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"Do Not Compromise Your Position in Worship
"Do not compromise your position in worship. Do not let go of the desires that I have placed within your heart to worship Me in the beauty of My holiness. For many do worship Me with their mouths but their hearts are far from Me. Do not be like them. Press past the places where many stop and press into that position where I have called you to gaze upon Me and Me alone. Do not be distracted but focus on Me. Your desire to worship Me in spirit and in truth will propel you past the place where many of My people are content to stay in these days. Again I say come up and go higher in Me! I am seeking worshippers. I am seeking those who will cast off all restraints and worship Me and Me alone."
In seeking the Lord and writing this word, my experience has often been that many times while participating in a corporate worship service, there is always a glass ceiling that is hit and they go no further. When God calls us into certain places we watch and are so often grieved that people go no further and are content to stay where they are, basking in a measured presence of God that is mingled with emotional feelings. Yet, there is so much more. How many of us stop when we see others stop? Do we judge and critique these situations and perhaps feeling somewhat self-righteous that we want to go higher but simply can't in the place where we are standing? What if we just forget where we are and just worship? Just worship and ignore anything that is going on around us. What if? Think of the possibilities, if not for others, but for us.
Why are so many gatherings stopping at the point of breakthrough when it is clear that God is saying to press and go higher? I sense it is fear.
Fear will contribute to unbelief, doubt, seeking the approval of man and a host of other repercussions that hinder true worship in our midst. There are many contributing factors but I see fear in the forefront - a fear of relinquishing all to worship. In worship, all fear is left behind in a revelation of His perfecting love.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJV
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV
When I encounter this over and over as God sends us forth, we continue to be astounded yet also grieved. I sense that perhaps I should know this but I am always bewildered by this sense of obstruction in worship where people will not release and let go.
Song 2:8-9 8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice. NKJV
Jesus watches and waits for people to press past all fears and to enter into that place where He stands - where He waits and watches. He watches for anyone who will go beyond the mundane routine and vain repetitions and move out seeking His glory.
I would challenge you that are in places that are stifled and stuck - worship Him. If God has told you to be where you are and you are positioned accurately in Him, then worship in humility and grace but worship. Your worship can change the atmosphere in which you find yourself. You can ascend into eternity and bring that atmosphere down into a corporate environment. It may not happen immediately but your assignment may be to simply worship and leave the outworking in the spiritual atmosphere to God's hand. We are not dependant on what is around us to worship. We are dependent on who is in us - Christ Jesus, our hope and glory.
So wherever you are, worship. Don't make excuses if the atmosphere is dry and hard - just worship. Don't critique what is going on around you - just worship. Just worship in the secret place of the Most High. In your worship you will forge a path that will open up heaven in your midst. Then perhaps others may see, experience and know He is Lord in a revelation of His perfect love that is devoid of any and all fear. Worship.
Don't compromise your position in worship because others do - just worship.
Debra & Marvin Westbrook
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