Friday, November 6, 2015

Start With Worship Part 1

We do this by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates
and perfects our faith.
~Hebrews 12:2a

Worship Requires Focus
Worship is ascribing worth or great value to someone or something.  When we worship God, we are acknowledging His great worth.  We are turning our eyes away from the chaos and ugliness of sin and focusing on the life-giving beauty of God.

Worship Requires Knowledge
How can we know the worth of something unless we understand those characteristics and qualities which make it so valuable?  To truly worship God, we must KNOW God.
  • KNOW:  First, we must receive the gift of knowing Him through the saving blood of His son.
  •  GROW:  We daily expand our knowledge of Him by reading His Book; learning how He has acted in the past, recognizing His activity in the present, and grasping His promises for the future.
  • SOW:  Finally, we increase our intimate knowledge of Him in the same way we would cultivate any deep relationship; ongoing, meaningful conversation.  Plant seeds of prayerStart conversations with Him and expect Him to answer.  He promises that we will reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7)
Worship Requires a Choice
Our fickle nature requires that we make a conscious choice, daily, to turn our eyes away from sin and self and fix them on the One who is worthy of all our devotion.  To start each day with worship is to orient your thoughts, plans, expectations, and desires with Him who initiates and perfects your faith. 

Worship Requires Constancy
Once begun in an attitude of awe and submission to God, carry that attitude of worship with you throughout the day.  Look for opportunities to know God in the routine actions of daily life.  Notice His qualities displayed in His constant care and provision for His children.  Memorize His unmistakable signature on all he has made in nature.  Recognize His likeness in others and in yourself.  Acknowledge that, in Him, all things live and move and have their being.  (Acts 17:28) 
  
Other posts in this Series:
Part 2:  To Know Him is To Love Him  

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