HINDRANCES TO WORSHIP
We all desire our worship to be pleasing to the Lord; however, there may
be some things present in our lives which hinder the effectiveness of our
Unresolved or unconfessed sin.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
It is important to keep “short accounts” with God so that we can be
holy, as He is holy. We cannot
worship in spirit and truth when we have unconfessed sin in our lives.
We need to hate sin just as the Lord does; otherwise, we may open
ourselves up to hardness of heart. Our
praise can be blocked by “hidden” sin--those things we keep locked away that
no one knows about except God. It
is important to continually confess sins, which brings them out of the darkness
and into the light. The fear of God
is to hate sin.
Failure to fully receive the grace
of God. The enemy hammers at us
continually, trying to get us to doubt our self-worth, and indeed, our very
salvation. Stand on God’s
promises! The Word of God is the
Sword of the Spirit. Defeat the
enemy with it!
The fear of man.
Many of us are more concerned about what others think about our worship
than whether or not God is pleased with it.
God’s presence continually refreshes us unless we allow our
self-consciousness (fear of man) to intervene.
Our concerns about those around us keep us from being sensitive to the
Holy Spirit in worship. Continually
ask the Lord, “Father, what pleases You?”
If it seems good to raise your hands to the Lord, then praise Him with
this offering. If you feel led to
kneel before Him in worship, then honor Him by obeying the Spirit.
Don’t do these things because you are caught up in emotion, or because
others are doing it. Make your only
desire be to please Christ. The
traditions of men often supersede the desires of God, which hinders our worship.
Sometimes God is willing to offend the mind of man in order to reveal His
purposes. Always remember that His
ways are higher.
Jack Deere said, “God does not appreciate what we initiate.”
We should not worship out of our good intentions.
If something is begun in the power of the Holy Spirit, it should not be
continued or promoted in the flesh. There
is a great difference between the power of the soul (our mind, will and
emotions) and our spirit (the part of us which knows God).
Our spirits are the way we relate to God.
The Holy Spirit dwells in our spirits.
Sometimes we allow our souls to have more weight than our spirits, which
then makes the power of man more dominant than the power of the Holy Spirit.
We should allow the Spirit to dwell richly within us!
Worshiping God in the flesh does not honor Him.