Charles Stanley –Worship That Glorifies God

 

Psalm 95:1-11

God created us to worship and has placed this inclination in every human heart. If people don’t worship their Creator, they’ll focus their devotion on something or someone else. That’s why there are so many religions in the world.

As Christians, we may assume that since ours is the God of the Bible, He must be pleased with our worship of Him. But that may not be the case. Hebrews 9 refers to the old covenant, in which the Lord gave very precise instructions about how to approach Him. Although we now have direct access to the Father through the Son, we must still be careful to worship Him in ways that glorify Him—whether or not they please us.

If we want to worship God in truth, we must avoid the following pitfalls:

Inaccurate Knowledge of God. If we’ve fashioned God according to our desires, then our worship is worthless. This is why it is so important to know the Lord as He has revealed Himself in His Word.

Lip Service. When our hearts are far from God, we may go through the routines of worship without meaning anything we say or sing.

Wrong Focus. If we come to church simply to have a satisfying emotional experience, we’ve missed the point. Worship is about honoring, reverencing, and adoring God with our whole being—mind, will, and heart.

Psalm 95 is a wonderful song of praise. But the writer included a warning not to be like the Israelites in the wilderness, who erred in their hearts and didn’t know God’s ways (Psalm 95:10). Instead, let’s make it our ambition to know God so we can glorify Him in our worship.

Bible in One Year: Job 9-12

 

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Our Daily Bread — Clocks and Calendars

 

Read: Psalm 62 | Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 19–20; John 13:21–38

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

My father died at 58 years of age. Ever since then, I pause on the date he died to remember Dad and reflect on his influence in my life. When I realized I had lived more of life without my dad than with him, I began pondering the brevity of my own life.

On reflection, we may wrestle with both an event in time and the feelings it stirs within us. Though we measure time with clocks and calendars, we remember times because of events. In the moments of life that trigger our deepest emotions, we can experience joy, loss, blessing, pain, success, failure.

The Scriptures encourage us: “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). This confident statement did not occur in a time of ease. David wrote these words while surrounded by enemies (vv. 3–4). Still, he waited quietly before God (vv. 1, 5) reminding us that God’s unfailing love (v. 12) is greater than any of the times of struggle we may face.

In every event, we have this confidence: Our God stands with us, and He is more than adequate to carry us through all of life’s moments. When the times of life threaten to overwhelm us, His help will be right on time.

We’re grateful that You are always and will always be faithful to us, Father.

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Our God is ready to be with us in all the times of life.

By Bill Crowder

INSIGHT

Slowing down to consider what Psalm 62 tells us (or at least implies) about the situation that prompted the psalmist to write it can deepen our understanding of God. It helps us internalize the psalm’s teaching in a way that transforms us rather than simply informs us. These are not the blissful words of reflection from an untroubled soul. David writes from the tired depths of someone maligned and assaulted. Saying that hope comes from the Lord is simple when hope is a luxury. To say that you will not be shaken when even your friends are secretly cursing you (v. 4) is an expression of trust before, during, and after all other hopes have failed.

How can you express hope in God?

J.R. Hudberg

 

 

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Wisdom Hunters – Death of Discouragement 

 

Be strong and courageous.… The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Deuteronomy 31:6

God is with you; through faith in Jesus He is right here. If the Lord physically walked with you throughout the day, would you be afraid or discouraged? Of course you would be totally encouraged and secure. By faith your heavenly Father walks with you day in and day out. You are not left out in the cold. You have the resources of a child of God to be strong and courageous. Thus, rise up and receive the grace and strength of the Lord.

Yes, life does have its moments, and, yes, there are times of discouragement and fear, but you are not to dwell there. You can be confident because the Lord is preparing the way before you. He is executing the due diligence for your life’s future. He is your advance man as you move forward. There will be bumps along the way, but as long as you follow the Lord, He will smooth the way, preparing your path.

Listen to what the Lord says: “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16). You can take courage because Christ is your compass and your companion.

Above all, He will never leave you or forsake you. Yes, you have and will face difficulties and heartache. Some of the adversity you encounter may feel insurmountable. But do not despair to the point of giving up. He has not left you. Even though it may not always feel like it, He is there. Like a child off at college for the first time, the security and support of his parents seems distant, but mom and dad still love him profusely though separated by distance.

When you blow it, He is there. When you succeed, He is there. When you are angry and fearful, He is there. He never leaves you. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). So maybe it is time to slow down and take an inventory of God’s faithfulness over the years. It is at the point of your pain that others look to see if your Christianity works. Anybody can claim Christ when the road is smooth, but what if the bottom falls out and life stinks? Where do others see you turn? Do they see faith or fear?

When you fail and fall on your face, you will succeed if you fall on your knees in prayer and humbly depend on the Lord. When a fire breaks out we tell our kids to stop, drop, and roll. God gently encourages you in your fiery trial, reminding you to stop, drop to your knees, and pray. “But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’” (Matthew 14:27). Have I prayerfully received the courage Christ offers?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are my ultimate Encourager, I lean into You for love, affirmation and instruction, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application: What discouragement am I experiencing that I can take courage from Christ to carry me through this circumstance?

Related Readings: Exodus 6:9; Deuteronomy 31:8; Ephesians 3:13; Colossians 3:21

Worship Resource: 4-minute music video- People and Songs: My God Fights For Me

Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2

 

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Joyce Meyer – Winning God’s Way

 

Let me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. — Psalm 25:4

Most of us are happy when we get what we want. That’s human nature. But when we walk with God as we should, other things become more important than seeing our desires fulfilled—things like seeking God’s desires for our lives, hearing His voice as we make decisions, and being obedient to His leading in every situation.

Dave and I once saw a picture in a store in the mall and I wanted to buy it. Dave didn’t think we needed it, so I threw one of my silent temper tantrums; I simply became quiet because I was angry.

“You okay?” Dave asked.

“Fine. I’m fine, fine, just fine.” I responded with my mouth while my mind was thinking, You always try to tell me what to do. What can’t you just leave me alone and let me do what I want to do?

I continued pouting for about an hour. I was trying to manipulate Dave. I knew that with his peaceful, phlegmatic personality, he would rather let me have my way than fight with me. I was too immature in the Lord to understand that my behavior was ungodly.

I began to push Dave to buy the picture and we finally bought it. As I placed it in my home, the Holy Spirit said to me, “You know, you really didn’t win. You got your picture, but you still lost because you didn’t do it My way.”

The only way to win in life is to do things God’s way. Then, even if we don’t get what we want, we have the great satisfaction of knowing we have obeyed His voice—and that outlasts the satisfaction that comes with any earthly possession or achievement.

Prayer Starter: Father, change my desires and help me to want what You want. Help me to be less selfish and more concerned with treating others the right way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

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Campus Crusade for Christ; Bill Bright – Bring Forth Much Fruit

 

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24, KJV).

Alex was distressed over his constant failure to live the Christian life victoriously.

“I am always failing,” he said. “I know what is right, but I am simply not able to keep the many commitments, resolutions and rededications that I make to the Lord almost daily. What is wrong with me? Why do I constantly fail? How can I push that magic button which will change my life and make me the kind of person God wants me to be, and the kind of person I want to be?”

I turned with him to review Romans 7 and 8, and discussed with him how all of us experience this conflict when we walk in our own strength. But the victory is ours as we walk in the Spirit. It is impossible to control ourselves and be controlled by the Holy Spirit at the same time.

Perhaps you have had that same problem and wondered why your life was not bringing forth much fruit. Christ cannot be in control if you are on the throne of your life. So you must abdicate – surrender the throne of your life to Christ. This involves faith.

As an expression of your will, in prayer, you surrender the throne of your life to Him, and by faith you draw upon His resources to live a supernatural life, holy and fruitful. The command of Ephesians 5:18 is given to all believers: We are to be filled, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, continually, moment by moment, every day. And the promise of 1 John 5:14, 15 is made to all believers: When we pray according to God’s will, He hears and answers us.

The person who walks by faith in the control of the Holy Spirit has a new Master. The Lord Jesus said, “He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:38, NAS). “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24, NAS).

Bible Reading:John 12:25-31

TODAY’S ACTION POINT: Because my deep desire is to “bear much fruit,” I will surrender afresh to God’s Holy Spirit so that He might endow me with supernatural life and enable me to bear much fruit for His glory.

 

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Words of Hope – Daily Devotional – How Would You Like Those Beans Served?


Read: Ephesians 4:25-32

Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor. (v. 25)

On a lazy summer day as a youngster, my friends and I loaded my Radio Flyer wagon for a hot dog roast away from home. We also took a can of pork and beans. About the length of a cow pasture away, a small creek crossed through a culvert under the road. There in the large drainage tunnel we built a fire where we could lounge hidden from the view of the world.

When it came time for the pork and beans, one of my friends said, “My dad just sets the can on a burner.” Simple enough. He failed to mention that his dad first punched a hole in the can. Suddenly, KABOOM! The cement ceiling of the county road culvert was now coated with a hot sticky covering. Instead of eating pork and beans, we watched it dripping from the ceiling into the fire.

What an unforgettable and foolish childhood experience, yet it’s one that impresses on me the importance of telling the whole story, the whole truth. Speaking the truth is a key indicator of genuine conversion. It’s also proof that we’re living a new life in Christ Jesus, who embodies the truth of God in human form. Jesus always spoke and lived the truth. He misled no one by word or deed. People who were questioning, seeking, and hurting could count on Jesus for the truth.

Can they count on you and me? —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord of truth and wisdom, make us ready to tell the whole truth with care.

 

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Moody Global Ministries – Today in the Word – HUMAN SILENCE: AARON AND THE SILENCE OF GUILT

 

Leviticus 10:1–7 DEVOTIONS

Computer scientists recently used new techniques to read a 1,500-year-old text known as the Ein Gedi scroll. Because it had been badly burned, archaeologists had been afraid to open it lest it crumble into dust. So researchers at the University of Kentucky used X-ray scan data and special software to digitally “unwind” the scroll—and read the first verse of Leviticus, “The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him.”

This is what the Lord spoke . . . “In the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Aaron remained silent.

LEVITICUS 10:3

The book of Leviticus sets forth God’s Law, His instructions to the nation of Israel. The main purpose of these instructions was to ensure that God’s people could be in a relationship with Him and that God was shown proper respect. The consequences of failing to do so were serious and often deadly. That’s what happened in today’s reading (vv. 1–2). Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu offered “unauthorized fire” at the altar of the Lord. Immediately the fire of God consumed them. Not even priests—especially not priests!—could get away with disregarding God’s instructions and dishonoring His name (v. 3).

Aaron’s silence in this episode was an acknowledgment of guilt. His sons’ motives are unknown to us—drunkenness may have been involved (see the warning in v. 9)—but no reason or rationalization could justify their disobedience. For Aaron to keep his mouth shut was the only appropriate response to Moses’ rebuke.

Furthermore, by staying on duty at their priestly posts while the bodies were disposed of, Aaron and his remaining sons demonstrated that God took precedence over mourning for family (vv. 4–7). This might seem harsh, but it was necessary and proper to show the Israelites the absolute importance of obeying God and worshiping Him rightly.

APPLY THE WORD

When we count the cost of discipleship, following Christ is more important than family responsibilities and relationships. Skipping church during sports season to attend the kids’ games, lying to cover-up a relative’s wrongdoing, or taking lavish vacations while refusing to give financially to support the Lord’s work all turn family into idolatry (Luke 14:26).

PRAY WITH US

Again, our prayers go to God for the staff of Facilities Maintenance: Carl Bjerga, John Addison, Joshua Burkhardt, and Matthew Morris. May God bless their work of repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance of MBI’s equipment and facilities.

 

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