WORSHIP: The Adventure Continues— 5 Reasons to Adore God
'I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear]My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).'—Psalm 116:1(AMP)
'I love the Lord, because…' : Photo by Worship—Photo by NC-Mineral on Unsplash
The thrill of change … can it last?
It’s now a week since The Season Of Fasting for 2018 finished. Did you participate? Did you sense God’s Spirit moving within our congregation over the past 3 weeks?
Perhaps you experienced a closeness to God that you’ve never known before. Perhaps you had a new revelation of God’s wisdom. Perhaps you experienced God’s Spirit moving in His family at NWBC as wonders were manifest. People prayed for and healing received …
Were you caught up in the expectation of the daily devotion? Did the inspired words of each of the writers strike a chord in your life? Perhaps you faced your own reality and offered it once again to our Heavenly Father in recognition and repentance.
Were the 18 days off fasting a turning-point for you in your personal and spiritual development?
But … now the season is over and the problem you face is the humdrum of life.
The Spiritual highs of encouragement, promises, resolutions and intimacy that were so real, are just a memory. Are the blessings of the past weeks beginning to become a dimming memory?
It doesn’t have to be the case
Over the years I’ve noticed that I’ve been through the high’s of Spiritual awareness that I’ve never experienced before.
There have been times when I’ve felt invincible. I had the Holy Spirit inside of me. Nothing was impossible. The closeness of His promptings were almost audible.
Then, there were those times when the Spirit prompted, but, the other voice inside of my head whispered, ‘it’s only your imagination’.
Those times when I chose to disobey and ‘God moments’ that could have, and should have, made a difference in my life, and more importantly the lives of others, passed into history, because of my disobedience.
I knew better… but chose a different path out of fear.
I had forgotten who God was … or perhaps I had never taken time to really get to know Him in the first place.
Who are you?
If I was to ask you to describe me, depending on who you were, you’d come back with different responses.
Some of you wouldn’t know me, and that’s fine. Come up and introduce yourself. I’d love to get to know you. Perhaps we could be friends!
Some would describe my physical appearance; “Oh, he’s about 5 feet 7 inches, what ever that is in metres, over-weight and bald.
Others would describe my background; ‘He’s Irish, is married to Hema and has two children …’
Then there’s my attitude … ‘he’s upbeat, cynical, happy, has a tendency to be moody, or easy to get along with.
There are hundreds of ways to describe ourselves and others, so why do we limit ourselves to using a few words to describe God?
How well do you know God?
Knowing God, I mean really having an intimate relationship with God takes time.
I’m sure that there are times when God asks the question: ‘How can you love me if you don’t take time to know me?’ (Ephesians 1:15—23)
If I asked you to describe God to me, what words would you use?
The reason I ask this question is that as we get to understand who God is, we will find it easier to praise, love and adore Him.
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This discovery came about during a quiet time (25 May, 2016). ‘We thank God for what He does and we praise Him for who He is.’—Every Day with Jesus
5 Reasons to Adore God
The exercise was simple. Each day the challenge was to complete the following three sentences:
Lord Jesus, today I praise You today because You are: … … … … …
Heavenly Father, today I praise You because You are: … … … … …
Holy Spirit, today I praise You because You are: … … … … … … …
Hopefully I could find five words that could be used to describe God—5 reasons to adore God!
I began using the ‘Omni’ words. The theological and churchy words that are used to describe God:
Omnipotent—having unlimited power (Jude 24—25)
Omniscience—having infinite knowledge. (Psalm 147:4—5)
Omnipresence—the state of being everywhere at once. (Jeremiah 23:24)
These words are spot on accurate. They do describe God. He is all of these … and more!
After this I moved on to the ‘Un’ words;
Understanding (Jeremiah 33:3)
Unimpeachable (Psalm 9:10)
Unquenchable (Hebrews 12:29)
Unflappable (Mark 4:38)
Unique (John 14:6)
Unshakable (Hebrews 12:2)
These words are also spot on accurate. They do describe God. He is all of these … and more!
I felt prompted to start on another list, using other words I could use to describe God. Word that at first sight seemed frivolous or even silly. Perhaps there were.
Every day I would ask God to give me a word that described Him a little more clearly, little more intimately.
Here are some of the words that I’ve discovered. Some have made me smile, some have made me laugh, some have made think and some have made me seriously ponder:
FEARLESS, FATHER, RELENTLESS, ETERNAL, HOLY, FAITHFUL, GOOD, JUST, KIND, MERCIFUL, GREAT, STEADFAST, PATIENT, WISE, HUMBLE, HUMOROUS, MODEST, HONEST, RELIABLE, HONOURABLE, GENEROUS, MAGNETIC, SELF-CONTROLLED, FORGIVING, GOOD TEMPERED, LISTENING, MATURE, ELOQUENT, PERSUASIVE …
Hundreds to choose from
There are currently over a hundred words on teh list … and it's it's still growing.
Each day I can complete my three sentences. For example;
Lord Jesus, today I praise You today because You are: FEARLESS
Heavenly Father, today I praise You because You are: GENEROUS
Holy Spirit, today I praise You because You are: MAGNETIC
Over the last year, taking time to daily consider who God is, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has forced me to:
focus my attention on Him.
take my attention away from the daily issues that threaten to crowd in on my walk with God.
Realise that any problem I face, regardless of it’s size, is not faced alone. Christ lives inside of me (1 John 4:4)
This weeks challenge:
Set 5 minutes aside each day and begin to create a list of 5 descriptive words you would use to describe God.
Make a sentence of your own. God You are: ………………
Write a comment below on what you have learned.
Continue the conversation:
What do you do to maintain your focus on who God is. We'd love to hear what your discoveries have been. Leave a comment below
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Until next week, continue to live a life of adoration.