“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
The first thing the Lord told us was that you must believe as the Scripture declares. We can’t just believe anything that we want. It will not work with faith simply for faith’s sake. Our faith must be firmly based in the Word of God.
In order to get into the flow of God’s power we must trust Him as the Scripture declares. We must also couple this with the knowledge that power involves intimacy with the Lord. We must remain, abide, live, dwell, and reside in Him. If intimacy with God is the priority, then we must ask ourselves what’s the most intimate place, spiritually?
There’s a biblical word that’s used for the concept of spiritual intimacy with God. The meaning has been all but lost to modern Christians. I’m hoping that the church will once again make this their goal. The word I’m speaking about is WORSHIP.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word translated worship means to prostrate yourself or to lay down with God. In the New Testament, the Greek word they used for worship literally means to lean forward as if to kiss. Both of these concepts involve intimacy. You would never want to lay down with someone or kiss someone unless the moment was just right.
As I said before, we have all but lost the concept of what true worship is all about today. To most Christians, leadership included, the difference between praise and worship is that praise is the fast songs and worship is the slow songs.
Actually, if you study the Scripture, you’ll find that both the fast and slow songs are praise. This is because anything that we do toward God with our flesh (sing, clap, dance, etc.) is praise.
According to the Word, worship is a function of our spirit. That’s why throughout the Old and New Testaments, whenever the position of worship is described, the worshipper is always prostrate or leaning on something.
Praise is always my flesh giving glory to God. It’s a team effort. That’s why when we’re in a meeting, the bigger the crowd, the more incredible the praise.
Worship, on the other hand, is just me and God. Think about the times in church during the praise time when suddenly a “holy hush” comes over the congregation. This is when the Lord is calling us to be intimate with Him. It’s usually the most uncomfortable time there is in church. That is because we are so unused to true worship.
What we have to realize is that if power requires intimacy, then worship is the place of power.
Question: How comfortable are you with being quiet before the Lord?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014