Belize Day 4 –
Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.
This is the third week is the Simple Discipleship series. Here are the first two messages in this series.
Here is the topic of study for next week:
- Prayer and Fasting
- The Scriptures for study are: Daniel 10:1-14, Isaiah 58, Matthew 6:5-21, Habakkuk 2:1-4, Mark 9:14-29, and 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
Worship and Sacrifice
- My notes can be found here: Simple Discipleship Week 3
- Here is the Audio Teaching from Feb 17, 2016: http://lwcburleson.sermon.net/main/main/20609931
As we begin learning about Worship and Sacrifice, we must first ask ourselves,
What is Worship?
What is Sacrifice?
If we do not have a proper understanding of these things, then as we discuss them, we will never come to a true understanding. My prayer is that as we investigate the scriptures, that we will understand even more the meaning of these and how we can apply them to our lives.
Worship – Honoring and lifting high another as higher than yourself out of a heart of love in response to God’s word, act, or nature.
Sacrifice – Giving up completely something that is greatly important to you for the benefit of another because you love them.
Here, I am talking specifically of the worshiping God, but we worship and lift high so many things that are undeserving. Food, sleep, money, fashion, entertainment, sports, people, can all be worshiped in spite of not being worth it. In this one statement, you may be feeling judged and your toes may feel stepped on, but this is the reality of the matter in my life as well as the lives of so many others.
We have a struggle in the morning when our alarms go off whether we will rise and spend time with the Lord worshiping Him or worship the god of sleep that is so seductive especially when it comes time to make the decision. I could go on and on about each one of these, but every time we choose these things over obedience to God and love for Him, we are worshiping them and lifting them high as the important things in our lives.
In 2 Chronicles 21, we come to learn that we worship God when we accept His word and are obedient without doubting or questioning what He says. Jehosophat had no direct command of God to put His worshipers on the front lines. They did it out of an act of obedience and thus worshiped God by being obedient and trusting in the word of God.
In Genesis 22, Abraham is called to sacrifice his son that God had just revealed was the son of promise. Abraham trusted God in such a way that as they went to the mountain in Vs. 5 Abraham says we go to worship. Abraham’s heart of sacrifice is a true act of worship to God. He was willing to give whatever God asked in obedience out of his great love for Him.
In John 4,
What Jesus mean to worship God in Spirit and truth?
- God wants a constant communion with you in the day to day. He does not want you to worship Him in a church or at your house only, but in the Spirit everywhere you go in every situation that you are in.
- God wants you to be honest with Him. You cannot fool God. He sees the thoughts and intentions of your heart. If you are giving Him something small and seemingly mediocre out of a good heart, it is greater worship than giving the very most you have out of a wrong heart. (1 Cor 13:3)
In Malachi 1, God desires our very best. If we bring God half-hearted worship out of duty, these things are not pure and holy and actually dishonor and disrespect God. He would rather no one worship than to have duty-filled worship out of grudging hearts. He wants pure and holy worship that is a true witness to who He is. This only comes when we are giving God our best out of a willing and loving heart.
In 2 Samuel 24, David reveals that God is blessed by our sacrifice more than he is blessed by our excess. We see this concept over and over throughout the Bible that when we give God something valuable to us, that is true worship. Those giving because they have extra does not impress God. Jesus states this in a different way when talking of the widow in Mark 12:41-44. God desires our pure and holy sacrifice so He can bless us with better than our very best!!!
Finally, in Luke 7, a “sinner” probably a prostitute comes in to the middle of the pastors and elders of their day. She humbles herself completely to the judgmental and critical thoughts and stares and worships Jesus. This “sinner” sacrificed more and gave more in worship than anyone else around. Because of her sacrifice and true heart of worship, her sins are forgiven, and she is saved. She was forgiven much and so loved much. The fact that she loved much caused her to sacrifice her most valuable possession and her pride as an act of worship to Jesus.
Does you love cause you to sacrifice your pride and valuables in worship to the Lord?
Nothing I have spoken is out of judgment or condemnation, but Holy Spirit has even convicted me in studying these things. Our love for God will always lead us to a true worship which is displayed in what we are willing to sacrifice for our True Love.
Ask Holy Spirit these questions and be obedient in what He is speaking:
Are you giving your very best to God? This is true worship.
What is God calling you to sacrifice to love Him and worship Him in a deeper way?
May you be blessed with knowing more of the Love of God than ever before, and may you receive the fullness of the blessing that comes through true worship and sacrifice.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
This is the second week in a series called Simple Discipleship:
The topic for next week will be Worship/Sacrifice and we will be discussing:
2 Chronicles 20:1-30, Genesis 22:1-19, John 4:20-24, Malachi 1:6-14, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, and Luke 7:36-50
This week, we are learning about Intimacy/Love of God.
Here are my notes: Simple Discipleship Week 2
Here is the recording of the teaching, Feb 10, 2016: Intimacy/Love of God
This week’s teaching is what I would consider as the most important one to come to understand in the whole series. The love of God and the relationship that we have with Him will affect every other aspect of our lives.
What is Intimacy? to know deeply, completely and have a greater love for then when you did not know as much.
What is Love? A deep, selfless, pure closeness and knowing of a person no matter what their words, actions, or behavior. This closeness is promised with words, but proven by action.
Our revelation of the Love that God has for us will color every other thing that we come into contact with. How can we love others if we do not love God? How can we even love God if we do not understand the enormity of His love for us?
In John 15 Jesus speaks of an illustration of how close we should be in relationship with Him. He is the vine and we are the branches. We must be in such a relationship that we are a part of Him, and we are getting everything we need for us to live from Him . Without this relationship with Him, we can do nothing. I know that all of us want to be doing great things for the Lord. However, if we are not constantly and consistently connected with Him, we are doing absolutely nothing no matter how great we may look.
If you don’t remember anything else remember this, everything we do flows from our relationship with Jesus!!! You want to do great things? You must have a great relationship with Jesus.
1 Corinthians 13 gives us a picture of the perfect God kind of love. Paul is very clear at the beginning that no matter what you may be doing, saying, or giving to the Lord if it is not done in love, it is worthless.
Paul is very intentional about describing the God kind of love because it is so different than our view of love. This love is God’s love for us and the kind of love we should be seeking to have for him and for each other. We have a long way to go until we are able to obtain a love that begins to look like this perfect God kind of love.
Ephesians 3 speaks even more to how important this love is for us to have and know. We are strengthened in our inner selves by this love. In fact, this power, the Love of God and our revelation of this love, is the power with which God works out exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask for, hope for, or imagine. Our faith opens the door for this love to come in and each new revelation of this love that we have unlocks a greater power to work in and through us in every area of our lives.
It is evident in Deuteronomy 7:6-9 that God has chosen you as a special treasure and set you apart for holiness. There was nothing that you have done or ever could do to deserve this, but God did it because He loves you. God is full of mercy or he never would have chosen any of us sinful creatures. He is faithful because He continues to pour out His mercy when over and over again we prove that we do not deserve it.
I challenge you to sit down in a quiet place by yourself with a pen and some paper. Ask Holy Spirit to come and speak to you. Ask Him a simple question “How much do You love me?” Then, simple write or draw whatever He speaks to you. The voice of God is always loving, encouraging, and full of life. This is what He will speak to you.
After you have completed the above exercise, I would encourage you to pray and ask Holy Spirit:
Do I have a deepening relationship with you? Does my life sustaining force flow from my relationship with You?
Am i being obedient to You out of love or am I trying to prove I am worthy of Your love?
Am I glorifying You through my love for You?
Finally, pray this with me: “Father, bring a new revelation of the love that you have for me. Show me how much you truly love me and help me to do better at showing that love to the people around me.”
May the Lord bless you with new revelations of His love ever-increasing and ever-strengthening you with power for great and mighty works.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!