The Extraordinary Extravagance of Worship

May 18, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” (Matthew 26:8)

We will never enter into the depths of worship until we understand extravagant waste. Waste is a matter of projected worth and perspective. What is a not enough for someone, is too much for others. The truth is that we could pour out the perfumes and riches of the whole world upon Jesus, and it would never match the value of His worth. The disciples knew less about Jesus than the one who poured out ALL of her precious ointment upon Him.  She was all in—they were still bean-counters. Our motivations rat us out. We assign worth to things, and how we relate to that which we have valued tells everything about the posture of our heart. 

Fear of waste will never get us to extravagant worship. We have to get past measuring if we have given enough. This is not about money but about how we will express the worth of Jesus to Him.  It is not about showiness—because then the rich might have an advantage; rather, it is about letting the entire contents of our heart, soul, mind and strength be poured out on Jesus with absolute abandon. Remember the Shema? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:4).

Pour it all out; offer every part of yourself to Him. Hold nothing back. Make it look like you have given too much. You never can, but try. Embarrass yourself in front of others because you acknowledge your utter need for God and are so thankful for His extravagant love to you that you fling everything at Him. He did the same for you! He extravagantly poured out His love to the Father by extravagantly pouring out His blood for you!

If you are still measuring, you haven’t seen Him clearly yet. If you are looking for sensible, you might have gotten your priorities out of whack. God is looking for extravagant worshippers. Why was the woman even doing this during a dinner party? What was her motivation? Jesus seems to think that she was prophetically doing it for His burial. He didn’t think it was too much! Only those who love past their own limits can see the bigger picture. When things are no longer about me, I gain the divine perspective to be able to see how it is all about Him. Then the words “mine” and “me” bear no sway. Can you feel this woman’s willing desperation to pour it all out on the feet of Jesus? Read this passage until you see that she is making Jesus the hero, not making herself a spectacle. Perspective is everything. See His worth— be done with yourself. Pour it all out. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

Abandoned Worship

April 16, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

“And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.” (2 Samuel 6:22a)

There are things we will do in the Presence of God, things that are also visible to men, that will be misunderstood, even disdained, by others. Perhaps they will be holy things that are really meant only for God to see but are viewed by others unaware to us. Perhaps even the holy thing we set our heart to do will inadvertently expose our flesh. How could this happen? It is not meant that one would be unclothed physically as here in David’s case, but it could mean that in our abandoned worship or utter obedience to God, our humanity, need, or weakness is exposed for others to see. 

People observing may not understand our motivations, they may not choose to see us in the best light, they may look on the outward appearance and mock us. It is wise not to judge another Man’s servant, especially when they are worshiping God. King David was giving all that he had to God in His worship before the ark. While Michal watched, she did not see David’s heart but merely saw his flesh exposed and mocked him. God judged her, and she became barren. There are lessons aplenty here. 

Be careful how you look at others. Do not bring a spirit of judgment too quickly to something you do not understand. Do not know others “after the flesh” (2 Cor. 5:16). There are things that are meant to be covered and things that are meant to be exposed. Sometimes we get the two mixed up. When Noah became drunk, one of his sons dealt wrongly with his father’s nakedness, and the other two tried to protect their father’s dignity (Gen. 9:20-23). There is a time to cover, and yes, there is a time to uncover, but our hearts must be for honor and redemption.

Perhaps in our hour of humiliation, even embarrassment, our hearts, and the hearts of those around us, are being revealed. We do not need to defend ourselves; rather, as David did, we can choose humility. In our desire to abandon ourselves to God, it is alright to “become even more undignified.” God will judge our motivations. To lay all that we are at the altar is never a mistake, even if it is laid before God in a messy, broken, undignified state. The most abandoned worshippers in the Bible follow this pattern: Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, the Syro-Phoenician woman, Ezekiel, Hosea, Isaiah, and many more. They were not grandstanding; they were worshipping.

Obedience and utterness toward God can cost us our dignity. It is a well-spent embarrassment. God alone sorts the motives of our hearts. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

Worshippers of God

February 17, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

“God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

Worship is truly at the heart of who we are as the people of God. Our connection to the Holy One is one of worship and adoration. It is not a job or a gift, but a happily intimate way of loving God and proclaiming His “worth-ship.” It is adoring His Holy Face!

Ultimately our life, into ages incalculable, is about a deep spiritual heart union with God. When we worship, something happens in our spirit that causes us to dwell inour eternal home in the bosom of God. Here is our life and where we long to dwell forever. Worship can be loud or silent as it is not a matter of words, but of a heart-union with God. Jesus said that the Father seeks those who “will worship [Him] in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).

Two cannot walk together unless they be agreed. Yet, worship is more than just agreement with God, it is deep connection and allegiance to who He is. It is a transaction with the life within God Himself.  It is a flowing forth of that life from His Spirit to ours and back again. There is no real life apart from this, and it is the reason for which we were created. 

God is a God of overflow, and He wants to share that which He has been sharing within Himself with a people of His very own! How can this be? Think of what a privilege this is! If an eternity of worship sounds foreign or boring to you, then please begin to experience worship as it is meant to be. Sit down and allow your spirit to ascend to the throne of God as you begin to tell your Heavenly Father of your love for Him and His worth to you. Here in this holy place of encounter is where you will eat of Him who is the Bread of Life  that satisfies forever. Here is where you will drink of Him who is the Living Water and never thirst again. Of all the things you do in life, you MUST do this. Jesus says that those who love the Father MUST worship. As if we could resist!

Come into His Presence with quiet adoration. Be in His Presence before you begin to speak words. Look to be with Him. Let all utilitarian need be put aside until you are just with Him. Let Him lead. Let Him pray within you. Let Him answer. Let Him be all in all. Worship in spirit and in truth. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

Set a Trumpet to Your Lips!

I am writing this on September 11, 2020. I’m sure you remember that eventful day back in 2001 when almost 3,000 lives were lost and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in NYC fell. Also a hit on the Pentagon and a flight that went down in PA. I know exactly where I was and you probably do too. It was a terrorist attack perpetrated by the Islamist group al-Qaeda. We saw America come together and churches were filled ——— for two weeks. May that sink in! 

Nineteen years later we see cities burning across America due to lawlessness and violence. We see the West Coast burning up with fires! I wonder where will we be a year from now? Today we face an enemy within. This enemy is shaking the foundations of our Nation because it is a fight not just of ideologies but actually a fight for the very soul of our Nation. Whose side are we on?  I humbly pray that we are on the LORD’s side. In this season we must continually ask “Lord, what do you want me to do?” I have been asking the Lord that question both on a personal and ministry level again since Covid hit back in February/March.

In 2014 the Lord gave me two scriptures that propelled me to start a bi-monthly prayer meeting at my church to pray for the Church (locally and globally), Israel and the Nations. It has remained a small group, but a very faithful and consistent group of prayer warriors. The Scriptures the Lord gave me then are Hosea 8:1 “Set a trumpet to your lips! One like a vulture is over the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law.” And Zephaniah 2:1-3 “Gather together, yes, gather, O shameless nation, before the decree takes effect —before the day passes away like chaff—before there come upon you the burning anger of the LORD, before there comes upon you the day of the anger of the LORD. Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands, seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.” 

Prayer has increased somewhat as there are more prayer meetings since Covid, but it’s pretty much all those that have been praying for years. Yes, there is some increase in how many people but I wonder where is the rest of the Church? Still sleeping, or pre-occupied, or lethargic, or apathetic?  At home?, on the couch?, too afraid to gather in even small groups to pray, worship, and read God’s Word together?  Yes, you can pray at home. Yes, you can watch services on live-stream, etc BUT God’s Word says “GATHER!” It doesn’t have to be a large gathering, but “GATHER!” Two or three will do! Please understand that I am not talking to those at “high risk” for Covid here. Sadly, there are lots of folks though that are out and about and not gathering to be with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

I was ready to stop the prayer meeting mentioned above. However, I waited on the Lord and He brought an answer via a message given by Pastor David Davis (now home with the Lord) from the Carmel Congregation in Israel in 2008! It is entitled “The New Wine is in the Cluster” from Isaiah 65:8. (Listen here) A timeless message! All about prayer and worship! And well guess what? God confirmed that the prayer meeting is to continue! This isn’t the time to stop prayer meetings! 

The upcoming Fall Feasts of the Lord are very strategic and critical. In the Bible these are called “appointed times” when Israel was to gather and go up to the Tabernacle or Temple (the House of the Lord). At his first advent, Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts. It is likely that at his second advent he will fulfill the Fall Feasts. It is not my intention here to teach on the Feasts. What I am saying is that they are important times on God’s calendar and so it behoves us to have some understanding of them. They are prophetic! In the Fall, they include the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. You can read about them in Leviticus 23 and other places. Jesus celebrated these Feasts and in Zechariah 14:16 we are told that “everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King; the LORD of hosts and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths).” 

Jewish people traditionally fast for 25 hours on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). I am not saying this is a mandate for us as Christians, nor that we even have to follow celebrating the Feasts because the Apostle Paul clearly taught that Gentiles are not mandated to do that. I am saying that I believe there is heightened spiritual warfare and it will intensify during the season of the Fall Feasts. I believe the Lord has called me (I’m not saying you) to fast from the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets (traditionally known as Rosh Hashanah) through the Day of Atonement. That would be beginning at sundown on September 18th until sundown on September 28. I am asking you to join my as the Lord directs you. Ask Him, “LORD, what do you want me to do?” I am also asking you to consider joining in on our weekly WOW Zoom prayer calls. You may not be able to commit to weekly, but can you join this coming Tuesday September 15th and/or on September 22nd at 8pm EDT, 7pm CDT? We need to pray as a “cluster” for many things, including this ministry if we want the NEW WINE God wants to pour out. We are in perilous times, but God has mercy for His people! 

The Women of the Word Prayer Zoom meeting held every Tuesday at 8 pm (EDT) ID 336 129 6405  or phone 646.867.9923 Email WOW for the password.

Karen Davis, an internationally known worship leader from Israel taught on the relevance of the Fall Feasts and how Gentiles are grafted into the beautiful olive tree of Israel and now part of the Commonwealth of Israel. She also led us in beautiful and anointed worship. Click here to hear the message and to hear the worship click here

In conclusion, like it or not we are in a war. It’s more than time to call the army of prayer warriors to attention and duty! With God we have the victory but we must engage in the battle! I know many of you have been engaging for many years and some are probably weary. I know I’m largely speaking to the “choir”. There are times when I am very weary. This is when we need reinforcements. We need the “cluster”. All armies have reinforcements. Let’s continue to ask the Lord for more warriors to join His army and stand on this scripture too:

“ When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord you God, and you will be saved from your enemies.” Numbers 10:9 

Betsy Roy is the Director of Women of the Word, an inter-generational ministry dedicated to helping women grow as disciples of Jesus by applying God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. WOW holds conferences, retreats, Bible seminars and trips to Israel

Betsy and her husband Jim lead the trips to Israel, which include visiting with local believers, both Messianic and Arab. Together they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren which are the delight of their hearts. God’s mercy endures from generation to generation.