and have a place in prayer, but it is definitely not the primary purpose of prayer, the primary purpose of prayer is worship fulfilled in the confinements of intimate close and personal relationship with our heavenly Father in heaven.

Therefore, the main purpose of prayer is just worshiping and fellowship with the LORD in an intimate close and personal relationship with Christ.

 John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 When God created Man, He created us for His pleasure. We were created and are still created for His good pleasure.

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

He created Man for fellowship and relationship, which was lost and Christ came to establish.

I have asked this question many times on Facebook, what is the main reason that Christ died on the cross of Calvary, and I receive various answers. The most common answer is “to save us from hell”, but if hell was not there, then would Christ still have died?

 The answer is in John 3:16, 36 and John 17:3, let us take a look at these scriptures.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

 Christ calls us all into eternal life, but what is eternal life? Knowing God, the only true God and Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, is eternal life. However, there is something in our way that stops us from knowing God. What is it? It is Sin.

 Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

 Christ did not die to just save us from hell, because if there was no hell, Christ would have still died. Christ Died primarily to remove sin from our lives so we can enter into a close personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Sin was a barrier to that close personal relationship even existing, so Christ had to cleanse us from all our sins and forgive us, to establish a new relationship found in Christ.

Therefore, prayer is just communication with the LORD, communing in His presence, having fellowship with our Heavenly Father. So then, it is mutual relationship and conversation; one speaks, then the other listens and vice versa.

Seeking God in our prayer life is the principle thing; to worship His Holy Name should be the reason and purpose to pray. Notwithstanding, other reason to pray: asking for things, interceding for others and asking for forgiveness of sins etc…

(Matthew 6:33) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 James 4:2 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Many Christians unfortunately pray to God as if he is a slot machine they just pray for when they are in need, they use Him for their own personal goals. God cannot be mocked. Nevertheless, when everything is fine and dandy there is no communication with their Father. God is not impressed. We should pray in all seasons, whether good or bad, pray without ceasing. God wants constant communication with His children. 1Thesalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

 Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

God is a person and He demands relationship with His children that believe in His salvation. We need to talk to Him as a person, not a thing. The true importance of prayer is to be intimate with your heavenly Father.

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

When you put God first in your prayer, life and you spend time worshiping Him. All other things that you crave for and need, will be satisfied according to His will. Many when wanting a thing badger God with their petitions. Prayer is not just asking, but thanksgiving, appreciation, praise, worship and faithfulness is all part of prayer. When you have asked God for a thing, you then thank God for answering it and so forth that is when you enter the realm of faith.

Many now will ask how come I prayed for that and I did not receive it, well if we take look back at James 4:2-3; many of us ask amiss, we do not ask with the right heart, or a pure motive and we do not pray according to His will. His will is His Word. If it is not His will, then you will not receive it.

1John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

1John 5:15 “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

The verse is self-explanatory, if you ask anything according to His will; you have confidence and faith that He has already answered your prayer by grace, you just have to receive what you prayed for by Faith.

When you put the focus on God in prayer, He puts the Focus on you, he answers all your needs and requests, all things that you desire will be added unto you.

Let us make the main thing the main thing.

Amen.

Stay blessed.

Attitude of worship

June 20, 2010 5 comments

 What is an attitude of worship?

 Worship is the attitude of the heart; worship is the response to God’s worthiness, greatness and goodness. Worship is an old English word of “worth-ship”, meaning to acknowledge the worth of someone. Therefore, as Christians when we worship we acknowledge the worthiness of God. Therefore, whenever we acknowledge Gods worthiness we are worshiping God.

Worship is not just limited to just the slow part of praise and worship, but it can happen every day, every hour and every minute you honour God, every time you put him first and every time you give Him all the glory. Psalm 9:1-2: ‘1 I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.’ Psalm 111:1: ‘1 Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.’

 We can worship God in all things, when you are doing grocery, going to school or work, when looking after your children and so forth. You do not have to limit worship to a set time in the morning and at night, but the whole day can be filled with the worship of the Lord. 1Peter 4:11 ‘If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’

When we commit all are things to the Lord that is worship, when we give our offering, our time and effort to the things of the Lord that is worship. When we focus on him and make him our first and top-most priority, we are worshiping God. When you give him the honour that is due, you are worshiping him. True worship should create God intoxicated people. People who are crazy for the Lord, who are zealous to win lost souls. Worship is a lifestyle that gives value to its creator. Worship is giving the Lord all of our attention; it is setting aside everything that distracts us. Psalm 37:5 ‘Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’ Proverbs 16:3 ‘Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.’

We have to worship Christ in spirit and in truth. John 4:21 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” John 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 We worship God knowing that He is the absolute Truth, there is no way to the Father in Heaven but through Christ, we know that Christ died for our sins, and through Him we are saved. We worship Him knowing that He loves us with an everlasting love. Christ is not just a thing but a person, He is a person that wants to be worshiped, scrap that He deserves to be worshiped, we were created for that very purpose to worship him. We are created and are still created for Gods pleasure. Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Worship is also not limited to a church building, but to the heart, we are Christ tabernacle and temple, where the fullness of the Godhead resides in us. 1Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Remember whoever and whatever you give worship (your time, money, effort) becomes your god (your idol). Your slaves to who you obey, sin or righteousness, I beg you to choose righteousness. Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

 We have to have a contrite and a sincere heart every time we worship God, we are not worshiping God for what we can get, but what we can give. Hebrews 13:15 ‘Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.’ 

We have to humble ourselves before His Mighty hand, and declare his Greatness. When we worship God, we admit our weakness and inadequacies and rely on His strength and grace. However, we do not worship God in weakness and inadequacy because we have confidence and boldness to enter the throne of Grace and that He will receive our offerings of praise.

Hebrews 4:16 ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’

Psalm 141:2 ‘Let my prayer be accepted as sweet-smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice.’

Isaiah 40:31 ‘but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’

Worship is a lifestyle, we need an attitude of gratitude, we need to be thankful always and be in lasting appreciation of the wonder of His ways, to the richness of His mercy and His everlasting grace, fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ. 1Thessalonians 5:16’ Rejoice always, ‘ 1Thessalonians 5:17 ‘pray without ceasing, ‘ 1Thessalonians 5:18 ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ Romans 12:1 ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’

 Worship elevates us into God presence and power. Hebrews 12:28 ‘Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,’

To worship God in spirit and in truth is to worship him in one mind, one accord, in honour and in reverence. Worship is not for our entertainment, we are not worshiping God to get something out of God that would be a selfish motive, and would not be worshipping God in Truth. However, our primary reason to worship God is to glorify him (1 Corinthians 6:20). Every time you worship, your focus should be on him, your attention is on him and are filled with love for our Creator.

Worship should be situated in the boundaries of a Relationship with our Saviour and Father, if there is no relationship there is no worship. Once that relationship is created then worship follows, it is a natural response when a man looks at His own sinfulness comparedto a Holy and Righteous God. Wow, just take a minute to pause and awe at His greatness. We are able to enter into the Holy of Holies that is our spirit which has been regenerated by Christ.

Matthew 15:8 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; Matthew 15:9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.’ These two scriptures go hand in hand; taking God’s name is voiding any power and reverence in it.

When we worship God in spirit, we worship Him from the heart, mind, soul and body, not with pompous external things (rites and ceremonies). The Pharisees in this scripture and many Christians still today externally worship, but their heart is totally far from God. They go through the religious motions of worship, thereby taking God’s name in vain which is an abomination to the Lord.

So let us put on an attitude of worship, let us draw near to God with our hearts, and praise Him with the fruit of our lips, let us reside in the presence of the Lord. Let us acknowledge His worthiness, greatness, goodness, mercy, grace. The list can go on and on right.

Well that is it, Worship, Worship, Worship, that’s what it is about

Stay blessed

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Seeker

Christ called us to be united not divided (part 2)

May 24, 2010 11 comments

Therefore, when believers come together in one mind, heart, desire, goal and will, a revival, an outpouring of Gods powers is evident. E.g. the day of Pentecost, Azusa street revival is just a very modern example of a revival that transformed the world as we see it today (or is that an exaggeration-I think not). Where people who loved God gathered in one place in one accord to worship the living God, and where God’s glory was manifested in signs and miracles, speaking in tongues and so forth.  

 But why are we not seeing this in regular occurrences?

Because there is so much division between believers, believers no more want to associate with each other. I am not going in there, there are Baptist people in there, oh no let us stay over here there are Methodists here. Oh come on now! Is it not just as bad as saying, I am not going over there, there are black people there, or I am staying over here because everybody is white. It is very silly indeed.

 This is just a blatant example of disunity in the body of Christ.

When I am witnessing, and I ask people often, “if they are Christian”, they often respond with, “no I am not, I am a Catholic”. Huh? What? Did they just say they are Catholic (this goes for other denominations also, Pentecostal, Methodists, Baptist and so forth). When did being a Christian become based on the denomination you affiliate with?

Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

(1 Corinthians 1:2)  “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”

Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 These verses states that our Christianity is based on the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Therefore, our church is not what saves us; it is Christ, being sanctified in the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, when  someone asks  are you a Christian our answer should be yes. Moreover, when they ask you why, we say because Christ died for our sins, and all those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and came to die for our sins are saved, and we are born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit. Period!!! Not oh I am a “Catholic, Methodist or Pentecostal”. That is just our affiliation.

(Philippians 2:11) “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I do understand that when someone mentions a denomination that they are affiliated with it gives someone an idea of their doctrine, form of worship and so forth. However, I think it is more important to pin point where a person is in Christ, than what denomination they are from, so that we can encourage and comfort one another to grow in full maturity in Christ.

 1Corinthians 3:4 “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

‘As long as people promote one denominational persuasion over another, the body of Christ as a whole is still carnal.’—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

 Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

Pride is the reason for all the division in the Church where there is no division, there is no pride. It is that simple. The love of Jesus is bond that unites all believers under one banner: ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’.

There was hullabaloo on facebook, over the issue of unity. Many people kept repeating that until we come together in doctrine, that we should not compromise on our beliefs and that we should put out all those that speak anything contrary to what the Word of God says. What was funny is that I never disagreed with that, but the harshity (if that is even a word), of the way some people spoke, just showed me, even though they may have been correct but it was not spoken in a loving manner. Let us seek to win others by the gentleness of our words and acts.   Many times, I have seen people having correct knowledge but not applying it in love and not using it to edify, correct in love, exhort and comfort other believers. The lack of love would just make it wrong. I already spoke about knowledge is vain without love here  https://truspire.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/knowledge-is-vain-without-love/ But to emphasise just a few points, Love is what remains, because God is love (1 John 4:8), so our main motivation for displaying our knowledge wherever it may be should be love (1 Corinthians 16:14). So that we may encourage, strengthen, correct brethren in the faith, and to rebuke unbelievers also in love, so that they may be convicted of their sins and repent. If a brother or Christ is in error we do not just tear them down, but build them up in love, of course if they are unwilling to listen and are creating division, then separate yourself from them, the apostle Paul, gave a precedent for that (Acts 19:9).

However, Paul did not say avoid contact with those that have differing doctrine, he said to avoid those that cause division and offenses over doctrine a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE.

  Proverbs 14:1 “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” (ESV translation)

Nevertheless, we should still show kindness to them. Proverbs 19:22 “The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

You can love with out, compromise, you can unite without compromise. People that assume unity is Compromise are still carnal because unity should be what all Christians want. Many Christians pray for revival, but what is a revival, is it not when Christians from all walks of life, come together in one accord, to worship the one true God. So then, what is all the fuss about, when some of us mention unity? In my opinion, I thinks it is that people want to stay in their beliefs, they have gotten so prideful, that they believe that they are right, that anyone that differs is not worthy of associating with them. But have we not all been wrong, and was it not by God’s grace that brought us back into alignment with the truth. 2Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

 There is an explicit example of carnality in the body of Christ, caused by divisions in the bible; Paul was talking to the Corinthians, when he spoke of their carnality.

 1Corinthians 3:3 “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”

1Corinthians 3:4 “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

Does that not sound familiar, if transferred in modern terms it would look something like this: “for while one saith, I am of the Pentecostal denomination; and another, I am of the Catholic branch: is that not carnal? Sorry people for the tongue and cheek but I wanted all of you to understand my point. Denominations in itself are not really bad, but when we use them to cause division and disunity in the body, then it becomes bad.

 I know in America especially there is a big divide between evangelicals and contemporary Christians, and really, it is just silly. If we put on our God-goggles, we will realise that this is not God’s doing but ours. In addition, if we would come to God, to receive the grace to help sort out the mess that we have created. 

 John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

If as believers we truly loved each other and put pride in its rightful place, would there be so much division? No there would not be, but because of (“I”), instead of Christ, division has become commonplace within Christianity. Making many believers think that unity in doctrine can never happen.

‘Doctrinal differences were meant to be resolved (1Corinthians 1:10) and are not a justification for division in the universal church’.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

 Man not God makes all division amongst Christians; all true believers have already been joined to each other through the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:3, Romans 12:4). Love should motivate us to serve one another, and put each other’s interest above our own (Philippians 2:3-4).

 When you read the book of Acts, you see the love that Jesus spoke about in John amongst the brethren all over the New Testament World at the time. However, when you look at the modern Church today where is that love? That love had been lost in the mist of all dissension, but it need to be found again, found again in Christ. When we look at the Cross-, we see the greatest act of love ever. Moreover, we need to replicate that with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:9-10).

 Nevertheless, before I go, I want people to realise that Christ is not limited to numbers. Christ said that where two or three are gathered in His Name, he is there with them. (Matthew 18:20). People can be unified where there is two, three or 100 people. It does not matter if there is small number of you or a large number of you, unity is not confined to amount, it is confined in love of one person. That person is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Stay blessed.

Stay tuned for the last in this instalment, thank you for you patience, hope you lot are not bored.

A great video by DA T.R.U.T.H, an American Gospel artist, rapping about what I have been saying, hopefully the music may minister to you more than my words.

Seeker.

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