In harmony with God
Praising the Lord is a physical action most of us do. Most believers believe acknowledging God for his greatness, thanking Him for His miracles, and celebrating His power is Worship. When this is giving Him praise. Praise means to lift Him up, to be thankful for God, what He does, and who He is. As believers, if we want to be in harmony with God, we have to connect with him physically and spiritually as well.
Worship means to bow down, and pay respect. Worship is intimacy. Intimacy is closeness.
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30 (KJV).
Worship is spirit to spirit, it is oneness with God. Which means it does not require you to speak. Our Spirit intertwined with God’s Spirit is worshiping Him. Praise is Physical, while Worship is Spiritual. To have this connection with God, we must be His people and have the Holy Spirit. God speaks to His people through Spirit.
We haven’t received the worlds spirit but God’s Spirit so that we can know the things given to us by God. 13 These are the things we are talking about, not by the words taught by human wisdom but the words taught by the Spirit. We are interpreting Spiritual things to Spiritual people. 14 But people who are unspiritual don’t accept the things from God’s Spirit. They are foolish to them and cannot be understood, because they can only be comprehended in a spiritual way. 15 Spiritual people comprehend everything, but they themselves aren’t understood by anyone. 1 Corinthians 2:12-15 (CEB)
In the beginning, God wanted to create something like Him that would be able to receive his love. Love expresses itself through giving. Since love is a giver, He needed a receiver.
Then God said,” Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.” 27 God created humanity in his own image, the divine image God created him male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 (CEB)
There are different types of love. The most important love is agape. God’s love is agape. Agape is oneness, it is unconditional love, it holds no reasons for loving, and it never changes. Those who know agape know God. God has been showing us his love since the beginning of time, even when we did not deserve it. Why does God give us His love? We do not know why because there is no why. He just loves us unconditionally without reason.
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love 1 John 4:8 (NLT).
To have agape love you have to know God. As God’s people, we should be giving everyone agape, just like our father who loves us even in sin. Although He still loves us in sin this does not justify our sins.
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)
We don’t like when someone keeps doing us wrong and neither does God. This is why he will not listen to you if you keep sinning against Him (doing him wrong).
So repent [change your inner self, your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day] Acts 3:19 (AMP).
God is a jealous God to those He loves. He does whatever necessary to get us back to worship him. He gave up his one and only son Jesus to die for Our sins, that way our sins are forgiven and we (His people) are new through the blood of Jesus, when we repent for our sins. God is so graceful and humble in his ways. His ways show us, unconditional love, even when we were sinners!
But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 9 So, now that we have been made righteous by His blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through Him. Romans 5: 8-9 (CEB)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
Created in His Image
God created us in His image, which means we are Spirits. Spirits don’t have genders. Therefore He made our bodies to have genders, male and female. As male and female, God created us to have dominion together over the earth as co-regents with God. Motivated by His Love for us, God gave us dominion over the earth. That was short-lived since Adam and Eve were seduced by Satan and ate the forbidden fruit. We all lost our “birthright” and Satan gained illegal access to the throne of earth’s dominion.
One with God
Worship takes place when God gives His love and we receive it and give it back to him. This is unity with God, our spirit interacts with him and we become one. Stay close to God through worship, prayer, walking in spirit, and faith. Maintain fellowship with other believers, spend time reading, meditating, and studying his Word.
God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how we stay one with God. 1 John 4:15 (CEV)
I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Stay blessed and living in agape, God’s Love.
Agape definition Munroe, DR. Myles. The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage, by Dr. Myles Munroe, Destiny Image Publishers, 2002, pp. 113–116.
Praise and worship meaning Munroe, Dr. Myles. The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage, by Dr. Myles Munroe, Destiny Image Publishers, 2002, pp. 125–137.
Intimacy definition Hebrew. “How to Say ‘Closeness’ ‘Intimacy’ in Hebrew: Ulpan La-Lnyan.” Ulpan La-Inyan, 5 Nov.