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THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING A WORSHIPPER'S HEART

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"For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I bethrothed you to one husand, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.  But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ."
2 Corinthians 11:2-3
 
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Although I am not taking orders, my passion has always been to help the Body of Christ learn to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, which is why I left my web site up & running.  If you have a question or if I can help you in any way, please feel free to e-mail me at my personal e-mail at IamfoundinHim@yahoo.com.
 
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The Lord has been speaking to me about equipping Christians with the knowledge of the importance of building an intimate relationship with Him as a prerequisite for praise & worship.  I believe it is so much more important than just providing the 'props' to do so.  How are we to offer up our praise and worship with flags, streamers, or tambourines if we do not know the Person to whom it is being offerred?  The word of God tells us that in order for our sacrifice to be pleasing in His sight, we are to have clean hands and a pure heart, and to do this we need to be washed in His word.  We wash our faces every day, and we eat every day.  As followers of Jesus, how much more important should our spiritual life and growth, which is eternal, be to us?   His word tells us that in order to reap the blessings He has for us, we are to seek His face (see Psalm 24).  I believe that people are missing out on so many blessings because they do not invest the time seek His direction and just sit at His feet and listen for that still, small voice (see 1 Kings 19:12).  Are we more like Martha and attempt to do things through our own abilities and less like Mary who seeks her Lord and His Presence?  What does the Word say about what our priorities should be? (see John 10:38-42)  Out of the abundance of the heart, the worship will flow.  We need to "abide" and 'be rooted' in Him and in His Word.  These are two great words to begin your study!
 
I believe the Lord has placed this on my heart because those offering praise & worship need to put their relationship with the Lord FIRST, before preparing the routines, and props, and costumes.  If what we are calling what we do "ministering" and not performing, I challenge you to examine the fruit of your ministry.  Are we more worried about what people think rather than what God thinks?  In order for the fruit to be 'sweet' and anointed, we need to be filled to the rim with God's Spirit.  This is a daily filling, and comes from spending time with and intimately knowing the Person who created us.  Without that relationship, our praise and worship will be fruitless.  The closer we walk with Him, the more apparent our "fruit" will be to people, and, in turn, our offering will draw people to Him and we will become transparent.  People will be able to see His beautiful heart in us.
 
If you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to visit our Home Page and click on the "Do you Want to Know God Personally" logo towards the bottom of the page.  Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly!  It is a free gift that we just need to accept.
 
In the next few weeks, I will be adding several books and bible studies that will challenge you to grow in your walk with the Lord.  If you have any personal suggestions or comments, I would love to hear them.  It encourages me so much to hear that people are actually stirred by the things I share!  It is my desire to walk in obedience in the direction that the Lord leads. 
 
May you be abundantly blessed as you seek His face and are obedient to His call to "Seek me first"!