How to Worship God When Technology Rules Your World

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So you are a Bible believing Christian who wants to please and worship God in spirit and in truth…but… You have a smartphone, an iPad, lab top, a Netflix , podcast, and maybe game fly subscription .  You also have a steady social life online where you make opinions straighten things out and explain things to others with your knowledge and intellect .  Maybe your passion for God isn’t really what you thought it was .  Maybe your worship isnt really anything worthy of the creator , maybe it’s time to make a choice between Siri and Jesus.

I read his blog post and it really  resonated with me I think it might do the same to you.  Read it all.

Source: http://wadeoradio.com/siri-vs-jesus-which-one-do-you-need-for-worship

 

The contemporary church has fewer pews and more chairs, no more big pulpits only movable podiums, and fewer choirs and more praise teams. That’s cool. Things change. Change is good. But what happens when the focus of worship is what changes?

More than likely most churches have made strides to ‘keep up with the times’. No more church programs or announcements, we have actual news reports. No more wondering what the words to the songs are, there are lyrics. No more having to find a seat close enough to see the preacher, there are huge screens strategically located in front, left, and right of your eye-line. There’s no longer a need for an introduction, you get to watch a cool, short movie about this month’s sermon series. No need to bring your actual Bible anymore, you have a pretty touchscreen device that does not require you to flip one page.

Church has become cool.

Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a little fog coming out while the worship team is up, having actual newscasters to report the church happenings, or even a really dope stage setup and lighting. But if all of that was taken away, could you still worship?

More often than not, you sit in front of some type of screen for multiple hours every day. Whether it be a smartphone, navigational system, tablet, TV, or computer, our days revolve around these pieces of technology more now than ever before. Children as young as 2-3 years old know how to operate a cell phone and tablet without help. Gadgets have become part of our daily lives, but is it now a requirement for our daily worship?

How did people have church and truly experience a move of God as they gathered together if they didn’t have a Siri, YouVersion, Twitter/Facebook, Notes, or YouTube? No one in the Bible had any type of gadget to assist them in communion with God, yet they knew Him. But how?

1. Want God.

No light, video, cool effect can make you want God. That’s a condition of the heart. Jesus instructs us to love God with all of our heart. The wants of our heart are the things we seek. If it’s entertainment instead of worship, of course our services will look more like a movie or concert while no one is truly seeking God. If in our hearts we really want God, that’s what we go after. (Jer. 29:13-14Prov. 8:17James 4:8)

2. Walk with God.

There are so many people throughout the Bible, yet only two people “walked with God”: Noah and Enoch. These two men were used very differently in the Bible. Noah built the ark to replenish the earth after God destroyed it. Enoch only had children, walked with God, but never died. But how amazing to live a life that didn’t include a great feat like building an ark or living over hundreds of years, but to be known for walking with God. Noah and Enoch didn’t have fancy technology as a mediator for God. They just took time to have fellowship with Him. Will people know you for your fellowship with God?

3. Wait on Him.

These little pieces of technology make everything happen so fast. Our generation of believers feel as though God didn’t hear our prayer if He hasn’t moved like we wanted in three days. We are so used to having everything happen on our schedule. In Ps. 27:14, we are told to ‘Wait on God’. He wouldn’t have told us to wait if we never had to. Do not think God is Siri and has to answer just because you pressed the prayer button. Know that God is always working things out for your good, so just wait. While waiting, spend time to get to know Him better.

It is time for us to learn that our programs are not progress. What we need is His presence.- Tommy Tenney

We have gotten so caught up with how entertaining we can make our services that we never actually experience Him.

Challenge yourself within the next few weeks to pick up your Bible and flip through the pages. Do you know the order of the books of the Bible? Is your app handicapping you? Sing a song to God instead of immediately plugging in your music player. God wants your worship not someone else’s.

From the book The God Chasers, author and former pastor, Tommy Tenney says “It is very easy to begin chasing God and wind up chasing something else.” Sure the contemporary styles are great, but do not let that become what you chase.

Remove your ‘Siri’ and go to God. Like my mom says “Put the phone down. Let’s have a regular conversation.” Is God saying that to you?

Do you have to have the stage, movies, and lights in order to have an encounter with God?

 

10 Ways to Worship God …Without Music

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The Bible teaches that as we surrender ourselves and prostrate our lives before the Lord, we worship Him in spirit and truth, and this worship is not limited to songs. Not at all. read on.

Thanks Pastor Rick Warren and the folks from Saddbleback Church for this great resource (slightly edited to make it universal, parts in red are my comments.)

As you’ll discover as you read through Pastor Rick’s section in The Purpose Driven Life on “You Were Made for God’s Pleasure,” worship through music is only a small portion of what true, biblical worship is all about. Worship is the process of surrendering our entire life into God’s hands. Everything we do can – and should — be an act of worship.

How do we apply that to our life?   God designed us to worship Him with our whole lives. Are there actually spiritual habits that we can build into our lives that help us to worship God more deeply? YES! Here are ten habits than can help build worship into your life on a daily basis.

1- Worship through prayer. We often miss this important component of our prayer life. Think about the issues you usually pray about. How much of our prayer life is about us and how much of it is about God? Without a doubt God wants us to be able to share everything that is going on in our life. He wants us to get to know Him better.

But he also wants us to get to know Him better. When we affirm who God is through our prayers, we put our prayer life in proper perspective. That’s exactly how Jesus taught us to pray. Look at the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Mathew (6: 9-13), Jesus starts the prayer off by saying “Our Father who is in Heaven, May Your name be honored.” (NLT) Jesus teaches us an important lesson with this prayer. Prayer starts with God.  Consider including in your prayers a time of focused attention on who God is. Even as you make time to speak with your friends and love ones, you grow closer to God by speaking and interacting.

2. Get in a regular habit of reading the Bible. The Bible says that we worship God in “spirit and in truth.” How can we ever worship God without a clear understanding of who He is? The truth about God is essential to worship. Pay special attention to the books of Psalms. No book in the Bible spends as much time carefully describing who God is. If the Bible isn’t something you cherish and love reading, consider how much you really seek to know God and be close to Him, pray that he gives you this love and desire for his Word.

3. Obey God. Pastor Rick mentions in The Purpose Driven Life that we worship God when we obey Him. We all need to build the habit of obedience into our lives. Take practical steps to see that this is a part of your life. Whenever you sense God is speaking to you, make it a regular practice to do it immediately. Don’t let procrastination weigh you down. If you can’t do it immediately, write down whatever God has been putting on your heart, so that you can do it SOON! Listen to the Holy Spirit who talks to us daily, the more we respond the more we can clearly understand His nudges and guidance.

4. Tithe. If you want to know what in your life you worship, look at your checkbook register. The Bible teaches us this important lesson: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mathew 6:21 NIV) God wants us to surrender our entire being to Him. One way to show that is by making Him Lord of our pocketbook. If you are already a committed tither, consider raising the percentage you are willing to give. Tithing tests our hearts.

5. Build deep relationships with other Christians.  During the third section of 40 Days of Purpose, Pastor Rick will be explaining how you are “Formed for God’s Family.”  The Bible teaches that God designed us to live in community with other Christians. We bring God pleasure by getting to know others and being known by them.  One of the two greatest commandments spoken by Jesus.

6. Share your faith. John Piper made many of us re-look at why we share our faith when he wrote a few years ago: “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” God wants every person on the planet to worship him, not because He is an egomaniac who needs our praise, but because worship is how we are designed by God. He wants the best for us.

Take time this week to share your spiritual journey with someone else. Tell them how you came to faith in Christ. Don’t worry about their response. Relax in the knowledge that you are playing a part in expanding God’s world-wide worship. Amen!

7. Serve others. Jesus tells us that “when you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did to me!” (Matt. 25:40 NLT) When we serve one another, Jesus tells us we are really serving Him. If you don’t think you have any gifts that are useful to serve, you are wrong. God made you with talents and gifts that He specifically gave you to serve others.

8. Build into your life the attitude of thankfulness. This requires looking at the world through a different set of eyes. When we look through the lens of thankfulness, we see our lives – and everything in it – as all gifts from God. Develop your own spiritual exercise each morning that demonstrates that you are putting on your lens of thankfulness. Then begin to thank God for all of the good things in your life.  I love the verse that speaks on prayer and the need for thankfulness, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Phil 4:6-7 NIV

9. Begin turning over to God areas of your life that you have never committed to Him. This is the heart of worship – surrender. God won’t settle for 90 percent of your life; He wants all of it. You might have been a follower of Jesus for years, but you still have areas of your life that you are holding back from Him. What are those areas? Only you know that. Two good places to look are your checkbook and your planner. Look at the areas of your life where you spend the most money and the most time. Do they honor God?

If you are human, you have sin in your life that you need to surrender. Think back over the past month and write down all of the times you remember disobeying clear teaching from God. Then look for patterns. If you find patters of sin in your life, these are areas of your life you need to surrender to God. Right at the moment start praying for God to help you overcome that sin.

10.  Live a life of purpose. God has a reason for your existence. In fact, He has five: fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism and worship. You please God when you live in step with His purposes. God doesn’t want you to waste your life.
You were designed for God’s pleasure. The purpose of worship is the foundation of the other four purposes. Fellowship without the spirit of worship is just “hanging out.” Discipleship without worship is nothing but a fruitless mental exercise. Ministry without worship is called “spinning your wheels.” Evangelism without worship is a misplaced sales pitch.

Worship isn’t simply one area of your life; it is your life. Start right this moment by surrendering your life to God. Then spend the rest of your life learning to worship Him more fully. Hallelujah! WONDERFUL ARTICLE, 10 Ways to Worship God

The Wrong Way to Worship God

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In this harshly true video, we see the wrong way to worship while singing songs of praise and worship to God.
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How to Worship | Funny Video

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Here is some satire for those of us seeking to worship God in spirit and in truth.

As funny as this might be to you, many many people who may look to be worshipping God are just playing a game, putting on a mask and fooling nobody but themselves. If you feel like your worship to God isn’t genuine. Seek Him with a humble heart, he is faithful and just to lead us to repentence and forgive us of our fakeness, our religious acts, or striving to work to please him .   Christ has paid it all. Rest in this fact and seek to worship him out of love, not of guilt, fear, or legalism.

The 7 Ways to Worship GOD!

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I read this and was compelled to add it to the blog, originally written by Perry Noble, its a very insightful way to look at how we worship God in spirit and truth. The comments preceded by ** is my input.

#1 – Repentance - Where there is no repentance there may be an emotional experience, but it’s not worship!  Worship does not become worship until it IMPACTS the WAY WE LIVE!

**Amen to this! Without true repentance we cannot even begin to know or worship God.

#2 – Intellectual – We’re called to worship the Lord with our minds by renewing it and fixing it on Him. (Colossians 3:1-2)

*** One of my favorite verses is Romans 12:2 : “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”

#3 – Emotional- Worship is overwhelming when we realize how deeply we were entrenched in sin, how helpless we were and how incredible it is that Jesus would rescue us.  (The reality of Romans 5:8 BLOWS ME AWAY!)

*** Which is why one of the greatest worship songs ever written is Amazing Grace, when we know his grace we know his love and it changes our hearts.

#4 – Intentional- No one accidentally follows Christ…if we are going to worship Him, it will be done purposefully!

*** This is a tough one for baby believers, it takes determination and if we are lazy our souls hurt.

#5 – Relational – Worship impacts every relationship we have, it is impossible to be a fully devoted worshipper of Christ and be a jerk to your wife or try as often as possible to take advantage of the opposite sex.

*** We are designed to live in communion with others, its how life was meant to be and in all things we should glorify Jesus, even through our relationships.

#6 – Financial – Until following Christ has impacted our finances in a sacrificial way we are not followers of Christ.  Would you like to see the primary object of your worship…look at your checkbook!

#7 – Unconditional – (and NOT situational!)  Worship is consistent, 24/7, not just when I feel good or God is giving me all that I want.  If we worship only when things are good, we do not worship God…we worship a genie!

***easy one to forget, but take the time every moment you get to thank our father in heaven by being thankful, we will no longer fix our eyes on worry and doubts but on the one who takes care of us everyday.

PS – THERE ARE MORE THAN 7 WAYS to Worship GOD! :)  These are just some key ones.

Don’t fall in the trap of worshipping worship, don’t know what I mean? Read this article: The Worship of Worship 

We can worship Him in the mundane, read this article by renown author, JI Packer: How to worship God through our daily work.

 

 

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I know this song is old, but I happened upon this video and it is just such a beautiful song.. What is your favorite worship tune?

The Worship of Worship

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ARTICLE BY GREG LAURIE

Everyone worships someone or something. Of course, not everyone worships God, but everyone worships something. Everyone is a worshipper.

Christians often seek to worship God in “spirit and in truth” using songs of praise and various kinds of music. But have you noticed just how popular worship music has become? It seems as though almost every Christian band is recording a worship album these days. I think it’s great because I’m all for any attempt to honor and glorify God, and worship music is a fantastic way to do that. But I also believe it’s important to keep worship in its proper perspective.

Not long ago, I saw a television program – an infomercial, if you will – for a worship product. The program featured the testimonies of people who claimed to have found new meaning in their lives through worship music. One man talked about his drug addiction and how he had been delivered from it because of worship music. A couple whose marriage was in shambles described how listening to worship music saved their marriage. Another person who had lost a loved one talked about how worship music helped make it possible to cope with the loss.

As I was watching this, I thought, Now wait a second. We’re getting the cart before the horse here. Worship music doesn’t free a person from the power of an addiction. God does. Worship music doesn’t save a marriage. God does. Worship music doesn’t heal a heart broken by grief. God does. Worship music is a vehicle whereby we honor and praise God. It’s designed to bring us into the presence of God. It was God who worked in the lives of those people on the infomercial. We want to be sure and give glory to whom the glory is due!

We need to make sure we are worshiping God, not worshiping worship, because when you get down to it, everyone worships someone or something. There is some passion, some god with a small “g,” or some belief system that drives us in life. It might be pleasure seeking. It might be materialism. It might be certain religious rituals. Or it might be bowing at the altar of self, but we all worship something or someone.
The Bible tells us that God “has set eternity in hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” In other words, God has uniquely “wired” human beings to worship. It’s been built into us. But the idea is to worship the true and living God.

Jesus said, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). But it is important for us to know there is a right and wrong way to worship God. When we watch shows like the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards, we see certain people suddenly thanking God and referring to their blessings when we normally wouldn’t expect them to. Their lives tell a different story, in some cases a story of rebellion against God. And we wonder what’s going on.
We see this happen with political candidates as well. They are careful to include the phrase “God bless America” in their speeches, and talk about how important faith is in their lives. We see news clips of them attending church services and carrying Bibles. But my question is: How do they live and vote? Do they seek to follow Jesus in their political lives, or simply use religion as a way of attracting voters?

An amazing story in the Old Testament shows us this is nothing new. As the story opens, Moses had led the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt. They had seen miracle after miracle as God intervened on their behalf and provided for them. Now God instructed Moses to go up to Mount Sinai and receive His commandments. But while he was away, the Israelites talked his brother Aaron into making them a “golden calf” the people could worship. Aaron went along with the plan and soon called for “a festival to the Lord” to worship before this golden calf.
It’s amazing how some people can do something the Bible clearly warns against, and then somehow rationalize it and think it is ok, even good. By doing their “religious stuff,” the people felt they were free to do what they wanted. They had earlier given God his worship; now it was time to party.

So here they were, dancing naked before a golden calf in this so-called “festival to the Lord,” when Moses came down from the mountain. In an attempt to explain, Aaron offered Moses one of the lamest excuses ever recorded:
“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”(Exodus 32:22-24)

We might smile at this and even feel a little smug, but is this really so different from going to church, lifting our hands in worship, and then going out and breaking God’s commandments left and right?
Make no mistake about it: there is a right way and a wrong way to worship.
Let’s not get the cart before the horse, and let’s not worship worship.
Let’s fulfill the purpose for which God made us.
To know, glorify and worship Him in spirit and truth.
That’s what Jesus told us to do.

Note: This article is excerpted from Greg’s forthcoming Baker book called “Walking With Jesus.

Read more: The worship of worship http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57532#ixzz1a3wVaQ1A

Do Your Kids Know the True Meaning of Worship?

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“On a typical Sunday morning in churches around the world, we spend time in “worship” . . . which typically is translated as singing. I completely agree we are able to worship God with our singing, but is this the only, or even the main, way we worship God? What if there is more to worship than singing? What “view” of worshipping God do we give the children . . . and adults . . . in our ministries if we just refer to singing as “worshipping” God, but do not give the bigger, fuller view of worship as we find it in the Bible?”

Read Full Post here: Lynda Freeman - in Teaching Kids the True Meaning of Worship

Worship Song – Revelation Song by Kari Jobe

Lyrics for this amazing song:

Worthy is the,
Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to Him who sits on
Heaven’s Mercy Seat
[Repeat 2x]

(Chorus)
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You…!
Yeah!

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King,
Yeah

Filled with wonder,
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah…

The Type of Worship God Wants

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According to this blog writer: We glorify God by making followers of Jesus who love God, love people, and go into the world.

His message comes from John 4:19-24, and the topic is worship.

We make a mistake if we focus solely on either the hymns of the past or contemporary songs in our worship services. For if we focus only on the old hymns, we unintentionally imply that God was more active in the past than now. And if we focus only on contemporary worship music, we unintentionally imply that God is more active now than in the past. So it behooves us to integrate both.

READ MORE HERE ( Blog – Right Minded, a Conservative Blog)

http://rightmindedblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-type-of-worship-god-wants/