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Investing in your Spiritual 401K with Worship

A Year in the Spiritual Life... Discover Your Purpose: Investing in your Spiritual 401K with Worship

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Investing in your Spiritual 401K with Worship

It is a "Me" Problem 

Whether a praise and worship service is ‘good’ or not does not depend on the band, the leader, or the acoustics, but it does have everything to do with us. 


I have been Praise and Worship leader for two churches, and sang with the praise and worship team in others, and I have been just another singer with the congregation, as I am now in my home church. I have even been in a choir featured on a praise and worship album with Hosanna Integrity (Holy Fire with Paul Wilbur). 

So What Makes Worship Good? 

I have gone to churches where everything that happens in a song service is perfectly planned and executed, and I have been to services, where the congregation sings with backup tapes because there is no band. I have seen song services that are so dry that the dusty bones crying in the desert have more life, and I have been in real worship services that have been so moving, so powerful, it ushered in the Presence of God and it became the only service that day: preaching never happened. Do you know what all those services have in common? 

Me. 

Jesus said to the woman at the well, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

So break it down: Worship God honestly, (truth) leaving no part of you closed off, even your spirit, (heart) your soul (mind, will and emotions) and your body should be open to Him and His spirit as you enter into His presence and exalt Him. 


Psalms 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.6 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.


Psalms 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.


Remember, worship is an UNSELFISH act. We sacrifice our time, our focus (which face it, usually is on us way too often) and give our time and our focus to God. Decreasing our value (in our own eyes) and increasing His in our lives is the goal! (John 3:30) 


We have already looked at God moving on our behalf because we worship, (Jumping Jehoshaphat) and seen that real praise and worship can break chains and change the course of our lives (Turn up the volume and Rock on!


Let the Storing Up Begin!


But it only happens if we invest all we are. Matthew 6 says lay up our treasures in heaven, in other words, invest in what is important! 

Worshiping God is an investment in our relationship with Him, our spiritual 401K, if you will…. And its growth all depends on what you contribute to it. 


Be blessed and be a blessing and remember that invest is a verb!!!

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