Worship is the act that makes all Spiritual functions possible.
- We come to God through the elements of the Kingdom.
- Worship is the key to activation of all Spiritual functions in us Rom. 12:1-3.
In worship we lay ourselves down and acknowledge God as High and lifted up – over the Earth, over men, over circumstances, over ourselves. “…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice… this is your true and proper worship” Rom. 12:1.
Worship lifts God up in our hearts so that He can take His rightful place as All Sovereign Lord in our lives, and so that we can take our rightful place as children of the Eternal. “…in view of God’s mercy, offer your … sacrifice… your true and proper worship” Rom. 12:1.
Worship leads us through all of our tattered veils so that we can stand, unhindered in the presence of God — Heb. 10:19-24.
Worship is the Kingdom function that leads the the way into the Presence of God. In doing this, the power of His presence is released Heb. 10:22.
Worship leads the individual, but also and the corporate body — all of the other functions of His Kingdom – into the power of His presence.
Once we enter the Power of His Presence, that Power will: heal us, break chains of bondage, drive away the enemy, create a new heart in us, give us power to live free from sin and death… Being ” transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom. 12:2, and ” having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” Heb. 10:22.
The Power of His Presence then activates all Spiritual functions.
- In worship we will come to know Him, “drawing near to God with a true heart, in full assurance of faith…” Heb. 10:22.
- In worship we will begin to apprehend His Heart for us. Worship is the beginning of intimacy.
- When we apprehend His Heart, we will begin to share His desires and burdens. In worship, intercession will be activated in us for the things God cares about.
- Once God’s heart of intercession is activated in us we will learn to carry God’s concerns back to Him, and He will begin to reveal His thoughts, His purposes, and His plans to us. This is the activation of revelation: “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom. 12: 1, 2.
- The heart of worship leads us into the activation of intercession; the activation of intercession leads us into the activation of revelation…
- When God shares His thoughts, purposes and plans with us, we are compelled to tell others. This is the activation of teaching, and ultimately evangelization for others. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…” Heb. 10:24.
In this way, Worship brings us into the Power of His Presence, and that intimacy with God will activate all Spiritual functions.
Because of this, we must shift our view: God is not after your service, He’s after your heart.
God does not want to bring you into ministry, He wants to bring you into intimacy.
God is not intent on building the church as we conceive of it, He is intent on preparing a Bride: individually and corporately.
- This is your personal consecration as a worship priest in the house of prayer: to go into intimacy and become that prepared Bride;
- this is your priestly calling: to lead others into this same intimate place.
” 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom. 12: 1,2.
“19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…” Heb. 10:19-24.