It’s time to walk in your assignment!

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“One of my biggest fears as a believer is being  disobedient and out of the will of God that I miss my calling and the souls that God called me  to win for HIS  Kingdom their blood is now on my hands.” 

I heard a testimony of two young ladies one was a Christian (we will name her “Josie) and the other friend was a Christian as well but I don’t think her walk with God was as strong as Josie’s, anyway we will name her ( Diane). They were best of friends. The Lord would unction Josie to invite her friend Diane to church, Josie’s father was a Pastor and a Mighty man of God. Josie wanted to invite her friend but for some reason never did. Josie would ignore the unction of the Holy Spirit. This happened on multiple occasions but she never obeyed what she was being told to do. Josie had many, many opportunities to invite her friend to church since they were always together. Long story short behind closed does Diane was battling within herself.  Diane was very depressed and suicidal , she never showed this side to anyone so Josie assumed she had her life together and was happy with everything.

One day Josie realized that she had not seen her friend  Diane in a while. Josie asked someone if they had seen Diane,  and that was when Josie was hit with news that changed her life forever! Josie’s best friend had took her fathers gun and shot herself in the head. Josie said that her best friends blood was now on her hands because of her disobedience to invite her to church. If she would have listened to the Holy Spirit her friend could have possibly still be here. 

Ever since I heard that testimony I made a vow to myself that I will do what God tells me to do even if I do not understand. I rather be obedient then be disobedient and set myself up for disaster and embarrassment. 

When we are being led by the Holy Spirit to do something especially if it is uncomfortable or not “normal” JUST DO IT. We do not need to know why!  We are responsible for telling others about the gospel. Psalm 96:3; Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. If they do not want to listen or if they listen but still continue in their old ways then their blood is not on your hands, because you have told them and warned them about what the gospel says. 

Many of us are afraid to correct one another on things that are not of God.  If you see your brother or sister doing or acting a way that is not of Christ it is important that we hold them accountable, remind them what God commands of them and make sure you do it with Love and not as if your belittling them. The way that you go about handling a someone is important, if you handle someone in a way that condemns and not convicts that can cause them to pull away from God. Conviction is different from condemnation because Conviction leads to life for the believer. We must never ignore the Holy Spirits loving discipline. Conviction may hurt in the moment, but unlike condemnation, it will lead to more joy in the end.

  •  Condemnation Leads to Death. Conviction Leads to Life
  • Condemnation Is for the Unbeliever. Conviction Is for the Believer
  • Humans Bring Condemnation. The Holy Spirit Brings Conviction

Romans 8:1;There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I know that there are young people who feel like they are too young to be used. Some think that they have to be a certain age, or have to have gone through some tough times to be used. You are not to young and God will use you regardless of what you have or have not been through. If you look in the book of Jeremiah he was used as a Teenager. Maybe the “tween” ages I am not exactly sure what age he was. In the book of Jeremiah Chapter 1 verses 4- 10 it speaks on how God tells Jeremiah that he knew him before he was formed in his mother’s womb, before he was born and chose him to do a special work. How awesome is that? Your not even formed yet let alone even thought of and God already had a purpose and calling for your life. .God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah’s response to God is “ I don’t know how to speak. I am only a Boy”. Jeremiah has the response I am sure we all would have if put in his shoes. He is thinking he is to young to be used by God and to have such a powerful ministry  and have the weight of a nation on your shoulder that’s A LOT  of pressure for someone his age. 

God may have given Jeremiah such a great calling but one thing about God is he wont leave you out to dry. He told Jeremiah in verses 9 and 10 ” Then the Lord reached out with his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me, “Jeremiah, I am putting my words in your mouth. Today I have put you in charge of nations and kingdoms. You will pull up and tare down. You will destroy and overthrow. You will build up and plant. God gave Jeremiah an importation from him so he would speak what the Lord has called him to speak. He also gave him instruction and insight as to what he has called him to do while doing the will of Christ.

When I study the bible I always think and ask myself “I wonder what the world would be like is such and such did not adhere to the calling on their life?” One thing is for certain One’s disobedience can effect many. Answer the call. Do not fear cripple you from God assignment on your life. You do not have to have it all together for you to be used mightily. God has specific people for us to come in contact with and we are going to be used in some way to get them to where they need to be for their purpose. However that is only if you are obedient and do what you are being told to do. The theme that I am getting at right now is Obedience. Obedience plays a major role and is a MAJOR key in walking in your assignment. If your not walking in Obedience then what are you doing?

The time is NOW!!! Activate the call on your life. Take a leap of faith and do what the Lord has been calling you to do. It may not make sense, you may not know how it will all come together.. Do not look around for people’s approval. Just have faith and press through. There are no small parts in being a servant of God ( 1 Corinthians 12:12). God will never give you an assignment that he felt you wouldn’t be able to fulfill. SO LETS GET BUSY FOR THE KINGDOM… ACTIVATION ON!!!!

I hope this is encouraging to you all.

I. Love. You. All. ❤

xoxox…Z.M.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you Genuine or Insincere about Worship?

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This topic just started to weigh heavy in my spirit. Every morning I listen to different christian podcasts to get myself in the right spirit, mind frame and to start my day off right. One of the podcasts’ that I was listening to was speaking on the topic of worship. The man of God asked a question, and the question was ” When you sing unto God what is your heart’s posture? Are you genuinely singing to God, and mean what we say? OR  are you just singing because you know the words? that is your  favorite song?  you like the beat?”. That was a question that I had to ask myself because I’m a Youth Praise and Worship Leader, so I had to evaluate my worship.

I’ve come to church not in the greatest of moods because I had a rough day and when I come to church I find out that I have to sing. I honestly don’t feel like singing, but I know that as a Praise and Worship leader it is my duty along with the body of Christ to set the atmosphere for  God to come in and  also help set the atmosphere for our Pastor to come and deliver the word of God. This is why it is important to:

  1.  Worship before getting to the house of God. Get yourself pumped and excited for what God is about to do in the service.
  2. Center you Heart before worship  Whatever you went through before coming to church leave it outside and come in to the house of God with a spirit of expectancy. 
  3. Arrive early. Get to church on time so you can pray and get yourself in the position to where God can come in and speak to you, move through you, break and transform you.

So before I step my foot on that stage I pray “Lord all of you none of me! Whatever emotions that I am feeling that are not of you take it out of me. I want you to get all the glory and honor and I want people to be able to sense your presence. I repent for coming into your house with the cares of this world, create in me a clean heart so I can worship you in spirit and in truth”. Now of course this prayer may change from time to time, but the Word Of God says we need to kill our flesh, so I make sure I am right in my spirit before worshiping God with a tainted heart.

Before we get DEEP! let me define what worship is. Worship is having reverent honor to God. For those of us who are not sure what reverence means, its deep respect for someone or something.  Coming to church and singing slow songs is not worship. The way we live, determines whether or not we are worshipers. The reason why I say that the way we live our lives determines if we are worshipers or not is because, God looks at our hearts posture. Praise and Worship originates in our hearts, If your worship is not pure than it means nothing to God. 

John 4:24: God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”                    

   

                                           True Worship Vs Familiar Worship

True Worship:  

John 4:24 (KJV);  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

When you TRULY worship God from your heart, there is no way that you can worship him with no emotion or feeling. Worship has true emotion behind it, you feel an emotion where sometimes you cannot contain yourself, you start crying , speaking in tongues, you let the Lord move as He please.

To get an idea of worship and the emotion think of it as falling in love with someone that you cannot visualize not being with for the rest of your life . When a man is getting ready to propose to love of his life they usually have this nice speech prepared.  The speech is usually the man telling his Lady how much they mean to them, the journey and the transformation of his life, how he couldn’t see a future without her  ( something along those lines).

The guy may get choked up and start getting emotional and cannot contain himself because they are overwhelmed with emotions that are explainable. Worship is just like that. You love God with all your heart, you have these love songs (worship) dedicated to Him expressing what He means to you, how much you love Him, how you’re not complete without Him, you don’t know where you would be today if you never met him.

Worship is also a form of intimacy with God.  When I worship God sometimes I think about the overall goodness and greatness of God, his grace and mercy on my life. I start to feel an emotion that is explainable sometimes I feel chills or I just start to smile, I can’t contain myself. You don’t have to be all over the place, falling out , screaming, laid out, for people to see or think that you’re in the spirit. Let it happen naturally. 

I always keep in mind that in order for our worship to be effective we must have a pure relationship with our Lord.  I try to stay in the spirit of Worship at all times good days and bad days, in and out of church. That is a MAJOR KEY!

 Psalms 51:1-11 I encourage you to read and get into your heart, you could even pray this prayer as well. 

Familiar Worship:

Familiar worship is more so like a ritual, they sing the same songs every service, your singing because they asked you to join in and participate. It’s not genuine or pure, your only singing because you “feel” you have to or because you were asked. Personally I see a shift when the songs are upbeat and you can move (that’s called praise) . If its a “popular song” or a song with a nice beat we tend to participate more and you don’t have to ask them to clap, open their mouths and sing. God wants you to WANT to worship him because you LOVE.

God is a gentleman he will NOT force himself on no man.

We as the body of Christ should not want the spirit of familiarity on us. That causes problems in the future.

What is your heart’s posture?

“It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts”

An Obedient Heart– Obedience in itself is an act of worship. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord.

( Romans 12:1 )

An Expectant Heart–  A person will never receive beyond their expectancy! Expectancy is the key to the doorway of receiving God’s blessing. Expectancy opens your heart to hear and receive from the Lord Jesus Christ.  ( Hebrews 11:1)

I want to ask you a  few questions? Think about it, you don’t have to write it down you can just answer out loud or in your head:

  • Do I genuinely care about the people in the room, as God cares for them?
  • Am I transparent before the Lord about  my own brokenness and shortcomings?
  • Am I humble? Am I gracious? Am I genuine?
  • Am I holding on to bitterness or hurt feelings?
  • Have I taken in more of the world and less of the Word of God?
  • Release the sin through confession.
  • Receive God’s forgiveness and restoration of the joy of salvation.

Different Types of Postures for Worship.

  • Prostrate – 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 
  • Dance 2 Samuel 6:14-15 
  •  Bowing- Psalm 5:7
  • Walking and jumping.-Acts 3:8
  •  Lifting hands.-Psalm 28:2 

Conclusion :

Worship isn’t about people. Worship isn’t even about the music. Worship is about giving God the honor and glory he deserves. The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we’re tempted to lose Hope and LOVING HIM when He seems so distant and far away. At my lowest, God is my hope. At my darkest God is my light. At my weakest, God is my strength . At my saddest, God is my comforter.

                    xoxox… Z.M.