Hi this is my recap of lesson 3 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 3.
This lesson is titled ‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 1’, and it really is about how through worship we find ourselves breaking away from the dark into the light and reaching new spiritual levels, Tom writes:
“They are not content with the status quo and are pushing through with prevailing prayer and continual worship into spiritual territories of authority in Christ
When we exalt God above ourselves we are allowing Him to take authority and when He takes authority He is then able to take greater action over our circumstances, ( I know I am repeating what has been said before , but the Holy Spirit really is a gentleman He won’t take action unless you ask for it). In the workbook there are some steps mentioned to overcome the hindrances of sin which are as written:
- Confess the sin
- Focus on God’s grace
- Cast down vain imaginations- any thought contrary to God’s
- Be quick to praise God
- Give God thanks*
Something which perhaps resonated with me was on point 6 in the Lesson ‘overcoming the hindrance of pride’. I’ve been wanting to know what it means to be humble for I guess there is something humbling about worship because we are turning our attention from ourselves onto Him and magnifying Him above anything and everything else. It is in our humility that the Lord does exalt us.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from himDaniel 5:20
*I know I wrote something on this but can not seem to find them , but there is a difference between giving Thanks and giving Praise
Hi this is my recap of lesson 2 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 2.
One analogy which I found quite profound was the comparison between our Worship and our dependency on air to survive. Our very being was created to worship, we have been fashioned and sown into the season that we are currently in for a reason, however in the same manner that we can not expect to wake-up without oxygen, we can not expect to function as a whole and not a broken spiritual and living being without worship. Worship is so innate that we can not help but to worship, when we attend a sporting event and hear the crowd cheer for their favourite team are they not cheering and praising in one accord, are they not showing their adoration to their team by chanting along or wearing their team’s colours? We can not help but to worship but often at times we have misdirected our worship and our attention from the one who truly deserves it.
The reason why God created you, to know Him personally, worship Him intimately, and serve Him willingly. Life makes no sense without pursuing God relentlssly in order to worship Him.Tom Inglis
The very thing within us that causes us to want to praise is our breath, Psalm 150:6 says ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’. It is our breath that praises God, in fact, that same breath is what was breathed into Adam’s nostrils and the beginning of man in Genesis 2:7, it is that same breath, God’s breath, God’s Spirit, God’s presence that causes us to want to worship. The more we worship the closer His presence and the more intimate we become with His Spirit and in James 4:8 we are instructed to ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’. When we worship we are acknowledging Him in our lives and how he dwells within us, 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you’,
‘This is the basis of a lifestyle of worship, it’s your response to an ever-abiding intimate loving God irrespective of circumstances in your life.
Something else that caught my attention in this lessons was that we were created to establish God’s kingdom, the love of God operating through the worshiper is the only basis upon which God will allow His kingdom to be built. When we read a script it is sometimes hard to know what the author or director intends until we speak to them directly then we can have a clearer vision
Hi this is my recap of lesson 1 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 1.
The lesson focused on getting a general understanding of what worship is, as I read the first few pages I could not help but to be reminded of Romans 8:22 ‘For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labour pains until now’. What made me remember this scripture the most, is that through this scripture I learnt that everything is alive and has its own sound, that everything on this earth can groan and even in the groaning God hears creation. God created creation to have the ability to worship from the mountains to the minuscule creatures that wander the Earth ‘ All the earth will worship you and sing praise to you, they will sing praise to your name’ (Psalm 66:4).
- Starts praise Him- Psalm 148:3, 65:13
- Valleys sing- Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
- Mountains sing- Isaiah 55:12
- Trees sing – 1 Chronicles 16:33
- Heavens sing Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
- Waste places sing – Isaiah 52; 1 Chronicles 16:32
- Seas roar a praise- Psalm 98:7; 69:34
Even the Angels worship and praise the Lord. So with this in mind you then begin to wonder why God would need our praise and worship… honestly he doesn’t… God is still God irrespective of our worship or not, we are perhaps the ones in need of worship more. In that state of worship, there is a level of humility that one reaches when all else holds little importance, in that state of worship as a daily lifestyle we are acknowledging God’s significance over everything else and we allow for His authority to take action within and around us. I love it when Tom Inglis ( author of course) writes
“when we worship Him we enthrone Him in our lives and circumstances and His power is released to dethrone everything contrary to His will for our lives”
When we worship all else bows before God, sickness , poverty ( you name it) must come under submission because we through our act of worship have lifted the name of God above any principalities here on Earth and in Spirit (Ephesians 6).
Another scripture that I was reminded of was Psalm 30:9 , ‘What gain is there in my death, in my descending to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? will it proclaim Your truth’
This scripture was one of my go-to prayers, I a human was created to worship the Lord of all in all that I do, I have no other true ability besides that as this is something innate within me ( and you) that even the rocks though they can praise you, Lord, it is not the same… So let me worship and praise you forevermore as that is the best offering I could ever give.
The other day whilst clearing one of the rooms in the house, I stumbled on this booklet that my mother had received from our church as part of a course that she took many years back.
This booklet is:
‘ SCHOOL IF WORSHIP
lifestyle principle of worship
By Tom Inglis
Now , I have never taken part in this course and I thought it would be a novel idea to follow through the pages in this booklet with you all.
The whole aim of this ministry is ‘to help people get to know God more and worship Him’ and to apply ‘worship as a lifestyle‘
There are 13 chapters to thus course as follows:
- Worship Overview
- Created to worship
- Breakthrough worship – 1
- Breakthrough worship -2
- Breakthrough worship – 3
- Covenant worship
- Kingdom worship
- Worship in the New Testament
- Prayer & Worship
- Remembrance & worship
- Confession & worship
- Celebrate your freedom
- Delivering power of thanksgiving
I would like to state that I hold no rights or claims to this booklet and instead encourage all of you to visit this link if you want to follow along with me on a weekly basis as I go through the booklet.
The first post for this course will be on May 7th, 2019. So I hope to see you then.