The Importance of Worship

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What is worship to you? Is worship something that you do on a Sunday? Or maybe when things are not going so well? Or maybe when you feel like it? No…worship is A LIFESTYLE! One of the greatest things that God has called us Women of God to do is to Worship Him. I used to find it hard to worship. I would usually tend to worship God when my life was going well. If things seemed too tensed up, or something I invested in backfired on me, I wouldn’t be bothered to worship. I was lukewarm, only wanting to do things when God made a move. But today, I saw a status from someone and it said:

“You don’t really want God. You want what God can give you. You want the nice things, purses, cars, clothes and you find scriptures to back up your lustful desires. How do you think God feels about this?”

When I read this, I had to really assess my thoughts about re-organise my priorities. This week, I have been so anxious and fearful! I am being real. I am human and so are you. We all desires things, which is good. However, how this statement occurred to me was the way in which God Himself feels when we get angry or anxious for worldly possessions. Sometimes, we can question God and say where is He when you need Him, or where was He when my sister died, or where was He when I was preparing for my interview, or where was He when I lost my job. Does it ring a bell? Most times, we need to step back and realise what God has ALREADY done in our lives.

Who woke you up this morning?

Who enabled you to brush your teeth and take your bath/shower?

Who allowed you to leave your house in safety and come back in safety?

Who prepared table on the food after you came back from work?

Who is always with you when you are fast asleep with your mouth open? (LOL!)

IT IS THE ONE AND ONLY GOD! The God who loves you and I so much! The God that deserves all the worship! Yes I have been selfish, but now its time to give God what He deserves! Worship must come from the heart. It is not just worshipping God when everything is going well, but it is also worshipping God when all hell is breaking loose. Usually, when I am anxious, rather than running to God, I would run to family and friends. Not saying that they are not the right people to talk to, but in any situation, I have learnt to ALWAYS consult God FIRST! Why? I’ll tell you…there are some things that you go through that only you and God need to know. For example, if it is something very personal, and you do not feel comfortable confiding in a close relative or friend, speak to God. God will always use someone to speak back to you. Aside that, He knows how to speak to your heart! He can either speak to you directly, or through other people.

Let us be reminded that worshipping God not only brings blessings, but INNER PEACE! Imagine waking up everyday not having to worry about anything, but having God on your mind 24/7…He will give you His full attention if you give Him yours! What does scriptures say about worship. Well let us have a look:

* Psalms 100 v 1-5: Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

*2 Kings 17 v 38-39: Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.  Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.

* John 4 v 24: God is a Spirit (a Spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (Reality).

Giving God the worship says ‘More of you, less of me’. That is what should be our aim everyday! We must strive to make an effort to worship, so that our hearts and minds can be at rest. It is not for Gods benefit, it is for you and I. Remember when you worship God, you allow Him to move into your life in ways you would not imagine, why? Because He ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. When you are on the verge of giving up, or feeling fearful or lonely, why not challenge yourself to get up and just worship. When the enemy tries to steal your joy and your peace, worship God. He will fight your enemies Himself for you. All you need to do is keep your eyes on Him and worship. The true meaning of worship comes from within. So I ask today, what are you doing with your time today? Lets worship Him together. If you are finding it hard to worship, listen to ‘Heart of Worship’ by Hillsong. Not only that, but talk to God, remember He is your Father, but He is also your friend 🙂

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Why does life seem so unfair?

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Ladies, we need to be aware of the fact that Gods timing is PERFECT! Blessings can only be delayed, but they CANNOT be denied! Remember Habakkuk 2 verse 3: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, and it hastens to the end fulfillment; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, because it will surely come. It will not be behindhand on its appointed day”.

It must be a constant remind for you and I to believe that God has a plan and will fulfill in when He says so. We should not be waking up every blessed morning trying to plan our day and what we are going to be doing, without firstly having a conversation with God. It should be a priority to speak with God in the morning before anything else, because you are more likely to hear His voice relative to your own. One thing that I realised was not pleasing to God was putting Him second place. I used to always check my phone to see who had called or text me and would use all of my time on my phone, and wondered why God did not hear my prayers. Maybe it was because I was too focused on what ‘I’ wanted to do, that I blocked Him out. Ask yourself, what are you placing before God that you need to give it to Him?

I was speaking to a dear friend of mine and he was telling me that he needed encouragement. So with the help of God, I encouraged him by referring to certain scriptures that would uplift him. Sometimes in life, some people just need you to be there for them, sometime to cry to, someone to lean on. He had the interview, and the next day, he informed me that he did not get the job. I related to him very well, because it was a situation where I also poured out my heart to him and was able to explain my experience of the job search to him. It’s good to also speak to someone who has also been in a similar or the same situation as you, because usually, I find it quite difficult speaking with someone who doesn’t understand my pain. So I referred him to Habakkuk 2 v 3 (stated above) and reminded him that everything we desire will come at Gods appointed time! So if you know someone at the moment who feels like giving up, saying in their mind that life is unfair, or you sense someone you love wanting to commit suicide, please use this scripture to remind them not only of Gods love, but the timing that God has for everything to blossom will come in due season!

I believe that worrying is wasting energy on the things you can’t control. Leave everything in God’s hands. This less; pray more! If we always can remember to have this sort of mindset where, instead of worrying, we pray, we shall surely see better things in our lives. We will be more happy, more grateful, more thankful, and most importantly; to praise Him! We need to be reminded that sometimes, when life is falling apart and everything seems to be going wrong, WAIT FOR IT! God has a plan bigger and greater than you think! We can invite more peace in our lives by being PATIENT! Not by comparing or contrasting other people against who we are, or what they have and what we do not have. But really taking the initiative to allow God to have His way in our lives, to help us to believe that when some things fall apart, it is a sign that it will get better. God will make some situations in your life uncomfortable. You may have to come out of your comfort zone and do some things you would not expect, just for Gods Glory. You may not understand it now, but remind yourself of this; ‘WHEN YOU ARE IN AN EXAM, THE INVIGILATOR IS ALWAYS QUITE DURING THE TEST’. We can apply this context to God. When you are under pressure, just remember that God will be quiet, until the exam is over.

The thing with us Christians of nowadays is that God has never stopped being good; we have just stopped being grateful. This now brings me to my focus on ‘life being unfair’. Life has always been fair. It has always been fair when God gave you and I life, when He saw us through our day-to-day lives, when He provided us shelter, food and clothing, when He allowed us to brush our teeth and how our baths, and the list goes on. What makes life seem so unfair in our eyes is the way the world perceives life. So what if we are not earning £1,800 every month, does that mean that life is not fair? I always have this feeling in my mind that someone who earns less than £500 a month can be classified as wise, relative to those who earn more. Why? Because when you earn more money, you may be tempted to spend most of it on yourself. Not only that, you are more likely to demand more. But for those who do not earn even up to £500, you will be wise to know what to spend and not want to spend. You will humble yourself and thank God for the little you have because you knew how it felt to have nothing before.

Everyone’s eyes are perceived differently. So for someone, £1,800 may not be enough because you demand more or you feel that it is not satisfactory for you, but £300 will make someone else become content because it remind themselves of when they knew how it felt to be broke. This is why we should position our mindsets on things above and not beneath. Humble yourself or life will do it for you because slow progress IS PROGRESS! It may feel like nothing is happening, but God is working for the good of those who love Him! (Romans 8 v 28). If you are constantly struggling with life, ask God to help your unbelief and to increase your FAITH!

Do not let life define you by your downfalls, secret struggles, tears and sorrows, but be expectant that Gods plan for your life is for good and not of evil! (Jeremiah 29 verse 11). Your latter days will be greater than your former days! At least that is something to smile about 🙂

A quick prayer: Dear God, I keep becoming more and more bitter. My anger and frustrations keep building up inside of me. I know life is not always fair and everyone has trials and tribulations along the way, but I can’t find my way out of this jumbled mess…I need you to fill me with peace and soften my heart to make me whole again.

Is it ever right to be angry at God?

According to Merriam Webster, she defines anger as “An intense emotional state induced by displeasure”. It can be very easy to be displeased by a thing or by a person. When we get angry at a person, we are displeased about the way they have treated or acted towards you. Anger at a person always implies strong disapproval.

Not only that, but it can be very frustrating when you have been waiting such a long time for something to happen. You feel as if nothing is changing as the days are flying by. I remember reading about Job and he was talking to God cursing the day he was born. He had a lot going on through his mind, and he was just about to give up on life. When you read the Bible, and study what people went through, I am sure we can all relate to their pain. It’s not only being upset because you haven’t received your blessing or your breakthrough, but how about the times where you were angry with God when he did not give you what you wanted at your ‘appointed time’?

My best scripture through this year is Habakkuk 2 v 3 which says “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end fulfillment; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day”. This scripture speaks to many volumes in its own way. I have been waiting for quite a few things to happen in my life, God knows them all of course, but I hope some of us can relate when I say this. I have visions of where I am going, and I am being so positive on that specific day, God will grant it to me. All of a sudden, the outcome is opposite. When we encounter these sorts of situations,  BE HAPPY! I know it may not be what you want to hear, but God loves you too much for Him to give us some things that is not His will for our lives. Things that you expect so much may go to someone else, but does that mean you have to be angry at God? No. We do not have any right to be angry at God in any way, and I am also learning as well.

Has it ever crossed your mind that sometimes you can bring anger towards yourself? If you really study the Word of God, He speaks about His peace! (John 14 v 27). When you have peace in your heart, you won’t have time looking at what your friend has, or being angry at God because He did not bless you when you thought it should come. Instead thank God for the delay, because the truth is, BLESSINGS CAN BE DELAYED, BUT NOT DENIED! It may take time for some of us to get this into your minds, but the first time I heard this from Bishop TD Jakes, it clicked so well! Now I can lift up my hands and say ‘thank you Jesus for delaying my blessing, because I know your timing is right for me’, and so can you too!

We cannot go ahead of God, we just have to hold His hand and keep quiet, and watch Him work wonders in our lives. Let us not be so inclined in wanting things now, that we do not realise how far God has brought each and every one of you. Make a decision today to let go and let God of your anger, but to also thank God for all the good things He has done in your past, so that it will enable you to remember that your future will be bright! What you go through now behind closed doors, God sees everything. No-one is ever alone! No matter how you feel right now, God always uses people to bless us in different ways.

Many times we get so wrapped up in achieving our life’s goal that we miss the opportunity to stop and be thankful for the things we have already achieved. When working diligently to complete a race we often stay focused on the finish line. While determination is critical in achieving anything, I challenge you to slow down the pace every now and then, look back at the ground you have covered and applaud yourself for making it thus far. Give God the praise even when the goal seems only a distant blur.

Remind yourself always to have a thankful heart, because God’s plan for you is always for good and never for evil. So when He takes someone out of your life, don’t be angry. When you haven’t had enough finances, don’t be angry, when things seem so confusing and you feel as if you have been mis-treated, don’t be angry; instead rejoice, because in that moment, God can show up and pour you out a blessing that you will not have enough room to receive!

As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That is what you call GODS WILL! 🙂

God bless you and please encourage someone today!