Reaching to God (3 of 5) by Frank Damazio

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Reaching to God (3 of 5)
Series: Deep Waters
Pastor Frank Damazio

Intro: God invites us to come and worship Him, and in so doing, encounter the fresh, living, powerful presence of God.

I. DETERMINING TO GO DEEPER

A. "GOING DEEPER" DEFINED

1. I will push past my personal hindrances and distractions and wade into the deep waters of God's presence with my praise, worship and an open heart of expectation.

2. Luke 5:4, NET: Push out into the deep water.

3. Luke 5:4, NET: Push out into the deep water.

"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." -John Piper

4. Ezekiel 47 progression: ankle-deep, knee-deep, waist-deep , deep waters

5. Worship is for God, alive, extravagant, whole-hearted, responsive, transforming and participative.

6. Worship creates an atmosphere where God "moves in" with His presence and power, drawing people to be touched, healed, forgiven and saved.

B. REACHING TO GOD

1. Neh. 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

2. 1 Tim. 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

3. God invites us to come and worship Him, and in so doing, encounter the fresh, living, powerful presence of God. Presence in the Hebrew is "pano," which means "to turn the face." When we worship, we encounter God turning toward us in love, favor, bringing us face to face with His pervading, permeating, manifested and all-consuming presence. Psalm 16:11 says "In Your presence is fullness of joy." We push out from the junk of yesterday, push out away from the condemning voice of our enemy and push into the life-changing presence of God. Worship has a "pressing" in aspect to it. One way we press in is with our voice and our physical body. Worship involves our mouth, our words and also our arms and hands exte ...


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