We are a work that God began in the Triad Area of North Carolina. Our goal is to reach the lost for Jesus Christ. Give peace to a hurting world. Our sole objective is to branch out to people with the Love and Hope of The Lord. We desire to reach all people regardless of their cultural, social, financial,or religious background.
Message from the Pastor
A thankful grateful heart is your key to the Throne Room of Heaven
There is great importance of praise and worship in our relationship with Him. Our lives are changed as we make everywhere we go and everything we do a praise to the Lord.
I want to share the importance of praising and worshiping God. First, God Wants a Relationship With Us.
The Bible says, With thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God (Philippians 4:6).
Now Im a big list-maker especially to-do lists. With a husband, and all the responsibilities I have in our ministry, I understand the value of to-do lists. But sometimes when we go before the Lord in prayer, what were really doing is making a to-do list for God. We tell Him what we want from Him without giving any thought to what He wants from us. Even in prayer, sometimes we present the to-do list at His doorstep like express mail, then sit back and wait, without ever developing the relationship with Him that He wants to have with us.
That way of approaching God would be similar to a strangers child giving me a list of what he wants, as if hes saying, Youre somebodys mom and I know you have the power to do this for me, so heres my list!...when I dont even have a relationship with that child!
But what a difference it is when my own children come to me with thankful, grateful hearts. Then its easy for me to do for them what they long for because we have a relationship with one another.
Worship God for Who He Is
Do you have a relationship with God? Have you brought your requests to Him with a thankful, grateful heart for who He is and what He has already done for you?
The Bible gives us a formula for entering into Gods presence, and it has nothing to do with our list of what we want God to do for us: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting (Psalm 100:4-5).
But how do you enter into His gates? Through praise and worship ...to Him...about Him...not about the list of things for Him to do.
Just because things in our lives arent perfect doesnt cancel out the fact that God sent His Son to die on the Cross for our sins and has already taken the stripes on His back for our healing. Its not up to Him to do it again. Its up to us to praise and worship and sow seeds and obey His Word and do our part now in order to receive His part.
The Bible says that God inhabitslives and dwells inthe praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Praise and worship takes you into Gods presence. You come before Him, not about your to-do list, but about who He is.
Say, Father God, lets talk about You and me. I worship You today. I praise You. You are my Father, my God, the Creator of heaven and earth. And I thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to the Cross, and I enter into Your presence.
Through praise and worship, your relationship with God starts to grow.
In the same way, I think God can hear our I wants only to a certain point. When we begin the I wants coming at HimI need this. I need that. I want You to do it for me, and right now cant be soon enough! I wonder if God wants to say, Take it outside. I dont want to hear it. He is much more patient and loving. But when we enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, the throne of heaven is opened to us.
Lift Up Hands of Praise when you come into the presence of God, you can receive all that God is: your Savior, your Healer, your Deliverer! When you build a one-on-one relationship with God, things can start to happen. Miracles can begin to take place, not because youre begging or gripping at Him and waving a to-do list in His face, but because as His child youve developed a relationship with Him.
As soon as God gets into your situation, all that He is healing and provision, miracles and deliverancecan begin to spill over into your life because they all come through Him.
If you will, just begin right now to tell God how much you love Him. Let praise and worship music fill your home, or wherever you are. Lift up holy hands in praise and worship to God, as 1Timothy 2:8 instructs usfree of anger, quarreling, resentment, and doubt. Thank Him for His Son, Jesus, who lifted up His hands in the ultimate sacrifice for your salvationto be pierced for your healing and deliverance. Thank Him for the price He paid for you.
When you enter into the presence of God, I believe your to-do list can take on new meaning and change in priorities. As you enter into praise and worship, God opens up His mighty hands and pours out His blessings, and miracles can begin to happen!
We can walk into the battles we face everyday singing praise and worship to God ... because the battle is not ours, but the Lord's. Spiritual warfare begins with worship and praise! AND WE WIN!