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Are You Free To Worship?

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(John 12:3-5) “Mary took a pound of very expensive perfume made of pure nard and anointed Jesus’ feet. She wiped his feet with her hair, and the house became filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, who was going to betray him, asked, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the destitute?’”

(Psalms 63:3-4) “Because your gracious love is better than life itself, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in your name.”

 

 


The way you act during worship says a lot about your relationship with Jesus. I´m not talking about an emotional experience or a high during a time of songs and dance… all religions have this experience. I am talking about being free in worship knowing that you are standing in the presence of the Creator of the Universe. It’s being able to let God’s Spirit move around you and fill you with joy and gratitude for having your sins washed away through the sacrifice on the Cross.

At that moment, all your chains of fear, anxiety, depression, and even sickness are broken. You are free to experience God’s amazing love for you and in gratitude, you react without caring what anyone will say or think about you. Sure, God is a God of order and one has to be sensitive to not be acting in the flesh. Many take this freedom to an extreme, get out of control and say it is God’s Spirit taking over them. The only time God’s spirit will take over you is if He has to give a message to the congregation, and even then, the Holy Spirit will not interrupt the preacher.

I have served and pastored all types of cultures and the level of expression during worship is quite different. Each one is special and beautiful on their own and as long as the hearts are in the right place. I have experienced static crowds where they barely lift their hands, and also crowds with loud worship with dancing. I have learned to be comfortable in any crowd either when I lead worship, or if I am part of the congregation.

If we are worried about what others will say, then we truly have not experienced Christ, and are still living a dead religion. Don´t worry, the Holy Spirit will let you know if you are in the flesh instead of in Him. And if you stop others from expressing themselves in worship, then you are forcing that dead religion on others. Remember that a few years ago guitars and drums in worship were considered demonic, now it’s the norm.

Mary worshipped by pouring expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet, letting her hair down, and wiping His feet with it. She did not care about what anyone said, did, or thought about her, she was just thankful that Jesus could forgive her of her sins. The fragrance of the perfume and her worship filled the room. Not everyone was pleased with how she worshipped Jesus, but Jesus knew her heart of repentance and true worship. In every worship meeting, there will be a Mary and there will be a Judas, which one are you?

 

 


Learn to focus on what you want to get out of your time in worship and forget about what others do or stop doing.

 

 

 

Prayers

• Jesus, You are the fountain of living water, the author of life, Our life and length of our life.
• Thank You that through our time of worship we are set free from all our chains.
• Forgive us for being too self-conscious during our time of worship and caring more about what people will think, instead of enjoying your presence.
• Forgive us for prejudging others in their form of worship and not having an open mind about these things.
• Forgive us, if we have ever projected our fears and lack of freedom in worship upon others.
• Help us to be free in our time of worship and to realize who we are standing in front of.
• We ask you give us a supernatural experience when we worship and to never forget that feeling.
• We declare that because Your gracious love is better than life itself, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    5 September 2023 @ 10:59

    AMEN ! 🙏👍😊

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