“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
March: My Worship
Foundation Scriptures: Matthew 28:1-8
Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow. 4 And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they were agitated and they trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. 6 He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you. 8 So they left the tomb hastily with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples. Matthew 28:1-8 AMP
1. Around the world, people worship idols of wood and stone—gods that have eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, and a mouth that cannot speak.
We worship the One and Only True and Living God—Creator of heaven and earth.
Religion is man trying to reach God by or through millions of ways—Christianity is God reaching out to man by and through One Way and One Person—the Way, the Truth, and the Life—Jesus Christ!
John 3:16-17 AMP—For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
2. The One we worship is alive and we are allowed to have a personal relationship with Him 24/7.
Worship involves intimacy:
It’s a love relationship
He loves us and we love Him
He loved us before we knew Him and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
He gave us His all
Ephesians 5:25 AMP—Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.
Ephesians 5:32 AMP—This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church.
It’s a marriage—He is the Groom and we are the Bride of Christ
Jesus’ Blood was given as an offering for sin and a purchase of our freedom.
Jesus’ Body was given as an offering for sin and a purchase of our freedom.
3. A week before He was crucified, Jesus made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but even as they worshipped Him, He wept over Jerusalem.
Luke 19:41-42 NKJV—Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
They missed their Day of Visitation—much like the modern Church!
4. Today—and every day—we can celebrate the Resurrection—He’s alive—He lives—He reigns!
Worship involves a sacrifice.
He loved us and He loves us now—He gave His body and His blood—as a ransom for many.
We love Him—we give our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our finances—and we worship Him.
We interact with Him
He speaks—we listen
We speak—He hears
He loves on us
We love on Him
We tell about Him
He tells about us
Will you worship Him today—spirit, soul and body?
Will you give Him your all—your best?