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Reason 1: God Commands It

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

Jesus told us “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15, NKJV™)  One thing is certain.  God commands us to worship Him.  “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.”(Luke 4:8, NKJV™) As Jesus approached the base of the Mount of Olives, His disciples began to rejoice and praise God.  When the Pharisees told Jesus to make them hold their peace, Jesus responded, saying that if they remain silent, the stones would cry out.  The holiness, justice, and sacrifice of God demand a response from all of His creation, and that response is worship.

“…Blessed is the King coming in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!  And some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples.  And He answered and said to them, I tell you that if these should be silent, the stones would cry out. (Luke 19:38-40)

Notice too, that the size, shape, coloration, or description of the stones that would worship is not mentioned.  The implication is that all of them would respond accordingly.  One can be assured that there in Jerusalem, there were rocks of all shapes, sizes, colors, and complexions.  The same could be said for people here on the earth.  Therefore, no one is exempt from worship.  Regardless as to race, color, creed, socio-economic status, marital status, size, shape, or any other demographic stratification, all are required to respond.

God’s Holy Spirit has revealed the following prophetic message to the Body of Christ today.  “I come this day to bring a warning to those who will not obey My Word. The time is here and now to get into a place of worship, of connecting with Me”, says the Lord of Hosts. “For soon I will manifest My glory and things of darkness and shadow will be burned away. As the Son shines, so do My children. Repent, get your hearts right and keep them in Me”, says the Lord, “for the time of home going draws near. Go out, draw the people in to me—all who will listen. Take note of the days you are in”, says the Lord of Hosts. “I pursue all humanity.  I desire that all should come. Burst forth from your shell, be silent no longer—go forth and call in all who will hear and respond.”

 As we read this passage from the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion.  His disciples had a sense of the season of Jesus’ ministry and began crying out loudly to Him in worship.  Friend, do you have a sense of the season of God we’re in right now, and that the culmination of God’s plan and purpose is close at hand?  Hopefully you do, such that you waste no opportunity to worship Him as often as you can.

Don’t let history repeat itself by allowing persons you respect to keep you from worshiping God.  Take a look at what Jesus said.  Stones would worship Him if His followers kept themselves silent.  Each person must make a personal decision and respond.  No, you are not authorized to delegate this to anyone else.

© 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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Ode to Worship Teams

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

Worship Leaders and team members don’t think that you‘ll be excluded here. Since we’ve already established that worship is an expression of the heart, it is vitally important that the congregation (those that will) enter God’s presence. If only the worship team enters, then your ministry has been limited and thereby impeded the operation of the Holy Spirit.

In striving for excellence in our ministry, often times we fall into a destructive trap laid for us by the enemy of our souls.  That trap is the one whereby we attempt to determine our effectiveness by measuring our ministry with other ministries.  A word of caution is in order here.  Jesus Christ is the ONLY measuring rod, and there are no others. It is our shortcoming when measured against Him that promotes humility within us; therefore we must guard our hearts accordingly and remember that we are fully complete in Him.

No discussion about attitudes of the heart would be complete without addressing the other extreme, pride.  Scripture tells us that pride goes before destruction, consequently, we must not think more highly of ourselves than we should.  We must continue to remember that our ONLY access to the Father comes through Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross, and His shed blood that covers and forgives our sin.  It is that cloak of righteousness He confers upon us, that allows us to lose the addresses of our past sins.  We must forgive ourselves just as He forgave us, and remembers our sin no more.

Undoubtedly, we all want to avoid mundane repetition in our lives. This is especially true when selections of songs are made for praise and worship. Do you have a desire to do new music? Great, but proceed with caution, making sure of two things:

  1.  The musicians and vocalists know the song extremely well so that they have no anxiety in ministering the new song(s)
  2. Allow the congregation to hear the new song(s) several times outside of the critical-path Praise and Worship period to help them familiarize themselves with it.

Another word on lyrics—Choose or write songs with no more than 6 or 7 words per line, especially in the chorus. These shorter lines are easier to remember, provide less opportunity upon which to stumble and allow the worshiper to focus on their heart connection rather than on what words they are singing.

Let’s have a look at a word picture as an example.  In expressing your feelings to someone you dearly love, you wouldn’t express that love by saying, “My synapse and neurotransmitters fire in order when you enter the room.” Instead, you might respond, “When I see you, I am amazed at your beauty.”

© 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 8: Worship Closes the Door to Sin and Iniquity

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

Often we find ourselves tempted to sin when confronted with unpleasant, difficult, and grievous situations.  During those times, it is altogether too easy for us to miss the mark, set for us by Job.  As we look at the following illustration, we will see readily that worship closes the door to sin and iniquity.  Additionally, worship allows us to receive wisdom and discernment about situations both now and in the future.

“And a day came when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house.  And there came a messenger to Job and said, ‘The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them.  And the Sabeans fell on and took them away. Yea, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’. While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘The fire of God has fallen from the heavens and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and destroyed them. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’. While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘The Chaldeans made out three bands and swooped down upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and have killed the servants with the edge of the sword. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’.  While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. And, behold, a great wind came from the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead. And I only have escaped alone to tell you.’” (Job 1:13-19)

 “And Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshiped.  And he said, ‘I came naked out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah’.  In all this, Job did not sin, nor charge God foolishly.” (Job 1:20-22)

What an example Job set for us to follow!  Yes, he was moved with grief and sorrow as evidenced by his tearing his clothes.  Did Job allow those sentiments to drive him toward sin or act foolishly?  Indeed not.  We see that despite all that happened, Job sinned not.  He didn’t even blame God for what happened.

How did Job keep himself from sin and iniquity?  Job humbled himself in a manner demonstrating death-to-self (tearing his clothes), and the removal of self-adornment (shaving his head) for the purpose of preparing his heart for worship.  Job worshiped God knowing that it was the only response he could offer to a Holy God.  Job was confident God would remove his grief. It was this act of humility that kept Job’s heart pure and steadfast, allowing him to stay focused.

“And his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold to your integrity? Curse God and die!’  But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish ones speak. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?’ In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 2:9-10)

 Don’t you love how empathetic Job’s wife was to his plight? I thank God for allowing us to see that people closest to us, often don’t understand us, our thoughts, feelings, or intents of our heart. Where else could Job go for comfort and consolation but to God?

Job also received other benefits from humbling himself and worshiping God that day.  God gave Job wisdom, understanding, and discernment regarding his wife’s heart.  We see that he refers to her speech as that of a foolish person.  In reviewing this passage with the help of Strong’s concordance, we see that the reference about his wife’s behavior in making the comment she did, included stupidity and wickedness.

Job recognized the trap formed by his wife’s words, yet he did not fall into it.  In fact, you’ll notice that Job kept his mouth shut (see Job 1:22) until the discernment came from God. Then, Job spoke the wisdom he received from God (see Job 2:10).  Job continued to keep his heart pure and steadfast before God. No matter what happened, Job did not blame God.   Job continued in keeping his composure without “venting”, ranting, raving, shouting, or cursing, even when provoked by his wife.

Job didn’t have the written word at that time to understand that God told satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only do not lay your hand upon him.” (Job 1:12)  Apparently, everyone at that time thought good and bad came from God, yet verse 12 states that God gave authority over Job’s possessions to satan. Even though Job’s perception of God was that of One Who sent both good and evil, Job’s worship prepared him to receive whatever God allowed him to receive.  In responding to his wife, we can clearly see the wisdom and equity of God’s justice being expressed here. How many times have we failed to see and express similar sentiment as opportunities arise?  How can we prevent such failures in the future?

By worshiping God on a regular basis, we will position ourselves to receive the same benefits Job received.  These benefits are the ability to maintain a pure and steadfast heart in the face of adversity, wisdom and discernment regarding the traps our enemy prepares for us, the ability to speak only the wisdom of God, and staying focused on the goodness of God. Maintaining this posture before God will close the door to sin and iniquity in our lives so that temptations don’t overtake us.

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

Say YES to Jesus Christ – Today!

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.

Will your spirit say “Yes?”.

Say “Yes” and open the door today.

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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 7: Worship is a Heavenly Transaction

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

In reviewing our definition of worship, you may recall we defined it as a heart-connection where one expresses deep adoration and esteem for God.  This connection is actually similar to an electrical circuit whereby sentiment is flowing upward toward God, while His blessing is flowing down to us.  Consequently, this flow is bi-directional.  Worship actually becomes a conduit; with God making deposits within us to bless us, encourage us, strengthen us, and bestow His love upon us.  What might we expect to receive in the form of deposits in our life, when we worship?  Let’s take some time and investigate this further.

 “O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion and keep our promises to you, because you answer prayers. People everywhere will come to you on account of their sins. Our faults defeat us, but you forgive them. Happy are those whom you choose, whom you bring to live in your sanctuary. We shall be satisfied with the good things of your house, the blessings of your sacred Temple. You answer us by giving us victory, and you do wonderful things to save us. People all over the world and across the distant seas trust in you. You set the mountains in place by your strength, showing your mighty power. You calm the roar of the seas and the noise of the waves; you calm the uproar of the peoples. The whole world stands in awe of the great things that you have done. Your deeds bring shouts of joy from one end of the earth to the other.”  (Psalms 65:1-8, GNB)

 Looking at the passage above, we see several blessings God gives us as we worship Him.  He answers our prayers.  Without writing in circles, our prayers can be a form of worship and our worship can also contain a prayer.  God hears them and answers them.

God knows how frail we are and how easily we can be overtaken in a fault. God on the other hand, is faithful to us, and forgives us as we worship Him.  He does this in order to make us victorious in Him, rather than living a life of defeat and condemnation.  Because He forgives us, and He is certainly more supreme than we are, we must also forgive ourselves.

Worship provides a channel for God to bring us happiness.  How many times have you been in a less than desirable mood, or been troubled about something, and had those feelings completely disappear within a short time after entering worship?  In fact, those negative emotions or thoughts are replaced by feelings of overwhelming joy, peace, and comfort.

Often when we have guests in our homes, we enjoy sharing our best with them.  This hospitality is a demonstration of the degree to which we care about those visiting us.  As we worship God, He brings us to live in His House.  Did you catch that?  We’re not just there on a temporary visit.  As a gracious Host and Landlord, God shares His best with us, and we are fully satisfied.

Again, God does not want us to live in defeat.  Our connection with Him in worship provides Him the impetus to take our enemies to task, and brings us victory over them.  No matter how difficult the situation may seem, God’s Word says that He does wonderful things.  In the third chapter of the Book of Ephesians, we read that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think according to His power at work within us.  Worship engages His power within us to bring about those wonderful, divine, and miraculous things.

The heart connection we establish with God provides a flow of His unending love toward us.  As we embrace Him in worship, we develop a fullness of understanding that His love is indeed better than life itself.  It is out of this awareness that we gladly lift our hearts, minds, and voices to Him with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  We as human beings have an innate hunger for love and acceptance; and God is no different in that respect, since we’re made in His image and likeness.  Worship provides us an opportunity to feast upon the love and goodness of God and have our hunger satiated.

Our worship conduit connecting us with God provides us other benefits aside from his love and goodness.  Having established worship as one of God’s commands we must obey, He provides a plethora of other bounty for us.  Each of the blessings listed below are made available to us from our obedience in worshiping Him.

“GOD will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that GOD promised your ancestors that he would give you. GOD will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.” (Deuteronomy 28:11, 12 MSG)

 Fruitfulness in relationships, labor, provisions for increase, and prosperity can all be obtained as we obey God and worship Him.  Why would anyone willingly decline such a tremendous promise?

Perhaps you’ve not read those verses in Deuteronomy.  Perhaps, you have difficulty in understanding the Bible.  Did you know that worship can actually help you understand the Bible?  I know what you’re thinking; how can this be so?  Let me give you an example.

Take a look in the eighth chapter of the book of Nehemiah.  Here we find Ezra blessed the Lord God.  The people answered “Amen” which means “so be it” as they lifted up their hands.  They bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  As a result, the people read and understood the words of the Book of the Law of God.

Some of us have found ourselves in a place of confusion or wonderment about life and why we were created.  This is especially true when relational, physical, or financial setbacks occur in our lives.  Desperate to find answers, we exhaust many different methods in hopes of finding these truths.  Ironically, man often complicates the simple truths of God’s Word.  Worship delivers a more expansive perception of God, us, and our destiny in Him.

Finally, worship also affords us the ability to see things in the spiritual realm.  While we may not be able to describe it at times, there is a knowing, an understanding of what is being seen in a realm that is not one that we can access with our natural minds or senses.  Using another channel inside the worship conduit, God bestows this gift to us, to help give us direction, warning, faith, endurance, and every other gift pertaining to life and Godliness.

© 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