Bulletin 30th September


This Is Thy Praise

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. (Psalm 95:6 KJV)
Worship is a necessary component of our relationship with God. It is the quintessential element of our adoration, the acknowledgement and acceptance of His first place in our lives therefore deserving our foremost attention. It is also a part of our service or ministration unto God as worship is a requirement of God, a demand by Him for our necessary Good.
About Worship and its demand by God; the Bible says, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exo. 20:2-6 KJV). Notice, God says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” God is very clear about His intolerance to our worship and service of other gods. We must be clear about this demand and avoid occasion that conflict our worship and allegiance of the True God. This is for our necessary good as the penalty of the infraction could be grievous and far reaching unto the third and fourth generation of them.
Worship is an act of service shown for adoration, admiration and respect of someone or person. It is the notion of deference, preference and reverence extended to a person for the deep respect borne toward such essentially for the value or benevolence so derived from existing relationship. Note that worship is a product of knowledge and relationship. We must know who we worship.
At a well in Sychar, a city of Samaria, Jesus said to a woman He met, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship…” (John 4:22 KJV) A worship cannot be true where what or who is worshipped is not known; such worship is false and baseless; truly it is to no value but concerning our worship of God, the Bible reiterate, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7 KJV) We worship God for He’s our maker, our God; we are His people and the sheep of His hand.
Beloved, our knowledge of God, His blessing and benefits to us will naturally motivate our worship and service of Him. This is important to our wellness and wellbeing. Akin to the compensation and benefits adduced by an employer to an employee for which an employee will be eager and willing to serve, so will everyone be willing and eager to worship and serve God when the blessing and benefits of God being our God is both known and understood. Let us therefore gain and grow in the knowledge of God and our worship of Him will seemly be natural. Let us worship and bow down…to God our maker. Amen

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The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. (Matt. 8:8 KJV)
The Word of God is the basis, source and origin of Faith. Should anyone practice or profess Faith without the Word of God; such practice or profession of Faith is fake, false and void. We must gain understanding of this truth, lest one be spoiled by the whims of the wicked to spoil or deceive. Faith is one’s reliance on the Word of God to accomplish or realize what the Word says.
Notice, the demand or request of the centurion; “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”, his hope and faith was upon the Word of God. He was so certain that the Word of God was the cure or need for his need, he hoped or planned to rely upon the Word. By Faith; He sought for the Word of God necessary for his need or situation. Beloved, there is a Word of the Lord for everyone’s need or situation. When one relies (depend or rely) on that Word of the Lord; miracle and salvation are the necessary result.
Concerning having Faith; the type demonstrated and exemplified by the centurion, commended and described as “great faith” by the Lord Jesus; the Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV); like the centurion, he came seeking the Word of God. That was his pursuit. His pursuit was to hear what Jesus would say; he was not so keen on Jesus’ coming to his house as he was on Jesus’ speaking the Word. His Faith was in the Word or better said; his Faith was derived from the Word of God, he trusted that good will result from the Word Jesus would say about the situation: that was his Faith. Truly so; “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” (Matt. 8:13 KJV).
There is a very important notice we all must gain from the Faith demonstrated by the centurion. His Faith was both enduring and historic that Jesus commented to “them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (Matt. 8:10 KJV). It was a Faith type, Jesus had looked for but “have not found…, no, not in Israel”; his Faith revealed and proved the timing effect of the Word of God; “…his servant was healed in the selfsame hour “.
The Faith of the centurion proved or revealed that (his) miracle will be delayed or pending should Jesus followed him to his house before speaking a Word about his situation and he was not prepared to have the situation further delayed after all the necessary element is the Word and Jesus does not need to get to his house to speak the Word. This is profound!
Beloved, God can speak into our situation right now if we wait, thirst, pursue, hunger for His Word; “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matt. 8:8 KJV). We should never expect God to speak tomorrow or have certain factors be in place as something dramatic happening, the sky turning pink, etc., but as demonstrated by the centurion, the needed element for God’s work is the Word of God for “All things were made by him (The Word); and without him (The Word) was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3 KJV). This is the manifest of Faith; locating the Word of God necessary for the situation and miracle one needs; “speak the Word only”. Praise the Lord.

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