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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Heavenly Worship Experience
Topic: Worship

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:6-10 KJV)

 

I’d like to conclude the worship series with looking forward to heavenly worship, which it will be at the marriage supper of the Lamb. I believe that our worship to God doesn’t end in our lifetimes in earth, but it will go forever. We do not know what this celebration would be like when we’d enter to the kingdom of God. But the Bible declares that the Heaven will be like Garden of Eden, which God created in the beginning of the world (Genesis 1-3) without the sun, moon, and stars.

 

I started reading the book on Heaven by Pastor Randy Alcorn from Eternal Ministries Perspective. In his book, Alcorn explained why most people want to go to Heaven with shortcut. They want to go to Heaven without establishing their relationships with Jesus Christ. That’s what the religions teach to people today. We can go to church denominations and learn many doctrines to worship and establish relationship with Jesus Christ, but it will become useless. Jesus gave us two simple commands—love God and love other people—but we’d come up with doctrines and theories to complicate what God is trying to saying to us. The Bible is the only reliable resource that God gave us.

 

I believe there will be dozens of us worshipping God in Heaven. But we need to worship God while we are still living here. Going to Sunday service to worship God is not enough to build our relationship with Him. This is everyday and ongoing process. Think about if we’d have air only on Sunday, then we’d all die after 12 AM would hit on Monday. We can’t grasp what our worship in Heaven would be like, but we can taste it here.

 

I don’t think my worship to God is the same as ten years ago or one day ago. We’d need to boost our worship to God each day, so Satan could not able to defeat us. We need to be true worshippers of God (see John 4:23-24).


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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Worship in the Battleground
Topic: Worship

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV)

 

This past Friday, one of my church members and I went to Fredericksburg Regional Prayer Furnace, which it is closed to my home. As I worshipped and praised the Lord with song, one of leaders came to me and prayed over me. As she prayed, she said that my worship with song is the weapon to fight against the spiritual darkness.

 

Currently, our nation is at the battleground. Even though we are facing difficult financial crisis and moral issues, this battle is not “against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Most people may believe that God is judging us, but they don’t know why He punishes us. As the way this nation is going, God is trying to wake us up from our couches and turn this nation upside up for Him. I believe what Peter said in 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…” Our national economic system issue is not created by accident, because some of us may have misused our government money over years. We have built our national debts up to trillions of dollars that we cannot pay back to China and other nations we borrowed. It would take us several generations for us to free from the national debts.

 

We have lost our focused on Jesus Christ and turned into the worldly way of living. We blamed our politicians for our mistakes. Even though our politicians focus on the government system rather than God, we need to step up and take stand to assist them to lead into the right direction. We need to worship God rather than trying to legalizing homosexual marriage, abortion, and the use of weapons. We need to bring God’s name back to schools, so students can worship Him freely and they don’t need to take revenge on other persons for their actions. We need to worship God in home, so we do not need to go separately to live our lives. Today, schoolchildren are venerable and able to reach some kind of weapons to murder other students, because their families are kept arguing each other and not relying on God. It’s sad that many Christian homes are broken as equal to the none-Christians.

 

I don’t believe that any previous president, including Obama, had no idea when they made the treaty with the other nations, especially UN. They made an oath to God and to this nation as they elected to seat White House. Once the oath ceremony was ended, they started to go their own agendas to lead the nation. We, as the body of Christ, need to raise our voices to show them where we’d need to go from here. We need people like Moses and Joshua to lead the nation to the Promise Land. It’s not just enough for us to vote the person for President to lead the nation. God must be involved with the political process. Without Him, we would be kept digging for the solution to our messes.

 

Do you want transform your life to spend eternality with Jesus Christ? God planned to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to us to pay our sins, so we can have free access to God and develop personal relationship with Him. Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.


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Sunday, January 6, 2013
What Do We Worship?
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23 KJV)

 

I’d like to ask you a question. What do you worship on a daily basis? It’s one thing to give praise to other people around us, but we only give worship to God and none of others deserve worship beside Him. The word “worship” means “to give honor” or “to serve.” Even though we can give honor to our military or serve in our community, but this kind of worship only belong to God.

 

Most people may seek for the earthly things to satisfy their lives, such as money, cars, housings, marriage, entertainment, and etc. These things are good for us to have, but when we’d put them on the top of our priorities, we are worshipping idols rather than God. Joshua said in 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

As we see in this world, many people are trying to look for the answers to satisfy their needs. Unfortunately, they are looking at the wrong places. They worship wooden idols to receive the answers to their needs, but these wooden objects cannot answers to them. Or people are praying to Virgin Mother Mary on a daily basis, as co-equal with God, but she cannot speak to them. Mary, Buddha, Allah and other worldly gods didn’t approve themselves to deserve our worship. But why do people still worship them?

 

First, I think that they haven’t heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ yet. We see today many evangelists are preaching the Gospel at the large crowd rather than in a small village. In another word, the Gospel is not personalized to them. It’s ok to have large evangelism, but if the preachers would only go to large crowd of people to provide services, they are only looking for God’s hands rather than His true character.

 

Second, our country hasn’t awakened from spiritual fatness, because we have decided to shut our door from the public and let ungodly activities take over. It’s sad to see our president advocates for LGBT activists, Islam, abortion, and Palestine tries to take charge over Israel, the Holy Land. Why? Christians haven’t awakened from sleep. It only takes one Christian to speak up to bring God to our nation as one person spoke against His name in the public school.

 

We need to worship God with all of our strengths, hearts, and minds. We’d need to lose our spiritual fatness by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to individuals, who have not known Jesus Christ.


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Monday, April 26, 2010
True Worshippers II
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23 KJV)

I’d like to look another aspect of becoming true worshippers. In previous message, I discussed this subject as a body of the Church. They are two kinds of Church—false and true representation of Jesus Christ.

Today, I’d want to go deeper into its subject. Paul said that our bodies are to be living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1). Of course, Paul didn’t mean to burn our dead bodies into fire as Pagan celebrates the funeral. But, he meant that we need to give all ourselves to God and let Him to be our boss. We need to trust Him for everything.

I love what Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” When we rely on God, He will take us to right path. Devil tries to take us to the road of destruction, but God takes us to the road of construction to the fullness of life. Devil tries to take us down to the pit of Hell, but God will take us up to His palace.

When I worship God through the song of praise and worship, it gives me strengths to live another day for God. When I work another day for God, it gives me another to reason to work for Him. Our jobs are to be for God and not for ourselves. We should honor Him and not ourselves to be lifted up above Him. Satan tried to lift himself up onto the throne of God, but he failed and dishonored God.

We need to re-exam our hearts how we should honor God. Many people failed from encouragement, because they looked wrong stuff. Our country is in mess because people are looking for wrong stuff. Many people are still sad as they celebrated the reminder of the tragedy because they keep look back to the event.

Why not to start your day to glorify God.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
True Worshippers
Topic: Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24 KJV)

What it means to become a true worshipper? The word worship has a deep meaning than just raising our hands during the Praise and Worship services. It means to give honor or devote to God. Only God deserves to be worshipped from us. Not to anyone else.

When we worship to our King, our relationship with Him will become stronger. When I worship Him through music, reading His words, praying, or to be active in my community, I want to spend more time with Him. Do we know why many people have faced many problems in their lives? They worship wrong things that would contradict with their spirit men. For example, person wants to gamble to be a multibillionaire, such as Bill Gate, Tiger Wood, and Michael Jackson. Even though Michael Jackson was the famous pop star during his lifetime, he chose to follow the death road by taking wrong medicines and decided to change his physical image to please the world. Bill Gate, a multibillionaire for Microsoft program, is famous but does he have his personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Even though Tiger Wood confessed his mistakes to the world, he and his wife decided to file for divorce. As we see, these people only wanted to please the whole wide world rather than please God.

We cannot please the world and God. We have to make a decision who we want to serve. Some churches are broken their covenants with God because they left their first love and decided to please the world. When we left our first love, our worships will become useless to God. Nowadays, many churches sell their products in order to make themselves multibillionaire churches, such as Paula White Ministries, Lakewood Church, TD Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, and Trinity Broadcasting Network. God exposed Paula White to the media because she used God’s ministries for wrong purpose. CNN Larry King Lives exposed who Joel Osteen really was, even though Larry didn’t know what he was doing. Joel Osteen didn’t tell the whole truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During his interview, he proclaimed that there are many ways to Heaven.

We need to worship God in right way. We cannot be double minded in order to please both worlds. We cannot be lukewarm Church as one of seven churches in Asia.

Paul said in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Do you like to become a true worshipper of Jesus Christ? If so, please give your whole life to Him by confessed that you are sinner and ask Him forgiveness of your sins and invite Him to your life.


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