14 Jun R3 Online Prayer, WE ARE AN OFFERING, Wed. June 14, 2017
Psalm 96:8-9 NASB
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
BRING AN OFFERING
and come into His courts,
worship the LORD in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Throughout Holy Scripture and history we observe that God’s people, not only bring Him offerings, but we become an offering! Jesus fulfilled all five offerings commanded in Leviticus. But the New Testament instructs us that there are other offerings that we bring into the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
As a royal priesthood we show forth His praise in the way we bring our offerings and come before Him. What is clear here is that our offerings must first be pure then secondly have some value or worth that it costs us to give? Whether the cost is something that chooses us or something that we chosen to give—worship is measured in worthship of giving.
The Hebrew word for “offering” is ‘karbonet’ which means; an expression or demonstration of dedication, devotion, gratitude, and love. Offerings served several purposes:
- To maintain a right relationship with God.
- Tangible/Intangible means of measuring love in obedience and gratitude.
- A way to show surrender and yielding to God’s will, not ours.
- A means to display awe, reverence, thanksgiving, and joy.
In ancient royal courts it was considered an insult to the throne to come before the king empty-handed. Not only should we bring sacrificial offerings—we must make sure they are pure and sincere. John Calvin wrote, “The excellence of the church does not consist in multitude but in purity.”
It is our determination as priests and kings to bring holy, acceptable, and costly offerings into the house of the LORD today.
Therefore, may the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in His sight as we worship and pray together this morning!
- A LIVING SACRIFICE OFFERING Prayer Leader: Pastor Brian Holden
Rom. 12:1 NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies,
TO OFFER YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICES,
holy and pleasing to God—this your spiritual act of worship.
Main Point: For us to learn that the highest praise comes from where we have, once and for all, laid our lives down in love and continue to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice daily on the altar of worship.
- If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it; but whoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. –Lk. 9:23-24
- For none of us lives to himself, and no man does to dies to himself. For whether we will live, we live to the Lord, whether we die, we die to the Lord; whether therefore we live, or die, we are the Lord’s . –Rom. 14:7-8
- Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. –1 Cor. 6:19-21 NKJV
- I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved Me and gave Himself for me. –Gal. 2:20 NKJV
- Greater love has no man than this, to lay down one’s life for his friend. –Jn. 15:13 NKJV
- By which will we are sanctified through the OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE AND FOR ALL. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; let us draw near with a true heart full of assurance of faith and our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. –Heb. 10:10,20,22 KJV
- Because of our perspective and view of the mercies of God and that we were bought of a price—we make a decisive dedication of all our body members and faculties as a living sacrifice to God and to determine once and for all to be holy, devoted, consecrated as our intelligent acts of worship and service.
- To remember that we cannot call ourselves Disciples of Christ unless we deny ourselves and take up our cross DAILY and follow Him.
- That we will remember in order to walk in resurrection power we must learn to die to live the life of the Son of God.
- The measure of our love for God is the measure of how much we lay down our live for our friends.
- For us to understand that, because Jesus offered Himself once and for all, we can walk in a new and living way, having no guilt nor condemnation, but in high places and in greater works through Jesus Himself.
- For us to come to the conclusion that nothing belongs to us, our life is not our own, everything we have is on loan given as a trust of stewardship that determines our reward or regret of judgment seat of Christ.
- For us to daily awake ourselves to the awareness that whenever we seek to save something for ourselves—we lost it! But when we seek to lose something for Christ—we gain it for eternity! We look not to the things seen, but things unseen. We live and die to the Lord because we have given Him divine right of rule and definite ownership of everything we have including our bodies.
- A DRINK OFFERING Prayer Leader: Pastor Ashlynne Bell
Phil. 2:17 NIV
I am being poured out like a
DRINK OFFERING on the sacrifice and
service coming from your faith.
Main Point: A “drink offering” was when the priest poured wine on the altar of sacrifice symbolizing the willingness to give up personal happiness or satisfaction in order to please God at a higher level for a greater good.
- …by the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. –Phil. 1:19;21;29 NIV
- By faith Abel OFFERED God a BETTER SACRIFICE.—Heb. 11:4
- By faith Enoch, walked with God…was commended as one who PLEASED HIM…And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him. –Heb. 11:5-6 NIV
- By faith Jacob…worshipped as he leaned on the top of his staff. –Heb. 11:21 NIV
- By faith Moses…choosing to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming His reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: because he was looking ahead to his reward. –Heb. 11:24-26 KJV/NIV
- For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name’s sake in ministering; to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do. –Heb. 6:10 Amp.
- My beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the LORD], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. –1 Cor. 15:58 Amp.
- God gives seed to sowers—God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. –2 Cor. 9:6-10 NIV
- To understand the value of giving up personal happiness in order to please God at a higher level.
- To realize that only in denying self, taking up your cross, can you be a Disciple of Christ.
- To comprehend it is a privileged sacrifice to suffer on behalf of Christ and that the measure of the cost determines the measure of worship to God and reward in heaven.
- To know that nothing is ever lost when given to God. Only gained.
- To not be weary in well doing knowing we will reap in due season if we do not faint or give up.
- To understand that our entire life is a seed and only when the seed is sown and dies can it live again and reproduce.
- To know there is nothing we give up that is greater than what God gives to replace.
- A BROKEN and CONTRITE OFFERING Prayer Leader: Pastor David Calhoun
Psalm 51:17 NKJV
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a BROKEN AND CONTRITE heart O God,
You will not despise.
Main Point: For God’s people to learn that the greater the loss the greater the gain; the more pain and suffering endured means the more glory and joy eternally; trust is refined in the face of hardship, insults, offenses, difficulties, and persecutions.
- The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. –Ps. 34:17-19 NKJV
- He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. –Ps. 147:3 NKJV
- The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. –Is. 61:1-3 NIV
- Has not my hand made all these things,and so they came into being?declares the Lord. These are the ones I look on with favor:those who are humble and contrite in spirit,and who tremble at my word.—Is. 66:2
- But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. –2 Tim. 3:10-12 NKJV
- My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. –Jam. 1:2-4 KJV
- Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. –1 Peter 5:6-11 NKJV
- Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” –Lk. 18:9-14 NKJV
- This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” – Is. 30:15 NIV
- For God’s people to realize that our momentary afflictions are far outweighed with eternal glory in heavenly reward.
- For God’s people to know that the greater the cost the greater the reward.
- For God’s people to accept that when our hearts are broken and we have been wounded, betrayed, or abused for Christ sake that He will heal, restore, and reward our losses.
- For God’s people to crown Him with the sacrifice of praise even when it is through tears and our hearts are broken and spilled out.
- For God’s people to see that when brokenness and contrition are offered, in exchange for an unrestrained will and unbridled desires, it is of greater worth in His sight.
- For God’s people to learn that humility is among the greatest of virtues carrying the greatest recompense.
- For God’s people to understand that –If you are broken because of sin, you are broken in all the wrong places; but it you are broken because of God, you are broken in all the right places.
- A FRAGRANT OFFERING Prayer Leader: Kat Holder
Phil. 4:16-20 NIV
Not that I am lacking for a gift, but I am looking
for what may be credited to your account…
…I have received—the gifts you sent. They are a FRAGRANT OFFERING,
and acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Main Point: To understand that when we give something willingly—the more cost that is involved, the more worth in worship is weighed. In our sacrificial giving we best reflect the Son’s sacrifice and our offerings become memorials before God and rewards for eternity.
- “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” –2 Sam. 24:24 NIV
- And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 2 Sam. 15:22 KJV
- For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the Lord of hosts. 12 But you profane it, In that you say, The table of the Lord is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is –Mal. 1:11-12 NKJV
- Judah has dealt treacherously,And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem,
For Judah has profaned The Lord’s holy institution which He loves: He has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob The man who does this, being awake and aware, Yet who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts! 13 And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands. –Mal. 2:11-13 NKJV
- And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the ” 10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” –Matt. 26:6-13 NKJV
- 19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant. –1 Kgs 19:19-21 NKJV
- 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” –Lk. 17:11-19 NKJV
- 17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” 20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. –Mk. 19:17-22 NKJV
- But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.—Acts 7:55 NKJV
- There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. –Acts 10:1-4 NKJV
- That when our offerings costs us nothing it is empty of worship.
- That God desires obedience over any other sacrificial offering we may bring.
- That we are to bring offerings free from self-ambition, self-aggrandizement, or any offering from a rebellious, unrepentant heart.
- The value of our offering determines the weight of our worship.
- That when we walk away from the opportunity to give a fragrant offering we walk away from eternal riches and most of all an opportunity to glorify the LORD.
- That when we return to give thanks we are returning to wholeness.
- That “He who gives what he cannot keep, will gain what he can never lose.”
- A PRAISE OFFERING Prayer Leader: Pastor Bill Davis
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
By Him let us continually
OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE to God,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
Main Point: That praise and worship offered in Spirit and Truth would arise from obedience, faithfulness, integrity, stewardship, and sacrificial love.
- And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory. So I will consecrate the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. I will also consecrate both Aaron and his sons to minister to Me as priests. I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God. –Ex. 29:43-46 NKJV
- 6 And you shall put it before the veil thatis before the ark of the Testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the Testimony, where I will meet with you. 7 “Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. 8 And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. 9 You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it. –Ex. 30:6-9 NKJV
- Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. –Ps. 50:23 KJV
- I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.—Ps. 34:1-3 NKJV
- Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;My ears You have opened.Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come;In the scroll of the book it is written of me.I delight to do Your will, O my God,And Your law is within my heart.” –Ps. 40:6-8 NKJV
- Willingly I will sacrifice to You;I will givethanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good. –Ps. 54:6 NASB
- Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.–Ps. 107:21-22 KJV
- Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. –Ps. 141:2 KJV
- But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. –2 Cor. 2:14-15 NIV
- But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. –Jn. 4:23-24 NKJV
- 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. –Ps. 4:3-5 KJV
- And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. –Ps. 27:6 NASB
- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. –1 Pet. 2:9 KJV
- I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. –Ps. 9:1-2 NKJV
- Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.—Ps. 22:3 NIV
- Sing the glory of his name;make his praise glorious. –Ps. 66:2 NIV
- This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. –Ps. 102:18 KJV
- Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. –2 Chron. 7:1-3 KJV
- Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”—Heb. 12:28-29 NIV
- That as royal priests we are called to stand before Him and minister to Him in worship.
- That as the content of incense was set on fire—so too must we set our passions on fire before Him and burn in His presence.
- That we are called to offer continual thanksgiving and perpetual praise to the Holy One as priests.
- That God does not seek just sacrifices and offerings but delights in those who love His laws and do His will.
- That there is more power in praise when it comes through tears, losses, pain, and the place of trust when we do not understand.
- That as those chosen, we are to cloth ourselves with holy attire, in the beauty of holiness, and stand before Him and minister to Him as did the Levitical priests.
- That since we have been chosen, experienced the bounties of God’s goodness now, and will receive an eternal kingdom unshaken—we will express gratitude and worship acceptably with reverence and awe before our God.