Reflecting His glory

I just LOVE how Jesus describes worship for believers of our time.

He is clearly not concerned where we go to worship, our title or method. All He asks is that we live an authentic lifestyle of worship from the inside…

John 4:21‭-‬24 (MSG)
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

So who is God looking for?

True worshipers that are really living Christ out in their day to day lives.

Be yourself before Him and others. Let worship flow from your heart. Reflect His glory and be extravagant as you show him HIS WORTH!

Out with the old, in with the new

2 Kings 17:33-34 (NLT)
And though they worshiped the Lord , they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.

Have you been holding onto things from the past, things that were a part of your former days before you knew Him?

Do you still meddle in traditions and experiences that were once a part of your life that are contrary to the Word of God?

Don’t slip back into old habits and ways. Run from them! Allow God to open your mind to anything that needs to be done away with.

Embrace the new life in Christ! Truly worship the Lord wholeheartedly and follow His prompting.

If you live in His presence

1 Kings 9:3-5 (MSG)
And God said to him, “I’ve listened to and received all your prayers, your ever-so-passionate prayers. I’ve sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel, make it a sure thing on a solid foundation. The same guarantee I gave David your father I’m giving you: ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.’

What an amazing promise for King Solomon! And one that is available to us today.

As we live life in God’s presence, guided by Him with a pure heart, He promises to give us victory over the enemy and his plans!

The key is to remain in His presence.
Create an environment that is enticing for the Holy Spirit to hang around. Talk about Him, thank Him and worship Him. God loves this!

Draw near Him. Let His presence be your main pursuit today.

Come up

Jeremiah 31:6 (NIV)
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’ ”

Are you a watchman on the wall? Are you looking out over the city seeing in advance what’s happening?

Are you discerning the spiritual climate and getting an understanding of what God is about to do?

The cry of the watchman today is still: “Come let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.”(v6)

Come to a higher place on mount Zion. Come up and be with God! Draw near to Him. Spend time with Him. Extravagantly worship Him up there in your heavenly Jerusalem.

Focus on Him. Position yourself on your wall and let the cry of YOUR heart draw other people to Zion, the city of God.

Genuine expression of worship

Romans 12:1 (TPT)
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

How are we to express genuine worship to God? By becoming a living sacrifice.

A living sacrifice involves dedicating our whole being to Him. It is including Him in every area of our lives; our work, our family, our relationships, our passions etc.

By living a holy, devoted life we will please God and genuinely worship our Creater.

He is jealous for YOU

1 John 5:21 (NLT)
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

It’s that simple. ANYTHING that might take His place is not for us.

This could be alcohol, shopping, video games, sex, food, TV, social media, possessions, money, relationships, kids, your image, your reputation, your title or even your work.

If anything is placed higher than God in our lives then He has commanded us to stay away from it.

How do you know if something is being elevated above Him?
Well, does it consume you? Are you thinking about it more than Him? Does it pull you away from prayer, worship and intimacy with your Father?

If you identify with any of these or God has revealed to you an area that He is displeased with, it’s easy to fix.

Repent, then honour Him by laying it down so He is number one again.

The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 (NLT)

Time to sit at Jesus feet

Luke 10:39-42 (AMPC)

‘And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.’

Martha is so consumed with doing and serving she gets distracted from what God really wants from her.

Perhaps these acts of service are her love language? Even if this is the case, it is quite clear that she is not operating from a willing heart which is revealed by her bitterness toward Mary.

Can you relate to this? Have you been so caught up in your acts of service that you don’t put aside the time to listen to the Lord’s revitalising teaching for your life?

Instead of choosing the good portion, you find yourself going round and round the same mountain of religious obligation resulting in exhaustion and burnout.

Or maybe you are like Mary, who enjoys getting filled up and empowered by simply spending time at the feet of her Messiah?

Others may be jealous of you because you have discovered how to bask in His presence and be filled with power. You drink of Him continually, and then, when it is time to serve, you do it WITH Him.

Whether we are like Mary or Martha, Jesus points out that which is of the most importance and to our advantage.

If only we could learn the secret of sitting at Jesus’ feet and drinking from His life giving water. The result of this practice is supernatural effectiveness and efficiency which brings joy and fulfilment that Jesus says will never be taken from us!

Turn and face Him

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG)

‘Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.’

Whatever you may be going through right now, try to centre your thoughts on Him. Whenever you turn your eyes to God and face Him, by directing your affection and attention on Him, He will remove the veil that separates you from Him.

The veil of religion and rules will be removed as the formulated attempts to get your way with God are replaced with genuine intimacy.

He will become even more real to you as you press into His presence that everything else around you will become like an illusion.

As you get wrapped up in Him, the troubles and hardships of this world will be swallowed up, becoming insignificant compared to the glory you behold.

The more you experience His presence, the more you will become like Him, radiating His glory and beauty to a world that is waiting for a glimpse of their Saviour.

Relationship not sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 (NLT)

“I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.”

Here God is revealing His feelings toward us. He wants relationship with us more than anything we can do for Him or give to Him. He wants our heart above all else.

Loving God must be our highest goal. But how do we get to know Him? The same way we get to know people. By spending time consistently with God (reading His Word, praying, worshipping) we come to realize he is always with us.
Involving Him in everything we do and being aware of His constant presence within us will show Him our love.

Our works alone do not show God we love Him because we can perform them outside of a relationship with Him.

If we are not careful, we can live in idolatry by performing superficial acts when our hearts are far from Him. Whilst in this lukewarm state of compromise, we can be deceived into thinking these outward sacrifices are ticking the boxes to get God’s approval.

There is no benefit in all our giving, praying, serving and attending church if we aren’t giving Him our heart and living in obedience to Him.

God wants you even more than you want Him. He loved us first before we were even born. So make it a priority to get to know Him deeply and intimately.

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