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When they say, "You are a strong woman." or "You are an independent woman.", are they being insulting? Are they suggesting that weak and dependent is what they expect the norm to be for women?
Isaiah 61"For the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;.." https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/kjv/Isa.61
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Where in the Bible does God orchestrate a worship service, the building of an altar, or the strategic planning/organization/implementation of the aspects of worship services or the building of an alter with actions that are meant to openly, purposely, and aggressively provoke anger or dissatisfaction in those who are participating in worship?
We know that worship involves more than the elements of a church service. In this post, let's consider that when praise and worship is mentioned and planned for, it is usually for the church service. With that thought being lifted, let's talk about worship as part of a church service.
Have we taken the church service praise and worship service as our own? Have we decided to exact revenge and dish out disdain on those we don't like by manipulating the worship experience?
If you've never experienced messiness in a church, then God is to be praised and apparently truly is being praised.
There are times, though, that people have experienced everything except worship and praise during a church service.
As believers, hearers and doers of the Word, we must use our spiritual influence and leadership to encourage as clean a worship experience as possible for all involved. Church service is many things to many people. God answers needs and prayers many ways through the assignment of a church membership. He puts the lonely (in whatever way that manifest in a person's life) into families.
Think of some of the things you have experienced or done to others (I hope that wasn't you!) and experiences your friends have endured at their church. Think of the ways you/we have wanted to get back at someone at church. The Bible tells us we're not supposed to be getting back at anyone at all. So, you know that it's absolutely ridiculous to get revenge by using the church worship service elements to do it.
Read the scriptures below. They give us instructions on what to do that is considered praise and worship.
After reading the scriptures, continue reading some examples of actions that are not part of the instructions of praise and worship and should not be a part of the planning process or elements of worship. Ask God to "Create in me a clean heart, and renew the right spirit in me." so that we all can at least make an attempt, in this wretched fleshly body, to worship God in spirit and in truth.
II Chronicles 5 - 7 (Re: The Dedication of the Temple)
I Chronicles 16:
23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
9 Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Surely, none of you have ever had to deal with pettiness during worship service. Yet, because we are human and fallible, even though justified and redeemed, there is still the struggle to deny the flesh and Satan's directions, and submit to God and God's desires related to our gathering to worship and praise Him, as we forsake not to assemble ourselves together.
None of these examples, incidences or actions are part of the Biblical instructions or descriptions of praise and worship to God:
Change a song at the last minute to aggravate a particular person in the Music Ministry.
Purposely skip someone when giving printed programs.
Purposely misspelling someone's name on a program to bother them.
That's not worship
Choose unqualified or uncaring team members just to fill the positions so that someone specific can't apply to be on the team.
Plan meetings or sessions at times that contradict the availability of a particular person.
Start arguments right before the event or praise portion of the gathering to upset the team.
That's not worship.
Leave THAT person's worship garments behind so that he/she is the only one not in uniform.
Prepare someone for a role with the intentions of waiting to the last minute to revoke their privilege to operate in the role.
Spuriously use the tongue to turn the weaker members of the group against one or more persons in the group so that they mistreat those persons. The instigator uses others to do his/her dirty work.
That's not worship.
Refuse to serve someone communion or a meal because you don't like them.
Enter the sanctuary/service with a plan to upset the ones you do not like.
That's not worship.
Make a song choice hoping that a specific person does not know the song and therefore cannot sing (praise and worship) along with everyone else.
Encourage certain musical instruments to play in hopes of drowning out other instrumentalists.
That's not worship.
Fight, physically. Solomon was not instructed to fight. He was instructed to pray as part of the worship in the temple.
Remove enjoyable portions of the worship experience just to anger the worshipers.
Doing the opposite of what you told people you were going to do just to "shake people up".
That's not worship.
Send people home from church services joyful and glad for what the Lord had done, rather than angry for having been subjected to the actions of someone's personal bitterness and hate.
God knows we can't get everything perfect, yet, to enter the temple with the express purpose to soil/disturb/damage/pollute the worship experience of others is evil.