Monday, December 15, 2014

God Thinking LXVIII - What Is Worship? 5

"Before We Go Our Way
The wise person is the one
who knows that they are weak
and knows that they may fall, and when they do
they know as well - The One who takes it all
If it were that we would have to pay
the price for all our sin
Then I could understand the man
who doesn’t let God in
But, when each of us should surely pay
the price for our disgrace
And God calls us back to worship Him
And partake of His grace.
Then we should find a way to praise and worship God today
Before the hour passes by and we go our way

The Word says in:
1 John 1:9
 9.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When that is all it takes to be in a right relationship with God, why let another minute go by without receiving from God His perfect provision - GRACE.

When someone is in rebellion and if you really care about seeing them come back to God:
You must be careful not to crush them with the I’m holier than thou spiel
you mustn’t give them some long dissertation about how bad they are 
You shouldn’t  condemn them and speak words that you will forever regret.
How about - You just tell them of God’s grace

And for yourself:
The next time you are in rebellion or you’ve decided to take a short cut around God’s perfect will for your life:
Don’t give up and throw in the towel
Don’t beat up on yourself and wallow in the mire of self pity for the terrible things you’ve done.
Don’t condemn yourself to a lifetime of losing the battle.
Remember God’s Grace.
Come to God knowing that His forgiveness is bigger than your sin and your praise and worship will blossom like a Zinnia.

Come to God knowing that there’s only one way to get things right with God and that’s for God to get things right for you."

Note: I noticed that the last statement caused you to pause.  Most Christians think that they are in a constant battle with God trying this and trying that to win God's approval.  The thought that God makes things right and not you is disturbing to many Christians.  The point is that of course it is your responsibility to get things right with God (things that you can and do have power over) but thinking that you have to do it all or that you can do it all is wrong thinking.  Just as God is so much wiser than we are so too is God's part in getting things right with you.  If God left it up to us, we would all most miserably fail, but God did not leave it up to us.  He left it up to His Son to bridge the enormous gap between God and man. In other words do what you can to draw  nigh to God, but be more open and understanding when it comes to what God has done and is doing for you.

Excerpt from God thinking LXVIII What Is Worship? by Keith C. Powell                                                    Copyright 2014

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