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Kingdom Warrior - Part 9, Kingdom Warrior Worship
Miles McPherson - October 8, 2017

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Many of us struggle to get to church on time or to come consistently. Maybe traffic is bad, maybe there is too much to prepare in order to get out the door, or maybe we view the singing part of the church service to be “not as critical.” But worship is very important. It not only gives God due praise, but it reminds us of who God is and of the truth of His Word.

Worship is a response of respect when the nature of God is revealed.

Worship is a response of respect when the nature of God is revealed.

In Matthew 4, the devil tempts Jesus to worship him:

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” Matthew 4:8-10

The devil continues this same temptation today because he knows that there are only two spiritual kingdoms, so if he can get you to turn away from God, he will have your worship. He promises to bless you, but he intends to enslave you.

A Kingdom Warrior has made a predetermined decision only to worship God, no matter how the devil may attack with fear, threats, promises, or wrong advice. The Kingdom Warrior’s eyes are focused on what God is doing, not what the devil is threatening to do.

1. Kingdom Warriors worship in spirit. John 4:23-24

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

How often is your mind filled with worries of the world - your impending rent payment, a relationship in crisis, an exam or career expectation? The devil wants the cares of this world to drown out the voice of God, to focus on the facts, rather than on the truth.

The fact may be that your heart is broken right now, but the truth is that God will never leave you or forsake you and He has a good plan for your life. The fact may be that your rent is due, and you don’t have enough money, but the truth is that God has unlimited resources and He can take care of your needs.

Remember that when we are saved, we receive the Holy Spirit (remember Pastor Miles adding chocolate syrup to the glass of milk). But we need to fight to let the Holy Spirit permeate our minds, our hearts, and all the areas of our lives (the stirring of the chocolate to infuse the milk) so that we can respond to the battles around us like a Kingdom Warrior who knows and believes the truth.

The devil wishes you to acknowledge him and structure your life around the cares of the world, but the truth is the Word of God. When you worship God in spirit and truth, you are declaring God’s truth and trusting that God is worthy of worship and will respond in your life in a way consistent with His character.

2. Kingdom Warriors worship by their generosity. Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

When it comes to giving to the church, many people act as though they are giving to a thief, expecting to take a loss, or expecting not to receive anything in return. But just as farmer expects a sown seed to grow up, mature, and bear fruit, we should expect a return for investing in God’s kingdom. God promises that if we honor Him, He will honor us.

If the Holy Spirit has inspired you to give, give and trust that God will take care of your needs. Give acknowledging that all you have comes from God, to begin with. Give with a heart of worship in response to His holiness. Give expecting to see Him move in people’s lives and your own life.

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7-9

3. Kingdom Warriors worship by their obedience. John 14:23-24

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. John 14:23-24

Our obedience to God should have nothing to do with our feelings. Jesus says that if we love him, we will obey Him. A Kingdom Warrior keeps God’s word, and his/her life is a reflection of that.

Pastor Miles shared that he regularly speaks with people whose lives are in utter turmoil. They claim to love God, but they willfully make decisions that are in contradiction to God’s word and consistently reap the consequences. Miles has to point out to them that they don’t love God because they are not walking with Him.

Pastor Miles challenged us this week not to just “check the box” and participate in Christian culture, but to be committed, give, worship, learn, and serve; join the church in changing the world for Christ!

Kingdom Warrior

This 9-part series examines scriptures that look into God’s Kingdom and our place within it. In Part 9, Pastor Miles explains to us how our worship for God is a response of respect and what that means.

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