We Worship by Serving the People God loves!

One of the ways we worship is to serve the people God loves!
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Over the years, I have attended many worship services, and have been lost in the presence of God as we sang to Him, drunk on His love.

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This is part, I’m sure of what Jesus referred to when He said:


John 4:23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Yet, then what?

 

Does worship end when the music stops?

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If it does, how then can we fulfill: “Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind?”

No, worship is much more than the singing of songs, it is our entire life, our study, our prayer, and the things we do in our day to day lives, with Him.

Now I know that it is only faith in Jesus that saves us, but as we walk with Him, He provides wonderful opportunities to exhibit His love in practical ways in helping people.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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For those of you who know me, you remember how God dealt with me about His love, and that I did not have to work to earn His love: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/not-by-works-its-all-about-love/

Yet, clearly as we read this passage, Jesus love, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, will provoke us to love people around us. If we don’t feel a thing, read with me these verses:

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Let’s look at this teaching of Jesus together: 

Matt 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

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Don’t let the King Jimmy archaic English fool you, Jesus is very clear here. If we claim to love Him, we need to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, the prisoner, give water to the thirsty – and how about this verse:

 

James 1:27

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

We need to care for widows in their distress, fatherless children (and yes, this includes orphans), and though it is not expressly spelled out in these verses, we need to care for the elderly, and those mentally and physically handicapped.

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Jesus takes this stuff very personally when He says that when we help those less fortunate in our midst, we do it to Him.

ž“SERVICE” IN THE HEBREW “abodah”  MEANS WORSHIP

If you have not read the famous short story by Tolstoy, ‘Where love is’, please read it here: http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2892/

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

God is love, and if we claim to know Him, we too must love hurting people.

Let’s pray:

Lets pray

‘Father, forgive me for my hardness of heart. Help me to worship You, in serving the people You love, that You bring before me, each day. Jesus, I worship You in this, Amen’

 

The Divine Order of Healing

James 5

The Divine Order of Healing

James 5:

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

As I was reading these verses one day, I saw healing a little differently. The words are a question: Is any sick among you?

The implication here is that there should not be any sick among us. God wants His people strong, vibrant, full of His life and power, serving Him victoriously. Kind of hard to feed the hungry, preach the gospel, go into all the world with His love, if we are sick. God wants us well.

So, now what? You are telling me God wants me well, but I’m sick. How do I get healed?

Let’s read these verses:

James 5: 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Step 1:

If you you wake up sick.

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.

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Pray. Problem is, in this instant, microwave, internet generation, we want everything now. There have been things I have had to pray about for years. God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.

Step one, go to God in prayer. Not the drug store, the doctor, the medicine cabinet. God.

Step 2.

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If you are not immediately healed, or there is an accident. Call for the elders of the church.

There are thousands of faith-filled men and women of God in the earth,  that will happily pray the prayer of faith for your healing. Even if you do not think you know one. I’ll pray for you.

Let’s pray:

Father, I thank you for elders in the body of Christ who you have gifted with faith for my healing. Where I’ve sinned against you, please show me and forgive me. I set myself in agreement with the elders of my church, and by faith, I receive my healing, in Your name Lord Jesus.

Step 3: Call the doctor 

If your healing is taking some time to manifest: Call the doctor – In certain circles, some ministers say: You just negated what you just prayed!

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Yet, I know many spirit-filled wise medical professionals that God is using in healing the sick in the medical field. I am firmly convinced though that if people did step 1 and 2, the medical profession would have a lot less to do, for Jesus heals. Not merely medicates, improves your quality of life, gives you grace to accept, but heals! He is still the healer, the great physician, the one you need to accept as the presiding physician on your personal case.

Don’t leave your faith home when you go to the doctor, nor are you required to receive their report as the final report.

Isaiah 53:1

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

There is a report of the Lord, that eternally declares healing from heaven. We never deny the facts, but we may deny the diagnoses, when someone says: ‘This is a degenerative condition, and will only get worse and worse’ or ‘you only have three to six months to live’.

At that point, I’m disagreeing with their report! The facts of their diagnosis are true, scientifically, a particular medical condition may cause one to get worse and worse, if left alone, but we have not left it alone! We have invoked the mighty matchless name of Jesus, and brought the Creator of heaven and earth into our particular case.

When issued a death sentence, my faith in God is going to respond:

Psalm 118:17

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

No matter how gifted and educated, they are human: that’s why they call it their medical practice. They are still practicing, because no matter how good we are, God alone heals, and He still does miracles!

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Let’s pray for our doctors:

‘Father God, my life is in Your hands, not the hand of any man. I pray for the doctors, medical practitioners, and my family as I walk with You in my healing. I ask You give them wisdom, strength, help, and counsel to help me get well and strong again. May I encourage them to walk closer to You, and may they see Your hand working on my particular case, for Your glory Lord Jesus, Amen.”

If you would like to learn more about receiving healing directly from God: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/be-healed-jesus-wants-you-strong/