Worship by Roy Fields

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Worship by Roy Fields

Revival is still continuing at the Vineyard Church in Kingston, New York.  Last month Roy Fields came back to worship with us.  He started the Revival back in February, and then Pastors Steve Smith and Vaughn Jarrold have been continuing it.  And it has been growing stronger and stronger, touching many lives, with many lives being won to Christ, the equipping of the saints, signs and wonders.

Roy had a day where he could come back and visit.  During this time we had two evenings of worship, but Roy also taught a lesson at the Fire School of Ministry Saturday Morning.  Roy gave me permission to share my notes from this teaching with you.  If you are anywhere near Kingston, New York, you would be blessed coming to this revival.  Likewise, if you are anywhere near where Roy Fields is leading worship, I strongly suggest attending.

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Worship by Roy Fields May 16

If a person does not know how to worship, don’t trust them.  The heart of what we do is to make God something in our hearts.

We first read the whole account about the Woman at the Well.

John 4:1-6 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

Jesus was wearied by the journey.

John 4:7-10 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

Jesus was saying in effect that if you knew who you were speaking to you would never talk to me that way, and you would have asked.

John 4:11-14 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

She is finally ready to ask for this water, she wants to receive it now, and realizes she has to pay a price.

John 4:16-17 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’

Jesus already knows her life.

John 4:18-19 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

She now sees Jesus as prophet, but does not have the whole picture.

John 4:20-23 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 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.

NOW IS …

John 4:24-26 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

Most people attend a worship service and want a quick, spiritual high, to give them their worship fix, and then go home and nothing changes in their lives.

Jesus wants us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

Worship is more than a song.  People write songs with an eye to making a hit and then having them sung in churches.   Worship can never come out of that.  It will not take a person to a place where they connect with God.  If it’s about you, you missed it.

The purpose in your heart needs to be:  I am going to touch Heaven in my worship, make a decision to take it into my personal life, and beyond the walls of church.  Worship is not about a place.  It is out of the Spirit of man and rises up and presses through so that we touch God for ourselves.

So often we worship what we know.  This woman had NO clue who Jesus was.

Who do you think you are?  Roy said, I serve God.  Jesus won.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Jesus will complete the good work He has started in you.

We have a choice – to attach our heart to what we are doing or just have an appearance.   We want the nature of our heart to be lifting up to Jesus.  We want to attach our heart to what we are doing, and to the anointing for it is real.

We want to build our own relationship with God, not depend on the Pastors to build one and pass information to us.  We want to get a word from God for ourselves, through our relationship with God.

In the wilderness, God spoke to the nation Israel and they did not want to hear it, they wanted Moses to speak with God and bring God’s message to the people.  And later on in their history, God gave them leadership of kings.

Roy told us that the 10 Commandments was a marriage covenant, not a set of laws.   When we look at them this way we see that God was telling the people of Israel that He loved them so much that He wanted their lives to go well.

The Jews spent 400 years as slaves in Egypt.  They were beaten, their daughters raped, fathers killed off, and their dignity was lost.  The Jews also were shown how to treat people by how the Egyptians treated them, so they learned to not value life as much, to kill, sleep with other wives, covet, lie, steal, etc.  So God gave them the Commandments to show them the right way to live and deal with people.

When the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt about 3 million left Egypt, but it took a long time to get Egypt out of them.  The people were walking, complaining, and even though there were great signs and wonders, the people did not trust God to orchestrate their freedom.  God wiped out the Egyptian army, and at Mount Sinai God set out to reprogram their thinking. God wanted the Israelites to express His life on earth, not kill like the Egyptians, but to live God’s values on earth.  The people said that they wanted to live that kind of life that God presented.

The Sabbath was made for us.  We are not a machine, we need a chance to be at church and to rest and worship.  It isn’t to just to sit in church. Many have become numb, having no emotion toward God.  When the Brownsville Revival occurred in 1996, people’s lives and hearts were touched.   People began to be on a journey and an adventure with God.  The anointing begins from the heart.  And when that happens it is no longer a cold religion.

Jesus was mean to religious people.  He whipped those who were making God’s House of Prayer into a den of thieves, he kept pointing out that the scribes and Pharisees were missing the mark.

Judas thought that the Kingdom of God at hand was the overthrow of the Roman government.  He wanted Jesus to make people’s lives better.

What really needs fixing is our hearts, and that can shake a nation. Worship in Spirit and in Truth.  If we touch God, He has our hearts.  People need to focus on God, not themselves, and lift God up.  If you realize who you carry inside of you, it will last a lifetime.  Job 13:15a Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.

We determine in our hearts that where our feet touch the ground we have dominion.  Where our feet touch the ground gives us opportunities and we need to walk in dominion, not in our circumstances.

We want to meet with Jesus, let go and say, “I need to touch Jesus, feel His presence.  It is all about Him.”  When we do that, He turns it around and makes it about you, who you are in Christ.

VISIONS AND DREAMS

Our heart turns and our visions and dreams line up with what God wants.

John 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

We know what we worship.  Some think that just singing is worship.  But you can sing the words, “I love You, God.”  And the tone of your voice makes a difference.  One tone can be rote singing, the other can be heart felt.  It’s about being real with God.

The safest place is to open up your heart to Jesus.

Where will you be in five years?  We have a choice – God gives us free will.  God will let us be put in situations and then see what we do with free will.

Believe the Word.  Some of our best encounters with God are when there is nobody else there.

Life is a fight and our connection to God is what can calm us to deal with our situations. We have the choice to live our regular life or do what God has called us to do. No one can take your worship out of you.  Paul and Silas worshipped even after being beaten severely and stuck in prison.  When their chains came off, none of the prisoners escaped and their worship brought the jailer and his whole household to salvation.

Paul tells us that he is content in everything.   He was a worshipper.  Our hunger for God can inspire others to worship Jesus.  Just worship Jesus.

Roy told us that worship does not know denominational lines.  One night he was in a Catholic church and the 80 year old women were singing Silent Night, and the power of God came into that church.

When we sing, allow the words to become something to us.  Receive what the person has partaken through the words, and it will add to what you are hearing.  God sends people who help us build up to what we can become.   Imitate them and grow closer to God.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

Paul tells us to follow Him as He follows Christ. So should we follow others who follow Christ.

Matthew 2:1-2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Heather’s note:  I put verse 1 in for context.)

Hebrews 1:6-9 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”  But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Why, because He hated lawlessness and served God with His whole Heart. In the Garden Jesus told God, “Not my will but Thy will be done.”

Bring what you carry to worship.  We all have gifts.  Embrace the gift by practicing it.  Practice His presence.  When we worship, we want to practice worshipping with all our hearts.  Seek to go deeper and higher in worship. If we have never been in that realm of Glory, how can we take people there?

An army is being assembled at the end of the harvest.  Signs and wonders follow those who believe – and in King’s Fire International there will be signs and wonders.  We want to be used of God and useful to God, bearing fruit to the last wherever we go.  In order to do this, we have to learn how to worship. Keep seeking God, go past everybody else so you have something to give and one credential you need is to BELIEVE.

Draw your line in the sand.   Know that dreams do come true.  Yes, you can lose your confession.

Roy gave us the example of John the Baptist, who knew Jesus was the Messiah even in his mother’s womb.  He saw Jesus at the Jordan, saw the Holy Spirit descending, and hear God say that Jesus was His beloved Son.  He knows Jesus is the Messiah.

Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came down and the first place Jesus is sent by the Holy Spirit is the desert for 40 days.   We pray the Lord’s prayer, “Lead us not into temptation.”  Yet Jesus was led into temptation and resisted satan and satan fled.

John the Baptist is in captivity, in a jail cell and wondered about Jesus, had doubt and unbelief, wondering if Jesus was really the one.  Yet he had heard God, said that Jesus was the Messiah, but because of John’s circumstances doubt and unbelief came in.

Judas was around Jesus, but his relationship and motives were wrong.  He did not get the message Jesus was teaching, and Judas’ heart was not for God and the people.

We want to let God be known and see lives changed.  As we worship we are setting ourselves up for a great pouring out of the blessings of God. We need to know that our God is a strong tower and righteous.  We want to know this and be sure of it in our hearts.

Roy told us that in Australia he led 40 meetings in 8 cities in 53 days.  During this time Roy said that he sang many songs over and over – such as I am free.  But when he sang it, each time he sang it he sang the worship song as if it was the first time he ever sang that song – he sang it with his heart set on worshipping God.  Get the song into our innermost being.

Jesus told us to Remember, when we eat the bread and drink the cup, what he went through.  Yet people became offended at Jesus’ Words.

John 6:54 (for context) Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:66-69 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

When Jesus asked his disciples if they too were going to leave, they replied, where else can we go.

That’s what it takes for revival to flourish.  We are staying here for the long haul.  Even against all opposition, stick with Jesus.  We might have to separate from some friends.

Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”

Nobody is exempt.

Rodney Howard-Browne had a dream when he was 8 years old, about an ocean of people falling off of a cliff and going to hell. Jesus was watching the scene and smiling with his arms crossed. Rodney asked Jesus how can He smile at this. Jesus told Rodney that if he does not do what God called him to do people will go to hell.  If you are not doing what you are supposed to do, they will go to hell. Jesus told Rodney that He did everything that He could do (on the cross).  So it is up to us whether people’s lives end in tragedy and death.  And Jesus showed Rodney four people climbing up a narrow road to the Cross, going after Jesus.

Roy told us that he wants to be known in hell.  He wants satan to say, “Oh crap, Roy’s awake and we have to fight again.”  He wants to be a great thorn in the flesh of the devil.

Rodney asked Jesus who’s going to tell them?  Jesus told him, You’re going to tell them.

As we walk as disciples of God and our lives reflect that, it is a spiritual washing, and those in the environment around us begin to change.

Believe the Word for Yourself.   God I believe.  God, You have everything I need between You and me.  If you really believe this, your life will change.

YOUR CORPORATE WORSHIP WILL NEVER EXCEED YOUR PERSONAL WORSHIP.

If you want your needs met, fulfill other people’s needs.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

God knows His Word.

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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