Verses to reflect upon: Are we just making noise?
March 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm #23722
I will provide my own analysis later, I am intentionally holding off, please read the two verses below and reflect on them, please share your reflections with me as well. I have purposefully held my analysis back to not taint how you read these verses:
“Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God” –Is. 29:13 (lit. greek trans.)
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. — Is. 29:13 (NLT)
But earnestly desire the greater* gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. — 1 Cor. 12:31-13:1 (NKJV)
*word adjusted with an alternate translationMarch 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm #38660
Well, first is causes me to really think and allow my heart to be weighed by the Lord. It is a very direct word from the Lord to a people that I feel is much like the church of Sardis.
Rev 3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Also it makes me think of the warning that Jesus gives to His desciples
Mat 7:22 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Mat 7:23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
These types of verses cause my heart to cry out in prayer to the Lord. Seeing that it is possible to have the appearance of life, the works of miracles, and even worship and yet not having true salvation.
As I read these together the conclusion I come to is this, above all the great works we can perform as followers of Christ, the most important is to know, fellowship (be friends with), and love Jesus. We must actually have a living relationship with our beloved God. Then, in having a firm relationship, we have a confidence that the works we are performing; wether worship, healings, or acts of kindness: are the will of our Father, because we speak with Him on a day to day basis and REALLY know what is His good pleasure in truth.
Ultimately, we were created to be like the Father and act like Him. How is it possible to do this if we do not actually spend time with Him and get to know what He is really like in our own personal lives.
Lord, give me grace to seek You out as a real living Papa and friend. Help me to sit with You and talk face to face with You. Thank You for the simplicity of the Gospel and Your great patience to walk it out with us!
Blessings!March 12, 2012 at 10:36 am #38661
These are some that I was looking at earlier today:
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
“‘Among those who approach me
I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people
I will be honored.’”
A Living Sacrifice
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
I think that to worship in Spirit and Truth, you need to know God. Have a direct relationship and fellowship with Him. Know Him by directly experiencing Him.
Then you can truly worship Him.
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