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Reason 4: Worship Brings Compassion and Mercy

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

It may come as no surprise that one speaks out of the abundance of what is in one’s heart.  King Hezekiah had been before the Lord in both prayer and worship and felt a deep burden for his people who had observed the Passover feast without having fully sanctified themselves. It was from that place of intimate worship that God not only gave the king a heart of compassion for the people, but a desire for them to receive mercy from God.  What is so special about this is that God, seeing King Hezekiah’s heart, and his obedience to all He had directed him to do, God granted the king’s request.

“For many of the people, many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not been cleansed, but ate the Passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, May the good LORD pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, Jehovah, the God of his fathers, though not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.  And Jehovah listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.” (2 Chronicles 30:18-20)

In the New Testament, we see another example of worship being expressed in the form of a plea for mercy and that plea being granted.  It seems a certain king was led to have his servants account for their talents.  One such servant owed the king ten thousand talents. When it became clear that the servant had no means of his own to repay that debt, the king ordered that all that the servant had, be taken away and sold.  The servant, with a heart of worship and esteem for the king, and in a desperate plea, begged the king for mercy.  It was the sincerity of the servant’s heart in expressing worship that set in motion the king’s compassion toward his servant.

“Therefore the kingdom of Heaven has been compared to a certain king who desired to make an accounting with his servants. And when he had begun to count, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  But as he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded that he, and his wife and children, and all that he had, be sold, and payment be made. Then the servant fell down and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.” (Matthew 18:23-27)

 Likewise, it is the believers’ sincerity of expressing worship that welcomes and facilitates the moving of the Holy Spirit. Altogether too often, in worship services today, the expressions and delivery of worship are polished, rehearsed, almost sterile instruments seemingly void of any discernible heart sentiment. In writing this, I could not help but notice the word rehearsed.  Immediately, the thought came to mind, the expression of sentiment had died once again.  I am not saying that a team of musicians should not practice together to know how to flow with one another from chorus to chorus and song to song.  What I am intimating is that it must be an expression of the heart, and not just done out of rote.

Further review of the above passage from Matthew also suggests the servant knew exactly what his fate would be without the king’s compassion being given.  Another bold question for the Body of Christ today might be, “Do we truly understand that worship is our only reasonable response for the debt we no longer owe, thanks to Jesus Christ?” It is our continued plea for mercy and sincere appreciation for what He’s already done for us that move His heart toward us.

You may be thinking that based on your circumstances, it is hard to worship God.  It does not come as easy to you as you think it should.  Your feelings are no less legitimate than those of God’s chosen people, held in captivity by the Egyptians.  Their labor grew more and more intense prior to their release.  There was a remnant of people there that knew that they belonged to God, and they cried out to Him for deliverance.  The Israelites believed and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.  God heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians kept in bondage and God remembered His covenant.

“And I have also heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, those whom the Egyptians are keeping in bondage. And I have remembered My covenant.  Therefore say to the sons of Israel, I am Jehovah, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rescue you out of their bondage. And I will redeem you with a stretched-out arm, and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to you a God. And you shall know that I am Jehovah your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.  And I will bring you in to the land concerning which I lifted up My hand to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And I will give it to you for a heritage. I am Jehovah!” (Exodus 6:5-8)

We know in reading the rest of this story, that Moses eventually led God’s people out of the land of Egypt, and God remembered His covenant by drying up the Red Sea, allowing them to cross over on dry land, while drowning the Pharaoh and his armies.  It was the obedience of the people to worship God that caused God to remember the covenant He had with them.  Many of us need to make worship a practice so that God remembers the covenant that He made with us, and also, the covenant we have with Him.  That covenant or contract we have with God is an everlasting one, written in the pages of the Bible, and sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, just as covenants in the Old Testament were sealed with blood.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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Reason 11: Worship Brings Healing and Deliverance

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship

Another important reason why we are called to worship God is that our expression of worship to Him will bring about the Healing and Deliverance He secured for us.  Because this book is about worship, and not healing and deliverance, the author will not cover the topic of sickness and healing in detail.  There is a notion that illness or affliction is allowed by God to teach us something.  The author rejects this notion because Jesus taught that a house divided in itself cannot stand.  As we examine the passages in this section, we clearly see that God heals, and that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Therefore it would be flawed logic to embrace a position involving illness or affliction, while promoting healing and deliverance with equal benefit.

 “And behold, a leper came and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.  And Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be clean! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:2-3)

 Ok, here it is for the skeptics!  Jesus said, “I will”; meaning, “Yes, it IS my desire to restore you to health.”  If we only read that passage in the bible, and meditated on it!  At that time, lepers were deemed “unclean” and required to stay outside the walls of the city; it is also there where the refuse was taken and burned.  That gives you a perspective as to what the whole and healthy people thought of those afflicted with leprosy.  In fact, if a leper were to enter the city, he was required to shout the words “Unclean, unclean” to warn passers-by.  How degrading that must have been, especially being a constant reminder of the lepers’ circumstance.

Yet the adoration of the leper for Jesus, and his desire to be made whole, was stronger than the condemnation of heart, mind, and body brought on by his leprosy.  In humility and sincere appreciation for Jesus, he asked if Jesus wanted to make him whole again.  How many of us today are so downtrodden, so browbeaten by the enemy and the weight of our circumstances that we HAVE to ask Jesus if He WANTS to heal us?  As the leper humbled himself before Jesus and expressed his heart, Jesus, having compassion on him, made him whole.

 Still not convinced?  Then let’s have a look at another story.  Here we find a ruler named Jairus whose daughter was so sick that she actually died before Jesus arrived on the scene.  Jesus was on His way to the man’s house, but was detained for a brief period after His virtue healed the woman with the issue of blood.  Thankfully, Jesus was not prisoner to his own appointment calendar and healed this suffering woman.

 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a certain ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘My daughter has just now died. But come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.’ He said to them, ‘Go back, for the little girl is not dead, but sleeps.’ And they laughed Him to scorn.  But when the people were put out, He went in and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose.” (Matthew 9:18, 24-25)

 “You’re too late!”  Can’t you hear the chiding remarks of those around Jairus and his wife?  Praise God, Jairus didn’t listen to them but trusted in his heart and the unwavering confidence he had about Jesus.  Many of us would do well to get the intestinal fortitude (i.e. guts) to ignore people around us, continue in our expression of worship and let God have His way in our lives.  Notice the skeptics there didn’t just repudiate Jairus; they were actually rebutting Jesus; my goodness, what a tremendously foolish thing to do.

Notice also that the worship had to have its complete work.  Complete, in what sense?  The worship had to be such that it provided the stability, desire, and courage required to remove all of the doubters and their sentiments from the room.  Similar to the “prayed-through” term used by a seasoned Christian, there is also a concept called “worshiped-through”.  This is the point worship has taken a person to a place where doubt ceases to exist or have any role in one’s thoughts, will, emotions, or actions.  It is at this place, that healing and deliverance can come.

Another example we find is one of the Canaanite woman whose daughter was severely demon-possessed. She came and worshiped Him, saying “Lord help me!” Can you hear her cry of desperation to the Lord from a position of faith and adoration?  She knew in her heart that Jesus was the only answer for her and her daughter.

“Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me!  Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! So be it to you even as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:25, 28)

 Without question, one of the most well known stories in the Bible of worship bringing about supernatural deliverance involves Paul and Silas during their imprisonment.  Despite their incarceration for preaching the Gospel, these two warriors drew strength, peace, and ultimate freedom from deep within their hearts during a time of worship together.  Also of interest is the fact that the other prisoners listened and didn’t demean them for their behavior. It was as if there was an air of expectancy that was brought into the prison when Paul and Silas arrived.

“And toward midnight Paul and Silas prayed and praised God in a hymn. And the prisoners listened to them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and all the bonds were loosened.” (Acts 16:25-26)

 Let’s examine what happened more closely.  Paul and Silas worshiped God despite their circumstances. The very core of strength of that which held them bound was shaken and loosened.  The very passage way in which they entered the place of bondage was reopened, providing the necessary escape route. Sometimes it is difficult to see any possibility of escaping those things that bind us.  Yet this testimony helps us understand that despite our inability to see it naturally, our worship to God will bring us to our way of escape.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
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Miracles Today? Yes!

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God performing miracles today is His way of saying “Thank you” for exalting Him and His Word above ourselves, agendas & the wisdom of men.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

Reason 3: Worship Prepares Us for Sanctification

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship

Another well known story is that of King David and Bathsheba.  Without reexamining all of the details of the story, suffice to say that David sinned against God in having Bathsheba’s husband killed.  God executed punishment on David for having Uriah killed.  This punishment involved the death of David’s illegitimate son with Bathsheba.  David confessed his sin before God, mourned his son’s death and repented.  Until his son died, David did not eat and lay prostrate on the ground all night.

 “And David arose from the earth and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his clothing, and came into the house of Jehovah and worshiped. And he came to his house, and commanded, and they brought bread before him and he ate. And David comforted his wife Bathsheba. And he went in to her and lay with her. And she bore a son. And he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him.” (2 Samuel 12:20, 24)

 David arose from the earth after his son’s death, washed and anointed himself, changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord and worshiped.  The Lord forgave David, gave him and Bathsheba another son, Solomon and the Lord loved him (Solomon).

 “We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31, ASV)

 Because King David was a worshiper of God, and he was a man after God’s heart, David’s worship prepared him for sanctification.  His heart would be set-apart, holy and pure before God.  It was this purification after having sinned that moved the ear and hand of God back toward David and Bathsheba and blessed them.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship http://aplogansr.com

and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

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Reason 12: Worship Brings Ordination for Service

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P Logan Sr.

Mary of Bethany provides a beautiful example of a person whose worship brings her ordination for service.  She chose to place herself voluntarily as a student at Jesus’ feet, with complete attention and focus on Him. She sat there at His feet in a posture of worship, hearing all He had to share. It was her unquestioned loyalty and devotion to Him that led her to be obedient to what her heart told her to do later; anointing Jesus’ for burial.

“And as they went, it happened that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary (of Bethany), who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.  And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha; you are anxious and troubled about many things. But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-42)

“She sat at his feet, as scholars at the feet of their tutors when they read their lectures; hence Paul is said to be brought up at the feet of Gamely. Our sitting at Christ’s feet, when we hear his word, signifies a readiness to receive it, and a submission and entire resignation of ourselves to the guidance of it. We must either sit at Christ’s feet or be made his footstool; but, if we sit with him at his feet now, we shall sit with him on his throne shortly.” (Matthew Henry Commentary)

Mary anointed Jesus to prepare him for his service at the cross.  Pharisees saw her as a sinner.  Jesus saw her as a precious person, giving something that cost her dearly. She gave to Him freely in such a way that moved Him to reciprocate.  Jesus also recognized and appreciated her sacrifices. He saw in her the discipline that it took to reach that goal. She knew her audience knew who and what she was, yet she persevered.

She knew that Jesus was the only means of her being forgiven for her past.  It was her worship and adoration that kept her at his feet, pouring out her heart and her tears washing his feet.  She wiped his feet with her hair. She fervently kissed his feet in love and adoration for Who He was, but also in remorse for her sins.  In using her hair, she offered the only covering she had, hoping that in exchange He would become her covering.

After kissing His feet, she anointed Jesus with very costly perfume. Given her line of work, it must have taken her a long time to accumulate the resources necessary to purchase such a fine quality ointment. She offered the most valuable thing she had, a very costly sum to Jesus.  Isn’t it just like the Pharisees of our day that have a tendency to misunderstand the expression of our heart, when we obey God in giving Him our all.  Also, notice that they had other ideas on how to use the resource more effectively.  Jesus addressed this by telling them that she will be remembered for what she has done, being obedient, and giving Him, her all.  Below are the two accounts of this story we find in Scripture.

“And behold, a woman, a sinner in the city, knowing that He reclined in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster vial of ointment. And she stood behind Him, weeping at His feet, and she began to wash His feet with tears and wipe them with the hair of her head. And she ardently kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment. But seeing this, the Pharisee who had invited Him, spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:37-39)

“And when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head as He reclined.  But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for very much and given to the poor.  When Jesus understood it, He said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work on Me.  For you have the poor with you always, but you do not always have Me.  For in putting ointment on My body, she did it for My burial.  Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be proclaimed in the whole world, that which this woman has done shall be spoken of also, for a memorial of her. (Matthew 26:6-13)

 Another example of worship providing ordination for service can be found in reviewing the events surrounding Mary Magdalene and Mary of Nazareth’s journey to the tomb after Jesus’ death.  Knowing how traumatic it must have been for both of them to see Jesus crucified, one can understand why they were initially afraid when Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection. Let’s have a closer look.

“But late in the week, at the dawning into the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (of Nazareth) came to see the tomb.  And behold, a great earthquake occurred! For coming down from Heaven, and coming up, an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone from the door and was sitting on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And the keepers shook for fear of him and became like dead men.  And the angel answered and said to the women, Do not fear, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. And, behold, He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him. Lo, I have told you. And they quickly departed from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. But as they were going to report to His disciples, behold, Jesus also met them, saying, Hail! And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid; go tell My brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see Me”.  (Matthew 28:1-10)

He came to Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ mother Mary and they fell at his feet and worshiped Him.  They laid hold of Jesus’ feet, the foundation of His life and resurrection, remembering all that He shared with them.  His feet were also nailed to the cross.  They embraced His feet so as to comfort Him knowing, the pain He endured for them, and to express their sincere gratitude for His doing that. They also recognized (though probably unable to verbalize), that death couldn’t hold Jesus, and likewise, as they embraced Him and His resurrection, death couldn’t hold them either.

There is something to the fact that the two Mary’s went to the tomb to seek Jesus after His death.  Confident of their faith, and their hearts being ready to receive the fullness of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to them first.  Jesus used them to prepare the hearts of the disciples to hear of his visitation.  Jesus also imparted faith to them so that they would not be reluctant to share the news of His resurrection, and His visitation with them, with the disciples.  This impartation was brought about by their worship. One might say that through their worship, they received the impartation necessary for them to fulfill that which God destined for them to pursue.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

What Can Wash Away My Sin

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What can wash away my sin? (Wait for it…)

Not the wisdom (or lack of same) of men
Not the government, not money, fame, fortune, or deception…

Nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing but the Blood of Jesus Christ! Oh so precious is that flow!

If you’re not where you need to be with God or others, step under the flow of Jesus’ shed blood, confess your sin, and be made whole, reconciled to God!!

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook