Everyday Worship – Part 3

We are continuing to break down the Word our Lord gave us in mid-October, which is that “everyday worship is very strategic for life.”

Priority

A key element Holy Spirit highlighted to me is priority, especially concerning God and people. We simply cannot make it without Him and them.

God helps us reconcile our work life realities with Him by inviting us to balance our divine assignments with His divine Presence. Too often, we can get caught up in deadline pressures to the point of hyper-focus on the task, even if it’s for God. In an effort to get the job done, we can ignore intervals to break away to be alone with Him as our Provider and Finisher. We can even devalue His invitations to experience His Presence that is our answer to our pleas for help. We can dismiss the importance of being refreshed.

Praise breaks are a normal and required part of a work-as-worship lifestyle. Knowing His timing of when to break away with Him is part of the work process. We can even ask Him to reveal to us when we need to do so. Since everything is made more efficient with God, stepping away to honor Him by focusing entirely on Him positions us for transformation, opens His gateway to wisdom, restores our joy and enables us to flow out of His Glorious Presence with something we cannot contain. Our work will be finished His way, and it won’t feel heavy.

Considering this, why then would we eat at our desks when we can feast at His table of abundance, especially knowing that we cannot complete a God-size mission our way? We must let go of the “just one more thing” attitude and the “I have to get this done now” self-justification.

Grace

God’s truth is that we desperately need His help. We cannot finish higher assignments without Him. It’s important to consistently choose God’s beautiful way over our own hard habits. We can honor Him by yielding to His Fruit of Spirit, trusting that we don’t have to do it all on our own.

Breaking away with God facilitates our purity of priority, our sense of what matters most. We need His surges of grace-power, which is His Holy ease, that re-sets us and fuels us for the long haul so that we don’t give into the pressure of overload that can provoke us to give up the task. We can even ask Him to increase His grace-power so we can work more efficiently with Him.

Therefore, we must leave room for God’s grace and not grieve Holy Spirit or choke out His Word. We don’t have to know how He will do what He promised us. We just need to believe He will do what He said. God’s truth is that “His lavish gift is life eternal, found in your union with our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One” (Ro 6:23). This Heavenly life enters into our souls as we believe Him by faith in action.

Conversely, the opposition to God’s grace-life for us would suggest we act out of self-reliance and wait until all is good enough in our personal lives to do the very life-giving things God commanded us to step up and do. God is about living a Heavenly life of abundance on earth. He is not in our limited self-reliance, which reveals our unbelief and always produces corruption (Ga 6:8 TPT).

Proverbs 3:7 AMPC reminds us to “Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. [Prov. 8:13.]”

Persistence

I love God’s imagery of commitment and strategy of Godly determination in Song of Songs 4:6 TPT, which says, “I’ve made up my mind. Until the darkness disappears and the dawn has fully come, in spite of shadows and fears, I will go to the mountaintop with you—the mountain of suffering love and the hill of burning incense. Yes, I will be your bride.”

This verse reflects persistence, which is another key element Holy Spirit highlighted to me. Everyday worship implies persistence. So, resist the lie that everything has to be finished right now. Find a way to take time to step away from your workspace and praise God. Put on your favorite worship music, focus entirely on Him, speak adorations and appreciations to Him and simply revel in His Presence. It will make all the difference in enjoying your journey and even in being able to finish your assignments according to God’s will (Ec 7:8).

Wisdom

The final key element God highlighted to me is wisdom. Everyday worship is wise and facilitates an atmosphere where wisdom is revealed and received. It’s one way God builds us in Him and with Him.

Proverbs 24:3 TPT says, “Wise people are builders — they build families, businesses, communities. And through intelligence and insight their enterprises are established and endure.”

Proverbs 24:13-15 TPT reminds us that “Revelation-knowledge is a delicacy, sweet like flowing honey that melts in your mouth. Eat as much of it as you can, my friend! For then you will perceive what is true wisdom, your future will be bright, and this hope living within you will never disappoint you.”

As our Bread of Life, upon which we feast, we must know God and understand His purpose for us in divine assignments in order to fulfill them with Him. As we are strengthened in our Lord in this way, we will live out His truth that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We will come to better know Him and understand His power and our purpose.

Ephesians 5:17 AMPC reminds us to “…not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

So, it is crucial to invest time in God’s Presence of Word and other forms of worship, like prayer and praise, where we are entirely focused on Him in truth.

Let Us Remember

Let us remember that solutions and resolve come not by looking back but by looking up to the Peacemaker.

If we will persist in life-giving worship of Him, He will expand His victory-directives to us. We will be energized and know His new mercy, increased grace and fresh insight for each day forward. We will know His gracious mountain-moving power by faith, and we will see His manifest miracles in our work lives and beyond.

So, pray with me if you will…

Dear Lord,

We need You. We thank You that “The harvest of the earth is here!” You, “the very God we worship, keeps us satisfied at” Your “banquet of blessings” (Ps 67:6 TPT). We repent of grieving You, Holy Spirit, by not receiving Your invitation to come away with You when You prompt us. Help us to honor You by submitting to Your loving ways and remaining entwined with You! Help us to go where You call and lead us. Let Your faith be in us to move mountains (Mk 11:22-24 TPT)! Thank You for Your blessed rewards.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.

Amen.

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Everyday Worship – Part 2

This series centers around God’s revealed Word to us in mid-October, which is that “everyday worship is very strategic for life.”

Our Lord highlighted two key scriptures for this message: Luke 21:28 and Galatians 6:9.

Luke 21:28 AMP instructs us to “…stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”

Other versions of this scripture say to stand up, straighten up, look up and raise your heads as God’s redemption works on our behalf to bring us progressively from suffering into joy. Into “great power and miracles, in the radiance of his splendor, and with great glory and praises…” (Lk 21:27-28 TPT) as we continue to worship Him daily (1 Jn 3:2 TPT).

The second key scripture, Galatians 6:9 NKJV, says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

To lose heart here means to lose inner strength (Pr 24:10 TPT).

John 3:15 ESV reminds us “that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

So, since the eternal life of our Lord is inside of our hearts to strengthen us by faith, when we lose heart (inner strength), we need to check our faith factor. Since faith comes by hearing the Word, we must ask ourselves, “Which voices are we listening to?”

We can choose to grow in this eternal life on earth as we trust God and submit to His ways by faith more than ourselves (Ga 5:19-21 TPT). It’s how our souls get built in the highest strength above anything else that tries to come against.

Are we believing in God’s ways as much as in His promises to us? Are we believing in His benefits of Presence as much as in His rewards of completed tasks? What are we valuing and honoring most? God? Or the results of His promises? If it’s the latter, then there’s some growing out of selfishness (limitation) and into Love that needs to happen (1 Jn 4:18 (AMPC).

We can ask Holy Spirit to search our hearts and bring the conviction that leads us to repentance.

The evidence of living life God’s way by faith is the fruit of love.

1 John 3:14 ESV confirms this by saying, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.”

So, in the humility of devotion to worship God is where we hand over burdens of the task we were never intended to carry. It’s where we can honor the priority of Him as God above works and acknowledge our dependency upon Him as King above all. It’s where we can receive divine strength to carry on.

Job 33:4 NIV says, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Everything worship-worthy of God is live-giving. It stirs a river of life that move from the Spirit of Christ in us, into our souls then back to Him. Holy Scripture makes it clear to treasure His Spirit of life over lesser things (Jn 3:6, 6:63).

God reminds us in Isaiah 45:22 TPT to “…turn your heart to me, face me now, and be saved wherever you are, even from the ends of the earth, for I alone am God, and there is no other.

He is our sole Source and Sustainer for life. He is our Completer. God is making us whole and completing our days with His life-giving abundance as we worship Him in Spirit and truth (Jn 4:24).

God has made us stronger in Him and is bringing us into a powerful place, void of shame and irrational fear (Is 29:22).

He has transformed us into a more fitting, beautiful bride to live out His dreams He placed inside of us for a new, abundant life, into which we are now transitioning.

Can you see the pieces coming more together into the beginnings of an outward manifestation of wholeness—what is essentially a whole new life?

We will arrive into tomorrow as we come through yesterday’s transformation. Therefore, our tomorrow will not be like yesterday. And the only way we can overcome that which tries to overcome us is to look at God and thank Him for His gift of transformation (redemption, liberation), His active life-giving miracles. His newness of life made manifest in abundance (Ro 6:4).

So, let’s check our hearts, repent of our ways above God’s and ask Him to help us move increasingly in His true life by faith in and worship of Him alone. Let’s keep our eyes on Him and our heads lifted toward Him as we anticipate the greater joy of His Presence and His miraculous power to produce all He said He would.

Lord, let it be unto us, according to Your will. In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

Friends, there is more to this Word. So, join me next week for Part 3 of Everyday Worship.

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Everyday Worship – Part 1

In mid-October, our Lord revealed a Word to me that “everyday worship is very strategic for life.” So, I began to search it out; and this is what I believe He would like to share:

Beginning with definitions, the word, everyday, according to Webster’s, is an adjective that means “routinely.” Everyday is also a compound word, comprised of “every” and “day.”

Every means “without exception” or “complete.” It’s root word, ever, means “always” in reference to time and way. Vine’s Dictionary defines ever as “at all times…on all occasions…continuous…perpetually…successive occurrences…unbroken…for ever and ever…unto all the ages.” Ever is also a root word of “everlasting,” which means eternal and can reference our future. Interestingly, as we look further in Webster’s, we find that eV is an abbreviation for “electron volt,” an obvious reference to power.

2 Timothy 1:7 NIV reminds us that “…the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Moving onward, the word, day, according to Webster’s, can reference the light of day, the time of day or a specific period, such as an age. It can mean “the time established by usage or law for work, school or business.” Day can reference “conflict and contention” as in “played hard and won the day.” It can reference mood or attitude in regards to “seemingly endless” or long days, or “an indefinite number of successive days.” It can even reference a “period of rotation of a planet.”

The Word I believe our Lord is revealing to us in these definitions is that if you desire to power through your days on earth with the eternal life-victory of Heaven, it will require continuous, wholehearted worship unto God. In this attitude of worship, God will bring the completion of His divinely-desired (and designed) outcome in abundance to fulfill His promises to us.

This, then, begs the question, “What is worship?”

Worship is both a noun and a verb. The Tyndale Bible Dictionary makes it succinct by saying that worship is an “expression of reverence and adoration of God.” Tyndale goes on to stress that worship is not confined to physical buildings, because we are the building, the vessel, in which the Spirit of Christ, our New Jerusalem, dwells (Ac1:8).

Not only is worship not confined to church buildings, it is not confined to what we may think of as traditional in expression. I love what Vine’s Dictionary has to say, which is that worship:

…is not confined to praise; broadly it may be regarded as the direct acknowledgement to God, of His nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by deed done in such acknowledgement…to serve, do service to… (Ac 17:25).

So, the short of this is that all the ways in which we serve God in truth and Spirit is considered worship. This includes our work of any kind when we do it unto our Lord. It includes speaking life-giving words over ourselves and others. It includes remembrances and appreciation of God-given deliverance into promises fulfilled. It includes individual and corporate celebration, even as a nation. It includes intentional efforts in intimate relationship with God, such as prayer, Bible reading and operating in the gifts God gives us.

When we worship in spirit and truth, we are not only honoring God, we are exercising our faith, which invites an increase of God’s grace of eternal life into our souls (Jn 4:24, 3:6, 6:63). Active faith is movement, and movement is a sign of life itself. We are, in essence, the church being built by His life-giving Spirit, being made more fit in character by His fruit of Spirit, which pours out of us to build outwardly (1 Pe 2:5).

So, we see here that worshipping God is cyclical. Jesus, whose Spirit dwells in us as Holy Spirit, can pour out worship continually through us, like a river, as we are yielded to Him (Ac 2:17). As we humble ourselves unto Him, we will experience His glory, which is translated as worship in Luke 14:10 KJV. This is the kind of worship that we give back to God.

In this way, worshippers demonstrate Godliness as living sacrifices unto our Lord, who receive a new, constant flow of life (Ro 12:1, 1 Ti 2:10). In this way, we are blessed for our devotion, reverence and awe of Him.

Tyndale’s confirms this by saying:

One’s life can be enhanced by loving and serving God (Dt 30:15-20, 1 Pe 3:8-12), by experiencing God’s deliverance (Is 38:16), and by receiving divine blessings (Mt 5:3-12).” These acts, like praising God, are acts of worship. They are cyclical and life-giving because they honor God, our life-giver, as well as others. This eternal “life is abundant (Jn 10:10), enlightened (Jn 8:12), free and satisfied (Jn 10:9), victorious (Ro 6:6-14), full of peace and joy (Ro 5:1-11), inexhaustibly refreshed (Jn 4:13-14; 7:37-38) and immortal (Jn 5:24, 1 Co 15:51-57).

Friends, when we model God’s way of life “…the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with” us (Ph 4:9 AMPC).

So, pray with me if you will…

Dear Lord,

“Let my heart be sound (sincere and wholehearted and blameless) in Your statutes…” (Ps 119:80 AMPC). I invite You to bring me increasingly into Your light of truth, love and abundant life as I continue to submit my heart to You in true worship.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.

Amen.

Friends, there’s more to this Word from our Lord. So, join me next week for Part 2 of Everyday Worship.

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Good News – Part 2

When I was in middle school I ran track. Thankfully, I had an amazing coach, who taught me proper techniques for running races. Although I wasn’t the fastest girl on the team, those were invaluable lessons I carried into adulthood and apply even now to life in general.

A few of my favorites are:

1. Don’t be distracted by opponents.

2. Stay in your lane.

3. Keep your head and eyes straight forward.

4. Beat your own best time.

As I mentioned, I wasn’t the fastest girl. But I figured out, early on, there was a race I could be a part of winning. It was my favorite then and still is today: the relay.

Out on the track, there was nothing more exhilarating to me than the anticipation of seeing the runner behind me approach. I could feel my heart race even before my feet. As she got closer, I would sync in step with her, reach for the baton, grab it and take off as if running for my life.

I gave it my all, but it was never enough; because no one can win a relay by themselves. Winning this race requires team effort.

This principle links back to Part 1 of this series, where God asks Moses, “What is that in your hand” (Ex 4:2 NIV)?

“A staff,” Moses replied.

Moses couldn’t part the Red Sea alone. He knew he couldn’t gain victory for himself or others by himself. But with God’s grace-power and authority operating through Moses and his staff, he could do the impossible (Ex 15:6 NIV).

1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV tells us that God is “the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”

So, when we receive God’s hand to do what we cannot do alone, He releases His power and authority through us to accomplish His will. We become His hands and feet on earth. We don’t have to fear when we know we are in the palm of His hand.

All through scripture, we find that God establishes His will through our hands and that our lives and times are in God’s hand (1 Sa 24:20, Ps 31:15, Je 26:14).

God is the lifter of our hands, the One who offers us victory over opposition (Mi 5:9, Jo 8:18). He even calls us His “wreath of victory” in Philippians 4:1 AMP. With God, we can move faster than we think and affect many lives.

In early October, our Lord revealed to me that there are those, like Moses, who have not given up but have persisted in “impossible” assignments (races). These persistent ones are about to finish their final segments in victory by God’s Spirit—by His power and authority.

These are people who have been matured over time. Ones who have been strengthened to run with God in abundance (Ph 4:13, Ps 67:6 AMP).

God is unveiling His beauty that He restored in them deeply. They are emerging fluidly into their time to beacon, as God showcases His glory through these deliverers (Ac 13:47).

When God highlights them, we will come to know them in a new way, on a new level and in new areas. Many of them are close to us—those we think we have known for a long time but actually only knew on the surface.

Are you one of these deliverers? What has God empowered you to do?

Philippians 1:6 ESV says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

God is able and He has made you able, because you have synced with Him in the race. He is behind you, in front of you and alongside you cheering you on.

God has placed His baton of victory in your hand to finish a final segment of a race (assignment). Know that, when this race is over, there will be another one up ahead, just on the other side of a brief rest.

God offers us a strategy to run in peace and well-being in our daily race in Philippians 4 by reminding us who we are in Him and revealing His proper techniques for running races:

Verse 1 – He calls us His beloved and instructs us to “stand firm” in Him.

Verse 2 – He tells us “to work in harmony” with Him.

Verse 3 – He advises us to help others who work “in the [cause of the] gospel.”

Verse 4 – He says to “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him].”

Verse 5 – He instructs us to let our “gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people.”

Verse 6 – He invites us to not be anxious or worried and to bring our concerns to Him with thanksgiving.

Verse 7 – He assures us that He will guard our hearts and minds with His peace.

Verse 8 – He commands us to focus on His truth, honor, righteousness, purity, beauty, peace, goodness, excellence and praise worthiness.

On the second day of seeking God to write this devotion, I asked our Lord what else He desired to say. He brought to mind the old gospel pop song, Put Your Hand in the Hand, which I hadn’t heard in years.

As I searched it out, I realized this song was released the same year that I had begun running track in middle school.

Let’s remember these lyrics as we go forward:

Put your hand in the hand of the man

Who stilled the water

Put your hand in the hand of the man

Who calmed the sea

Take a look at yourself

And you can look at others differently

Put your hand in the hand of the man

From Galilee.

The scripture reference Holy Spirit led me to was Isaiah 41:13 AMP, which says, “For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord], Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.'”

He also reminded me of 2 Timothy 4:7 TPT, which says, “I have fought an excellent fight. I have finished my full course with all my might and I’ve kept my heart full of faith.”

So, friends, God’s good news is that He is about to show us greater victories than we’ve ever known as we decide to trust Him enough to run with our hand in His and finish our races (assignments) strong.

To Him be the glory.

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Good News – Part 1

God’s good news is live-giving. His directives lead us into abundant life in Him.

Deuteronomy 30:19 instructs us to “choose life.” But how do we know which way offers God’s best life?

We will know by first knowing Him and His Word. By seeking Him and developing a relationship with Him that builds trust in Him and His truth (Ex 14:31). By putting His ways above our own desires. By being obedient and waiting on His timing.

The more we come to trust God and extend faith to go His way, the more His faith in us takes root in our souls (mind, will, emotions) and instills new life. This is the same everlasting life that our loved ones, who have gone before us, experience in Heaven. It is a lifeline of God’s goodness that is inherently void of harshness. It’s what Jabez prayed for (1 Ch 4:10).

So, even during hard times, we can choose to look at the sonship Heavenly Father offers to us more than our hardship. God has provided His abundant lifeline, even in the midst of difficulty. Therefore, we are not without His best option.

Choosing life in times of endurance enables us to progress with our Lord along His timeline. Even in the face of no way out, He will make a way. He will move the immovable and do the impossible. We will see it and experience it as we look to Him and obey Him.

A few weeks ago, while driving home one night, our Lord gave me a visual of a miraculous work He is doing in my life:

As I was driving on an interstate, this highway suddenly turned into a “parking lot.” GPS said the wait would be three-miles long. So, I prayed to God to make a way where there didn’t seem to be a way for myself and everyone else.

Then, I turned on Christian radio and immediately heard the lyrics, “Move the immovable. Do the impossible.” I began to sing these words in my car and thank God for doing exactly this.

Ironically, after the song, a local pastor broadcasted a message that included the lie that God doesn’t do miracles anymore, ever since He gave us His Bible. Isn’t this just like the enemy to try to counter a work of God before it happens?

Still, God got me through the road construction zone, little-by-little, where three lanes narrowed into one.

In situations like this, I have learned to pray, “Lord, what would You have me see and know in this?”

In this case, He revealed to me that this is a visual of what He’s doing in my life regarding a particular assignment—that, even though it has seemed impossible, like there is no way I’ll ever get through it, He will help me as I progress with Him.

When I arrived home, I learned that my husband, who had driven separately through the same “parking lot,” suffered through five miles compared to my three. He was up ahead of me. But, even so, God accelerated my timeline to pass through.

Over the next twenty-four hours, our Lord confirmed His promise to me through three witnesses and by highlighting His Word in John 1:16 NIV, which says, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”

The Amplified Classic version says, “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.”

Friends, God’s every Word trumps every enemy lie.

Jumbo blessings require a narrow path of truth, focus, discipline and persistence. It’s on this narrow path of obedience that we experience God’s favor to accomplish His will with Him by His grace-power and authority. Our faith is activated by our will to use what He has put in our hands to create what He desires.

Think Moses and his staff (Ex 4:2, 17; 14:16).

Good news came at just the right moment for the Israelites to cross through the Red Sea, as Moses obediently followed God’s command and extended his hand with staff over the water (Ex 14:21, 26-27).

What God put in my hand is a laptop purposed to write a book that He told me will help save many lives.

So, what has God put in your hand that will bring good news to others?

What we do for others, God will do for us. Multiplied. So, there’s no need for selfishness or jealousy. We can choose to grow in faith and be extensions of God’s goodness of deliverance when we do good to those who wrongfully blame us, like the Israelites did to Moses (Ex 14:11-13). God will protect us by His hand, and others will ultimately appreciate the handiwork (Is 49:2, Ex 14:31).

I believe we are in a special time and season where, as we speak to the mountains before us and put our hand to the task assigned us, we will see God’s manifest miracles that will enable us to progress through impossible obstacles. His weight of glory is bigger than the weight of any responsibility or pressure that we can hand over to Him. As we dwell in God and put evil behind us, we can expect to see God’s upper hand defeat the enemy’s underhandedness in our mission (Jo 11:14). So, let’s keep our eyes of faith on God, who carries our burdens, and outweighs enemy lies of defeat with His assured good-news victory (He 11:20 AMPC).

To God be the glory.

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