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True Worship Glorifies God

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All of the great religions of the world claim to worship god. In our society, any form of worship, when sincerely practiced, is thought to be acceptable The Bible tells us otherwise! It teaches that God Himself commands how He is to be worshiped. He also tells us how to dress when we worship Him, in a Holy manner – in modesty and humility. Not dancing around on a stage with tambourines, drums and electric guitars blasting over the loud speakers while we shake ourselves about, as if putting on a concert. This is bringing the world into God’s church and trying to bring Him down to our level instead of lifting Him up with praiseful Holy words to help prepare our hearts for the man of God’s message given him from on high.

Too many today use entertainment to draw the crowds with itching ears who only want a show and only want to hear that God loves them. Heaven forbid they are told that God hates our sin! They might leave and then the church would be out the money. And if you think God is present for these shows, you are sadly mistaken. He is at enmity with the world and therefore so are we His children. If we bring the world into a place meant for Holy worship, it is no longer Holy unto God and He cannot be there.

God called His people Israel to forsake other religions. He commanded them from the beginning not to worship the Lord as other peoples worship their “gods” – Deuteronomy 12:3, 31 “And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place…Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”

The Lord instructed that His people were to worship only in the place He chooses to make His name abide and that they come with blood sacrifices – Deuteronomy 12:5, 11, 14, 18, 26 “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:…Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:… But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee…But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto…Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:”

Worshiping God in any way we may choose is still not acceptable to Him. God must be worshiped where He chooses to make His name abide. God still requires an atoning sacrifice for sin. As God’s work in history progressed, He revealed Jesus Christ, the “name which is above every name” – Philippians 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”, as the final atoning Sacrifice for sin – Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Though there are many competing religions in the world, Jesus Christ came to reveal that He is the one and only way to the Father – John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” It is the job of God’s church to lead the lost to Salvation and healing through the Gospel/Good News of Jesus Christ. When so many are putting on a circus and trying to tickle the itching ears, they neglect to let the lost know that they need a Saviour. But, those false teachers calling themselves pastors, who only tell people that God loves them and teaches them out of worldly self-help books and corrupted versions of what once was God’s True Word, as they let the lost continue to be lost, will stand before Jesus on That day and give account. I sure would not want to be in their shoes. Can you imagine how it will feel as we, God’s Saints, have to stand and watch the lost we did not give the Good News to dragged into eternal hell and damnation as they look at us and ask, “Why did you not tell me?”

Christians can be assured that worship centered around Christ, and not for self-edification and euphoria, will glorify and please God, and that is what true worship is meant to be-glorifying and pleasing to God:

Luke 19:28-38 “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

Many of these feel-good churches of today are confusing the masses with all the different corrupt versions of God’s Word and they are deceiving them instead of leading them to Salvation through Christ. And we wonder why our country is in the Godless sinful state it is today, tolerating all sin “because God loves us!” Shame on the churches who confuse and deceive! Repent and turn to true and Holy worship that prepares hearts for the message of Salvation. We are running out of time.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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A Closer Walk with God

As we consider ways to grow closer in our walk with God, two words come to mind – purity and glory.

Purity in being free from duplicity or double-mindedness.. Our human nature, or what I like to call our ‘self’ can never be perfectly pure until we are with our Lord in Heaven, but it is possible to work at living a pure life for the Lord, to attract others to Him and to have the close relationship with God that He so desires, and that we should desire as well. The Greek word for purity is hagneia (hag-ni’-ah) which denotes chastity which excludes all impurity of spirit, manner, or act. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”

Being “pure in heart,” involves inner cleansing: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” – Psalm 51:10. While the classical Greek word for “pure” (katharos) means being free from debt and guilt, the Biblical usage includes more than forgiveness. To be pure means to be single minded–free from the civil war of a divided self –being free from falsehood, hypocrisy, or pretense. The person who is rightly related to Jesus Christ will be pure in heart and life – 2 Timothy 2:19-22 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

If we are truly God’s children, we will desire to please Him. When Jesus blessed the “pure in heart” – Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God,” He affirmed that true happiness is loving God with our whole hearts, desiring that our whole lives please Him. In other words, purity demands that we remove anything and everything that would separate us from the holy presence of God – Habakkuk 1:13 “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…”

Anyone who has the hope of seeing God “purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). Such a person begins and maintains a love relationship with God based on integrity and singularity of purpose. A pure life cannot exist without a pure heart set upon the Lord.

Glory – Greek word doxa (dox’-ah) – dignity, honour, praise, woship

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” God has laid this verse on my heart today as never before. Knowing it is not enough, I must take action to implement it in my walk. This is a huge challenge for all believers. We all face those temptations from the world that bring pleasure. Remember, worldly pleasures are temporary! The world is at enmity with God – James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” I believe the biggest help to be had in overcoming all temptation boils down to asking ourselves this one question: “Is it glorifying to God? Will this bring glory and honour to my heavenly Father?” I know, I know, it goes totally against our very nature to ask ourselves that question when there is something before us that we think we just have to do or have to have.

I can envision a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other when I am tempted by the evils of this world.

But, if I speak out loud or even whisper to myself “do all to the glory of God.” And then ask myself, “Is this going to glorify God? Is this going to help further the Kingdom of God?” I have the power of His Word and His Holy Spirit to the “renewing of my mind” to help me overcome temptation. Remember also, evil and its minions must flee at the very name of Jesus. “No, you go away in Jesus’ name!” I cannot begin to count the very many times I have spoken those words over the years. We must realize that as human beings, we have absolutely no power over the plans the destroyer has to create havoc in our lives, but God has given us His Word, the name of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to call on for His power! I am nothing without Him!

Remember! “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”

The next time you are tempted by ‘the evils of this world’ why not ask yourself, “Will it glorify God or help to further His Kingdom?” Stop playing games – giving in to sin and begging forgiveness and feeling unworthy, over and over and over again. The devil seeks to destroy and kill everything and everyone that belongs to God. Do not give him the glory!

Lastly, “I hate to think that I would be involved in some sin when the last trump sounds and Jesus says, ‘Anna, come up hither!'” What shame and remorse I would feel, I cannot even imagine. Why should we continue to choose more sin to feel ashamed of when we meet our loving Master? And we will ultimately stand before Jesus and give account for what we did on this earth after we received Him as our Saviour, Lord, and Master. It is up to us what we do and how we grow in Him. Will we always be successful? No, we will stumble, but at least we can know that we have the tools that He has given us at to do our best to be pure and glorify our Holy God. 1 Peter 1:16

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Godly Women

 

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