Sunday, November 21, 2010

God is seeking true worshippers

The Lord said to Abraham, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land that I will show you…”
We read after a couple of verses that Abraham left, as the Lord had told him.
In Luke 14: 26, we read the words of the Lord Jesus “ If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life – he cannot be a Christian and anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me daily, cannot be a Christian” (paraphrase). Have you obeyed God’s command? Most preachers nowadays on Christian television, and elsewhere, do not teach these commandments. They like to preach a watered-down gospel in an effort to be popular. The bible calls them little antichrists 1 John 4: 2, 3

The bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice, (1 Samuel 15:22) and that there is a blessing when we obey God (Gen. 12:2, 3). Satan and our flesh lie to us, lies like “you can sin as long as you don’t get caught”; “you have to lie, now and then, on this earth”; “you can always confess your sins to God”, “there are no consequences to sin” etc. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, Rom. 6:23. The Lord Jesus said “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying, Rev. 22:14. The bible says in Hebrews 6:4, that it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

The whole bible can be summed up in two commandments, Love God and love your neighbor,
Mathew 22: 37-40. Do you Love God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind? Do you love your neighbor (all human beings in your little world) as yourself?
If you have failed to do so, today can be a NEW beginning. Turn from your sins, and turn to God
(Mark 1: 15). He longs to bless you.

A true worshiper is one who loves God one hundred percent all his life. Most professing Christians never come to this life. One reason for this is that they have never read the bible sitting at the Lord’s feet. Instead, they totally depend on the pastors to teach them.

God will test us many times in our earthly life. He tested Abraham to see if he loved Isaac more than Him. Abraham passed the test. God may not ask us to kill anyone physically, but he wants us to love him more than we love our parents, our brothers and sisters, or anything else in this world, even our own life.
True worship is a willingness to give up our precious possessions to the Lord. It is when we can say with all our heart, “Lord, you are more important to me than anyone, or anything, in Heaven and on earth”. The father is seeking worshippers like these who will worship him in spirit and truth. John 4:24

God blessed Abraham greatly because of his obedience. The Blessing of God is not primarily material prosperity. If it were, then Bill Gates or some sheikh in Dubai should be the most spiritual person on earth. The blessings of God are primarily spiritual, a greater likeness to the life of Jesus. May the Lord help us to fulfill his plans for our life.

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