Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

church – boring or refreshing?

Why is it that two people can be at the same church service and one of them leaves refreshed and the other leaves unchanged?

Why is that one person can only complain about the worship service and the other person entered the very throne room and was changed during worship?

How about the person who is bored during church?  Is it really boring or has that person missed the whole point of church?

Church is a gathering of people for the purpose of joining together for worship,  uniting together in prayer,  and hearing the preaching of the Word so that they can apply it to their day-to-day lives.   Ephesians 4:11-12 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.”   We gather together to give and receive.  It is not a spectator sport.    As you leave our church you pass under a sign that says “You are now entering your mission field.”

This past weekend my husband and I went to a Pastor/spouse retreat.  drawing My name was drawnretreat 2013 for one of the prizes.  I am looking forward  to reading the book  “Redeemed” this week.

More important than winning a drawing was the presence of God that filled that place and filled my life to over flowing.

The music was powerful –“From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, Your glory will be known.”  That’s it.  No matter what is going on let God’s glory be known.  Let God’s grace be known.  Let God be praised and let that be evident in our lives.

I went with an expectant heart and God met me there is a powerful way.  He does that you know, meet you at church  in a special, powerful way.   (God is always with us but there is a special anointing of His presence when we gather together for church.)   As you enter into worship and give God your attention, seeking Him –He will speak to you through the music, prayer and the Word.

Here are a few things that spoke to my situation.

God doesn’t change His purpose when the storms come.  Just because trouble comes, God hasn’t changed His mind.  Storms are opportunities for God to demonstrate His power.  You don’t know the availability of God’s grace until you step into it.  Being wounded in ministry is a sign that you love.  –Laurie Hoyt

Crucible — 2 Kings 4  Every life and ministry will face heated crucibles.  You don’t get to decide what it will be, when it will be or where.  You decide how you respond.  What you have is God’s starting point.   Every crucible is an opportunity for answers to emerge. –Gary Hoyt

My heart goes out to those people who attend church but miss the opportunity for God’s presence to make a difference in whatever they are dealing with.   Even if you don’t know the songs, or the songs are old, or  they are too fast or slow,  don’t let that stop you from engaging in worship.  Worship is warfare!

With all the technology that we have at our finger prints –  guard against that becoming a distraction from what God would speak to you during the service.

I can use my iPod for Bible reading but I, personally, cannot post a quote from the service on facebook without getting pulled in to facebook – at least a little.    It becomes a distraction.   Another thing I find is that I have to sit up front.   I am way too distracted by movement.

What distracts you?  Guard against those distractions. Find what works for you to be able to give your attention to worship, prayer and the preaching of the Word.  You will be glad you did.

But most of all come to church bringing a sacrifice of praise  with an expectant heart and  you will be changed (strengthened, equipped, refreshed) in the presence of a Holy God.

til next time

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March 10, 2013 - Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Of the times I have left a Church service NOT feeling refreshed and/or challenged, I know it is 100% because I was not there with the right attitude.

    We are one day closer to the day when we will praise Him with NO distractions!

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | March 15, 2013 | Reply

    • I totally agree Angela. Our attitude makes a difference in what we offer to God and what we receive from Him.

      Comment by Gloria | March 17, 2013 | Reply

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