Hi, my name is Alarice Mitchell. I am a singer, an author, poet and lyricist.
I have been a born again believer for many years. Yet, I did not have a personal or intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Life was still a struggle with no inner peace. I was a defeated Christian. I battled with anxiety and depression, which seemed to get worse over the years. A few years ago, I was going through such challenging times that I sought help from God in faith. It was through the grace of God and the prayers of my family that I turned to God for help. I knew it was impossible to get through what I was dealing with in my ability.
I used to think that my belief in Christ and visiting a church was enough to be a Christian. It was the tough times that made me realize that I was not living a life of true worship in Christ. I crumbled during adversity and blamed God for my hardship. I thought I was happy at some point and carried on with life. It was when my circumstances changed for the worse that brought the real test to my spirituality.
I recall Mordecai in the book of Esther, who wailed and cried at the palace gate. The Jews faced destruction, and Mordecai felt responsible. I wept before the Lord and picked up the Bible. I did not read the Bible except when in church or when asked to turn to scripture. Like so many Christians then, I made no impact on the world or even as a witness to anyone. I was dry with no substance for lack of knowledge of the word and no intimate relationship with God. It was the grace of God that helped me not only to go through the fire but now I am cleansed and purified. God calls us to holiness. 1 Peter 1: 15 – 16 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written. “Be holy because I am holy.”
The scripture in John 4: 23 -24 is what stood out for me. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Worship is much more than music and singing. Our spiritual act of worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). Searching the scriptures, I was renewing my mind. I meditated on the scriptures and overcame the anxiety and depression. I am delivered and set free from the disease of anxiety and depression – Praise God!
God says in his word that if we call on him, he will answer and draw us closer to him. Jeremiah 29: 13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (NIV), and that is what happened to me. God drew closer to me as I started calling on him and meditating on his word. Since then, my relationship grew more personal; my dreams and visions become more apparent and have deep spiritual meanings. I write down and “hear” God speaking to me even in my dreams. To worship in spirit and truth means daily communication with the Holy Spirit and pray without ceasing.
We were created to worship – to worship God Almighty!