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Worship Calms the Storm

ReflectionIn my last post I talked about being transported before God’s throne as we worship Him. That’s a wonderful place to be. That’s why we should all be worshippers. Look at where the Spirit brings us to.

Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
Revelation 4:6

In the book of Revelation and throughout the Bible, the symbolism of the sea speaks of nations. These are the saints of all nationalities worshipping Christ before His throne. But this sea is as calm as glass.

That’s because the place of worship is a place of peace. James talked about the negative reality of this truth.

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6

Doubt and unbelief puts us in a troubled sea of confusion. That’s not God’s will for us. The Lord wants to calm our sea. How does that happen?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

The word prayer in this verse literally means to draw near. When anxiety, worry, and confusion try to stir up our “ocean”; there’s only one remedy. We must take the time to draw near to God. The next verse tells us that the results are supernatural.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

This peace is ABOVE your understanding. When we come near to God in worship the things that should be causing anxiety melt away in God’s presence. I’m reminded of a chorus we used to sing many years ago.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full on His wonderful face,
And the things on earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

That’s the place of worship. But we have to set aside the time for this. That’s usually our problem. We have plenty of time to wallow in confusion and doubt. But the very thing that will calm the storm just doesn’t fit into our schedule.

We need to get our priorities straight. I find that I’m much more productive when I’m operating in the peace of God. I think you will too.

Draw near to God with the things you’re anxious about. Let the place of worship bring peace to your storm.

Question: How has the Holy Spirit brought peace into your life in the past?

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©Nick Zaccardi 2016

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Faith, Prayer, Spiritual Walk, Worship

 

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By the River

Ezekiel 1:1
In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

I find that there is something about being by a river that refreshes you.  The noise of the rushing water has a soothing effect on the senses.  Many people use the sound of water as a background noise in their homes.  It seems to have the ability to calm everything down.

At this time in Ezekiel’s life, he was in the wilderness by the Kebar River.  He was there as an exile from his own country.  Yet, he was able to focus in on God.  It says clearly that as he was by that river, he saw visions of God.

No matter what you are going through, you need to find a place that is conducive to meeting with God.  You should learn the places and conditions that calm your soul.  These are the places that will really benefit your time in God’s presence.

The Lord can take a quiet, undistracted heart and renew vision, impart faith, and give direction.  You may never see the heavens open up like Ezekiel did, but all it will take is one word from God to turn your whole world around.

Spend some time in His presence today quietly listening to hear His voice.  Be open to the soft, gentle leading of His Spirit.  Allow yourself to be renewed and refreshed in His presence.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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