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WORSHIP AND LIFESTYLE

 

Romans 12:1-2. Says 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. 2 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.

A Common Ground

Holiness is required of us both to lead worship and to participate in Worship of the only true God. We cannot experience the glory of His presence during worship without a lifestyle of holiness.

This is an ingredient for worship leader who understands the weight of his calling, it’s also  essential for worshipers to partake of the blessings in worship.

What’s lifestyle

Let’s put a definition on lifestyle. Lifestyle is the attitude, behavior patterns, moral standards of an individual.

The action of an individual, their attitude to the things of God, their behavior to other brethren reveals who they are in our hearts. Your lifestyle is what people see. And they conclude on the Spirit that operates in you.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.

The way you chose to live must be in agreement with God’s standard. You can not experience real worship neither can the power of God work in you and through you without Holy living.

As a Worship Leader

Every worship leader must know that he is a representative of God to lead people into His presence. If you want the power of God to flow in your ministrations, you must consciously live up to that responsibility.

A lot is going on in the church today we see worship leaders emulating and living a life completely opposite a holy life.

As a leader everything you do, the manner in which you relate with people in and outside the four walls of the church, your character, your maturity defines who lives in you. And people naturally respect those who portray godly characters.

I have seen leaders in gospel music industry carry themselves with so much pride, even when they are yet to be popular. When a leader decides to minister to the Lord, when he desires God’s presence and His visitation, he must repent of pride and forsake it. God simply will not be enthroned upon pride. It takes humility to lead a congregation before the Throne of God.

We must all emulate the lifestyle of godliness. The unfortunate thing happening around us and in the church is that some prefer to emulate the lifestyles of unbelievers. And that’s why we see so many replicas of activities not bible based and gradually introduced into the modern church. And Mathew 6:24 says

We must continually have a lifestyle of humility before the Lord and before men. We must remain broken. Through Isaiah, the Lord makes it clear that He visits His presence upon those who are humble before Him.

One who yearns for the Holy Spirit must be humble. The difference between church musicians who are performance-oriented and those who are worship-oriented is obvious. Performers are proud and worshipers are humble.

You need to recognize that anointing is as essential to this ministry as it is to any other ministry. Those who are called by God, He gives grace. Without this enablement, ministrations will be mere imitation and fleshly effort. Many congregations are waiting, at every ministration to see the manifestation of the sons of God.

We must also note that anointing can intoxicate. When God does great things through anyone. If care is not taken you will take the glory and His glory He will not share with anyone. It is okay for people to commend what God is using to do in His vineyard, there’s nothing wrong about, but you should know how to pass it on the owner of the glory-GOD.

The Bible says the gift of a man is without repentance. But not the anointing (ask Samson). 2 Timothy 2:19 says But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Pastor

As a Worshipper

Let’s look at Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Take a look round the church, some still have the lifestyle of clubbing, they are party lovers, drunkard and still feel comfortable without remorse to worship God.  Some come for worship and their lifestyles are not Christ centered .

People still co- habits ( when two people live together without being married) and they still attend church service to lift up holy hands. They feel no guilt, they see nothing wrong.

Let’s take a close look at the above scripture.

“Sexual immorality” is derived from the Greek word PORNEIA, This refers to any kind of sexual activity outside of biblical marriage. One can easily relate the word with porn. When you take pleasure in watching porn related movies directly or indirectly- you are committing a grievous sin.

Adultery (extra-marital affair), voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.

Fornication sexual intercourse between people not married to each other.

bestiality, sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.

Homosexuality, the quality or characteristic of being sexually attracted solely to people of one’s own sex.

Promiscuity, having or characterized by many transient sexual relationships. and so forth

“Impurity” refers to any kind of uncleanness in our thoughts, words, and actions.

“Sensuality” is a broad term, referring to a kind of shameless, open lifestyle that flaunts indulgence in doing anything that feels good, in spite of consequences or morals. The original Greek term, aselgeia, carries a sense of being out of control; it suggests a person lacking discipline, or any capacity for self-restrained.

Are you disciplined?       Respect

As you read this take a critical scrutiny of your behavior. Are you disciplined. The way you relate with your Pastors, head of department and other brethren in the church is it with respect?

Paul wrote, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”

Pastor sitting

Honor your Pastor

Appreciate the prayers of the pastor over the flock (which you are part of) , counseling sessions and time dedicated to prepare sermons, recognize their commitment to the gospel and the local church, and honor them.

Moreover, the Word of God says if you are genuinely born again, if truly you belong to Jesus Christ, you would have crucified the flesh; And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit, let us also work in the spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:25-26).

A continual awareness of the reality that God is Holy and He is always present is the lifestyle of worship.

 


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