WORSHIP IS THE SAFEST PLACE

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GARDEN OF EDEN

We are unique individuals created by God in His image for the purpose of fellowship with Him. (Genesis 1:27-28) This fellowship essentially operates in two ways – firstly to worship God and secondly to serve Him, but it has to be in that order. Our worship empowers us to serve and establish His kingdom. When Adam fell, he was put out of the Garden of Eden, the place where he worshiped, had fellowship and was given authority to rule. The Garden of Eden, a place of worship, had boundaries that protected Adam from whatever was outside the garden. This environment of worship and fellowship was the safest place in the world as long as he resisted the devil’s lies. Worship is a safe environment but it does not offer us immunity from temptation. We still have to resist the devil. (James 4:7)

The Garden of Eden was:

  1. A place of worship -to God.
  2. A place of fellowship -with God.
  3. A place of authority -given by God.

Adam and Eve chose to believe the lie of the serpent rather than God. (Genesis 2-3) God had warned them that they would die if they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). They did not die physically on that day but the result of their action severed the spiritual connection between themselves and God. The eternal life and harmony that they enjoyed was now broken by willful disobedience. This affected man in the following ways.

When Adam Sinned:

  1. His spirit became ‘dead’ to God.
  2. His mind opposed God.
  3. His body physically deteriorated.

REDEMPTIVE PLAN

Adam’s spirit was ‘dead’ in the sense that it was separated from God and no longer in harmony with His Spirit. Adam’s mind became subject to shame, fear of rejection and guilt that made him hide from God. His body began to deteriorate and become susceptible to disease (dis-ease is the opposite of harmony) and ageing resulting ultimately in death. Only when man is spiritually joined in relationship with His Creator does he function as God intended. The breakdown in relationship with God through sin had to be repaired. God had a plan to redeem man (Romans 5:8-9). Through redemption, our sins are forgiven, but it would take worship to restore man back to intimacy with God. In His presence we are transformed and worship is the way God has chosen for this to happen.

Jesus had the keys to get us back to the Garden of Eden, the place of worship and authority, the place where we belong. He came as the last Adam to redeem and restore us to intimacy with God and authority over the enemy (1 Corinthians 15:45). Worship is the reason we got saved, so that we can enjoy and appreciate God’s presence, free from the enemy not only in this life but eternity (Psalm 121).

APPLICATION:

There is probably no greater sense of security and protection in God than regular worship. When you feel any kind of insecurity, turn to the following scriptures and meditate on them and give the Lord thanksgiving praise and worship that he is your protection. Psalm 3:7-8. Psalm18:1-3. Psalm 121:7-8.

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]