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May 29th, 2019

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Worship in The Kingdom

Recently during a time of worship, I glanced around the room and noticed that the looks on peoples faces seemed so serious. This didn’t make sense to me. We were singing about the nations loving and worshipping Yeshua forever in His kingdom. Imagining this put a big smile on my face, and I wanted everyone else to feel the joy I was feeling. (The highest levels of joy I experience in a given week usually happen during times of corporate worship).  

New Normal

Next, a picture, which I believe the Holy Spirit gave me, began to form in my mind of the benefits we receive as kingdom citizens. I saw us believing in Yeshua for our salvation, repenting of our sins, receiving forgiveness and new citizenship (Phil 3:20). Then crossing the border into His country (kingdom). We crossover into a new amazing reality. Rags to eternal riches!

Sin, sickness, selfishness, hopelessness… are no longer our inheritance. We enter into a new “normal” which includes life and life to the full (John 10:10). Healing, love, joy, righteousness, peace… are the new norm in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17).

Corporate Worship

Picturing myself standing inside Yeshua’s kingdom, I looked around at those worshipping Him together with me and saw only joy filled faces. Exuberant expressions of worship were normal. Sour faces didn’t exist. Shouts of joy and praise were accompanied by unhindered dances of celebration to the King.

I sensed the Lord say that we don’t have to wait for the full kingdom reality in order to worship like that. But He greatly delights in our wholehearted worship now, in the midst of the trials of this life. This childlikeness in worship moves His heart (Matt 18:3-4). The problem is we so easily forget the new kingdom reality we have crossed over into. The opinions of man, and the struggles with our fleshly desires and demonic opposition, can easily hijack our times of faith-filled corporate and personal worship.

Make the Choice

Engaging our free will in vibrant worship now, in this life, is a unique and temporary dynamic. One day we will have resurrected bodies and we will not feel the resistance we do now. The war in our body and soul will come to an end. Worshipping the King will be so easy and natural.

So, my encouragement is: let’s picture ourselves inside His kingdom now and live accordingly! Let’s connect with the exuberant worship happening 24/7 around His throne in heaven and bring it down to the earth. Forget about what others will think or say. Your worship is not a show for them but is for an audience of One.

Even when feeling weak, tempted or like we got up on the wrong side of the bed, we can still choose to make the most of our personal and corporate worship times, bringing our sacrifice of love and praise to Him. He will cherish and remember these decisions forever.

*A little tip for the days you ‘feel’ down and want to just “coast through” worship: choose to smile as you sing. Don’t stop smiling until your emotions begin to follow. By thanking God for the benefits you have as a kingdom citizen, and choosing to press on passed those negative emotions, you set yourself up for a transformational time of intimate connection with the King!

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By | 2019-05-29T12:02:50+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Tags: , |4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bob Boynton May 31, 2019 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    If we seem a little sad now it’s only because we long for His (Yeshua’s) Kingdom to start here on Earth. What a Day that will be. Hal-a-lu-Yah!
    Come Quickly Yeshua even Now Adonai

  2. Sue Peacock May 31, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Yes Cody – such times of worship are the most wonderful opportunity to experience the fullness of joy in the presence of our Father, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit. “Your presence Lord is heaven to me.” Choosing to smile!

  3. Dave June 11, 2019 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Exuberance? Can it be generated by the intent of will or is it spontaneous? How does the spontaneity of exuberance occur? There are some good thoughts here by Cody regarding these things but it all points to something missing, something needful, essential but not there, something is lacking, but what? Same for so many issues in the church, it’s the need for greater love. So, here’s a simple key to greater love. be needy for love from the people all around you as the absolute best way to share love, it’s counter intuitive but true that if you have nothing to offer but your need for those around you? You’ll be radiantly successful in love. You might ask, does God need us? Certainly we know He loves us, but does He needs us? Of course He does, otherwise He wouldn’t have created the creation, he did so out of a need for us to love him and us to be loved by Him, this brings God pleasure, the mutual exchange of love that defines love, that is correct community. If we don’t love ourselves correctly it’s impossible to correctly love others. But to only love one’s self is to become entrapped in Lucifer’s error, Satan loves and needs none other but himself. That’s the way of devil not the Lord God. The joy of the Lord (exuberance) is found in others, God most of all. God is found in us His body when we understand and practice love correctly. That is our need for others, in the community of divine love, the body of Jesus Christ.

  4. Annabel July 27, 2019 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this, it has greatly blessed me and produced for me a beautiful picture of our present reality being children in our Father’s brilliant Kingdom, rejoicing and free in jubilee. Amen!

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