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WORSHIP IS:
BLESSED

 

 

THERE ARE MANY BLESSINGS OF WORSHIP.

 

Psalm 37:3-4 (KJV)

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land,

and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalms 99:5

"Exalt ye the Lord our God, worship at His footstool, for He is holy."

 

Worship of our King Jesus provides many blessings. Just the intimate relationship alone that develops is worth more than all the gold in Fort Knox. More than that, there are definite rewards promised to those who come into this fellowship.

 

Since there are blessings for those who worship King Jesus, the devil has designed tricks to remove us from the footstool of worship. Every sin of a Christian is first sinned after leaving worship, or is in conjunction with leaving the worship. There are many temptations even while in worship, but there are no sins in the presence of God. We cannot sin and continue to do so, while at the in the midst of worship. We may be tempted, and leave worship and sin, but in the midst of true worship, there is no sin.

 

So, the devils tricks are designed to get us away from worship. If we try to live for God in a legalistic manner, we have a real struggle with ups and downs, spiritual versus carnality. If we learn to live more and more in worship, the loving relationship with the Lord makes sin undesirable, unloved. As Paul said, ‘the things I once loved, I know hate, the things I once hated, I now love.’

 

When we come to worship, we find the first gift from God is justification. Coming into worship is begun by repentance, as we come before the throne, we are then, at that moment, pronounced ‘justified.’

 

There may be only a fraction of a second between footstool worship and justification, but there is some time between them. God cannot justify mankind until mankind is brought before the throne for judgment. We can wait until the White Throne Judgment or come now to the throne of God. The only way to come now, is to come through the blood of Jesus. Thereby, when we come in true worship, we are then judged and pronounced justified.

 

 

The order of the process is revealed in I Corinthians 6:11:

 

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

 

 

1. There is first the ‘washing’.

This is the washing clean in the blood of Jesus. Sins, defilements, the filth of this sinful world are washed away by His blood. The ‘washing’ in the blood is like a waterfall before getting to God’s throne. We approach that waterfall by the confession of sins, and then passing through that, we reach the throne of God to worship Him clean and righteous. We are washed free from all sins, before we reach the throne to worship.

 

Ephesians 2:13-18 (KJV)

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

 

 

2. Then we are ‘sanctified’.

 

This is the coming into worship means we are separating ourselves from this world, and choosing to come before God. The Hebrew and the Greek words for ‘sanctification’ mean ‘to set apart from profane use to sacred, holy use, to venerate and to reverence.’ This means that the lifting our of worldly awareness to God awareness, and the giving ourselves over wholly to God and to His worship and service is sanctification. He word ‘saints’ literally means ‘sanctified ones’. Therefore, ‘saints’ are persons who have made use of this separation from the world and its sins, choosing rather to worship God. This separation to God in worship is sanctification.

 

3. Finally, we are ‘justified’.

 

In that cleaned, separated state, we are then pronounced ‘justified’, in right standing with Him. One can be sinless, and not be ‘sanctified’. For a sanctified person is more than just set apart from sin, one must also be set apart to the presence of God. That event of being set apart from sin by the ‘washing’ and now being set into the presence of God at His footstool is sanctification. Once there, one is ‘justified’, i.e. pronounced to be pure and accepted in His sight.

 

The rich young ruler claimed a lack of sin, and the Lord did not deny his statement. What the rich young ruler lacked was the laying aside of the hindrances of following the Lord. The following close to Jesus is sanctification. Sanctification is the blessing of worship. In fact, we can go as far as to say, that sanctification is worship.

 

Sanctification and justification are very misunderstood subjects . People think that it is holiness, or a purity of life, or a sinless condition. It is in a sense all of the above, but it is far more than those. Those can be strived for, sought after, desired, claimed, and possessed in part, at best. Yet, sanctification is the condition of having approached God successfully, sitting in His Presence, fully cleansed by the blood, having no present or past sins to separate one from God’s presence. Receiving at that time ‘justification’, due to our worshipful sanctification. That condition only occurs in true worship.

 

Sanctification is not being set apart from sin, for a dog can be set apart from sin, and not be sanctified. Sanctification is being set upon the footstool of God, sitting there before His throne, being in fellowship with King Jesus, the Almighty, Holy One on the throne. There is no sin there, and as one learns to live in that sanctified state, sin loses its luster. The presence of God, the communion with the Lord, outshines the faint glitter of the world.

 

Our first moment of worship happens at salvation. At that moment, we possess all the fruit of the Spirit, i.e. love, joy, peace, etc. What makes us lack one or more of these fruit later is the cessation of that enduring at the footstool. As long as a progressive worship continues the inbred sins of the flesh cannot any longer dominate us.

 

The new person that we became at salvation only dominates the flesh through the abiding in worship to the Lord. When that worship ceases for a time, the old carnal nature is reactivated to strength, and begins to try to dominate our being again.

 

True worship before the rapture of believers must be progressive. Before the rapture, we can stray again and again, and begin to yield to the carnal nature. After the rapture, we shall literally ever be with the Lord and shall never therefore want to sin. We would never want to sin on this side of the rapture either, if true worship were maintained.

 

Sanctification, therefore, is progressive and not completed in us until the rapture. Now, before the rapture, nothing binds us to the times of worship, it has no chains upon it, we are free to come to it, if we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and free to leave it if we are lured by the devil or by our carnal natures. We can choose to leave, or choose to remain in His glorious presence.

 

Spiritual strength of the three, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, made it possible for them to have worship in a fiery furnace. Daniel had footstool worship in a den of many lions. When the test came, they were not yielding to sin, but were yielding to God. We need spiritual strength also in this world filled with temptations and sin.

 

1 Peter 2:8-9 (KJV)

8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:

 

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)

4 According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

 

We are a ‘peculiar people’, we are ‘without blame’ in His presence.

 

 

Many other blessings

accompany this wonderful sanctification

we have while in worship.

 

 

 

Our needs are supplied.

 

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Psalm 37:2-4 (KJV)

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

 

Guidance through the battlefield of the earth is given, if we find counsel from Him while at the footstool.

 

Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

 

 

Answered prayers are the norm, when we dwell at His throne, sitting on His footstool.

 

Hebrews 10:19-23 (KJV)

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised...

 

Psalm 37:4-7 (KJV)

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

6 And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

 

God’s help and protection are found while we dwell at His footstool.

 

Psalm 33:18-22 (KJV)

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy;

19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.

22 Let Thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.

 

 

 

Footstool worship is truly like praying,

‘Thy kingdom come.’

 

Jesus is enthroned, and sits at the right hand of God. He is interceding for us, and as we come to the throne in our prayers, we are worshipping the King of kings, and praying for His kingdom to come. While at His footstool, while resting there before His throne, we do want His kingdom.

 

The idea of ‘kingdom’ is foreign to the natural man. We often think ‘democracy’ is best. A ‘kingdom’ implies a king, and we have available the only Perfect, the only truly Holy and Pure One there is, to be our ‘KING’. We find Him at the throne, and we commune with King Jesus while we sit on His footstool. People rebel against a ‘dictator’. We do not want to be ruled. But with a loving, and all wise God, we do not have a dictator, we have a Just and Merciful King. Peace and joy come by giving rulership to the Lord Jesus, our King.

 

If we rebel against the law of gravity, and step off a roof, we fall. If we rebel against God’s rulership, against the kingship of Jesus, we will lose all joy and peace.

 

We know His kingdom will come, not just a present kingdom, but also a greater kingdom still to be fully realized. In times of true worship, the relationship is submission and acceptance of His Kingship. We accept Him without rebellion. Because of true worship, we will literally enjoy His Kingdom.

 

 

 


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