Why Believers Worship

April 3rd, 2013

There is a “thin line between worship and warfare.” The closer we commune with the Godhead, something happens that the adversary simply cannot resist — the Glory. He must flee the power of Love. God is love, and as we ascend from praises into worship, we are expressing our love for Him. We are basking in His love for us.

Although Passover and Holy Week have ended, the fact of the New Covenant is ever before us. The Father’s love is so great that He sent Jesus to rescue and redeem us from darkness. He accomplished more than we might ever realize. That is probably why the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter that the eyes of our understanding might be enlightened. [Ephesians 1:18]

It is his Word. It is his finished work. It is ours by faith. So we pray, “Lord, I believe. Help Thou mine unbelief.” [Mark 9:24] Help us to take hold of the blessings of Abraham that rightfully belong to us because of your sacrifice and triumph.

 It is what we ascribe to with grateful hearts and with each Communion.


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Ancient of Days

August 16th, 2012

Often it is difficult to picture the Father, although Jesus points to him for our worship [John 4:23-24] This song, however, captures the heavenly, worshipful imagery as inspired by Daniel 7:22.

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Ancient of Days – Lyrics

Blessing and Honor,
Glory and Power
Be unto the Ancient of Days
From every nation
All of creation
Be unto the Ancient of Days.

Bridge

Every tongue in heaven and earth
will declare your glory.
Every knee shall bow at your throne
in worship.
You will be exalted oh God,
And your kingdom will not pass away,
Oh Ancient of Days,

Chorus

Your kingdom shall reign over all the earth.
Be unto the Ancient of Days.
For none can compare to your matchless
worth.
Be unto the Ancient of Days.

~ Jamie Harvill and Gary Sadler

This song was Harvill and Sadler’s first recorded on a national label. Read the full story here.

Above All

August 15th, 2012

Remembering what it was and who it was that made us Christians brings us to a place of gratitude and worship in a deep place of our souls.

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Above All – Lyrics

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began…

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure
What You’re worth…

Chorus

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like the rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all…

Paul Baloche: “This song means a lot to me because it came from an honest place. I wasn’t ‘trying’ to write a song originally. I sincerely just wanted to worship Him and praise Him for His greatness.”

Lenny LeBlanc: “I think the reason ‘Above All’ has impacted us so powerfully – and many others including Michael W. Smith, is because it’s such a beautiful picture of how a God that is above everything, would become like a rose trampled on the ground, take the fall and think of us….above all.”

Read the full story behind this song at leadworship.com

Alpha and Omega

August 14th, 2012

As believers, we are commissioned to go to the nations and make disciples. And when we do that, we discover spiritual treasure. That is the basis of this worship song from Zimbabwe, shared by Israel Houghton.

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Alpha and Omega

You are Alpha and Omega.
We worship you our Lord.
You are worthy to be praised.

You are Alpha and Omega.
We worship you our Lord.
You are worthy to be praised.

We give you all the Glory.
We worship you our Lord.
you are worthy to be praised.

We give you all the Glory.
We worship you our Lord.
you are worthy to be praised.

“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord”
Revelation 1:8

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Video: All Honor, All Glory, All Power

August 13th, 2012

Glory Questing is grows a deeper relationship with the Godhead. So this post marks the beginning of curated videos to spark that growth through the worship experience. Many of the videos feature lyrics within them, but we will also provide the text for you to copy and use offsite. Most of the selected songs are those that we use in worship during Glory Quest @ Midnight. Completion of the eight-weeks of Scripture worship is the only prerequisite for joining us. If you haven’t signed up to begin, simply use the form on the right sidebar.

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This song is especially worshipful because it addresses all three figures of the Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Lyrics:
[We love yu, Lord. We Bless your holy name.]

All honor… All glory… All power… to you.  (4x)

Holy Father, we worship you. Precious Jesus, our Savior.
Holy Spirit, we wait on you… Holy Spirit, we wait on you…
Holy Spirit, we wait on you… For fire…  for fire…

All honor… All glory… All power… to you.  (2x)

Holy Father, we worship you. Precious Jesus, our Savior.
Holy Spirit, we wait on you… Holy Spirit, we wait on you…
Holy Spirit, we wait on you… For fire…  for fire…
For fire…  for fire…  For fire…  for fire…  For fire…  for fire…

[Wait…]

All honor… All glory… All power… to you.  (2x)

~ Composed by Chris Falson

 

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Glory Quest: Midnight Prayer Article 1

March 27th, 2011

There are pivotal events in the Bible that are marked by midnight. The following author has documented some of them which you can read as Lent comes to a close and Passover is celebrated.

The Power of Midnight Prayer

by Gabriel Agbo

I am encouraged the more to write the second part of this message by the responses I received after the first part was published last week. I got responses as far as Canada. A renowned Canadian Christian writer (who read the article through the internet) was so thrilled that she sent a feedback commending the message, and also confessing that it is at this particular time of the night that she receives attacks from the satanic agents. She said she agreed with all I said in the write-up. Yes, spiritual principles are universal. The mode and methods of operation could vary from place to place, but the principles are basically the same. We know that the battle is between the kingdom of God and that of Satan. The battlefield is man. The struggle is about who will control the activities and destiny of man.

Whereas God wants to control man for good, the devil and his agents detest man. They hate and envy him; because they know what God has in stock for him. They know the place of man in God’s programme. They are aware of the wonderful and blissful destiny that God is preparing for man, so they battle day and night to see how that plan could be derailed. Remember they (Satan and rulers of darkness) are fallen angels. They have been with God before they were thrown down to the earth, because of their disobedience. So, what we are highlighting here is that midnight is the main arena for this great battle of the kingdoms. Jesus puts it this way, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10). And you know that the thief will always want to come in the night, when he will not be seen or challenged. So also is our enemy – Satan.

Now, let’s get into the main business. And that is to look at the examples of great men and women in the bible who fought and won the greatest battles of their lives in the midnight. Let’s start with our great master and perfect example Jesus Christ. He fought and won all His battles while on earth. When he was about to start his earthly ministry, He went into the wilderness to fast 40 days and 40 nights. When His critics confronted Him, He used the word of God and the prophets. By the unbelievers, He did miracles, signs and wonders. Then by the demons, He rebuked and cast them out. But when He eventually came to the point of His ultimate sacrifice for mankind, He went into midnight battles. And that is what I call the ‘Battle of Gethsemane’.

The battle to save man was fought and won by Jesus in the midnight at the olive grove called Gethsemane. At that point, the reality and weight of what Jesus came to achieve came heavily upon Him. And He had a choice to make – whether to continue with the project of salvation or to back out. But He chose to stay awake and slug it out with Satan, sin and self. It was a night that ushered Him into the last 12 hours of His life. It was indeed very crucial to the whole salvation idea. I believe the main battle to save man was actually fought and won at the ‘ Gethsemane front’. What happened at the cross was the consummation of the process. Let’s go through the account in Matthew 26:31-47 “…’Peter’, Jesus replied, ‘the truth is that this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times’. No! Peter insisted, ‘Not even if I have to die with you! I will never deny you!’ And all the other disciples vowed the same. Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, ‘Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.’ He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them ‘my soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.’

“He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, ‘my father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.’ Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, ‘couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!’ Again he left them and prayed, ‘my father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.’ He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open. So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, ‘still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the son of man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”

I had to run the whole story so that you can understand what I am saying. It was a night when Jesus took His closest followers to an olive grove to do the midnight battle. It was indeed a tough one. He had to decide whether to continue the salvation plan or drop it. What He was to go through between Gethsemane and the Easter Sunday came stirring in His face. He was going to pass through a horrifying experience – the Jews antagonism, the disciples’ betrayal, denial and abandonment. He was going to take in the 39 strokes of cane, the crown of thorns, the spear by his side. The mockery, the nails and ultimately, the grave.

All these reality came upon Him and He decided to stay awake and battle through the night. He knew it was a midnight show, and immediately He was through, He quickly told His disciples, “Up, let’s be going.” He knew he had won the battle in the spirit, and as a result was fully prepared to face the physical challenges. This is exactly what happens to a midnight prayer warrior. He/she is always fearless and ready to face any situation in the daytime. You will always be bold and confident that every circumstance will ultimately work in your favour.

To understand the message better, I suggest you watch the film (if you have not) – ‘The passion of The Christ’ by Mel Gibson. There, you will graphically see what transpired between Jesus and the devil at Gethsemane. Satan almost prevailed on Jesus to drop the idea of paying the supreme price for sin. But Jesus resisted him and consequently won the battle that night. The battle is at midnight. Start today. Till next week, God bless!

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Glory Quest at Midnight (7)

March 21st, 2011

Suddenly, A Rushing Wind . . .

I am convinced that heavenly portals are open over this city. I know for sure that there is one near my house. On Friday night after Communion, we continued to worship the Lord. We asked Him to manifest and for Holy Spirit to quicken us.

As we progressed from adoration toward our “pressing in” time, a sudden, whirling wind began to sweep past the windows. It was almost like the beginning of a storm. Curiously, the hangings began to sway.

This might not seem unusual in itself, except for one thing. These hangings were not at the windows. They were in the middle of the house between two large rooms, and across an expanse for double doors. Back and forth and back and forth they swayed as if a strong breeze were in the house. I watched in amazement.

After a period of silence, we began to share what we received from the Lord. When I spoke about what had happened with the wind, someone else described something similar that took place inside her home at the same time, on the opposite side of the city. Wow!! This is not coincidental.

Our God is awesome! He responds when we invite Him. I suppose our minds and bodies are being prepared for His arrival. Winds signify the presence of angels and of Holy Spirit. [Psalm 18:9-10; Mark 13:27; Acts 2:2]

I have experienced this manifestation before around my house. Once I openly acclaimed the LORD in this community to some loiterers, and winds blew through this area a short time later. But this is the first time I have seen anything like this inside.

Jesus said: The Father is seeking worshipers, those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. [John 4:23-24]  I believe that He is confirming that we are on the right track.

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Plan to join us on Fridays for Glory Quest at Midnight beginning at 11:30pm. It’s not about how good we sound. It’s not about us at all, except for showing up to bless Him. There’s nothing to check out. Simply bring a desire to worship and adore Him, to seek His face, and to experience something with Him. The phone line is simply a strategic venue.

A collection of lyrics to songs that we sing for worship is available upon request. Everybody’s voice should be lifted ;-)

GQM 7 Scripture Focus: Our identity in Christ.  John14:10-14; 17:6-26

Hear the word from Sister Sybil in GQM 5.

Blessings!

Glory Quest at Midnight (5 & 6)

March 20th, 2011

The Bible is full of Promises from our covenant keeping God. When we are still and waiting in expectation before his Presence, Holy Spirit will quicken in us something that we can look forward to, something that can be validated through Scripture.

Excerpts from Meeting 5:

For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. [Ezekiel 12:25]

There is another passage in Scripture that says God’s Word shall not return to Him void [Isaiah 55:11], and Sister Sybil received this word during our time of listening in silence:

Protection for Perfection

Ecclesiastes 3

God is faithful to complete what He has begun [Philippians 1:6].  Let’s stand in faith that it is done. [Hebrews 10:23]

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The Healing Light  [Excerpt]


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The prayer focus for GQM 5 and 6 were the same. We declared from John Ekhardt’s Prayers That Bring Heaven to Earth. These declarations can transport you above every heaviness when read through and they can help you to develop confidence in your identity as a kingdom believer. We covered the odd-numbered pages on Week 5 and the even-numbered pages on Week 6.

Although Glory Quest at Midnight is a Worship and Adoration Line, we also offer prayers for those who need them. You must be present on the line in order to request prayer for anyone. Visit Prayer-for-the-Sick.com for other prayer resources.

Glory Quest: Hope Craftsmen Wanted!

March 17th, 2011

God is merciful. As devastating as the news pictures from the Pacific Rim seem, and as miserable as the tragedy is, we are reminded of one fact. We live on an organic living sphere whirling in space and subject to laws of motion that impact our lives. We should not take the earth for granted.

Though nature dwarfs us as mere humans, in the spiritual realm, we have great authority as demonstrated by Jesus in biblical accounts. These recent events could also be further indications of what is clearly recorded in the Holy Bible: Creation is groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God. [Romans 8:19-25] Believers in Christ, wake up! That’s us!

According to revelation from prophet Bob Hartley, the Lord has found believers coming up short in hope. Yes, faith is the substance of things hoped for [Hebrews 11:1], so that could mean that our faith is wanting also. But God’s plan for us is true to his Word. [Jeremiah 29:11]

The prophetic message for 2011 is quite lengthy. It springs from the Lord’s relationship with Hartley. And we all have a part in it — the most encompassing, hopeful one I have seen. Here is an excerpt from it:

The Miracle Encounter for 2011 on the Holy Ghost Hope Glory Train:

5 Great Waves: First, there would be five Great Waves of Challenge to the nations and to individuals in 2011 that are actual doors or ways in to greater life and hope in Him (see Hosea 2:14-15). Nebuchadnezzar had a dream where all was going well, but the Lord disturbed Him through this dream – and that was the Lord’s aim in showing us these waves, but He also did not want to leave us there.

5 Great Initiators: Second, He showed me five Great Initiators of these Waves that are people with principalities behind them (He was unmoved by any of them, however. Again, He would take that evil and turn it to good). His Kingdom has no end and His wisdom is greater than these lesser men.

“Who among the gods is like You, LORD? Who is like You – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”—Exodus 15:11

His Wise Overcoming Plan: Third, He spoke of His wise, profound, creative, genius, hopeful answers in Him, and His overcoming plans, and how to tend to this garden and make it lovely. This beautiful garden in Him that I was seeing from this 5 million-foot-high view was different nations, cities, businesses and families – He would make them the most exquisite, beautiful gardens.

His Hope Craftsmen: Then He showed me something I had never seen before: the Hope Craftsmen that He had been preparing like His Son, a carpenter in a back room, to come out with the most amazing Hope Advanced Tools that would enable both God to be moved to the center of life versus the perceived issue and God’s solution to come forth.

Read the entire prophecy. . .

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Glory Quest: Relationship

March 11th, 2011

We have entered the Hebraic leap month of Adar 2. Adar is the month of Purim and marks the celebration of victory over adversarial schemes. Read the Book of Esther. Although God’s name is not mentioned in the story, His intervention is key to the victorious outcome for a people who were in exile. It is a wonderful testimony of destiny and covenant.

As believers in Christ, we are strategically positioned to accomplish God’s purposes and to do great exploits in God. But the battle is the Lord’s. We fight on our knees, although we are seated with Christ. Then, in obedience, we follow instructions from Holy Spirit. He gives us the victory time and again. The key is relationship.

Prophet Eileen Fisher has this encouraging message on fletchwhipp.com:

Visit the audio page and click the audio button to play her message.