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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Your Rhapsody of Realities Devotional for Today, Sunday 11/12/2016

Theme: The Power Of True Worship
 
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD, DSc, DD
And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory (Exodus 29:43).

In worship, God talks to us. As you minister to Him, He ministers to your spirit as well. Heaven is never silent on the worshipper. When you need direction, guidance or a supernatural intervention, worship the Lord. In Acts 13:1-2, the Bible says, "…as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…" letting us know that the power of God’s Spirit is manifested in an atmosphere of true worship. 

True worship isn’t the casual rendition of your favourite Christian tunes; it’s the lifting of your heart and hands to the Lord, in reverence of His awesome majesty. It involves making confessions to His Name on the basis of who He is, in line with the revelation of His personality in the Word.

The Lord Jesus, in John 4:23, outlines true worship as that which is done in spirit and in truth; meaning that you’re to worship the Father from your spirit and according to His Word. For example, His Word says, "...and the lifting up of my hands be as the evening sacrifice" (Psalm 141:2); that means one of the ways of effective worship is to lift your hands to the Lord. There’s something deeply spiritual and powerful in lifting your hands to the Lord in worship; you’re offering to Him a sacrifice of sweet smelling savour.

As you sing and bless His Name, lift your hands to Him as well, and focus on Him. Soon enough, you’ll be enraptured in the warmth of His love and the glory of His divine presence. Do this often; not only when you’re in church, but in your room, car, office - everywhere and anywhere!

Recall what the Lord said to the children of Israel in our opening verse; He was referring to the place of worship. That’s where He meets you, and opens your eyes to see in the spirit and helps you receive the divine touch you need for your next level of glory. Hallelujah!

Prayer 
Dear Father, I lift my holy hands to you even now, in love, appreciation and worship! You’ve made my life glorious; you’ve made my path straight; you’ve made my destiny one of greatness and never-ending victories and possibilities; for these, I praise your holy Name and extol your majesty. Thank you for your presence and glory in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

further study: 1Timothy 2:8; John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3

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