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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
What does it mean to enter the presence of Jesus? Can people today do this or only biblical characters?
In this classic book, Joseph Carroll shows us what it means to truly come into Jesus presence.
There is so much more to truly worshiping Jesus than church services and personal devotions. True worship requires complete commitment of emotions, intellect, and willand our reward is great. Carroll directs us into the presence of Christ by drawing on Scripture, especially the book of Revelation, and by giving practical steps of personal worship. The experiences of some of historys greatest saints also serve as relatable examples of true worship.
This deeply practical and personal book will help us know Jesus more intimately on a daily basis. It will help us draw close to Christ, to experience His presence, and to worship Him in ways far better than what most of us imagine to be possible.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5invitation to serious prayer and worshipAugust 2, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The ultimate purpose of every created being, Carroll says, is to worship God and the Lamb. (83) I heartily agree. But the issue, I think, is how we do that the way God wants us to?
That is what Carroll addresses in this book. His exploration of worshiping Jesus begins when his prayer life was revolutionized. Instead of going through his prayer list, he quietly meditated on the fact he was in the presence of the Lamb of God and worshiped Him. He reminds us, the morning quiet time is only the beginning. We must walk in fellowship with the Lord all day.
Carroll helps us understand what true worship and why we are commanded to do it. Worship entails submission and desiring to live for the glory of Christ alone. We may come into his presence and sing songs, but true worship is heart worship. "...[W]e cannot worship unless there is total submission of our hearts." (43) Using Abraham as an example, he shows how the submission starts with a surrendered intellect and is followed by surrendered affections and will.
He continues on, helping us understand prayer and worship, how to worship and how to prepare for worship. He advises the use of Psalms, hymns, books by Tozer and others, and poems. He covers the hindrances to prayer and worship.
Since this is a new edition of a book written in 1984, contemporary readers might have a little problem with the style. But reading this book is well worth the time and energy. Carroll invites us to a seriousness of prayer and worship we do not see today.
Food for thought from this book: "Why do people not worship God? Why do people not worship the Lamb? It is because they have never had a true vision of the Lamb or a true concept of God, for to know Him is to worship Him." (81)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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