Adoration- “The act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.”
If you go into the thesaurus and look up Adoration some of the words used to describe Adoration is: Devotion, Passion, Glorify, and my favorite is Worship. Last Week Pastor Katie preached on Worship, and that goes hand in hand with Prayer. When you Worship God with Music, dancing, lifting of hands, you are showing your adoration to the God of the Universe. the God who loves us so much!
Psalms 66:1-4 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.”
Adoration is telling God how much you appreciate Him. Expressing your love for Him and Praising His power and greatness. We are so quick to go to our wants and needs or complaints that we forget to honor and praise Him.
If we were to get an audience before the President of the United States we wouldn’t walk in and immediately bombard him with what wrong or what we want. We would admire him and tell him how awesome he is doing and what great things he has done for our nation. In the same we should come before the God who created us, and be in awe of Him, and speak of how amazing and wonderful He is. We should never run out of reasons to praise Him.
1 Chronicles 29:11-14
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
Confession- “Acknowledgment of sin or sinfulness, especially to a priest to obtain forgiveness.
1 John 1:6-10
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
When we hold onto the things we need to let go of, and carry it as burdens, It weighs us down. You don’t realize how those little lies you keep telling yourself keeps you from getting closer to God. It keeps you from pursuing your calling that God has called on your life.
God already knows your sins. It’s like your mom and dad knows when you have disobeyed them; when you stole that cookie from the cookie jar and lied about having it. They know, and so they wait for you to confess because even though they are disappointed in you and hurt that you lied, they still love you and know that you will make the right decision to come to them and tell them what you did wrong, and hug them and say you’re sorry.
You are God’s child and even when you make mistakes. He waits for you to come to Him. He may be sad and disappointed but He loves His children, and will always be there for you, but He is waiting for you to come to Him to hug Him and apologize, confess to Him.
He forgives you and never ever remembers again.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
Part of Confessing your sins is letting go of them and forgetting them like God has.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. That means Satan has no hold over you! You have to realize the difference between Conviction and Condemnation.
You always need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach you. Be open to receiving His correction, and what He is showing you that you need to repent of and change in your life. word repent means to turn around. When the Holy Spirit convicts us, we need to turn around, change the way we did something or the direction we are thinking of going.
The Holy spirit never makes you feel guilty or depressed. He will not make you feel ashamed. That is condemnation and that is the enemy messing with you. Satan wants you go deeper into guilt, fall victim to blame, and to steal your joy. The enemy wants to make you think that you are too far gone from the love of Christ. He will attempt to twist the word of God, your thoughts, plant seeds of doubt, and regret. That is condemnation.
But you have the power the rebuke the enemy. You have the power to command him to cease. The word of God.
Instead of condemning yourself you need to condemn the devil. Make him flee because you can be sure of one thing The God of the universe loves you so much, and he will not condemn you but be there for you, love you. He will hold you up and be there with open arms. He will not scold you nor make you feel guilty, but forgive you, and love you, and teach you, and put you in the direction you need to go.
Thanksgiving- I wanted to look up the meaning of thanksgiving just to see what would come up. I know we all know its meaning, but the very first meaning that came up is right on!
“The act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God. “
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the . It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening…
Always pray with gratitude. We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving, which is the spirit of prayer, the very heart of prayer. If we would learn to say “thank you” with a smile for all things God has done for us—especially thanking God for many blessings. Some we see, and some we don’t physically see.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Sometimes it is hard to be thankful in the hard times. It’s hard remember to be thankful, and to thank God for the good things, to enter His gates with thanksgiving, but if we can’t be thankful in the hard times we won’t be thankful in the good times.
You can’t just pick and choose when you want to be thankful. That isn’t how it is. Why should God bless you if you can’t even thank Him for the little things, and the hard times. Though the times are hard He is using those hard moments to teach you. Thank Him in the hard times.
Colossians 3: 15;17
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Supplication- “An act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.”
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Supplication means asking God for something for ourselves or for others. When you ask God for things, try to think of others first, and lift up your own needs last. Be honest with God. He is a big God! He already knows your heart, and how you feel. Are you sad? Tell him. Are you scared? Tell him. Talk to him as you would your very best friend and remember that your prayers are heard, and sometimes you just must wait. Sometimes you just have to listen.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayer in the way we would like. God isn’t a vending machine where you put in your requests hit send, and immediately your answers come out. If you expect God to be that way then you will be disappointed. That isn’t how a relationship works.
So, what about you? Do you treat God like a vending machine when it comes to prayer? If so, you’re missing out on what prayer is all about. Put your change away It is important that you talk with God all the time.
He longs to have an intimate relationship with you. He wants to spend time with you! He wants to talk with you. He wants to be close to you.