IS A LIFESTYLE
by Darlene Zschech
often hear the phrase "Worship
is a lifestyle". What does this
really mean? It simply means to live
a life of love. To love extravagantly.
The first commandment, to LOVE the Lord
your God with ALL your heart, with ALL
your soul, and with your entire mind,
means exactly that. You make a heart
and mind decision to continually seek
first the Kingdom of God, and to OBEY
the Spirit of God in your life, as He
calls you on to a greater and deeper
knowledge of Himself.
requires something of you, and that
do people cringe away from obedience?
I believe it is because it requires
a response. John 14:12 says, "Whoever
has my commands and OBEYS them, he is
the one who LOVES me. My Father will
love him who LOVES me, and I too will
LOVE him and show myself to him."
verse 23 says, "If anyone LOVES
me, he will OBEY my teaching. My Father
will LOVE him and we will come to him
and make our home with him. He who does
not LOVE me will not OBEY me. These
words you hear are not my own, they
belong to my Father who sent me."
LOVE and OBEDIENCE are tied together.
time you open up your heart in obedience
to God and worship Him with all your
heart, all your mind, and all your soul,
our beautiful Lord responds with His
magnificent presence. You need to continually
be in the presence of God. Not only
on Sundays, in a corporate place of
worship, but in that secret place that
maybe only you and the Lord will ever
in this place of worship that you find
yourself needing to respond to the Lord,
to whatever He is asking, as WORSHIP
PULLS BACK THE LAYERS OF YOUR HEART
– TO EXPOSE WHAT'S REALLY THERE.
Isaiah 6… when Isaiah caught sight
of God he was moved to confess his sin.
your humanness is confronted by the
magnificence and holiness of God, you
are made SO aware of your need for God’s
grace and his cleansing power in your
life. If you have unforgiveness, anger,
jealousy, bitterness… ask God
to forgive you. Romans 12:1 teaches
us how to live this life of worship
51 says it so well, that when you are
in the presence of the Lord, you become
totally transparent and honest and your
heart and soul cry out to pray "create
in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew
a right spirit within me". Read
the Message Bible translation –
it will inspire you to greater heights.
you simply and wholeheartedly LOVE and
ADORE your God, you receive revelation
and understanding of your kingdom purpose.
Romans 8:28 reveals that "…
in all things God works for the good
of those who LOVE Him, who have been
called according to His purpose".
Many Christians spend their lifetime
frustrated at never knowing their Kingdom
purpose. I challenge you to get in the
presence of God, have an open heart
to hear His voice, for He desires ALL
He has planned for you even more than
heart response is that your hunger for
the things of God, your hunger for His
Word and His truth increases. John 7:37!
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to
me and drink. Whoever believes in me,
as the scriptures have said, streams
of living water will flow from within
him. Say YES to the Lord calling you
to know Him more through his Word. It
is LIFE to your soul.
91:1 "He who dwells in the secret
place of the Most High, shall abide
in the shadow of the Almighty."
and strength are found in His dwelling
place, in His presence. If you feel
like you are continually running on
empty, then again, you need to respond
and obey the Spirit of God and GET IN
HIS PRESENCE. If I have learned one
thing, it is that we were never meant
to live this supernatural call, with
purely natural ability. You will not
make it… BUT if you take God at
His Word, live in His presence, life
a life of love, and respond to His voice,
you WILL live your entire lifetime growing
in the knowledge of Christ, always fresh
and strong in the Word, and living a
life that people will want to follow.
And you thought worship was all about
article was originally published in
the Hillsong Magazine. For free copies
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