Building a Throne

Posted on 10/15/2006 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning, and welcome to Abundant Living Ministries CyberChurch.

This is our first week here in Pearl, and I hope you'll all give your thanks to Ken for allowing us to use this part of his island to meet together and worship our King together.

My hope, my prayer, my desire is that you will take a little bit of fire, a little bit of hope, a little bit of truth, and a lot of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God into your life, into your home, into your job, and into the rest of this virtual world, as your every word, action, and the meditations of your heart flow out of your personal and daily intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Please stand to your feet as we start this service with prayer.


Lord God, thank you for meeting us here in this place today. Thank you for connecting us all together, from all around your world, by your Holy Spirit.

Come visit us in a special way today. As we put our attention on you, pouring out upon you the worship you deserve, I know you will respond to us by touching each one of us, and we'll never be the same again.

Thank you Father, and we come to you in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Please click-touch the pulpit for a notecard as we enter the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving, praise, and worship.


EVERY MOVE I MAKE

Every move I make I make in You
You make me move Jesus
Every breath I take I breathe in You
Every step I take I take in You
You are my way Jesus
Every breath I take I breathe in You

Waves of mercy
Waves of grace
Everywhere I look
I see your face
Your love has captured me
Oh my God
This Love
How can it be?


I COULD SING OF YOUR LOVE FOREVER

Over the mountains and the sea,
Your river runs with love for me,
and I will open up my heart
and let the Healer set me free.
I'm happy to be in the truth,
and I will daily lift my hands:
for I will always sing of when
Your love came down.

I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever,
I could sing of Your love forever.

Oh, I feel like dancing -
it's foolishness I know;
but when the world has seen the light,
they will dance with joy,
like we're dancing now.

I LOVE YOU LORD

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear


It's my prayer that we never finish worshiping, that when we come together like this, we are only continuing our personal time of worship, blending it together with the worship of other believers.

Today's message will be interactive. Not between you and me, but between all of us and God.

The title of my message today is "Building a Throne."

You may be seated.

In Psalm 22 verse 3 we read, "You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel." And today we're going to take a deeper look into the subject of worship, how we all build thrones in our lives, and how we can build those thrones, from this day forward, for God and God alone.

Many years ago I was in my prayer closet in a time of deep worship and communion with God. An automobile drove into the neighborhood and stopped accross the street right in front of our house.

I could hear the bass of their music booming very clearly through the walls. And while I'm a bass lover myself and thoroughly appreciate a good sound system and the use of such a system, God allowed me to see into the realm of the spirit.

It was as though I was outside of my prayer closet, and outside of the house, and accross the street. I saw the car, and on the sidewalk-side of the car were about seven or eight people. But the thing that caught my attention the most was what I saw in the spirit realm rising from the car.

The music playing in the car seemed to float into the air, rising in a shining, dancing pillar of light. And then I saw, seated like a ruler, a demonic force, enthroned upon the music and upon the spirit behind that music.

I was reminded of the Scripture which tells us "God is enthroned upon the praises of his people," and it was as though God spoke to me, opening my eyes to a reality of which I had previously been unaware.

I have always known music is a powerful force. It connects with the deepest part of our souls. It opens our hearts to whatever flows through that music.

Even without words, music conveys a message all its own. It can bring healing. It can bring comfort. It can bring excitement. It can bring a sense of adventure. It can bring restlessness. It can bring fear. It can bring anger. It can even bring death.

Through music, feelings and messages freely flow, connecting and infiltrating any heart which opens to and connects with the sound.

While music is only one of many ways in which we can worship God, the focus of today's service will be the use of music for worship, and hopefully we will all leave here today with a deeper understanding of how music can be used to bring us deeper into the presence of the Lord.

I know what I saw that day was true. Whatever fleshly, ungodly spirit was behind the creation of that music, it was making the spirits of darkness feel right at home, and a ruling spirit was seated upon, enthroned upon, that music.

After that revelation, I remembered to choose my music more carefully, not placing any music on my plate that did not glorify God, but instead glorified any fleshly thing.

And something else came to light that day, or rather became even more illuminated to me. If that wicked spirit, a twisted, fallen creature who used to be an angel, that weak wind who some day will be thrown into the lake of fire, if that imp was seated upon and empowered by that fleshly music, and if that demon could cause anger, adultery, rape, and murder (which I sensed it was accostomed to doing), how must the Holy Spirit appear in the spirit realm, enthroned upon praises to God from hearts purified by the Blood of the Lamb?

Surely in the spirit realm, the sight of the Spirit of God riding upon the pure and wide throne of the praises of God's people, that sight must strike terror in the very center of any evil presence around.

I'd like to read an excerpt from Ron McIntosh, Director of Alumni Relations at Oral Roberts University.

Ron writes,

"I will never forget the young woman who came to me after a worship service at ORU. She told me she was an ex-Satanist who had just received deliverance, but she was now struggling and wondered if I could help get her reoriented to her new life in church.

"I met with her a couple of months in counseling with wonderful results. Today, she is thriving in Christ.

"After we became well acquainted, I asked her, 'What does Satan fear more than anything else?'

"Her response fascinated me. She told me every year after Halloween Satanists try to invade key churches, to disrupt and destroy them. She added that they have the most difficult time doing that in churches that pray in tongues and demonstrate real worship. I asked, 'Why?'

"She replied, 'Praise and worship throws the realm of darkness into confusion, and destroys their power.'"


Why does the enemy fight you so hard to steal your times of worship with God? Perhaps you don't even have those times alone with God every day. Perhaps you have never had a real worship experience. Satan and his demons don't want you to discover true worship; it will change your life, and will make his even more miserable.

That young lady's words are so true: "Praise and worship throws the realm of darkness into confusion, and destroys their power."

Satan fights against true worship by bringing in a spirit of religion. We get used to doing things a certain way, a "comfortable" way. We sing three hymns out of the song book, sit for twenty minutes to listen to the preacher talk, then go home until next week when we'll do the same thing again.

But in religion there is no power. Satan is perfectly comfortable with religion, and with man-made ceremonies and traditions. It's a win-win-lose situation: Satan wins because we are powerless, our flesh wins and we feel somehow justified and comfortable, and the plans God has for us to prosper us, to heal us, to deliver us, and to bring others to Salvation through us, loses.

Satan fights against the move of the Holy Spirit. He brings thoughts to our minds, and we agree with him whole-heartedly, thinking with our flesh instead of with our spirit.

These thoughts are usually along the lines of,

"It's okay to clap, but not to raise your hands."

"It's okay to raise your hands a little, but not to dance around."

"It's okay to clap, dance a little, and raise your hands, but that person who just starting yelling is totally in the flesh. That's just plain wrong and distracting."

"Tongues passed away with the apostles. Or perhaps they are only to be used by one person at a time if they know someone will interpret the tongues later."

"God doesn't miraculously heal today."

"Those people who fall down on the floor during worship or altar ministry are either being hypnotized, are in an emotional lather, are trying to get attention, or are under the influence of a demon. God wouldn't do that to people."

And the list goes on. While I've probably offended at least one or two people this morning, and many more before this message finishes making it rounds on the Internet, I'm not really concerned about sidestepping issues in an attempt to please everyone. If someone's boat is rocked by the truth and they're challenged to step out of their comfort zone, that's a good thing.

So why would I bring up these things which many would consider to be controversial religious practices?

It's because they are not, indeed, religious practices. When the moves of God become religious practices, they are just as dead and impotent as any other empty, dry form. But when they are the result of the Spirit of God moving among a group of people who are completely open to God and are worshiping him in Spirit and in Truth, it's quite a different story.

In worship services such as that, I've seen groups of people give their lives to Jesus. I've seen the sick miraculously healed. I've seen people who were in bondage to sins and addictions set free. I've seen those who were backslidden or complacent in their Christian walk come running to the altar. And I've seen these same people years later, still transformed by the Presence of God that was allowed to move in whatever way he saw fit.

A true worship experience will do more for you than a million dead Sunday mornings. That's why we're talking about it this morning, and that's why satan and our flesh fight so hard against it. Just don't let the enemy win in your heart and mind today.

Let's take a moment to pray in song that God will open our eyes today.

Lord, show us the beauty of your presence. Let us see your holiness, your power, and your love. We want to see Jesus, to reach out by faith and touch him, pouring our love out upon him. Lord, open our ears, and give us teachable spirits, so our eyes will be open, and we can see Jesus.

Lord, let there be a change in our hearts today, as we put aside our religion, we put aside our man-made doctrines, our twisting of Scripture to try to avoid that deep intimacy with you. Open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, so we can truly see you.

OPEN OUR EYES

Open our eyes, Lord
We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him,
And say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord
And help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord
We want to see Jesus.


You know, it's in those times of true worship, times we lay aside our self-consciousness, our religiosity, and our dignity and pride, it's in those times when we come as children to our Heavenly Father, reaching up to him and crying out for our daddy to take us in his arms and love with us; it's in those times of worship we find freedom from things we thought were too big to see past, too strong to put down, and too irreconcilable to give way to peace.

God is indeed enthroned upon our praises, and music plays an important role in helping us find that place of worship.

Satan knows this all too well. He was originally the worship leader in heaven. He had musical instruments built in, and he produced breathtakingly beautiful music as he lead the angels in worship to God.

There are those who believe it's okay to use musical instruments, as long as you don't use them in the church. And this is just another trick of the enemy, a lie from hell, sent to weaken the worship he fears.

Satan is the author of the mismatch.

He promotes and revels in sex, so long as it's not properly matched with marriage.

He doesn't mind if you pray, so long as you talk to someone besides God, or talk in a religious, programmed way that renders your prayers ineffective, as long as your prayers are not matched with God.

And he doesn't mind music and instruments a bit, so long as they're not used to lead believers into the presence of God, helping them connect to him in a way nothing else can.

We read in Scripture that when David was a shepherd boy, he used to play the harp for King Saul. You see, the king had an evil spirit that tormented him. During these times of torment, the king would call for David, who would sooth King Saul by playing his musical instrument, his harp.

God created the first musical instrument, and it was housed inside Lucifer, used for the sole purpose of leading others in worship to God.

So we see that instrumental music helps us enter into a deeper worship experience.

So how has satan been stopping YOU from living a life of worship? How has he been stopping or at least weakening your times of worship?

Have you been distracted by every other thing? Have you felt unworthy to come into God's presence because of a sin that has you bound? Have you been hindered from the fullness of a true worship experience by questions about moves of the Holy Spirit, or doctrines and teachings that such things are not of God?

As the day grows darker around us, it becomes more and more important to throw off all these garments of tradition, scepticism, doctrines of men and misunderstandings of Scripture, and the tricks of the enemy; it becomes more and more important for us to discover what it means to enter into unhindered worship, the kind King David enjoyed when he danced before the Lord with all his might, making a total fool of himself before the eyes of the flesh, but connecting with God on a level our own wisdom and dignity will never be able to.

And so the call today is a simple one. The call today is straight-forward and plain. The call today is one which could very well determine the direction in which your life will go, depending upon how you answer it.

And the call today is a call to worship. A call to lay aside everything else. A call to forget about what others might think about you. A call to lose your pride, your dignity, your self-respect, and your religious composure. This is a call to throw your entire being into chasing after a closer, more intimate encounter with God, one which does not just come and then fade away, but one which launches you into a new life of worship, a life of deep daily worship, a life of walking more and more deeply in God's presence.

This altar is open. Let's gather around and worship our King together. If you need prayer or ministry, please instant message one of the ministry team, who will have the word "Minister" before their name.

Wherever you are right now, forget about what's going on around you, or who might see or hear you and what they might think about you.

While you're coming, I'd like to read a couple of Scripture passages. The first one is the 100th chapter of Psalm which says,

 1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
 2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
         Come before His presence with singing.
 3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
         It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
         We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
        
 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
         And into His courts with praise.
         Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
 5 For the LORD is good;
         His mercy is everlasting,
         And His truth endures to all generations.


And Psalm chapter eighteen, verses 46 through 49:

 46 The LORD lives!
         Blessed be my Rock!
         Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
 47 It is God who avenges me,
         And subdues the peoples under me;
 48 He delivers me from my enemies.
         You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
         You have delivered me from the violent man.
 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles,
         And sing praises to Your name.


We need not apologize when the lost see us worshiping God and declairing his praises. We will give thanks to you, O Lord, in the midst of the lost and dying; we will shine the light of your presence in the darkest parts of our lives and of this earth, taking our attention off all our distractions, and placing it completely upon you.


THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You


WHEN I LOOK INTO YOUR HOLINESS

When I look into Your holiness
When I gaze into Your loveliness
When all things that surround become shadows
In the light of You

When I've found the joy of reaching Your heart
When my will become enthroned in Your love
When all things that suround become shadows
In the light of You

I worship You I worship You
The reason I live is to worship You


I LOVE YOU LORD

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear


HOLY GROUND

As I walked through the door I sensed his presence
And I knew this was a place where love abounds
For this is the temple, jehovah God abides here
And we are standing in his presence
On holy ground

We are standing on holy ground
And I know there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
We are standing in his presence
On holy ground

In his presence there is joy beyond measure
And at his feet peace of mind can still be found
If you have a need, I know He has the answer
Reach out and claim it for we are standing
On holy ground

We are standing on holy ground
And I know there are angels all around
Let us praise, Jesus now
We we are standing in his presence
On holy ground

We are standing on holy ground
And I know there are angels all around
Let us praise, Jesus now
We we are standing in his presence
We we are standing in his presence
We we are standing in his presence
On holy ground


There is healing today in the presence of the Lord. No matter what you're facing today, in the presence of the Lord is fullness of joy, abundance of peace, and the rest you can find in none other.


YET I WILL PRAISE YOU

I will praise you, Lord my God
Even in my brokeness
I will praise you Lord
I will praise you, Lord my God
Even in my desperation
I will praise you Lord

And I can´t understand
All that you allow
I just can´t see the reason
but my life is in your hands
and through I cannot see you
I choose to trust you

Even when my hearts is torn
I will trust you Lord
Even when I feel deserted
I will trust you Lord

Even in the darkest valley
I will trust you Lord
and when it seems all hope is gone
yet I will praise you Lord

I will trust you Lord my God
Even in my loneliness
I will trust you Lord

And I will not forget
that you hung on a cross
Lord you bled and died for me
and if I have to suffer
I know that you´ve been there
and I know that you´re here now


FATHER I ADORE YOU

Father I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Jesus I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Spirit I adore you
I lay my life before you
How I love you

Lord you are more precious than silver
Lord you are more costly than gold
Lord you are more beautiful than diamonds
And nothing I desire compares with you


May God bless you this week with an overflowing of his presence, as you worship him every day, letting his Presence sweep over you, changing you, from glory to glory, into the image of Jesus. Amen.

Please meet us next door for our time of fellowship. If you need prayer, this altar will remain open for ministry. You are dismissed.