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Thirsty – Week One

February 9, 2009

Welcome to our series on Worship!  Over the next several weeks we will be exploring aspects of becoming a worshipper.

Below are the notes from the first in the series:

Thirsty

It has been said, “A desperate man will do anything have what he is desperate for”

Have you ever truly been desperate?  You wanted something so bad you could almost taste it.

Chariots of Fire

Eric Liddell: I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.

You and I were made to worship.  When we worship, God is glorified and we encounter the very thing we all are so thirsty for.

In 2002, I began to have extreme fatigue, abdominal pains, and a lot of fear that something serious was going on.

Turns out I was severely dehydrated.  I was quenching my thirst with the wrong things.

That is our story.  We are all desperate for intimacy, acceptance, forgiveness.

We spend so much time medicating that thirst with things that don’t satisfy.

 

I, like Matt Redman says in His book, long to be in a place where my fire for God cannot be drowned out or washed away by difficulty or circumstance.  I am thirsty for God alone.  However, it is worship that is unquenchable that allows us to have that thirst for God met.

Habakkuk 3:17,18 – pg. 19

Acts 16  – Paul and Silas – horrible situation, but their response is to praise

A fire dies when one of 3 things are removed – heat, oxygen, fuel

1)      Just as fire can be put out with water, our hearts of worship can be dampened by the struggles we encounter and pressures we are under.

When times are hard it becomes easy to look at our circumstances and/or blame God.  We can lose our trust in God or our Wonder and belief in His goodness.  But to those who choose to endure, refuse to be cooled off, there remains a deeper strength still.

1 Corinthians  13:7 – a worshipper who “always trusts, hopes, and perseveres”

It is a choice, to align ourselves with those who will stand with us (church family), to keep our eyes on Christ, and declare His glory regardless of what takes place

2)      Lack of oxygen can also kill a fire.  For us that is quenching the Holy Spirit.

What does that mean?

We worship by the Holy Spirit – Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision,

we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—“

Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to grieve the Spirit of God – Meaning that we need to, as Phil. 3:3 says, glory in Jesus – not us, and put confidence in Him – not us.

We need to  make our lives appropriate dwelling places for him.  We don’t need to suck up all the air for ourselves.  It is in Him that we live, move, breathe, and have our being

3)      The removal of fuel can quench a fire.

     a.       Forest fire – clearing and creating ditches to remove fire

     b.      We need to choose to continue to place ourselves in situations where we receive revelations of God.  Where we encounter him

 i.      It is only a relationship if we spend time with Him

 ii.      It is only when we intentionally seek out the fuel, the catalyst that it burns

c.       The heart of worship is fueled by essential things

 i.      Bible reading

 ii.      Prayer

 iii.      Gathering together

 iv.      Fellowship

 v.      Slowing down and taking in what God has done (nature, experiences, etc.)

It must be intentional, even in dark times.  It is easy when it is good, the music is great, we’re being blessed.  But it gets real when things are hard.  Will you be found declaring God’s glory even when you don’t have answers and God is nowhere to be seen? It is a choice that is walked out with faith and in community.

“Whatever trials lie ahead in this life, unquenchable worshippers  are found with a song of undying worship on their lips.”

This first message is a call to a choice . . .

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