Worship is More than Just Singing

Worship is More than Just Singing

 

Worshippers are people who would go to the extreme to follow after the foot step of the object of their worship. They would do anything for that certain person. In fact, because of their zealousness, their entire lifestyle change to adapt to serve this hero of theirs.

If Jesus is our hero and we claim that we worship Him, maybe it’s time to reflect on how we are living our lives.

Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons and preached the gospel. He was full of the Holy Ghost(Luke 4:1) and had the favor of man and God (Luke 2:52). He had a secret place where He meets with God (Mark 6:31)

His meat was to do the will of God the Father.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:34

And God delights in setting people free

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Isaiah 58:6

Worship is more than singing, it is a lifestyle:

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 4:23

The question remains, do we worship Him in spirit and in truth. Does our lives attest to what we claim? Is Jesus truly the one in whom we delight in?

Keeping Track of the Things of the Spirit (update)

Keeping Track of the Things of the Spirit (update)

This is an update to my earlier blog post How I Learned A Better Way to Keep Track of the Things of the Spirit.

How is your walk with Jesus? I hope it isn’t stagnant and I hope you are still learning new things from the Lord everyday. Keeping track of the things of the spirit is how we continue to grow in Christ. Some people call this flowchart.

Flowchart is what we do when we compile journal entry and form a picture of what’s happening in our spiritual life. In an earlier blog, I shared my idea of how we can summarize flowcharts with overwhelming content into something readable in order to present it better to the people we want to share it with. Today I want to share about effective personal flowcharting as a means to help you grow in your walk with Jesus.

Journaling is a good start, but don’t stop there. Make a weekly review of your journals, compile them in another notebook, this will form the flowchart and help remind you where the Lord is leading you. This is also a sign between you and Jesus, to show Him your sincerity as a disciple who walks the path He lays before you.

I’ve tried flowcharting journals only when I feel it, and trust me, it doesn’t give me the impact it does that a weekly flowchart does. You’d be surprise of how the Lord talks in the entries you’ve recorded. I feel blessed and I now share this with you in hopes that you also may be blessed.

Visit this link for more information about Flowcharting.

How I Learned A Better Way To Keep Track of the Things of the Spirit

How I Learned A Better Way To Keep Track of the Things of the Spirit

Take His Heart Ministries called it Flowcharting. It’s what happens when you try to compile things of the spirit to make sense of it. It could be a reflection about a word, an experience you encountered, things the Lord lead you to when you prayed, a Bible verse, a dream – yes the Lord can speak to people through dreams – in fact a lot of muslims turned to Christ through dreams (in fact, I get rebuked at times through dreams when I was crazy into worldly stuffs like video games and not seeking Him), a vision – certain people have them, etc.

Under normal circumstances, whenever we receive something, we would often just reflect upon it and just forget it. Some people write them in a note and just shelf them, never to be reviewed again. Flowchart helps us keep track of them. But the problem with how I flowchart or some people I knew, is that flowchart can become very long and hard to read. This is especially true if you copy everything word per word and glue them together. It reads like dirty and unpolish diary.

While praying a month ago I think, I learned that it’s much better if you could summarize each notes and just reference them instead. Notes can reference older notes or flowchart, that would feel clean and easier to review.

I have attached a PDF example of what I meant, but reference are mostly verses. I just made it up, I didn’t use a personal file, because well, it’s personal.

You can download my example here to get what I mean.

Practical Christian Living

 

The Outrageous Secret of a Successful Christian Life

The Outrageous Secret of a Successful Christian Life

The castle has been breached, the enemies are at the gates, at the windows and have taken over some rooms and hallways. I cursed my weak flesh for falling into the deception of the enemy. The damage dealt has already been done, it’s time to take back my territory one step at a time, yet I’ve no strength of my own, powerless to continue the fight. All I have left is Your grace…

Life has been cruel, the world has thrown everything it’s got against you and everything in your life and all you ever cared for are breaking to pieces. You felt miserable, you felt helpless and you felt hopeless. Your faith is literally at breaking points and you are tempted to curse God with your bootless cries “Woe is me! Why is this happening?!” The truth is the world hates you and wants you to be left useless like a scum of the earth. So, don’t ever fall to that temptation of rebelling against the only one who could save you.

In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I’ve overcome the world. (John 16:33) what Jesus did at the cross was always never for Himself, but for us.

It is part of the Christian life to suffer, but more interestingly it is also part of the Christian life to overcome. Yet it does really sound outrageous and simple:

Be where Jesus is. Trust and obey, win Him and all is won.

Here are some tips and techniques I’ve learned that you might find helpful to fulfill this goal:

  • Pray an honest prayer and cry to Jesus for help. (Psalms 34:18)
  • Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifestyle, put your life in order and you will become more efficient in dealing with the problems at hand.
  • Finally, just be happy. Rejoice and praise the Lord even if it doesn’t feels like it. Be thankful of the good things as well as the sufferings you have in life. The enemy’s purpose is to steal our joy, if he can’t, then we’ve already won. (Philippians 4:4)

Do you find these tips helpful? Want to say something else? Feel free to leave it in the comment and tell me what you think.