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 never knew that 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 tough times that I was forced to seek 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 in my own strength it was impossible to get through what I was dealing with.
I used to think that my belief in Christ and visiting a church was enough to be a Christian. It was truly the tough times that made me realise that I was not living a life of true worship in Christ. I crumbled during adversity and blamed God for what I was dealing with. I thought I was reasonably happy with my life at some point and just carried on with life. It was when my circumstances changed for the worse that brought the true test to my spirituality.
I am reminded of Mordecai in the book of Esther who wailed and cried loudly at the palace gate when the order was sent out to destroy the Jews. I cried before the Lord and picked up the bible. Up until this point I did not read the bible except when in church when scriptures were read. I was like so many Christians then, who just call themselves believers but make no impact on the world or even witness to anyone. I was spiritually dry with no substance for lack of knowledge of the word and no intimate relationship with God. It was by the grace of God that helped me not only to go through the fire, but now I have been cleansed and being purified daily like pure gold. God wants us to be holy as he is holy 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.”
I have written an e-book on this subject and it has helped me not only in my situation, but as a born again believer with an intimate relationship with Christ. 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). Through searching the scriptures on worship, I was inadvertently renewing my mind as I meditated on the scriptures and overcame the anxiety and depression. I am truly delivered 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 clearer. My dreams in the past would almost always be about running and being chased and by very dark forces. My dreams are now very clear and have deep spiritual meanings. I write down every dream I have and “hear” God speaking to me even in my dreams. Being a true worshipper means you have to cleanse yourself daily through the word and stay in communication with the Holy Spirit – pray without ceasing.
We were created to worship – to worship God Almighty!