Like I said yesterday, there are two kinds of worship. There is individual worship and corporate worship. One doesn’t survive for long without the other. Individual worship is that one on one time between you and the Lord. Corporate worship is those times when you gather with other believers. Most believers go to church, but I’m not sure how many of us actually go with the purpose of worshiping God. This is due in large part to the fact that many who claim to know Christ have never really grown to worship Him on a daily basis. It’s one thing to join a church, but it’s another thing entirely to go to church as an individual worshiper of God. You want the Sunday church experience to change your life? Then start worshiping God as an individual today.
There are two kinds of worship. There is individual worship and corporate worship. One doesn’t survive for long without the other. Individual worship is that one on one time between you and the Lord. Corporate worship is those times when you gather with other believers for the sake of meeting with God. The most powerful corporate worship happens when the room is filled with passionate individual worshipers. But more than that, corporate worship is that opportunity we have each week to fellowship with and encourage one another, to bear each other’s burdens, and to gather together in unity at the foot of the cross with one heart, one mind, and one purpose. Bottom line is this…we all need corporate worship. So find a church that you can plug into…and go. They need you…and you need them.
Body odor is a bad thing. That’s why the shelves in department stores and drug stores are lined with deodorants, perfumes, colognes, and body sprays. We pay lots of money each year to make sure we smell good to others. But, what about our spirit? How do we smell spiritually? You can always tell the Christians who spend a lot of time with Jesus. They simply smell better. There is a sweet fragrance that is emitted from us when we have been in the presence of the Savior. Paul refers to this as the fragrance of Christ in 2 Corinthians. We all emit a scent that either repels or attracts. But for believers, our fragrance should be one that attracts others to Jesus. This sweet aroma breaks apart the strongholds of pride and the hardest of hearts.
All of us have this powerful force inside that ultimately determines the kind of person we will be. It’s called the will. A person’s will is brought to light in their actions. We will ourselves to act in just about every situation of life. So, depending on whether or not you will is surrendered to the Lordship of Christ, this will determines HOW we act in those situations. We must will to achieve, we must will to receive, and we must also will to obey. God gave you this will…He gave you a choice on how you will respond to Him. “Choose you this day whom you will serve” he says in Joshua 24:15. It begs the question today…who DO you serve? Who or what has your will? Those who take control of their will…or better yet..those who allow the Holy Spirit to control their will…find themselves walking in the victory over the many struggles of life.
I’m sure we’ve all known people who are hypocrites. But the truth is, we are all hypocrites to a certain extent. We all want to put forth an image of Godliness when we are around other Godly people. But inside, we truly know ourselves and we know how weak and decrepit we can really be. But even through this struggle, it’s important that we strive for holiness by staying faithful to our growth IN the Lord and our worship OF the Lord. Surrender your will each and every day to the Father. Focus your affection on Him when you start your morning, and speak to Him all throughout your day. You will find that your mind and your heart keep a much better focus and eventually you will find yourself becoming more consistent in your walk with Jesus.