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Get back to WORSHIP!

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Psalms 95:6‭-‬7 KJV
Imagine if we can just hear his voice and feel his presence as we WORSHIP.
With so much going on today within the body of Christ, within the church, within the sound of Gospel Music, within the World itself, so many believers are falling fast, farther and farther away from CHRIST and are being snatched up with the deception of the world. And that my dear friends is heartbreaking. So many in the church walls have got far away from pure, true Worship, the Spirit and truth Worship. Worship that comes truly deep within the heart and soul. The cry from the heart, to cry out to God in Worship, the give it all to God worship! To braking the chains WORSHIP! The breaking into tears WORSHIP!

Sing unto the Lord ; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Isaiah 12:5 KJV

You even hear the loss of worship in today's Gospel Music and if you’re like me we listen to Gospel/Christian Music to lift up our spirits, to get in the presence of God, to encourage us in our times of distress, to build us up. And even most of today's Gospel Music has lost that element especially in the Gospel R&B and Hip Hop Genres. I hear so much more pure heartfelt worship in Contemporary Christian music then ever which is awesome and that's the type of worship that should be in all genres. We ought to sing our hearts and praises to our father, with joy, to be able to lift our spirits up giving praises unto the Father in spirit and truth, where we can feel God's presence deep within our soul, within our hearts. To be able to reach the heart and soul of the listener and the lost in need of the presence of God. To be able to feel his touch.

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalms 84:1‭-‬2 KJV

In many of today's churches today I have seen such a great lack in true worship, the praise team are in the pulpit singing however I have seen through my observation that they are up there out of obligation or duty then actually truly wanting to be up there singing true praise and worship from the heart, and if your heart is not truly into the worship how can others get into true worship and truly get into the presence of God. A praise team who is truly singing praises deep from the heart, in spirit and truth, who get deep into the worship makes a world of difference when reaching the hearts of the flock, when ushering in the Holy Spirit and when that element is lost then the flock tend to not get the full effect of true worship. You know the saying "if your heart isn't in it"? Well it's amazing how true that saying can be, if your heart isn't truly into the worship, the worship of the father then how can our souls be truly touched? How can worship be effective in our spirits? We must get back to true worship!

We can worship anywhere! Alot of times I can be listening to my Contemporary Worship station while cleaning house or driving in my car and my heart and spirit is so into the Worship music that the Holy Spirit just takes over! God begins to move! I will start to break out in tears! That's how true WORSHIP is! So many in the body of Christ are hurting, are falling away, are broken and need to get back to WORSHIP so they can be healed, to be uplifted, to be able to feel God's presence deep within their hearts and souls.

As we do church events or local community outreaches we must have more worship, to usher in the Holy Spirit so we can reach the hearts of the people who are in great need of a Savior. Taking true worship to the community can have a great impact on the lives of the people and the souls we are trying to reach and win for Christ.
Get back to the heart of worship, get in to God's presence, it's time for REVIVAL! Time to revive the body of Christ. Time to revive our spirits. Jesus is coming back for his church and we have to be truly ready.

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psalms 99:5 KJV

GET BACK TO WORSHIP! Giving God all the GLORY!
We love you! Be blessed...
-Mrs Cindy S Jones
Broken 2 B Healed
Isaiah 26-27, Philippians 2
Verse: Isaiah 26:3

There is something peaceful about the sound of the word tranquility. Life typically is lived on the edge-the ragged edge full of stress. Peace, an overused word, something known but not experienced and is at most times hard to find. But since we have not overused the word tranquility, it sounds so appealing, so peaceful and we all crave that.
God makes tranquility available to us. When He promises us "perfect peace,” and that is tranquility. It is important to remember that perfect peace is not a product that He offers but a result. It is the result of a steadfast mind, one that trusts God.
The better we focus our mind and out heart on God, the better we trust, the more we will experience the perfect peace that comes from God alone. This peace, or tranquility, passes all understanding. The peace that God has promised us in his word.
Sounds so amazing, doesn't it? It is such a contrast to the noise and congestion of traffic, the interrupting ring of the phone, the beep of the answering machine letting you know that you have messages, the sound of the hustle of people around you, or the sound of children's voices screaming for attention.
Perfect peace is not the result of God removing all of these, along with the other sights, sounds and smells of a stress-filled life. Instead, it is the result of a mind that is focused solely on Him, staying within God’s presence. That perfect peace sensation that just rushes through your body when you think about Jesus Christ.
Upon what is your mind focused on? What are your distractions? Determine today to keep God at the front of your thoughts, viewing everything through a God-conscious grid, seeing things through God’s eyes. Ask Him to help you know His perfect peace and I guarantee you that it is the most wonderful feeling.
-Mrs Cindy Schwartz Valencia Jones
Pew 2 Pulpit
What about our faith pleases God?
Part 3

We now enter the third component of God pleasing Faith: belief. This probably should have been first because without this, you wouldn’t and couldn’t effectively, if at all, do the other components. That is why it is followed by, “for he who cometh to God must believe that he is…” Now, to be clear, faith and belief are not the same thing. Some people would say that it is, but its not. We know that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Belief is a confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible (accessible) to rigorous proof or evidence. In other words, to believe is to have confidence in the truth of, existence of, or value of something. Faith is tangible, belief if internal. Faith will cause action, belief will cause faith. Lack of faith will cause inaction; lack of belief will hinder the power of faith. Look in the gospels and notice how often Jesus was disappointed in the world’s lack of faith and non-belief in his ministry and who Jesus was. So much, that he even asked his disciples if they believed in whom he said he is. Mat 16:13-17
In this portion of scripture, Jesus has just finished another debate with the Pharisees and Sadducees and was warning his disciples about their teachings by way of a parable. Then before he explains the teaching, he rebukes them by saying, “Oh ye of little faith….”. Then when they are off by themselves, he asks them whom do men say that I am? What Jesus is asking is, who do men believe that I am? This is a vital question. Just a few chapters earlier, in chapter 13, we see what men believe in Jesus: Mat 13:54-58
The world tries to reason out Jesus. They try to find flaws in his perfectness. It wants to deny the very the truth so that they will no longer feel condemned in what they do. But, that is another lesson. (Smiling) So the world says that he is another prophet, just another man of God. Just another man; not willing to accept or believe in the deity of Christ. So after Jesus hears these answers, He then comes to the main question. “But, whom say ye that I am?” In other words, ok, forget what the world believes, who do you, my disciple, the one who walks with the Word, believe that I am? Who is this Jesus Christ? Has God asked you that? What was your answer?

Peter, the beloved Peter, the first church apostle and preacher, says, “Thou art the Christ, Son of the living God.” What an answer! Such boldness and confidence. Jesus looked at him and said blessed art thou. Jesus felt that God pleasing aspect of faith in Peter’s words. He felt the confidence in a truth that was revealed to Peter by God. Peter believed. Jesus felt his belief.

Now, I have been dealing with something that falls along the lines of belief. Belief in God and belief in His Word. There is more to belief than saying “it’s in the bible.” I’m not saying that we should question everything that is written. In fact, there is nothing to question. However, we should study, research, and seek God for the truth in his word. We should seek to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Seek God for the truth yourself. I used to believe that if I just confessed and believed that I was saved. I thought this for over ten years. I read, prayed, studied; did all the things Christians should do. Now, when I was asked if I was baptized in Jesus’ name and that true salvation comes with the baptism and in-filling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I questioned it. Yes it is written. (Acts 2:38) However, like millions of other people, I did not know it was necessary. I was taught differently and now I was being told that if I would have died, I might not have made it. So I researched and studied for the truth. Now, if I’m asked, I can positively say, without a doubt, with boldness and confidence in that truth. The Lord led me to another scripture that confirms my thought. John 11:21-27, 39-40.

In this passage of scripture, Jesus again asks another “belief” question in regards to who he is and of his power. Martha, sister of Lazarus who is dead, hears that Jesus is coming and goes out to meet him. She says to Jesus that he is a little late and that Lazarus has past. Jesus tells her that Lazarus would live again. Now, note the biblical answer Martha gives in response to Jesus, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Praise God that we shall all live again if we pass from this world. However, Jesus was referring to here and now. He meant that Lazarus would live again on this earth not many moments from now. Jesus, perceiving that she lacks the God pleasing belief that leads to great faith, gives a glimpse of who he is. “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” Here is the Word. Jesus is telling Martha that I have the power to resurrect Lazarus. He also is giving her the word of salvation saying that even if she or he were not dead, they should not die (spiritually speaking). Then the important question, “Believest thou this?” Do we believe the word? When God says we shall cast out devils in his name, do we believe it? When God says he will never leave us nor forsake us, do we believe it? When God says all things are possible, do we believe it? Believest thou this? Notice, again, Martha’s biblical answer. “I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” Good answer, but not what God was looking for. He just doesn’t want the bible verse memorization answer. Jesus is looking for that I know it because I know you and have sought you for the truth answer.

Go to verses 39-40 in this same chapter. Jesus has talked with Mary, seen the mourners, groaned in the spirit twice, wept, and arrived at the tomb of Lazarus. He tells them to roll away the stone and then it happened. Martha, bible scholar and verse memory expert, the one who knew the biblical answers, says wait, is that a good idea? I mean, my brother has been dead four days, I know it must reek in there. What happened to that thou art the Christ who should come into the world? Jesus looks at Martha and says, “blessed art thou Martha…”, oops, sorry. He says, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” Wow, what a rebuke! It’s not enough just to be able to quote and memorize the word. Belief is a confidence; a without a doubt belief. I would not say that because it is written, it is enough. If it were, then many people are not as lost as we think. “easy beliefism”
With what God has shown me, I could write the first part of Hebrew 11:6 as “But without belief, obedience and sacrifice, it is impossible to please him: for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Pew 2 Pulpit
What about our faith pleases God?

Hebrews 11:6

In my search for this answer, God revealed to me three components to this pleasing faith. The components to a pleasing faith are obedience, sacrifice and belief. Without these three in action, our faith cannot please God.

The second part of God pleasing faith is Sacrifices. I thank God that we do not have to bring bullocks, rams, lambs, doves and other forms of sacrifices of yesteryears. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for being my one and only sacrifice for my sins. I praise God for his baptism in water and for his Holy Spirit that dwells in me with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Yet, do we not have to sacrifice to God? Yes, we do. He enjoys and is pleased in our sacrifices. What do we sacrifice? So glad you asked. I asked the same question. In Hebrews 13:15-16, God shows me what sacrifices are pleasing to Him.

Hebrews 13:15-16, “By Him (Jesus Christ) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

I wanted to take some time and meditate on this second part of our God pleasing faith: Sacrifice. From every point of view that I have seen and heard of sacrifice; that is the part that seems to be hard to fulfill in one’s walk with the Lord. Obedience is hard, sometimes, but then to sacrifice makes it even harder. Alternatively, are we making it harder than it really is? In the obedience, we see that by being completely obedient to God’s Word and Spirit, we please God and receive benefits. Therefore, what about this sacrifice? My mind began to wonder. I thought of what sacrifice meant. My thoughts were not becoming any more pleasant. I decided to look up the word sacrifice. According to Webster’s Collegiate and to summarize what I read, a sacrifice is the surrendering of something of value, i.e. human life, animal life, or a thing of value to either a deity, or for the sake of something that possesses a higher purpose or value. One definition was to dispose of goods regardless of profit. What a sad and dismal representation of sacrifice. With that definition, no wonder why the world has such a sad viewpoint and understanding of the sacrifice Christ made for us. Then we turn that inward and find it hard to sacrifice to God. I wonder if Cain thought that when he sacrificed. I wonder if Cain was thinking, “I’m disposing of my goods for nothing. No profit.” Then we read Hebrews 13:15-16 and see the “sacrifice of praise” and when we are going through, do we feel that we are disposing the “goods” of our energy for no profit.

Let us take a real look into sacrifice and what it really means in the life of a Christian and how it pleases God. A great story and lesson in sacrifices can be found in the very beginning. Genesis chapter 4 gives a very accurate and thought provoking account of sacrifice. It also gives a very good definition of what type of sacrifice God is wanting and is pleased with.

Read Genesis 4:1-8

Cain and Abel show us the first example of sacrificing unto God. Now, before I get into this, I want to make clear that I am in no way saying that the scholars, teachers and others before me are wrong, but when the subject of this particular sacrifice comes up, it is always said that a blood sacrifice was needed because God killed an animal for Adam and Eve. I have read Genesis chapters 1-3 at least an hundred times and have not seen that verse of scripture saying that. We can assume that it happened, we can hypothesize that God gave Adam specific instruction on sacrifices and then later told Moses the complete picture. I want to give my hypothesis on this particular sacrifice since it is the first recorded version of a sacrifice in the Word of God. It says that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground as an offering unto God. Then it says Abel brought the firstlings of his flock and the fat there of as an offering unto God. Before this, it says that Cain was a farmer by trade and Abel was a keeper of sheep. Suffice it to say that both Cain and Abel brought the best of their profession to God. Now, and I will accept the touché, it does not say Cain brought the firsts of his fruits. However, this is not their first rodeo. I do not believe Cain brought a substandard sacrifice. Why? When you read further in the scripture, God never once mentions the type of sacrifice. He does, however mention the attitude. In the first four verses of this particular scripture, we see and are given the definition of sacrifice. It’s not that we are disposing of something of value for no profit, or that we are surrendering something of value to a deity or some god. Here we see that a sacrifice is offering up to God the best of who and what we are. Cain, as a farmer, offered up the best of his labor. Likewise, Abel, a keeper of sheep, offered up the best of his labor. God only wants us to offer to him the best of our labor. Hebrews says, let us offer up the sacrifice of praise…which is the fruit of our lips”. We cannot offer God one heck of a discount on a tune up or brake job. We cannot offer up to the Father of wisdom a free tuition or scholarship for learning. We cannot give the Great Deliverer a get out of jail free card. What we can offer up to God is our thanksgiving and praise for who He is and what He has done.

The other part in our God pleasing sacrifice is our attitude in the sacrifice. As we look closer to the scripture, it does say, “Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock.” So it would be safe to assume that Cain brought the best of his crops. So since we know that they brought the best, and since I can safely hypothesize that a blood sacrifice was not the only requirement here, why was Cain’s sacrifice unacceptable? Well, let’s go back to what the world’s authority on the meaning of words says about sacrifices. Disposing of goods for no profit, surrendering something of value to a deity or to something that possesses a higher value or purpose. Now, let us look at what God said to Cain, “Cain, Why is your countenance fallen. (in my momma’s term, what’s wrong with your face) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Both brothers brought the best of their offerings. God shows his approval for Abel’s offering and disapproval to Cain’s. Cain becomes angry. In fact, Cain was wroth. To be wroth or have wrath is to have an intense anger. I remember a time when I had did something for somebody, and they treated me as if I was a nobody and didn’t accept what I did for them. I was wroth. I mean I was so angry I know why Jesus taught on being angry with your brother is like killing him anyway. If I knew what “raca” meant then I would have said it. Cain was angry. More importantly, he was angry because his sacrifice did not please God. So what made this time any different from the other: attitude. Could, over the course of time, Cain have become worldly in his thinking? Felt that he was working too hard and after sacrificing, felt he wasn’t getting enough of the “good stuff”. Did he feel that he was disposing the goods of his labor for little return? Do we, in our giving, feel that we are getting little in our return? Do we not praise like we should, or give like we should, or study like we should, or pray like we should because we feel that we are sacrificing a lot for little return. Our attitude should not be about what we are getting back. We should think about what we already have. We have salvation through Jesus Christ and that provided by God. We do not have to go to hell. We do not have to suffer spiritual death. We do not have to live in an eternity of damnation. We have life, hope and freedom in Christ Jesus. I’m sure that Adam told his children of the Eden experience. I’m sure Cain and Abel knew of the mistake their parents made and how God had mercy upon them and the rest of mankind. However, like so many of us before we come to know God and some of us before we get to know God, Cain offered from a selfish point of view. Cain’s attitude was not pleasing to God. Thus, his attitude marred his sacrifice. That is why it is written that we should offer up the sacrifice of praise and the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (22) And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Psa 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

Jer 17:26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth forever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

-Min Mike Jones
LET THE RIVERS FLOW ...Your gifts, talents, resources. Reading and studing Scripture, there is a very interesting fact about the Jordan River that flows through the nation of Israel. The Jordan River is actually connected to two bodies of water; on the northern end there is the Sea of Galilee and on the southern end there is the Dead Sea.
Since thirty-five percent of the water in the Dead Sea is comprised of dissolved salt minerals, there are no fish or any other normal marine life in or near this body of water because it is deadly to most living things; therefore, this body of water is only suitable to certain forms of bacteria and algae that have adapted to this harsh environment.

The shores of the Dead Sea are characterized and coated with layers of salt crystals. And even though salt has qualities that are beneficial to us, the primary point to remember here is that life is not sustainable in this environment because there is no outlet that allows water (or life) to also flow out.
An amazing thought is our lives as believers, and how each one of us would characterize ourselves based on the above mentioned bodies of water. Do we receive God’s Word and then allow the life-giving power of God given through the Holy Spirit to flow through us, or are we like the Dead Sea, holding everything in but never releasing anything out.
As believers in Christ, we are to be dispensers of the Blessing that we have freely received” (MAT.10.8)!

In other words, the gifts, talents, and resources that God blesses us with are not designed to be heaped and just stored up for ourselves; but are to be used, shared, and released to bless others so that they too will become beneficiaries of this new flowing life. Releasing and giving is key.

Jesus said, “He who believes in Me <who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me> as the Scripture has instructed, From his innermost being shall flow <continuously> springs and rivers of living water” (JHN.7.38, Amplified Bible).

When we release what we have, God continues to supply more (LUK. 6.38).
Remember, our faith must be moving, alive, and active; otherwise it is dead and of no use to anyone (JAS.2.26). So, don’t become stagnate; as you receive, let God’s life-giving power flow from you each day.He has called us for a purpose. We are called to be of service to him to help others and he truly rewards us.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his b
elly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:38-39 KJV

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