May 6, 2018

LifeWay Moments


Guest speaker Bryan Nutman

• What is worship? Worship is not just for Sunday mornings. It is a continual, everyday situation.

• We should all be in full-time ministry. It doesn’t have to be our occupation, but everything we do in life should represent the Father’s heart. Everything we do is part of our worship to God. It doesn’t matter how insignificant it is, it is the heart behind it that is important. It is the fully yielded heart to the things of God that creates worship.

• “If servanthood is beneath you, leadership is beyond you.”

• You can’t separate the secular and being in ministry. It’s not biblical. Ministry as well as secular are as one. We are in full-time ministry, whether we like it or not. It’s how we represent Jesus. It’s a lifestyle.

• Today is a gift, because it is called the present. We have an ever-present God that never changes. That is a part of worship. We get to be present with a present God every minute of the day.

• Physical obedience brings spiritual release. Everything we do is a part of worship. One of the biggest parts of worship is getting rid of your baggage.

• Sometimes we get so bogged down with daily life that we can sacrifice our future for something that is not worthy of our energy. Casting our cares on God is a part of worship.

• God told us to cast our cares upon Him because He is quite happy to deal with our situations. We are the ones that hold onto things so tight that we don’t want to let go.

• When the Bible says to cast your cares on God, in the Greek, there are two meanings for the word “cares.” The first is our worldly cares — to be anxious or broken apart. Our human care. The second care means godly care. It means that God hears us and cares about us.  

• We should ask God, “Who are You for me right now in this place?” He needs to reveal Himself as a different facet to who He is for you personally. That is a part of worship.

• There is thanksgiving, there is praise and there is worship and worship is the highest honor. It is the fully yielded part of who we are, giving back to Him. We become the sacrifice.

• We are problem solvers because God has given us the strength to solve the problem. We just need to hear Him. That is worship. Sometimes, we just need to get quiet and hear Him. That is worship.

• Thanksgiving is thanking Him for what He has done. We are giving Him thanks based on an act of God. Praise is the response to His nature and a response to His ways. Praise takes you to another level. Worship is the complete yielding of everything.

He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

— Psalms 103:7 NKJV

• Israel was acquainted with the acts of God. Moses knew His ways. There is a difference. The Israelites were interested in what God could do for them. Manna from heaven, water from the stone — they were only happy when God did something for them. There was no relationship there. Moses saw the acts but he knew God’s ways. He wanted to know God in a more intimate way. He wanted to know God’s nature, His character and His being. That is a part of worship.

• The acts of God — the blessings, the miracles, the provisions — aren’t an item; they are a person. Whatever He does for us is because of His nature, His character and His love for us.

• All of the blessings and beauty He has for us show an element of who He is.

• God sees the heart and the beauty and grace of who we are. Everything is about relationship.

• Spiritual realities are more powerful than natural ideologies.

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

— Exodus 19:6 NKJV

• Are you willing to yield your all? If you truly want to see the face of God, it is not going to cost you your money, it will cost you your all.

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk. Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you — The sure mercies of David.

— Isaiah 55:1-3 NKJV

But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

— John 5:40 NKJV

• Sometimes your greatest challenge will be your greatest breakthrough.

• Jesus had three baptisms. He was baptized in water by John the Baptist. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit by the dove. And when the dove came down, it was the first time in scripture that a dove came but never left. And thirdly, Mark 1:11 says, “ You are my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased,” so He was baptized in the Father’s love.

• When you truly know who you are and you get to hear His voice, you actually get yourself into a place of worship. If you don’t know who He is, how can you worship something you don’t know?

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