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July 9, 2017
Greetings,
                    There Is A Very Huge Difference Between Praise And Worship……..
                   “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”  Hebrews 13: 15
                    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.”  Romans 12: 1
                    To me it all simply boils down to this…. praise is what you say with your mouth and worship is about what you do with your very being and entire life.  You can praise the Lord in word, prayer and song, but worship is much more difficult and comprehensive in scope than merely speaking well of our Creator.  It is easy to open your mouth and give God complete honor and credit for all the wonderful things He has done in your life, but worship is literally laying down your life for Jesus and His Holy purpose.
                    On Sunday mornings all across the land traditional/institutional “churches” host what they call “worship services”, but that is really not an accurate description of what they actually do is it?  True worship rarely, if ever, occurs during these gatherings.  What they really do is praise God for a bit, receive tithes and offerings, and then get a pep talk from a professional Pastor.  That is not worship my friends…it is “Christians” paying for and receiving a performance and show that is hopefully somewhat about God.  I contend that a group of Christ following volunteers building a home for Habitat For Humanity is much more worshipful than what occurs in most “church” buildings on Sundays and Wednesdays.
                    Much of what passes for praise and worship on Sunday mornings is nothing less than manipulation of the masses.  Praise leaders and bands many times use music and song to control the tempo of the service and the emotions of the congregation.  When you have fast songs to get you up and going and slow songs to get you in the right mood…what usually happens is a sad sick form of back and forth spiritual masturbation.  The music is there just to get you off at the right time.  So that you give well and listen intently while sitting in the afterglow of the sermon.  How does any of that truly exalt Christ and give Him true praise or worship?
                    Worship is NOT a prayer, some songs, an offering, and a sermon……  IT IS A LIFE LAID DOWN for the sake of God, His children, and His purposes!  It is about being a living sacrifice while serving only Jesus The One True King!  True worship is difficult to find in the modern “church”.  Most of the church is unwilling just to be inconvenienced for the sake of God and others.. and they flat out refuse to die in any sense, form , shape or method for His higher purpose.  You can’t be selfish and worship God at the same time.  It is just impossible.  Has His glorious Church really been reduced to a bunch of spoiled rotten, crying brats?  I hate it, but I have to honestly admit that this is me on some days.  Many of us are driven by feelings rather than being led by the Holy Spirit.  Lord Jesus please help me to die daily so that You may be glorified through and in me.  We all need your help and guidance Lord.  Please help us to worship you in Spirit and in Truth?
                    Love and……
Kirk Out !
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11 Comments
  1. Once again I must apologize for the formatting of this post. WordPress would not allow me to publish it with proper paragraph breaks. To hopefully make it easier to read I was able to give it extreme indentations at the beginning of each new paragraph.

  2. Thanks for this reminder. Great post. Your illustration of how we can’t be selfish and be worshipping at the same time was so simple and clear.

    • Jem, thank you for your affirmation and encouragement. Jesus makes everything simple and clear.

  3. Hi Kirk,

    I quite agree with you about the state of the Church. But maybe it’s not the church services that is the issue. If a group of people who actually worshipped God with their chose to meet Wednesdays and Sundays and have organized fellowship, it wouldn’t be wrong. The key thing here is “in Spirit and in Truth”. Problem is, it is often hard to tell the difference between the real and the fake. Too many wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    I still struggle with attending Churches, but always try to be led by the Spirit and filter what is being fed to me.

    Cheers, Ufuoma.

    • Thank you for sharing Ufuoma. You are right, it is not about when and where we meet, but about WHO we are meeting under. If it is something or someone other than Christ instead of freedom and liberty there will be manipulation and control.

  4. YES … received this revelation in 1989, when the Spirit of God told me the same thing and said the greatest act of worship is not to sing songs of adoration but to Trust Him completely with our lives and the lives of those we care about… absolute surrender. Such immerses us in His love and keeps us on the path to His unfolding Truth.

    Bless You Father, thanks You for the Gift of Trust whereby we can surrender all as an act of Love returned. Thanks You for revealing to us the Truth of Who You are experientially, with the added bonus of receiving Your understanding as You do.

    • Thank you for sharing Bren. Such a blessing to be able to experience, know and understand Christ together.

  5. Brother Christopher,

    This is a huge insight. I’ve always considered worship and praise to be related, if not identical. Thank you for pointing out the difference. It hits close to home when you point this out.

    Thanks for the insight and the admonition,

    Win

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