“Praise is seeking God. Worship is being found by Him.
The goal of praise is to create an atmosphere for the presence of God. This is why Abraham, Moses, and David were such close friends with God. They made room for Him in their life. Their deep hunger to know and obey Him was the basis for their relationship with Him.
This is true for all genuine worshipers. They love to be with God and He loves to be with them. He shows up because they have an authentic devotion to Him and a passion for Him.
Thus, praise and worship are related but very different activities and experiences. Praise is initiated by us. Worship is God’s response.
Praise is something we do. Worship is something God releases. Praise is our building a house for God. Worship is God moving in.
Worship cannot be generated by us. It is completely dependent on God. We may seek to enter worship through praise, but it is up to God whether He will respond to our initiative.
“The Holy Spirit is the key that allows all the dormant power within you to come to life.
“When you were born, the cap over your potential was firmly in place. Outside God’s grace you will never know what is buried beneath that cap. Billions of dollars of wealth are buried within you, but you are not aware of it. You’re walking along cool, but you don’t know who you are. You don’t understand that what you see is merely the shadow of your potential.
In His mercy, God has placed within each of us the answer to this dilemma. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God sent the gift of the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit, which we receive at our new birth, provides the connection between our spirits and God’s secret wisdom. “Your capped potential is like a new battery. You came into the world full of the ability to run the whole thing. But you’re just sitting there. Your stored power isn’t being used. Like a battery that needs acidic water inside it before it can really fulfill its purpose, you need something to unleash the potential locked inside you. The Holy Spirit is the key that allows all the dormant power within you to come to life. Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, you can never function to your fullest potential.
certain things we cannot understand unless the Holy Spirit reveals them to us.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard; no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him—but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
But indicates a change. But inserts hope in the midst of hopelessness. Most people do not know what God intends for their lives. They have not seen their secret wisdom, nor have they heard about it. They have never even thought about the stuff because there are certain things we cannot understand unless the Holy Spirit reveals them to us. They are so deep within our potential that we need help to drag them out.
God had those deep things within Him before He made us; He put them into us at birth. But we “don’t know they exist because sin has clogged up the entry way. It is as if God struck a well and put wealth in it—a wealth of oil. Wealth is under there in your bosom. There is wealth in your personality—wealth in your being. But it has been clogged up and capped off by sin.
When you were born, the cap over your potential was firmly in place. Outside God’s grace you will never know what is buried beneath that cap. Billions of dollars of wealth are buried within you, but you are not aware of it. You’re walking along cool, but you don’t know who you are. You don’t understand that what you see is merely the shadow of your potential. That’s why the Bible says, “nor has it entered the hearts of man the things God has under the cap for him.” Oh, man!
“You were born with wisdom that literally came out of God.
I know you may find that hard to accept—perhaps you think I am a mad man. But the truth is you’ll be shocked when you understand who you really are. You don’t know what you have inside that you are selling so cheaply. You have God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that you should be using to discover the earth.
None of the rulers of this world understand it, nor have they ever understood it. If only we could understand who we are (and I guess I include Christians, because we used to be there, and we need to find out where we used to be). We keep “thinking that the life we left behind is better than the life toward which we are headed. We are constantly dipping into the ways and wisdom of the world to try and solve our present situations. But the world does not know the wisdom and potential God has already destined for us. They don’t understand it, because if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord Jesus!
Your eyes can’t see, your ears can’t hear, neither can your mind imagine what God intends for His children. It’s totally beyond what you can understand. If you could see through your eyes what you were created to be, you’d change your life. If you could hear through your ears or perceive through your mind—but the Scriptures say you can’t. Your situation sounds hopeless: No eyes have seen it…no ears have heard it…no mind has conceived it. Your eyes and ears and mind cannot help you understand what God prepared for you before you were born. If they could, you’d shape up!