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Worship and Sacrifice

Simple Discipleship

This is the third week is the Simple Discipleship series.  Here are the first two messages in this series.

  1. Being a Leader/Disicple
  2. Intimacy/Love of God

Here is the topic of study for next week:

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

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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.

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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!!!

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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?

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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!!!

 

 

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Best Possible Signal

At this moment, Gibsons Go Global is in a time of waiting.  One of the hardest difficulties during any time of waiting can be the confidence that God is still speaking, and that we are still hearing Him.  I know that in each one of our lives, we go through different times of waiting.  It is important that during these times that we are tuning in more closely to The Lord and getting anything in our lives out of the way that would hinder us from hearing Him.  I know that the only thing that I can do during the time of waiting is listen carefully, be obedient, and do what seems good to do until I get more clear direction.  Below is the 2nd devotion in a series that God has me writing.  For the First in this series, please read Designed for Destiny.

Are You Getting a Signal?

Are You Getting a Signal?

Everyone has experienced problems with weak Wi-Fi. The farther your computer is away from the router and the more obstacles between the two will cause you to get a frustratingly weak signal. The best Wi-Fi is when you place yourself as close to the router as possible and remove all obstacles. It is the same when you want to walk into your God-given destiny.

Just because you are designed for destiny does not mean that you will ever reach your full potential. You must put yourself in a place to receive, remove all obstacles, and be obedient to the Truth you have received. Your destiny and the power to walk in it can only come from God. Walking closely with Him, your destiny will be revealed one step at a time as you encounter His presence (2 Cor 3:18)!!!

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-4, 21

Samuel was a young boy, maybe 12 or 13. At the time before Jesus came, the presence of God was housed in an ark and separated from the people. However, Samuel slept as close as he could to the Ark, positioning himself to receive.

Ark of the Covenant

Even when God showed up and spoke to him, he did not recognize His voice. He was inexperienced and untrained in the ways of the Lord, but he put himself in the right position. When Samuel realized that God was speaking, he was quick to be completely obedient. He spoke with humility and honesty, and everyone knew it was from the Lord. Because Samuel placed himself in God’s presence continually and was obedient, God raised him up to walk into his destiny one word and one step of obedience at a time!!!

Is your signal coming in clear from the Lord?  

What obstacles do you need to remove to strengthen that signal?Remove the Obstacle

What do you need to do to position yourself to receive from Him?

Challenge: Pray and ask Holy Spirit to reveal any obstacle that is disrupting the signal between Him speaking and you hearing. Whatever He reveals, give it to Him today and listen for Him to begin speaking more clearly.

Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3, James 4:7-10, 2 Cor 10:3-6

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Carry the Mountain to Move the Mountains

Well, once again I am back in Spain. I never imagined that so quickly after an extended trip that God would have us visiting the people and places in both Newcastle, England and Spain that we had left only 6 months ago. As we sat in St. Luke’s in Newcastle, God gave me a word that I did I not share there, but the next night in a time of worship with three friends that we had made there, I did.

In First Samuel 10, we find a story of Samuel and Saul. Within this story, we can find some valuable wisdom for the men and women of God that truly want to bring change to a person, people, or place. “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” (1 Samuel 10:1). Each one of the sons and daughters of God have been anointed as leaders over the inheritance of the Lord!!! What is the inheritance of he Lord, but souls, cities, nations, and ultimately the world!!!

So how can we as leaders of this inheritance bring true change to each of these 4 areas??? Several verses later, this is revealed! “After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you” (10:5-7). The first thing to note is that the mountain of God is in the center of where the enemy has set up camp. Often, God calls us to go to the hardest places. At these places where the enemy gathers his forces, God is wanting His change to come in a mighty way!!! The prophets were coming down from the mountain having been in the presence of God. As they came down, they carried the presence of God with them and this presence was what changed Saul into a different person.

Carrying the Presence

Carrying the Presence

We as sons and daughters of God are called to go up the mountain of God, many times in the very places where the enemy seems to have the greatest presence. However, these prophets did not let the enemy distract them from their main calling. It is our job to go up the mountain and not camp on top of the mountain. We are to go to the presence of God and be carriers of the presence to the people who have not gone up the mountain yet for whatever reason. They may not be able to go up or they may not know the true glory of the Lord. They may be discarded by the enemy. We as men and women of God are to go up the mountain, be filled to overflowing with the Presence of God and to host this presence with us as we go out to the people and places of the world. As we do this, great change cannot help but come about as His presence changes the people into new men and women.

In this passage, everything happened as Samuel said, Saul met the prophets, prophesied with them, was changed, and then guess what happened? “And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place” (1 Samuel 10:13). After being changed, Saul went up the mountain of God for himself to the high place. This is always our goal to carry the presence of God to the people and places around us so that they are changed, and then go to the mountain of God so they can be continually transformed themselves into carriers of His Presence!!!

My challenge to you today, is to intentionally make time to be in the presence of the Lord, whatever that may look like to you, and then carry that presence to the world around you. Do not leave the presence of the Lord at home, church, or the conference you just came from. Be a true carrier of His Presence into all the world. Allow God’s Presence to change you, and then carry that life-changing Presence with you to those who need it the most!!! In short, carry the Mountain of God with you so that the mountains of this world are easily moved by Him and His Presence, and the people and places you come into contact with are changed into carriers of His Life-Changing Presence as well!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!