Authentic worship

A disciple's study

Authentic worship always involves obedience and sacrifice. It involves obedience because God desires worship from us, and such worship involves sacrifice because it is the subjective, expressive, and spiritual attitude that demonstrates our willingness to approach and encounter our Infinite-Creator-Redeemer God.

Authentic worship is not about satisfying specific generational likes and fixations on individual want. Authentic worship is about finite beings entering into the presence of the Infinite, it is about created beings encountering their Creator-Redeemer, and it is about a corporate community of professing believers who participate in expressing their feelings and celebrating the triune God in both Spirit/spirit and truth regularly.

…authentic worship is not a commodity; it is not a preoccupation with luring people into our service; and it is not a preoccupation with satisfying or appeasing generational likes and dislikes. Authentic worship is first and foremost about God.

Authentic Worship by Herbert Bateman…

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Faith in retrospect

What is faith? No, who is faith?

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The Bible says all you need is faith as small as a mustard seed.Why this small?Is it so easily achievable? Or is it because it is so small that it is such a big task?

Nowadays I find it so hard to have faith in the things of God.We see things happen in churches.We see how the body of God is at war,instead of standing in unity.It becomes truly difficult to believe each other,to stand by one another and to help build eachother.You know,sometimes,it feels as though we are wondering in and on a journey of nowhereness.Everybody has a direction they are pointing to,but which of these many paths will you follow.

Back in Esther’s day,she had an uncle Mordecai,who cared and loved for her as a father should love his daughter.Even though she was in the enemy’s camp he looked after her from outside.He gave her wise counsel and she listened.She obeyed and trusted him.She had a reference,more so,she had a God in which she trusted.You know,we may look at Esther ,as this Biblical Cinderella story,but if you put yourself in her position and think about what she had to go through on a day to day basis ,then you might have second thoughts.

When Esther walked into the castle as one the beautiful Virgins,she didn’t know she was going to be Queen.She was most probably afraid and didn’t know what to do or what to expect.But she held on,because her Uncle told her too and she believed God would see her through.That’s faith.Faith stems and is driven by love.She had love for her “parent” and she had love for her God.This Faith that she would be OK,made her brave.

How many of us walk into situations,not knowing what to expect.When we walk into an absolute darkness,do we know when and where the light is going to come our way.Yet we keep walking,because often there is someone cheering us on to make it through the darkness.This cheerer is often Jesus through the word of God,through people,through worship,through His blood that sets us free,through the Holy Spirit.You know you have the do it for Him,because of the love you have for Him.But Most of all you often do it because you do not want God to be disappointed in you.I mean,what kind of Christian would you be,if you didn’t succeed? Success alone comes through the grace of God.

So remember the next time you go through darkness that your faith needs to direct you to God and that the same faith you have in Him drives you to success.Contrary to popular belief,Esther didn’t make it on her own.She had a shepherd and she had a Father whom she loved and they were the one’s to guide her.

In faith
Sade

The Esther Mission

What would I achieve if I couldn’t bring God into the equation? Where would I be if it were not for God? And how do I make it to the throne room without prayer, without counsel and without dedication and commitment. How do I…?

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You may be wondering why I named this blog Lady Esther. Well,as you may know Queen Esther in the Bible is a true Legend and example for us living in the modern era. She is a Queen worthy of her crown. She is brave, humble , obedient and she knows how to stand up for her rights. She is bold. Queen Esther is the epitome of grace and elegance. She is dignified and her background did not dictate her future. In fact her background uplifted or fueled her to reach her God-given purpose in life. In many ways, she is my hero.
But if you look back at Esther’s life there is one thing that stands out. Queen Esther never wavered in her faith and dared to tread in the counsel of men of another faith in order to stand –up for her God and to stand up for her people. Do you even find women like that these days? Yes, you do, but they are few.
So I created this blog as a means of directing women to becoming Esther. A woman who stands up for her nation, without throwing or shoving aside her God. We will discuss topics such as being bold in faith, righteousness, sex and even the Christian journey to everlasting life. We are geared to meet our king soon,but are you worthy of your crown?
Be warned though that at times, things may become a little sensitive.

Regards
Sadé