Topic: “Worship as an offering to God and intimacy”
Speaker:Gabriel Ayorinde .
One thing that draws the attention of God is worship.
Worship is the act to move the heart of God
Why is the subject of worship songs dear to the heart of God?
How can worship enhance and increase our efficiency and effectiveness as believers?
The Bible provides us with answers to the question above.
Our Lord Jesus Christ emphasizes in His teachings that worship was structurally and functionally designed by God as a means whereby mankind can come into intimate relationship or fellowship with Him.
Jesus taught that true worship should be centered on the person of God, rather than on a place or a geographical location.
So what is Worship?
Worship was derive from the word “worthship”
Therefore worship is “to express reverence, admiration, veneration or a high sense of awe to God.
Most times our offering in form of money is irrelevant if there is no context or mind of worship.
As worship is so important to God same way coming in the beauty of His holiness is far important.
In 1 Chronicles 16:29 the Bible shows that the both works together because it complement each other you can’t just be one sided, you have to worship God in the beauty of His Holiness.
There is no way your offering of worship will be acceptable if you are not holy.
God cannot have an intimacy with evil or with disobedient Christians.
True intimacy with God begins with drawing near to Him.
God will never draw near to those who do not draw near to Him and the way we draw near is through righteousness (James 4:8).
God will certainly not draw near in intimacy with the unrighteous, but those who have been cleansed by the blood of Christ and have received His righteousness at the cross.
The first thing God called us to, as believers, is to have intimacy with Him. Intimacy with God is a non-negotiable issue in our lives that threatens the devil. The proof of intimacy with God is brokenness. How broken you are reveals your intimacy with God. Intimacy is what you get by entering into consistent and continuous fellowship with God. (Psalms 51:17 & Psalms 34:18).
If you are not broken it will be difficult to enjoy the benefits of intimacy.
The Lord wants us to maintain intimacy relationship with Him. There are so many benefits we can receive in Christ when we relate right with Him.
Accuracy: Your accuracy in life and work is an outflow of your intimacy with God.
Impregnation: God impregnates you with visions and answers for your day and generation.
Resemblance: Who you get intimate with is who you will resemble.
Divine secrets (Job 29: 2-4): Intimacy with God opens his secrets to you.
*P. S* When you maintain a close relationship with God you will have access to the divine secrets of God. Yield yourself unto Him so that He will reveal His secrets to you.
Promotion (Psa. 37:4-5): Promotion comes when you get intimate with God. Promotion without intimacy is a snare.
Power: Intimacy with the powerful makes you powerful.
Revelations: God reveals who He is, what you are and what He wants you to be when you are in intimacy with Him.
Glory of God: The glory of God comes upon you when you get intimate with Him. Look at Moses’ testimony in Exodus 34:29.
Wisdom (Acts 4:13): Godly wisdom enunciates from intimacy.
Purity (Psa. 15): God cleanses you in the place of intimacy.
Authenticity (John 7:36-39): you get your own authentic rivers of insight and concepts from the Father God and you distinguish yourself from the multitude in your generation for good.
Intimacy brings heat and fire: Lack of intimacy generates strange fire.
Intimacy brings originality: You become the real you that God made.
Intimacy brings exchange (Isa. 40:30-31): Exchange of your weakness for His strength, beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning and peace for despair.
Your best offering of worship to God is your fellowship. Because that’s what he needs the most from us.
Our relationship with God is very important.. For God to call David a man after His heart, David has done something to earn that title and what he did what his constant fellowship with God.
For you to go far in life, to be a man that his respected in this generation you need to dwell in that place of intimacy.
How can you intimate with God
1. By His word (Bible)
2. Prayer life
3. Daily lifestyle
As I will be closing
In 2 Corinthians 2: 15
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
When we intimate with God we will become a sweet smelling savour that people will smell and they will be bless.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service