Worship alone is sufficient as a way to receive from God.
Today I want to share something with you that's just speaking in my spirit today. The bible in the New Testament has the word "gift". Paul says in Romans 1:11 "For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established"
Many scriptures also make mention of gifts of the Spirit and the impartation of gifts and we have become so used to that word. I want to share a perspective on the gifts of the spirit. The word "gifts" comes from the root word "kharisma" usually interpreted as a "gift of grace" it comes from the Greek root word which is charis which means "grace."
There is an underlying problem with the interpretation of this word right through the New Testament because the word was rounded off to the nearest meaning for us to grasp what the Apostles were saying. The Apostle Paul used this word many times including and he uses a simple word that is actually quite complicated. The actual meaning of the word "gifts" in the New Testament is "things." Paul does not adequately explain the term and he uses the word to express a complex term in the simplest way.
So when Paul is speaking in Romans 1:11 we could interpret it as "I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual things (given to us by grace), so that you may be established..."
Or if I were to read 1 Corinthians 12:1 I would read it as "Now concerning spiritual things brethren, I don't want you to be ignorant..."
Someone may not see the difference but a scholar will see an entire world of difference. The first meaning teaches us of packaged products (gifts) given to us, the second one makes us focus on the ominous and mysterious (things) that are prepared for us. I fundamentally believe that the use of the word "gifts" could take away the sense of mystery needed in our pursuit of God.
The Apostles spend a considerable amount of time talking about the mysteries of God. The New Testament many times implies that there are many truths that are hidden from the plain mind but revealed to us by the Spirit of God. It places a curiosity and a desire to dive into the depth of God. So many people are satisfied with simple but I am on a journey to find the mysteries of God.
In the church, we always use the word "altar" but we often lack understanding of what that word means. An altar is a meeting place between a god and a person; a deity and a human being. It is a rendezvous of two entities, one powerful one and another inferior but there are rules to every altar.
1. Every altar must have blood (this is why even Jesus had to shed his blood. "Without blood, there is no remission of sin...")
2. Every altar must have a sacrifice/gift.
3. Every altar must have words/covenant (covenant is cut at the altar)
4. Every altar must have an exchange (the principle of blessing is the principle of exchange. Hence why, when we offer up to God he responds to us.)
5. Every altar must have a fire. A fire is a catalyst for sacrifice (this is a whole other teaching for a whole entire season. I could preach on this for the rest of the year)
To further explain the principle of altars I would use money as an example. Every time you develop idolatry around finance you create an altar where you and money convene. The 5 criteria of an altar are met whenever you serve money. Remember also that money is blood, life and time. (It is through your sweat and tears that money is produced)
By sacrificing your health, joy, children and family you serve the altar of money and it rewards you by giving you more. There is an exchange, always.
Here is the good news! When you come to the altar of God he also does the same. God rewards us and he blesses us when we are in communion with him. Worship alone is sufficient as a way to receive from God. No one comes to the altar empty-handed, without an offering and no deity comes there without something to exchange. What does this mean? It means that God never attends a meeting empty-handed. He never comes unprepared and he never comes without intention to impart or release things. These things are weird and wonderful, known and unknown, understood and misunderstood, tangible and intangible, unpredictable and expected, all things that pertain unto life and godliness. He gives them to us by his grace as gifts prepared for any who is willing to receive them.
These gifts are not just financial, they are not just solutions for our struggles of life, they are not just material, they are infinite. They are THINGS of the Spirit, our minds have not yet completely grasped them or understood them yet. Our faculties don't completely get them yet. They are mysteries of God and when we encounter Him, we receive them as gifts. This should teach us a new focus. We should never be in a meeting where we are unaware that God has an agenda. Every Sunday I step into the building, I ask God, "What is your agenda for this meeting?" I do not want to miss the things that he has prepared for me.
Every meeting with God is an opportunity to receive things. The important thing is to focus your expectations.