“Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.”

Psalm 69:34 ESV

If a lot of us were honest with ourselves right now we would probably conclude that we are not properly praising God in this season. For some, the church building has become a crutch that has been used to gimp along in a spiritual journey. For some, worshiping God is something that was only done on Sundays with a group of people leading you in a song. For some, that worship & praise turned into humming/singing a song purely from memory/habit. For some, the mark has been missed with truly worshiping in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24 ESV)

Jesus didn’t die for us to go to a building to worship Him. He died to remove the NEED of having to go to a building to worship Him.

Truth is, some of us have struggle having legitimate moments with God during this season. Many people have been missing out on so many incredibly sweet moments with Jesus because we have relied on a system (the church) to lead us to Jesus without ever implementing it in our own homes. For my family, we have personally had moments with Jesus for many months without the need for a church building. We enjoy time with our church community, but it is not our main source of coming to Jesus. That is accomplished in our home each day.

PLEASE understand the simple fact that it is incredibly vital and important to be plugged into a good local church to help you grow in your faith. The Bible is very clear on its viewpoint of the importance of meeting together and not neglecting the power that comes from a community of believers worshiping God together. Also, please understand that we were not meant to do life on our own and we will never be as effective as God needs us to be without community.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

This blog post is not meant to be a “bash” on church culture spoon-feeding people. No-no-no. This blog post is meant to be a call for us all to start developing a place of worship in our hearts and minds that goes outside of the church building on Sundays SO THAT when we return to our time of worship and praise together we can be whole. God designed us to worship together as a community, but also to worship & pray to Him in our secret place. The “secret place” comes from Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:6 where he says, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

For some, the word “worship” only makes us think of singing songs to God on Sunday. Going back to the reference of John 4:23-24, the word used for “worship” means much more. Worshiping God in Spirit and Truth requires a personal walk with God that cannot be fully expressed merely in a “church” context to where our Sunday norms almost cripple or blind us to a major deficiency in our lives. This deficiency being an improper view of who God is and a lack of pure love for how amazing He is because we only meet with Him on Sunday for a scheduled bit of time. The best way to put this into something practical would be a view point on a marriage/relationship. If I choose to only spend Sunday mornings with my wife and the rest of the days/time ignoring her, it would be safe to assume our relationship would have major deficiencies as time goes on. Sadly, this is what happens with God when we only spend time with Him on Sunday morning before heading on with the remainder of our life. Then, we start to question how “good” He really is because we are not able to see the fullness of His goodness.

Friends…. Take this time to develop a heart posture of truly worshiping God in spirit and truth at all times. Yes, we must do it together on Sundays as a body of believers but it is extremely vital to also ensure we practice true spiritual worship in our personal lives on the other 6 days. If we do not develop a proper heart posture of worship, we will backslide back into the world. Or even worse, we will lose our first love of God and turn into modern-day Pharisees that judge those that are still experiencing God’s love in the purest of joy. We must learn to enjoy fellowship with God and with one another regardless of what is going on in our own lives and the world around us. In these times, we can come together as a family to worship God in a manner that will cause a ripple into eternity.

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