David Blackman (18 Dec 2010)
"Hot or Cold?"

Ever wonder what it means to be "Hot or Cold"???

I have heard that you are hot if you are "full on for God" or "if you love God"... or just the opposite if you are cold!

I would like to take you on a journey that God has taken me through on this subject:

It was several years back that I heard Dr. Jimmy Young preach at our church a message that affected my life in a profound way in this area.  The message was basically that when we worship God, He inhabits the praises of His people.  He said that when we worship Him, that each of us has a celestial audience of One.  He is sitting on His throne in our presence during our time of worship, and we should be asking our audience how was our performance?  As an individual not as a corporate setting.  Another thing that he mentioned that was very profound as well was if you are just coming to the church's praise and worship (pw) to be entertained then you are sitting on His throne and need to repent.  this was the main points of his message.

This message allowed God to deal and speak to me about what He really wanted.  All of a sudden I saw pw as being a concert to the Lord.  I started to think about concerts and what makes up a good one.  You have to realize that this is how God deals with me at times, but I thought that I would not waste my time going to a concert that I was putting on for God.  If I would not waste my time or money to see a concert that I was putting on then why should God!!!  It kinda puts in into a little different perspective.  As I was contemplating this I wondered what makes one performance great while another is just mediocre?  I have heard of a person that plays the piano and it is so inspiring and yet others that can play the same tune but it is just not the same!  I realized that it is that the one will play the music and the other will play the notes.  What I mean is that one will have a passion for playing and the other just plays the notes.  I also started looking at different types of performers and it really comes down to the great ones are the ones that have a passion for what they are doing.  This has made a big difference in the way I perform pw at our church.   I do not lead pw and do not consider myself very good at singing but I now have passion as I worship my Lord and king!

I guess what I am saying is that Hot is being passionate and cold is the lack there of!  It maybe the above also but I thought everyone might enjoy this what God has taught me.  You can look through scripture and see a passionate God.  He created us and intended for us to be and desire passion as well.  You cannot be passionate all the time but you can by your decision be passionate.  So be passionate in your pw the next time you are in church worshiping The Lord God.

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