Lifestyle of a worshiper…

As minstrels, psalmists and worshipers, we have this expectation that whenever our musical service to God begins that the people will automatically follow suit and begin to worship. Unfortunately, this isn’t a fair expectation to have because most times the audience, or congregation, that we are dealing with isn’t living the lifestyle of a worshiper.

Well, what does that mean, “living the lifestyle of a worshiper”? Worship according to Webster is a, “reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power” and “a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual”. My combined definition is the practice of reverence to God.

Many times the problems that we face on a daily basis have become overwhelming to us. We go to bed at night with our concerns at the forefront of our minds. We wake up in the morning with those thoughts still ever present. As we move throughout our day, those issues continue to perplex us. And here it is again, bedtime. This cycle can be unending!!

I heard it said that whatever we focus on, that is our god and quite honestly, what I just described is the worship of our problems. Our problems, issues and concerns have become our god. So, God has little, or no place, in our lives. We are literally living a lifestyle of problems and issues.

What we need to do is change our lifestyle. It sounds simple but it does take a lot of work, at least in the beginning. We have to be purposeful in our pursuit. We can’t just say one day, “Hey, I’m going to change how I live my life.” For most of us, this just ain’t going to happen. Many times, there has to be that life changing event. Moving to a new home, having a baby, an unwelcome doctor’s report, the death of a loved one… these are examples of life changing events. These events cause us to perceive life differently and that perception is key.

Our perception, or the way we think about a thing, drives all that we do. If you don’t see value in driving a BMW then you won’t consider it when buying a car. I know people whose thoughts towards a car is that it takes them from one spot to another. And as long as the car does that then why should I pay $40,000 when I can get a car for $10,000.

The lifestyle of worship is just that. It is seeing the value in giving your life to God and worshiping Him continually. Keeping our focus on God and not the problems / issues. The stuff is still present but we aren’t focused on it. We simply place our trust in Him and we know with blessed assurance that He will give us the wisdom, grace and favor to handle whatever the concern may be.

By no means, does that mean that you all of a sudden become super Christian and now all you do is quote Bible verses to everyone or now you are better than someone else because you’ve gained some extra revelation. It simply means that you love God enough to give Him your time, your most precious commodity. Giving Him your time, even if only in your thoughts, is a great sacrifice with bountiful rewards.

Today’s assignment:
Let’s place our focus on God, not only when we go to church but, at all times.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

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Trust in the Lord…

As believers, one way that we know that we are on the right track is when we experience our tests and trials. One of the worst places for a child of God to be is in a place of uneventful-ness. You see, when our lives are uneventful, that’s generally a sign that you, as a Christian, aren’t a threat to the enemy.

I was watching the movie, “Battleship” and as long as the ships did not aim their guns and fire on the aliens, the aliens didn’t see them as a threat and ignored them. Many times, in our spiritual journey, we’ve turned into that vessel that’s fully armed but not fighting and the enemy doesn’t view us as being significant. But, I have to tell you… you aren’t a rowboat. You’re a Battleship!!!

You weren’t called to sit on the sidelines. You weren’t equipped to ride the bench. You were meant to be in the game. But, just know that once you begin, or get back into, the fight… the battle will be tough. There will be times of regret, resentment and reason. Reason? Yes, there will be times that your greatest fight will be in your mind! It doesn’t make sense to fight. It isn’t reasonable to put yourself out there like that and no one receive you. It’s dumb to keep doing what you’re doing…

But, when the battle gets hottest and your doubt seems the greatest… that is when we must understand that the battle isn’t ours but God’s. We are only instruments fit for His use. We are the pieces on the chessboard. He is our Commander and Chief, we are the soldiers and we must put our trust in Him.

I’m reminded of a seaward voyage. During this trip, a great storm came up. The waves were incredible! Some of them could have easily eaten the ship. The ship was being flung around like a toy boat in a child’s bath water. The crew and passengers on the ship were distraught. People were seasick. There was water everywhere. Even the captain, began to worry about the ship’s ability to stay afloat. Then a couple of guys remembered their friend, the one who brought them on this trip. When they found him, he was in a room, in the bottom of the ship… fast asleep. Everyone onboard had lost their minds but here he lay sleeping. They are like, “Dude, we all gone DIE!!!” Irritated that they woke him up, he got up, and came up on deck. He then rebuked the wind and told the water, “Peace, be still”.

There are a lot of different things that can be said about this story but the greatest at this moment is this… When we follow the Lord, there will be storms but just know that He called you and He is in the ship. The storm may get rough but He has the power to settle it.

God is working a mighty work, particularly in one area of my life. This area has been a place of great struggle for me. I have placed this area on the altar many times and He has given me great grace to handle it. Sometimes, when it looks like things are starting to come to a head, the enemy brings turmoil back to it. But, that only tells me that the end of that thing is near!!!

Proverbs 3:3-6 NKJV
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie