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1WORSHIP John chapter 4. Let’s start at verse 5.

[John 4:5] So he came to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near the plot of the ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from his journey, sat thus by the well: and it was about the sixth hour. Now we know that the number six represents man. Amen? A woman of Samaria came to draw water and Jesus said to her, Give me to drink. For his disciples were gone away to the city to buy food. They must have missed that one again. [Laughter.] Where you guys going, man? Then the woman of Samaria said to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Now isn’t that powerful. So you know, one of the things I want to express right now: Jesus came as a Jew. Hello. That’s the bottom line. I mean I’ve gone all over places, and I seen pictures of Jesus and all different kinds. All different cultures. He chose to come as a Jew. Now it’s relevant in one aspect and irrelevant in another. It’s relevant because we acknowledge that he chose the Jews. Amen? To declare the gospel and to bring the truth. The other thing is that when they rejected him, he went to the gentiles. Amen? So he was not only the God of the Jews but now he was the God of the gentiles also. But the powerful thing is that it says— Jesus said, Give me a drink. What he was trying to do was cause her to ask him for a drink. Okay. You see there was something common that they had there. Water. So she was a little— like wait a minute, Why are you asking me this. I’m a Samaritan and you Jews have nothing to do with us. Well he broke the ice there didn’t he. Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water. If you would have really understood. If you had gotten it, you would have been asking me for something different. Living water, not just natural water. The woman said to him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then do you get that living water? She was in the flesh, right. Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock? Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again: But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; but the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water,— Give me this water!! —that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw. She said forget it,. I don’t want to drink this anymore, I want something else! Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have well said, I have no husband: For you have been shacking up with five other guys before— you have had five other husbands; and the one whom you now have is not your husband: and that you spoke truly. She was in fornication. What was he trying to do? Cause her to repent so she could get some of this water. The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you Jews say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know. We know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth— The word “spirit” means breath and “truth” is who you know. —for the Father is seeking such to worship him. Everyone say: The Father – is seeking – me – when I worship him. For God is Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming, who is called Christ: when he comes, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her, I who speak to you am he. Man, she got direct contact. One of the things he expressed so importantly was worship. And tonight’s teaching is Worship. Now we have talked about worship over and over because this is a ministry of worship. And those who worship him must worship him in truth and spirit. Worship is a representation of whether you know him or not. Whether you really know him.

It separates the religion and relationship arena. There are people who start out worshiping God and backslide and stop worshiping him. They get caught up by the letter instead of caught up in the Spirit. There is a correlation between drinking and worship. And you know what? You cannot live without water. You can live without food, you know. But you can’t live without water. Hello. You cannot live without water. And you and I cannot live without drinking of the Spirit— and that’s through worship. Worship. John 7:37. On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,— Now he stood and cried out saying. I think he was trying to get their attention. If Jesus stood and cried out saying something, it was very important. If anyone what? Thirsts. Oh, another correlation. If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and what? —drink. What was he trying to do? Give him living water. But the one thing we must maintain is a thirst. One thing the devil wants to do is quench your thirst. And it prevents you and stops you from worshiping. You know many people say, Well you know I have a hard time trying to get in the presence of God. God’s presence is here. You know where is God’s presence? Where are you? The reason why people have a hard time getting into God’s presence is because they lose focus. That’s all it is— is focus. They begin to look at everything else— me, myself and I. What I have to do. What I’ve done. How I’m going to do it. Whatever. And they miss God’s presence. Oh, hallelujah. And Jesus said, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me, and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of what? —living water. So let me tell you, we are supposed to be a fountain of living water. Rivers of living water are supposed to flow out of me and you. We’re supposed to be like— you know when you get thirsty and you are walking through the park and you see a water fountain, Yeah man, Whoa! Well you are supposed to be that way. You are supposed to the light and the salt where people are drawn unto you. That’s what God wants us to be. Rivers of living water. People get dry real easy. They begin to look to other areas to get fulfilled and drink. Work, you know. Relationships. All kinds of— projects. All kinds of other things. You know it’s amazing because some people are really afraid to seek God in his fullness. In his fullness— because they may get healed. They may get delivered. There’s a lot of people on disability and all kinds of other stuff. Some of them do not want to get healed. Believe me I’ve spoken to some of them. They don’t want to get healed. And then there are those who are seeking God who want to get healed. And God’s going to do it in his way, isn’t he. However he’s going to do it. Amen? But there are some who would just rather cash the check and say, That sounds good. I’ll play religion for a while and that’s that. But then there are those who really want to seek God for a healing. And let me tell you as you continue to seek him and worship him you will find healing comes. Sometimes in bits and pieces and chunks and sometimes instantaneously. But you have to want it and you have to stay thirsty for his presence. Amen? Oh, hallelujah. Let’s go on. But this he spoke concerning the what? The Spirit. The Spirit is his presence. —whom those believing in him would receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore, many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, Truly this is the Prophet. Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, will Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was what? Division among the people because of him. Now some of them wanted to take him; but no one laid hands on him. Now listen, as you become a worshiper, you are going to find that you are going to have resistance. Not only are you going to have resistance from the devil but from others who are truly not worshipers. They’re going to criticize you. They are going to look at every fault they can because they are associating with the spirit of accusation. They are not associating with the spirit of truth— where there is freedom. God is seeking true worshipers. The Father. See that brings a relationship, doesn’t it. The Father is looking for those who will worship him in Spirit and in truth. The Father. I can’t imagine— you know if Jesus walked in this room right now, we would all be going, Whoa!!!! We would want to worship him no matter what. But yet

the bible says when two or more are gathered together in his name, he is in the room. You know what the problem is? It’s because some of them are still carnally run instead of spirit run. There is a difference. There is a difference! See even though you have the spirit. Hello. You must make the choice to walk in the spirit. Just because you have the spirit and pray in tongues doesn’t mean you are walking in the spirit. You still have a choice as to whether you are going to walk in the spirit. You must make a conscious effort to walk in the spirit. Does everybody understand that? You must make a conscious effort to hear his voice and receive his correction. And stop rebuking the Spirit when he corrects us— and blaming the devil. There’s a difference. There’s a difference in the relationship when you worship God. It’s our responsibility to maintain thirst. It’s our responsibility. There’s a lot of people who can quote scriptures inside and out. They come in and hold their hands up for a couple of songs, then sit down and think that they have done their best. It’s because they really don’t know him. Because if you really know him, you love him. And if you really know him and you really love him, you will worship him. Because you worship everything you love. Worshipers always seem to cause division when they go in those religious places. You know Jesus’ main problem with demonic activity was the religious demons. In fact, they are the ones that killed him. He didn’t even bother with them. He just rebuked them, called them hypocrites and walked away. He said, Your father is from hell and my father is from heaven. It was real simple— He said, you go around making big prayers on every corner, you wear nice robes, and you sit in nice restaurants. But you put your burdens on other people because you don’t tell them the truth. They weren’t worshipers, were they. They were those who had a form of godliness but denied the power. The power is in worship. You and I cannot be who he wants us to be until we get the anointing and the power of the Spirit of God and learn how to maintain that anointing through worship. Worship. Oh, hallelujah. Go to Matthew 5. Let me share something with you. There is going to be such a wave of resistance from darkness that if you’re not in the spirit, you’ll be pushed out. It’s already begun and it’s going to increase greatly. It’s going to be a wind that’s going to flow through of darkness— that’s going to push people out, right off the rock if they are not attached to him. And the only way you can stay attached to him is in the spirit. Oh, hallelujah. And the purpose of it is to expose. Because God is going to expose those who don’t worship him in truth and in spirit. And as they become exposed, his hope is that they will come to repentance and get back in position. Amen? Oh, hallelujah. Yes, Lord. Matthew 5:6, would you read it with me. Blessed— Everybody say “blessed.” Blessed. Say it again! Blessed. You know what blessed means? Divine favor. Blessed. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Well what are you going to be filled with? God’s presence. His Spirit. So you and I must maintain a thirst and a hunger. And if you lose it then you better go pray— I don’t care if you have to fast— whatever you have to do. You need to go get it!! TV will not fulfill your thirst and hunger. Hello. Playing sports will not fulfill your thirst and hunger. Working overtime will not fulfill that thirst and hunger. Working for that bonus will not fulfill that thirst and hunger. Looking for that spouse will not fulfill that thirst and hunger. You know why people have problems with marriages? It’s because they are not right. Hello. Because they need to be an example to one another. But if they would just take time— in the presence of God and worship him and do what they are supposed to be doing, their marriages — no matter what way — would be established. No one said it was going to be simple but you know what? You won’t be affected if you’re walking in the Spirit. Amen? You would be taking care of God and God will be taking care of your spouse. [Laughter.] That’s why it’s called ministering to the Lord. Amen? That’s worship. Samuel was one who ministered to the Lord. David ministered to the Lord. The great men and women of God learned how to minister to the Lord in worship. They didn’t go— they didn’t make a choice— let’s see, today I can’t worship the Lord because I really don’t feel like it. I’m just too tired, I really worked hard today. Resistance. You know you need to tell the devil resistance is futile, get behind me. Did you ever notice when you pick up a bible when it’s time to come to bible study, the

spirit of heaviness comes on you and you get real sleepy. Man!! And the devil tells you, Why don’t you go get a cup of coffee. If I just had a cup of coffee.... No, if you just prayed in the Spirit and started worshiping the Lord a little bit, you would get quickened. That’s what the Holy Spirit says. Quicken me, Lord. David said, Quicken me. I ask that every morning, Quicken me. I start praying in the Holy Ghost, thanking him. It’s just a ploy of the devil to make you go to material things instead of the real thing. [Pastor sings: “Ain’t nothin like the real thing baby ....”] [Laughter.] Hallelujah. HALLELUJAH! Hey don’t mind me tonight— Hallelujah!! That’s all I’ve got to say! My Daddy came and touched me. It only takes a touch. Just a little touch. Remember Jesus breathed on his disciples. And said, Receive ye the Holy Spirit. He breathed on them. Remember when Jesus was getting ready to be taken up. What did they do when he left? They worshiped Him! They went in the synagogue and worshiped him! He didn’t go. He sent his Spirit. Oh, to God be the glory! Revelation 21. A lot of things happen when you worship the Lord. Now we have a spiritual warfare teaching that’s called Spiritual Warfare #7 - Praise and Worship. It talks a lot about warfare and what goes on as you praise and worship. I’m not going to go into all of that tonight but I would suggest that you might want to get that teaching and listen to it. It’s very powerful. —about spiritual warfare praise and worship. Amen? Air attack. F-14s, stealths and so forth. Praise God. Revelation 21:5, are you with me? Glory to God. Verse 5, lets’ read it together. Then he who sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. Whoa! You think God is making something new? Amen. He’s making all things new in me and you. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Is he true and faithful? Oh, hallelujah. And he said to me, It is done. Hey he said it’s done. What’s the problem? You just have to get in position, right? It’s done man! What are you worried about? I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who what? Thirsts! Whoa— got to maintain that thirst. He’s going to give it freely. He who overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. So what is he saying? Listen, you have to drink to overcome. That’s why people don’t overcome. Their focus is in other places. They can’t really worship the Lord in truth and in spirit. Because they are too caught up in themselves. They are not willing to lay and cast their cares upon the Lord and get released. Hello. He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I shall be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly— Hello — unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers [which means drug users], idolaters, and all what? —liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the what? —second death. Staying thirsty will overcome the world— worldly thirst. You’re fighting sometimes for what thirst. You are fighting for what arena you want to drink from. Worldly thirst or Godly thirst. Philippians 3. The word says that when the flood of the enemy comes, then lift up the praise. When the spirit of heaviness comes, put on the garment of praise. Why? Because as you praise and worship the Lord, light is actually coming out of you. So is darkness. First the darkness, then the light. That’s why it’s a little rough getting started. It’s like kicking a Harley without an electric start. [Pastor does sound effects of the pipes on a Harley as it’s kick-started.] What you’re saying is, “Come out, come out, come out, come out!” [Lots of laughter.] “Come out, come out, come out, come out!” [Pastor says that faster.] [More laughter.] Next thing you know you’re cruising, man! Praise God, you’re in overdrive, light is flying out of you and the demons are running like hell! Hallelujah! Glory to God! Oh, you’re so good Lord! Did you ever notice that in his presence there is fullness of joy? [Laughter.] Glory to God. Philippians chapter 3. You can remember that the next time you want a kick start, right. “Come out, come out, come out, come out!” [More laughter.] Praise God. Hallelujah. Read with me, starting in verse 1. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. In other words, he is repeating the same thing. Come on, you don’t have it yet? What’s the matter with you? Come out, come out, come out, come out. You better go kick that Harley over, man. Beware of what? —dogs, beware of evil workers [same thing], beware of mutilation. Whoa! What

were they trying to do? Mutilate the ways of God. Hello. They are trying to distort. They are trying to bring confusion. They are trying to prevent you from getting in God’s presence. That’s why Jesus said to beware of the leaven of the pharisees. They thought the pharisees had turned to baking. No they were not bakers. Amen? He meant the evilness of what they were preaching. Oh, hallelujah. In verse 3, read it with me. For we are the circumcision, who what? —worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Let me share something with you. Those who don’t worship have confidence in the flesh. You know that’s considered dry land. And the bible says that when a devil comes out of an individual, he is seeking dry land. Hello. Some of us may have picked up somebody else’s demon. Yes, they have a right to dry land. That’s why we try to get everyone to worship. Did you ever notice sometimes in the beginning of worship, that fight. Hello. Sometimes there’s that fight. It’s like— what do you call those— bull-riders. You’ve got a demon on you that just won’t shake off of you. Bucking broncos or whatever. Bucking broncos. It just won’t come off of you and you’re struggling. In fact, the devil starts telling you, Man we’ve got to go to worship service again! Man, I’m tired— and all of this stuff. You know, I just can’t wait until this service is over. You have a demon. Well, I just don’t believe that stuff. Of course. That’s called a religious demon. I read my bible. I do my prayers. But do you worship? Do you drink? Remember you can’t live without living water. You can’t live without living water. You know as the Spirit was giving me this teaching today, I was making music at the same time. Of course, I didn’t get this teaching until later on. I was trying to get to it early this morning, but things are always happening. So around 3:00 p.m. I finally started getting some of it and the Holy Spirit put this music together for us specifically tonight. Because we don’t usually play all of this— some parts of it, but praise God. So it says, For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no what? — confidence in the flesh. Remember if you are resisting worshiping the Lord, you have confidence in your flesh. And you don’t know it! Because deception is satan’s greatest what? Weapon. And what’s his power? Fear! Some people are afraid to come up for prayer because they are afraid what might be revealed. Amen? What if he sees what I’ve been doing? Don’t be afraid of what I see, you had better be concerned with what He sees! Hello. Oh, we can become foolish flesh creatures. Oh, hallelujah. Worship. What is worship? Worship is reverent devotion to God our creator. Reverent devotion— that’s a representation of respect and honor and adoration. When the captain comes into the room, we stand at attention. Amen? We salute him. Amen? When the King of Glory comes into the room, you bow down to him. No bucking - but bowing. Amen? Worship is reverent devotion to God as our creator. It’s a representation of respect, honor and adoration. Gratefulness of who he is, for what he has done, and what he is going to do. Amen? It’s expressed reverence. That’s what worship is. Expressed reverence. Worship is the only way that you can really truly minister to the Lord. When we gather together to worship, we are ministering to the Lord. Reverent devotion to God as our creator — respect, honor and adoration. Gratefulness for who he is and what he has done. Expressed reverence. That’s what worship is. Expressed reverence. Oh, hallelujah. When there is an opportunity to worship. Worship. But I don’t feel like it. Praise God, that’s when you really worship. That’s when it counts. It doesn’t count when you feel like it. That’s when it really counts man, is when you don’t feel like it. Because you know what you’re doing? You are mortifying your flesh! You are taking dominion. You are saying to the devil, Loose me! Oh, hallelujah. Genesis 12, verse something. Verses 7 and 8. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, To your descendants I will give this land: and there he built an altar to the LORD, who appeared to him. In the old testament one of the representations of worship— especially in Abram’s time, they built altars and they made sacrifices unto the Lord— that was a representation or expression of worship. And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar to the LORD, and called on the name of the LORD. So there was an area where he was building

an altar as a form of worship. And that’s where he would call upon the name of the Lord. You know so many times God will speak to you, impart in you, as you worship. You may not hear it right away but he is impressing in you something and as you settle down and worship and you sense his presence and his impression, he will speak to us. Because finally— all that garbage, it’s like getting showered. And we have picked up so much stuff from the day that we’ve got all this kind of worldliness on us— because we are like light bulbs, right. We’re the light. And light bulbs pick up dust and the light doesn’t shine too good until we get polished. So as you worship the Lord, the Holy Spirit comes and cleanses you, fills you and brings you clarity so you can hear. Amen? And it lasts for a couple of days. It depends on what area you are at. You know it’s a time to get recharged. We are like Ever-ready batteries - eternal batteries. You know that little rabbit that beats that drum? It finally dies out, doesn’t it. And what’s happening is darkness is drawing energy from you. They’re trying to drain you. And if you allow that to happen long enough, you will seek the worldly ways to get energized. Hello. That’s why it’s important in fellowship. You know I heard a preacher preaching the other day and it really blew my mind because he had it. He said there is such a spirit of independence that’s causing separation in the body of Christ. There is such a spirit of independence. People are not being sent, they are leaving. There’s a difference. Starting ministries when God has not ordained them to. Amen? Hallelujah. So we see here that Abram— in the old testament one of the forms of worship was building altar and sacrifices, wasn’t it. Exodus 25:1 - 9. Then the LORD spoke to Moses— Now he spoke to Abram and Abram started building altars. And then he spoke to Moses. God wanted to dwell with man. So he spoke to Moses, saying, that they bring me an offering— God likes an offering. Everyone here likes an offering. Everyone here likes to receive something. He said from everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take my offering. That’s why sometimes you have to fight to mortify that flesh, then you can truly give that willing offering. Now will means choice, doesn’t it. So you and I have a choice to make, every time. And this is the offering which you shall take from them; gold, silver, and bronze— Man if we asked for that today they would call us– thieves. My God, you’re out for money! Look what they asked for then— gold. Okay everybody bring your gold in, bring your silver in and bring your bronze. That’s what they asked for, right. Blue, purple, scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats' hair, rams' skins dyed red, badgers' skins, and acacia wood, oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary [a sacred place]; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all its furnishings, just as you shall make it. So the Lord was telling them, listen— we are going to come to another level of worship. Now they had alters— now he was going to start to bring them certain rituals. He was going to cleanse them more so that they could come in from the outer court to the Holy Place— and where the priest could come into the Holy of Holies for the offering and the covering of the sins of the nation once a year. Okay— So that God could still dwell with them. So there was a place where God was beginning to dwell with mankind. And he was expressing— Here’s another way of worship. Does everybody get it? Of course, he’s always improving worship, isn’t he. Go to Exodus 34:10 - 17. And he said, Behold, I make a covenant [Wow!]: before all you people I will do marvels, such as have not been seen in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD: for it is an awesome thing that I will do for you. Now the Lord was saying, I’m going to do an awesome thing. Now this was right after the tabernacle, right? This is where he is building the tabernacle and now he is making covenant with his children. Worship is a representation of maintaining covenant. Does everybody get it? It’s a representation of maintaining covenant with God. Because If you are maintaining relationship, you are maintaining covenant, aren’t. If you lose that relationship you begin to— break some of that covenant yourself. You begin to fall away from the promises of God. Because the devil comes and steals, doesn’t he. Isn’t that his job? Well see he is exposed in light. But he is

hidden in darkness. Does everybody get it? So where there is deception, that’s how he has access to you. Observe what I have commanded you this day: behold, I am driving out from you the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the addictite, the pervertite, the Hivite, the Jebusite, the lustite, the fleshite, the pornoite, the nicotineite. Hello. The afflictedite. The infirmityite. Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land [or the world] where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst: But you shall destroy their altars,— Hello. You shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images: For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods, and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice; And you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods, and make your sons play the harlot with their gods. You shall make you no molten gods for yourselves. That’s why he says come out from among them and be separate. Then I will be your God. Amen? Oh, hallelujah. Worship is obedience and honor of his covenant between God and man or God and you. Worship is a representation of offer— sacrifices. There is always a sacrifice in worship. You sacrifice when you worship. God honors that. Now he is not just interested in your sacrifice, right. He is interested in your obedience. But sometimes obedience is a representation of sacrifice, isn’t it. Amen? Now we talked about the tabernacle. We know that there is the outer, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The three chambers. And you’ve got to be careful because some of this alternative music that we are listening to will just keep you in the outer courts. Sometimes people listen to more alternative music than they do worship music. And you know what happens? They are not changing. But I’m listening to Christian music. Not all Christian music brings you into God’s presence. How many times do you want to hear the message. Now it’s time to meet the messenger. Amen? It’s called alternative. I think it’s altermotive [WADE: I don’t know about that word. I was not certain what Pastor was saying. Please check it out at the beginning of Track 11.] It’s an excuse to keep from worshiping God. Well I’ll just listen to it for a while. No, there’s a difference. There is music that will keep you in the outer court. And there is music that will bring you into the Holy of Holies — where in his presence you will change. Psalm 100. Let’s read it together. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands. You’re the lands now. It says shout to the Lord, doesn’t it. You know it’s amazing when people say, Let’s give reverence to God everybody be quite for a minute. I mean there is a time when, you know— it’s like, Let’s pray for someone but let’s be quiet. A moment of silence. Or you’re in my thoughts. Oh, wonderful. Keep me in your prayers not your thoughts. Lift the name to the Lord, not the thought to the Lord. Hallelujah. We get cards from people saying, You’re in my thoughts. Praise God. I want to write them back, Put me in your prayers, man! Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands. Serve the LORD with what? —gladness. There is nothing worse than miserable servant. If you are miserable, don’t tell anybody you are a Christian. Go home, worship the Lord until the oil of gladness overtakes you and you become joyful. Jesus was happy! He was never miserable. In fact, he laughed and had a great time. The only time he was silent was when he was crucified. When he was being tormented, he was silent. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Hallelujah. Knowing that the LORD he is God [and you are not]: it is he who has made us, not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with what? —thanksgiving, and into his courts with what? —praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations. Praise God. We see now that there is a new transition. There is a transition going on from the altar and the tabernacle— now there is a transition to praise. Praise. Now you become the instrument of praise. Amen? Hebrews 13. In fact the new covenant— the new testament is a representation of the celebration, isn’t it. We are joyful and thankful for his coming! And that he came. And that he’s coming again! Hebrews 13. Well how was your day? Well I’m

alright. [Pastor mimics whining believer.] Go to your closet and worship the Lord until you get right — until you get blessed! Well I just don’t feel like it. Man are you still led by your flesh, your feelings? Forget it! Thou shalt have no other gods before him— don’t let your feelings become your god!! He is not the god of feeling. He is the God of truth!! The feeling you want is joy. Hello. Peace! Hallelujah! Righteousness. Praise God. Hebrews 13:15. Therefore by him, let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Does everybody see that? Continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Some people just— they get really irritated when they always say something to me and I say, To God be the glory. Praise the Lord. What am I doing? I am constantly offering up sacrifice to the Lord. I’m offering praise to him. He’s the one that did it. Therefore by him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of what? —our lips giving thanks to his name. You know your lips are now the altar of God. Your lips are now the altar of God. That’s where the sacrifice is, isn’t it. But do not forget to do good and to share. For with such sacrifices God is what? Well pleased. Hallelujah. He’s well pleased. New covenant— A sacrifice of praise with our lips, our mouth and our breath. Hallelujah. Don’t kill anybody, make sure it’s clean breath! You want to make sure they get slain in the Spirit. Right? Not passed out by someone’s breath. John 9:28. Now there was a guy that was blind. Jesus heals him. He goes to the pharisees and they’re trying to steal his healing. This is when he is in front of them— they said to him, Then they reviled him [this is the guy who got healed], and said, You are his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from where he is. They’re talking about Jesus. The man answered and said to them [this is the guy who got healed], Why this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he has opened my eyes. In other words, he was telling the pharisees, Where have you been! How come you don’t know where this guy is? He’s going around healing people! And that’s all you’re doing is bringing people in bondage, you religious demons! He said this is marvelous. In verse 31, Now we know that God does not hear sinners: but if anyone is a what? —worshiper of God, and does his will, him he what? —hears them. If he’s a worshiper and does his will. Since the world began, it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who had been born blind. This guy was born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. They answered and said to him, You were completely born in sin, and are you teaching us? They were upset— like they weren’t born in sin. Right? And they cast him out. Get out! That’s what happens when God touches people— those religious demons can’t stand you! You’re too zealous. You have too much of God’s love. You’ve got revelation knowledge. You’ve been baptized in the Holy Ghost and speak in that funny language. You don’t take any garbage. You are a threat to them. Because you expose them. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God? And they answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him, and it is he who is talking with you. And he said, Lord, I believe. And did he do? He worshiped him. Real believers worship! Followers worship! Followers worship! Don’t tell someone you’re a follower, if you’re not a worshiper. You will know a believer and how close they are to God when you see how they worship. Not just a form of worship but worship from the heart. They go after him. Oh, hallelujah. God does not hear sinners but worshipers, right? Oh, hallelujah. Let’s go to Revelation 4. Lets’ see what they do in the throne room. Now we want to bring the throne room to us, don’t we? Hallelujah. In verse 2, And John said immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And he who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightening and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne was a sea of glass like crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and around

the throne were four living creatures, full of eyes in front and in back. This is the throne room of God. The first living creature was like a lion. The second living creature a calf. The third was like the face of a man and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come. And whenever the living creatures give and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him [this is worship] who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, You are worthy, oh Lord to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they exist and were created. That’s powerful. That’s powerful. Oh, hallelujah. Go to Proverbs 18. That’s in the throne room. We want to bring the throne room of God into our presence. If the Father is searching for those who are willing to worship him in truth and in spirit, don’t you think the whole crew comes? Amen! Amen! Oh man, I had a vision one day in worship and they showed up— and they were above. I was in this place in Ashland, Virginia and I was worshiping the Lord and it was like — it was like a platform that just showed up and their were angels all around it and the throne. And the glory of God and all of like these colors and whatever. And I saw one of the angels take this silver like pitcher and begin to pour it and was pouring it out— and as it poured out it came on me and it started pouring out all over. It was like liquid gold but then it was like water, a refreshing water too. But it was like as we began to continue to worship and dance before the Lord, people were just getting drunk in the Spirit— Just getting drunk in the Spirit and every once in a while I see that happen in some of the services sometimes. I see that happen. Not very often but every once in awhile I will see this angel pick this pitcher up and pour it out — and it doesn’t stop, you know. It’s constantly pouring out. And you could see the Father and the Son sitting next to each other up there and these brilliant rainbowish lights— it’s just glorious. I can’t explain it. It just like this platform that’s up there and the living creatures and these angels that are just pouring out these bowls of living water. And sometimes it would turn into liquid gold or liquid fire. Things would just change in the atmosphere and the atmosphere just changes in His presence. And God is trying to bring us to this place where we begin to see what’s going on in the Spirit. Sometimes I sense the angel of the Lord come up. One day I was in New Mexico and we were in this one room and people were chanting and I didn’t like this chanting stuff and I walked out of the room and I went in the hallway like in the lobby and I got on my knees and I started praying in the Spirit worshiping the Lord and then all of a sudden— all I know is that angel of the Lord comes up and puts his hand on me— huge. And him and I start worshiping the Lord. These things are true. These things are there for me and you. All you have to do is get in the Spirit. You have to become a worshiper. You have to thirst and hunger and love his presence more than anything. Oh, hallelujah. Where are we at? Proverbs 18. Glory to God. In verse 21. Would you read it with me. Is everybody there? Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those that love it will eat its fruit. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. The bible says he who sows to the Spirit reaps life. He who sows to the flesh reaps corruption. So you’re sowing— and the word “Spirit” is capitalized. You know reading your bible strengthens your Spirit. Worshiping the Lord is sowing in the Spirit That’s why the bible says the Word is a lamp unto our feet and a what? Light unto our path. Because it becomes a light unto our path as we speak the Word. But as you read the Word, you’re strengthening your Spirit so that you can worship. Everybody understand that? You’re increasing faith because faith comes by what? Hearing the Word of God, so you can step in. Oh, hallelujah. So you have the choice of speaking life or speaking death. Sowing in the Spirit or sowing in the flesh. And that choice is what you do with this tongue. Psalm 47. One of the things the devil does not want you to do is get in God’s presence. O clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is awesome; he is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He will choose

our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loves. God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing praises with understanding. Those who worship him in truth and in Spirit have understanding. God reigns over the nations and sits on his holy throne. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong to God: he is greatly exalted. Psalm 16:11. You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures for ever more. Praise God! Fullness of Joy. You know the bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. So don’t be a wimp. Get in his presence! You get joy, you get strength. Hallelujah. 1 Samuel 10. Oh, hallelujah. 1 Samuel 10. Glory to God. In verse 1. Now Saul had been chosen to be king— and he couldn’t be king in the flesh. He was the first king. Then Samuel took a flask of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over his inheritance? So Samuel begins to tell him what he needs to do before he can get in position. In verse 5 he says, After that you shall come to the hill of God, where the Philistine garrison is, and it will happen when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with string instruments, a tambourine, a flute and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying. Why? Because their worshiping the Lord is ushering in God’s presence. Ushering in God’s presence begins to manifest the gifts of the Spirit. He says, then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them, and be turned into what? —another man. Every time you get in God’s presence you begin to be turned into another man, more and more and more. Well you may not feel it— But you will know it. Remember you can sit there and worship God all day— you’re sowing in the Spirit. But there is something when you begin to make a conscious effort. Do you understand that? It’s like getting in the Spirit, you must make that conscious effort. You must make that conscious effort to get in— and fight to get in. It’s not three songs and sit down and you’ve done your duty. It’s not about duty. It’s about death. Death. That’s why there are some people who will never go out and cast out a devil. Because they will still be led by their flesh. When they get unction to go pray— they will never get that. They will go miss it because they are in the flesh. The only time they will pray is when there is a need. And it’s usually their own. Oh, hallelujah. In verse 3— Oh, we already went there! Glory to God. Let’s go to 1 Samuel 16. Hey man, this is free. He paid the price! Now there is a price you must pay. Repent, renounce and receive! The process of healing. Hallelujah. Who needs an anesthetic? Hallelujah. Lee needs an anesthetic— see me after service and I’ll give you an anesthetic. Hallelujah. Praise God. 1 Samuel 16:14. Praise God. Verse 14. Now we know that Saul obedient. Right? So Daddy chose another king to replace him. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon David. In verse 14 it says, But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him. Hey listen, you have to be careful who you are fellowshipping with. When you resist the Holy Ghost the distressing spirit is right there. He’s called a familiar spirit and he loves to fellowship with you. It’s his good pleasure to give you the kingdom of darkness. Oh, hallelujah. And Saul's servants said to him, Surely a distressing spirit from God is troubling you. Even his servants knew he picked up a demon. Let our master now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man, who is a skillful player on a harp: and it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you and you shall be well. This is powerful. Go to verse 23. So as it was when the spirit from God, that distressing spirit was upon Saul, that David would take a harp, and play it with his hand: then Saul would become what? —refreshed, well or healed. And delivered. The distressing spirit would depart from him. So we see that a lot of things happen in God’s presence, doesn’t it. We talked about joy, strength— we talked about healing, deliverance. Refreshing. Gifts of the Spirit— prophesy. Amen? Becoming a new individual. You are going from glory to glory in his presence. Oh, hallelujah. Go to chapter 17. I Samuel 17:32. Now David was a young man. And that philistine Goliath was out there

— mocking God’s army and God. And in verse 32, And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine. He said, Hey king Saul, I will go fight since the rest of your army won’t. And Saul said to David, you are out of your mind. He said, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. Ohhhh, maaaannn. I wanted to do outreaches in the drug infested areas and I had the religious pastors come out and tell me, You can’t go against them. How long have you been a believer? When did you get saved? Who’s this? Who’s that? I shared with them what happened to me. They said that can’t be. It’s against the scripture. In other words, you couldn’t get baptized in the Holy Ghost and pray in tongues. Of course there were still drug infested individuals all around their church! Some of them were probably sleeping in their parking lot and still not getting healed. I’m sharing with you that only in the Spirit are you able to take out the Goliaths. In fact, you are looking for them. In verse 34, But David said to Saul, Your servant used to keep his father's sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went after it and struck it and delivered the lamb from his mouth. And when it arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck it and killed it. In the Spirit there is no fear. There is no fear in the Spirit. One day I was trying to do some paperwork and make some copies and stuff. In fact, we were doing some brochures— and this place, Kinko’s downtown, they had my cassette and they were supposed to have stuff ready. And it’s wild, because that movie Matrix, you know— he’s got this long black coat. And it was cold out and I had this long black coat on. And I go to Kinko’s to pick up this stuff and they must have had a flood— people were sitting around a lunch table. And I really didn’t notice what was going on and I came up and I asked. Of course when I went in there I was binding the strongman and I asked an individual and he was sitting there and one of these dudes turned around and gave me a real wise remark. And I felt the presence of the Lord come upon me of holy anger. I’m telling you the power of God came upon me where I could have ripped people in half in that place. I had no fear. And the presence of God that came upon me was like— the only thing I can imagine, was what came upon Samson. And everyone at the table turned around and looked at me. And one guy bowed his head, not wanting to look at me. And that’s all I did— I stood there. And they all turned their heads and I’m telling you I could feel the presence of God— I don’t know how many angels were with me or whatever, but I had no fear. I mean I knew— I didn’t have hatred. I just knew that power was all over me! All over me!! And as I stood there and they looked at me, they turned their heads. I didn’t know what to do. I just knew that the power of all over me— and strength. And I turned around and walked out. And when I turned around and walked out, it lifted from me. And I thought, LORD! And he let me know that was what was coming on Samson. Because the bible says that the seven-fold of the Holy Spirit— one of them is the Spirit of strength. Hello. Oh, hallelujah. And that’s what happened with David. No fear. Amen? No fear. Right? Oh, hallelujah. Go to verse 41. So the Philistine began drawing near to David; and the man who bore the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him [in other words, he mocked him and stuff]: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and good looking. And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. It didn’t matter what they said, did it. Those words had no penetration. Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will strike you, and take your head from you; and this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air, and the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. He wasn’t playing games. I’m telling you that’s how I felt in this place in Kinko’s. I didn’t say a word though. But the power and the strength of the Spirit of God came upon me. And man was I---- whew!!!! Then when I saw

the Matrix movie I thought, Cool man – I know what that’s about!! Hallelujah. 2 Chronicles 20. A couple more scriptures and we are out of here. Praise God. In verse 1, 2 Chronicles 20:1. It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. He was totally outnumbered. He could not physically, naturally fight and win this war. Amen? In verse 3 it says, And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. Now when you seek God, he sends his Spirit to give you counsel, correction and direction. Either through someone, through his word, through dreams, revelation, through vision— through something he is going to give you direction. He sent the prophet to him— and he told him what to do. In fact, he told him to position himself. He told him the battle was the Lords— he said, Don’t fear. Amen? In verse 20, So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should what? —sing to the LORD, and who should what? — praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:— Come on, they went out before the army. Try and tell our armies that! Try and tell our commanders, Hold on, we’re sending the praise and worship team out ahead of you!! [Laughter]. They try and give you— between state and religion– church and state or whatever. Hold on– send the church out first! Praise God, victory would have been over with! —and they went out saying, Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever. Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. Let me share with you, as you praise and worship the Lord— here is another thing about getting in his presence– He will ambush your enemies! He’s going to ambush your enemies man!! For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. Man, talk about confusion in the camp. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. No one. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. Hey, there is blessing in his presence!!!! It may not come the way you expect, but there are blessings and promises in his presence. Go to Acts 16. Oh, there are a lot of things that happen as you praise the Lord. Acts 16. You can’t give up though, can you. You have to keep going, you’ve got to keep pressing in. In verse 25. Now Paul and Silas were in jail being persecuted. They were locked up, bound up, chained up— Hello. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. They were praising the Lord, even in their circumstances. Amen? Praising the Lord even in their circumstances. You know, that’s when you really find out where you are at. If you are able to praise the Lord in your worst circumstance. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. Hallelujah! Sometimes your praise and worship releases others. See the purpose of this ministry is to bring people in God’s presence so they can get free. Man cannot free anybody, only His presence can. Oh, hallelujah. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep [yeah I’ll bet] and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had left, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. Because he knew he was going to get killed anyway. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, Do yourself no harm, for we are all here. He must have freaked! Man, these guys are too honest. What are they doing in jail! Then he called

for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Oh, how God turns your enemies— to come with you instead of against you. And he brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? So they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. Oh, man do you understand that praise and worship not only ambushes your enemies but releases you and makes a way of escape from your trouble. Makes a way of escape from your trouble and brings freedom from bondage. One of the greatest bondage people have is trying to worship. What if someone sees me? Praise God– what if you get healed! Then let somebody see you! Amen? I want to close at Psalm 103. Hallelujah. Don’t care what people think. Come on, we didn’t care what people thought when we were out there serving the devil! Come on, you used to go to those football games and those basketball games and soccer games and worship that pigskin— scream like crazy [Pastor mimics screaming fans.] When it comes to worshiping the Lord people turn silent. Silent night .... [Pastor begins to sing Silent Night] Silent lips! Psalm 103. Hallelujah! We have a great, great reason to celebrate! A great reason! Now you have to remember something— It’s about a choice, isn’t it. It’s about a choice! That’s all it is, man. Just make the choice. Don’t go by what you feel!! Yeah, but I’m just getting all beat up. So what! Get un-beat! Get in His presence! Hallelujah. Yeah, but you don’t know my circumstance. God does. Man doesn’t need to know it. God knows it. Amen? Let Him work on you. Read this with me, Psalm 103. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Well how do you bless him? Praise and worship. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Praise God!! We all need a little renewing. Amen? Worship— An expression of reverence to the creator of all. Worship. NEVER stop ministering to the Lord! When you begin to compromise it, you’ve already bit the bait. Worship. As a believer it is one of the most important things for me and you to do— is to worship the Lord. Amen? It brings you in God’s presence and we just read about a lot of things that happen in God’s presence. Again I want to encourage you to get the teaching Spiritual Warfare #7 - it’s about the warfare of praise and worship. Amen? Father we thank you for your Word. We love you. We exalt you. And we ask Holy Spirit that our spirit would worship you, even as we sleep tonight. That we would wake up refreshed, healed, full of joy and that the rivers of living waters will flow through us— FOR YOUR GLORY. In Jesus’ name. And everybody said? AMEN and Hallelujah!! ****