Worship — the result of experiencing the living God

Facing the emptiness and desperation of life, often leads people to discover the reality of the awesome love and presence of God. True worship comes from experiencing the reality of God.

To worship is to pour your heart out in honest, humble, and passionate adoration of the living God. Worship, as described in the Bible, is a heart gripping, life transforming experience. It’s never boring.

Worship isn’t something passive, that a preacher can do for you. It’s active, passionate adoration of God that you, yourself do. Worship requires an enraptured heart that responds to the Holy Spirit, more than an intellectual mind that analyzes theology.

Worshipping God, is an activity. It’s something that we humans are called to actually do, not something we passively sit thru. Everywhere you go is a place of worship, if you maintain the awareness of God’s presence, everywhere you go.

Worship is heart-felt response to the living God, but how can we respond to Him if we are unaware of His presence? Without sensing God’s presence, it’s difficult to do more than merely go thru the motions of worship. When awe and adoration of God mix, worship comes pouring out of the heart.

Too often, religion stops the river of spontaneous worship and shows God the lakes and programs that we have created for Him. The ashes of tradition are a poor substitute for the living fire of God burning in your heart.

Humans are designed to be worshippers. If we don’t worship the living God, we’ll worship something or somebody else. However, to worship anything or anyone more than we do God, is called idolatry.

Observing the beauty and majesty of nature, releases a desire to worship (not nature, but its designer) in the human heart.

Jesus said that “true worshippers will worship the Father in the spirit (from the heart) and in truth (with total sincerity).” Christianity should be functional, not just ornamental. We should let it do what it does — connect people to the living Jesus.

When the fruit of the Spirit isn’t being clearly manifested, connection with the living Jesus is being shorted out. For more on worship, search for: Beyond Church Ekklesia.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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