Monday, November 7, 2011

Pure Lips to worship

Zephaniah 3:8-17  The LORD declares, "Just wait! One day I will stand up as a witness. I have decided to gather nations, to bring kingdoms together, and to pour my rage, my burning anger, on them. The whole land will be consumed by my fiery fury.  (9)  "Then I will give all people pure lips to worship the LORD and to serve him with one purpose.  (10)  From beyond the rivers of Sudan my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring my offering.  (11)  On that day you will no longer be ashamed of all your rebellious acts against me. Then I will remove your arrogance and never again will you act proud on my holy mountain.  (12)  So with you I will leave a faithful few, a humble and poor people. They will seek refuge in the name of the LORD.  (13)  The faithful few in Israel will not do wrong, tell lies, or use their tongues to deceive others. They will graze their sheep and lie down, and there will be no one to terrify them."  (14)  Sing happily, people of Zion! Shout loudly, Israel! Celebrate and rejoice with all your heart, people of Jerusalem.  (15)  The LORD has reversed the judgments against you. He has forced out your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is with you. You will never fear disaster again.  (16)  On that day Jerusalem will be told, "Do not be afraid, Zion! Do not lose courage!"  (17)  The LORD your God is with you. He is a hero who saves you. He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.

I was in worship and prayer this week and the Lord brought me to this passage. It really shook me up and brought me to a different place of worship in the Lord. It was very humbling to say the least. It seems to me that before we can have pure lips to worship the Lord; we need to allow His fiery fury to come among us. Actually it says the Land will be consumed by His fiery Fury. Do believers need to experience this aspect from the Lord from time to time? I believe the answer is yes. Judgment comes first to the House of God, but the fiery fury of God is not just judgment. It is also a purifier. It is used to burn off the dross and to allow a heart of purity to emerge.

1 Peter 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

God loves those whom he corrects. If we are not disciplined by Him then we don't belong to his family.

Hebrews 12:6-8  The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child."  (7)  Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers.  (8)  If you aren't disciplined like the other children, you aren't part of the family.

The Fiery Fury can also be used to bring us closer to Him and to His purpose. It is needed as a process for all believers. We should learn to embrace it! The outcome of his fiery fury are pure lips to worship. When we enter into this deeper kind of worship then our shame is gone. All of our past sins have been redeemed. A deeper adoration for the Father begins to surface and pure worship is birthed. As pure worship is birthed within us then there is no lying, no religiousness,no arrogance within, no halty looks, and no deceit within our lives. We can deceive each other but we can never deceive the living God. He knows what is the height, width and length of the heart. With pure lips for worship comes shouts of praise and celebration within the heart. God is yearning for this place for us. He is crying out for our fellowship. Nothing else matters. Nothing else has any merit. If we are spending time with Him then HIS CHARACTER will flow out of us. This is the fruit of the SPIRIT. This is the FRUIT that REMAINS. This is how we tell true believers apart from practicing believers. His Character is found in Galatians 5 . Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.  His Character of Mercy and forgiveness is all wrapped up in this truth. Only through Pure worship can we develop His character within us. No man can judge your personal connection to the Father, but the revelation of the time spent is demonstrated through your life and witness.
Gives us pure lips to worship!

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