Worship is more than just a religious "activity." It is a state of being in which the boundaries between our independent identity and the presence of the Almighty become blurred or totally removed. In true worship we are transformed as we peek through a "window" into eternity. The following is a prophetic lesson that the Lord gave me on the topic of, "True Worship." I pray the Father will use this to provoke you to find that place of worship where you "become worship" as you become one with Christ.
Introduction:When you are lost—look to something that doesn't change.Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NKJV
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." NKJV
14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods. NKJV
16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, 17 lest the LORD's anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you. NKJV
"When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.' 31 You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. NKJV
1 Chronicles 16:29-30
29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved. NKJV
2 Chronicles 32:12-13
12 Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, "You shall worship before one altar and burn incense on it"? NKJV
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
with deepest awe I will worship at your Temple.
8 Lead me in the right path, O LORD,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Tell me clearly what to do,
and show me which way to turn. NLT
Give honor to the LORD, you angels; give honor to the LORD for his glory and strength. 2 Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name.Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.The God of glory thunders.The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon's mountains skip like a calf and Mount Hermon to leap like a young bull. 7 The voice of the LORD strikes with lightning bolts. 8 The voice of the LORD makes the desert quake; the LORD shakes the desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare.In his Temple everyone shouts, "Glory!"
10 The LORD rules over the floodwaters.The LORD reigns as king forever. 11 The LORD gives his people strength.The LORD blesses them with peace. NLT
9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously."
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.
13 For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth. NKJV
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!" NKJV
10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" NKJV
21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." 26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."NKJV
6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
"Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!"
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 "You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created." NKJV
10 Listen, O daughter,
Consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father's house;
11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.
13 The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
14 She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the King's palace. NKJV
Prophetic Lesson on WorshipWritten 10-22-2009
Worship is the means through which the created becomes one with the Creator.All distraction fades as the spirit unites with its source.You can only experience my presence to the extent to which you disregard all else.I Am and I desire to make myself known to you.You struggle because you desire to experience Me through the context of that which you already know—this is thwarting you in that I have no similarity to anything you know. I Am the other—I am the Creator and all power is with me.You cannot possibly understand me through the working of your intellect.You must allow your spirit to make contact with Me as it is guided by My Spirit that is within you. All that you have ever known will evaporate in My presence as you leave who you are and become who I Am.You fear being lost and yet it is that fear that keeps you lost in the confusion of your experience.All that comes against you from the enemy seeks to erase the divine image—the desire is to make you forget the moments of brief exhilaration you experience when you approach My presence without the hindrances of your own agenda; your preconceived notions; and your fear. Acknowledging who I Am brings glory to My name and transforms you from one who dwells in time to one who has touched eternity.I desire to fully form you into what you were meant to be—but this can only happen when you are lost in the ecstasy of My embrace.Allow My presence to transform you into a new creation.Beyond the full extent of your imagination is where you will be able to operate and experience if you can fully surrender to My embrace.I Am a consuming Fire.Allow the inferno of My presence to pluck you out and purify you.Few have experienced that which I am making available in this hour.The time has come for you to shed the shell that keeps you bound to all you have ever been.I Am coming soon and as the time of My appearing is approaching the intensity of evil will also increase—yet at the same time the fullness of My presence will be entered by those who have been prepared and saved for this hour.The intense pressure you have felt is for the purpose of drawing you away from those anchors that have kept you held to your failures, your sorrow, and your pain.Can not you see that I Am standing close by you—waiting for you to approach Me?How I long to embrace My beloved.How I long to restore the Divine image in your heart and in your mind.You have too long been held in bondage—bars of ignorance, pain, and fear have served to keep you from glimpsing what I have prepared for you.I Am Messiah—I Am the Good Shepherd—I Am the Christ of God.I have come to show you the glory of the Most High.I reach toward you and you run away—I seek for you and you hide.You have nothing to fear from Me.I AM your Father—I AM your Source—I AM the assurance of your Salvation.My presence assures you that I Am and that I seek you even at this moment.The Sun is setting on the Day of Atonement—judgment of all things is at hand.I desire to cover you in the day of adversity and to use you mightily to bring in the final Harvest—My precious Harvest—My children.I Am searching; I Am watching; I Am reaching out to you.Take My hand and let me usher you to a place you never thought possible.My blood flowed out to you—My essence, My love reached out to you.I have made the way.You have but to surrender into My Spirit and I will show you the way into My Presence.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Who Was, and Is, and Is to come.