What is True Worship and where does it lead.
What is True Worship – and where does it lead?
Another – worksbyjj
Recently Major Roy Johnson, the Asst. principal for continuing education for the Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta GA. Wrote an article for the Salvation Army’s ‘War Cry’, as titled above, and put himself on record by saying:
“True worship is when we place ourselves on God’s ‘Altar’ as ‘living Sacrifices’ and declare that we are willing for Him to have His way with us.”
He then supports this expression by adding: “To truly worship God is to fully surrender ourselves – our wills, our hopes, our dreams, our futures and our bodies – to Him as ‘living sacrifices’.
Thus far we can see that Mr. Johnson believes that he and anyone who purports to involve themselves with true worship of our Lord and God is to surrender all to him.
Okay…now, how many of you have tried this – stood before God and prayed aloud that: “Lord Jesus, I hope you hear my prayer and see my true heart. I give all that I am to you to do with however you see fit, and I’m here to tell you I surrender my will, my hopes and dreams, even my life for you.”
If this was your first prayer to God and you are hoping to be born-again, then find that you did experience being born-again, then it means God believed in your sincerity and granted you a measure of faith to: one – to set to your seal that God is True, and to give you an outpouring of the Holy Ghost along with the filling up of your love with His love. And two – with the Holy Spirits help, God will give you “remembrances” of the Written Truth so that you can acknowledge the Truth in Love as being from God; and thus grow in your maturity in Christ Jesus.
But does this article of Mr. Johnson’s include this understanding?
No; likely because he is hoping to teach a deeper truth in true worship of God. This already pre-supposes that we are already born-again and that the earlier prayer was not unto salvation, but unto God with our whole heart, soul and mind in our attempt to be truly worshipping God and…and…
Where do we go from here? Further reading of the article says: “So, far from finding ourselves diminished through self-surrender, we instead find the greatest gain if we are willing to pay the price of total surrender.”
(shhh…Do, or did you find the greatest gain by doing this? Did you?)
Roy goes on to say: “The most reasonable thing anyone could do is to truly worship God by daily surrendering his life to him, and allowing His Holy Spirit to work true holiness in his life…so here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.”
Finished?! You got it? It hasn’t changed – you still gotta say the prayer; only this time you got to listen and embrace the change brought about by God’s Holy Spirit…as you stand quiet and embrace God in your love. (Is that what true worship is?)
Perhaps you think you did the right thing, and have a suspicion that it doesn’t happen over-night, and you put it all on the back burner and let God move in His mysterious ways…and life goes on.
No mention of the ‘remembrances’ given to us in the Holy Spirit when God wants us to be nudged in the right direction; no mention of walking in “The Way” of Jesus in Love and repentance..(metanoeo! NOT metanoia), no mention of coming into the knowledge of God’s Righteousness; and frankly, it leaves you guessing. And anything that leaves you guessing is missing the authority and confidence found in God.
Now I gave you the condensed version of this article in the Salvation Army’s ‘War Cry’ Jan. 2014 pgs. 12 – 15. He also says…
“it is only when we surrender ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’ that we find ourselves no longer conformed to the ways of the world, but transformed into the likeness of Christ through the Holy Spirit’s work within us.
Do you feel out of touch, I mean, this last part sounds pretty good, at first; but do you know how and what the Holy Spirit changes? You see, at first you agree but when you know that the likeness of Christ phrase is not used by Paul the apostle, who says,
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the Mind of Christ.” First Corinthians 2:16kjv
Definitely not a likeness. And tho’ Mr. Johnson tells of the Samaritan woman Jesus meets, and says: “True Worship is neither about the priest nor the experience of the participant, but about the sincerity and fullness of one’s heart as they live out the fullness, (no idea how it got full.) Of their life before an audience of one. To quote Soren Kierkegaard. The author doesn’t mention that Jesus also tells the woman at the well, that, true worshippers will worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
Fullness of what, the likeness of Jesus? The surrendered life? When in Truth, it is not a likeness at all, but it is the very Mind of Christ!!!
If you can read this article of Roy’s, I suggest you read it. And if you can find fullness in his words, then you have sacrificed your common sense to the blind groping of a poor teacher of the gospel. And you too stand judged as ‘ignorant of the Way of proper worship.’ Whether you choose to remain ignorant when God’s own reasoning and verses would reveal his true Way to worship in Spirit and in Truth, is up to you. But Read on while I lay it out plain for you, then; choose this day how you will worship our God and Jesus.
Let’s begin where I left you at paragraph 6; …you are judged by God to be sincere in your prayer to God and Jesus and he grants you the Holy Spirit. So, you are to be thought of as newly born-again or you are walking in the Way of Jesus.
Let’s begin. Every Christian must be born-again to enter heaven. This experience is described: ‘as many who believed had no thought of their belongings being their own.’ And as a personal experience I know we are given, according to our faithful measure, to know the Agape Love of the Father.
This Love experience is intensely personal. You may see visions, and then or later you may receive a spiritual gift. The gift is given as the Holy Spirit decides but each gift is distinct and has one of two personalities: A)- Loving, to see healing as a fruit of God’s love already perfected in our spirit as a true born-again Christian. Or B)- it’s practical, analytical, strong as Truth.
The loving ‘A’ type is usually gifted in the gift of tongues and is not wise in the Way of Truth. But the ‘B’ type is possible, and known personally to be gifted in the gift of prophesy, described as one given to comfort, strengthen and encourage the church-body with the understanding of the spirit of prophesy in/of Jesus, found in the written word of Jesus Christ our Lord.
In First Corinthians 14:18-19kjv Paul teaches: “I thank God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue!!” (Emphasis mine.)
Earlier in chapter two we heard what it is they teach: vs.7“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” vs.8 “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Do you know the Hidden?
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” I Cor. 14:22kjv
That which is ‘Hidden’ is given reference in Isa.30:20-26kjv an end-time prophesy that says:
“And the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the Way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Teachers of: The Way; Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Jesus is universally known as, ‘you can’t get into heaven except through Jesus.’ Thus we are correct in saying Jesus is the Way and we need to believe in Him as our Lord and savior. TRUE!!! A heartfelt sincere belief in Jesus, whether he is understood in the ‘Hidden’ wisdom of the Way, or not; if found sincere by God you will be born again. And all that are saved are taught to walk in the Way.
Then know this: The ‘Hidden’ in Christ our Lord is ours for the taking…if…you know how to walk in the Way. And you really must walk in it knowingly or it will be haphazardly.
We walk in the Way to find the Mind of Christ. Not just the written of Christ but his thoughts, will and emotions. And the good news is: if you are not yet saved, (born-again) if you walk in the Way you will find salvation the moment it finds you!
II Tim. 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; and they will recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
If God peradventure – will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth… !!!There is the promise. It’s up to you to repent.
When you walk in the Way of Repentance to seek and acknowledge the Truth, the Father will give you ‘remembrances’ in the written Truth and you will know it in your heart as a Way of God’s Love. Having so acknowledged the Truth of the Love in the experience of living the remembered Truth in and of Jesus, we are told to abide in Jesus and we will be transformed to be one with the truth in Love that we have put on by ‘choosing ‘ to live it.
Jesus’ teaching of the Way is in line with walking in the Way, and our heavenly Father knows when to give you the spiritual ‘remembrances’ of the written Truth, to best cause us to understand the Way as we walk in it. In time and continued walking in this ‘composite’ Way of Love(agape),Way of Repentance, Way of walking, we will achieve our maturity in the faith.
We don’t see Jesus as the book of Luke 10:22 shows, but because we experience His Way in His thought, will and emotion, we see the revealed Truth as the revealer of the Love of God we now know. Then when we read the book of John 17:25-26 and read that it is Jesus who shows us the Love of God inherent in the Truth we now discern is in and of Jesus. And though we don’t see Jesus we know him by faith because ‘Faith expresses itself through Love.” Gal. 5:6niv
And we now are able to walk in the Love and Truth of God and that my friend, IS True Worship.
The Way of Agape Love and Truth and the Way of Repentance are one with Jesus. Both are foundational as well as the building blocks of increased awareness that develops our life to be, One with – both the love of God the Father and of Jesus in Spirit, and in truth; which makes our every day a walk in true worship which is in Spirit and Truth.
As you can see The Way covers every base that the original article brings up by Mr. Roy Johnson, only there is proof found rather than a vague hope that God heard you and will use you. You see, now you are effecting the change that you use to ask God to help you with, but now you realize that the Help has already been given in the Holy Spirit that is given to guarantee our inheritance in Heaven and allow our time on the planet to be used expressing our ‘WORKS’ of faith to be done in the Love that faith expresses itself through.
No more vague surrendering of all is asked for, just surrender the self to choose to take a step at a time in Love and Truth; found, even as we understand it has always been, just hidden under the confusion of not understanding how to find it in the real repentance that Jesus taught in the New Testament, Metanoeo…meaning: to reconsider ones sin from the divine viewpoint of thought, will, and emotion then choose to submit to doing it until it becomes One with You. Not the Old Testament way of Metanoia, which means to turn away from your sin 180 degrees and turn to God as you find him in the Bible. That wrong way of repentance is still taught in the churches today and it is only good for initial salvation “IF” God accepts your sincerity of Heart as true. But if Not, and this is the way you must believe unless you have experienced the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you must believe whether you have been born-again or not, to Walk purposely in the ‘Way’ of proper repentance unto the True Way of Agape Love in Truth, until you are for certain that you are born-again,(you will know it by the experience of knowing Gods Love personally at the moment of salvation.) or if already born again you must continue in the Way, as given, to grow in the increase of God’s Love and Truth and abide into your transformation until you reach maturity and the Knowledge of the Way becomes clear from beginning to end of (your) everyone’s search for God.
I hope this article helps anyone who reads the original article, to know what is wrong and how to fix it with the intelligence of understanding. Either way…the choice to ‘remain’ Ignorant is yours to make; you only have yourself to blame if you reject it.