Posts Tagged ‘worship’

  

Today, if only you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Psalm‬ ‭95‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Rev. Samuel Agnew was one of several pastors that served the South as a chaplain during the Civil War. He shared in a journal entry from March 27, 1864, of a spiritual drought he felt was taking place among the soldiers:

“There is a lamentable torpor among the [soldiers] in reference to their souls. They hear and attend the sanctuary but seem unaffected by the preacher’s word…More members were absent than ordinarily, and some who were present did not commune. There is a spiritual drought in that community. May God bless my labors…”

Is it possible to love God and come to Church, yet still miss God? Absolutely! A spiritual drought can occur when we simply ignore God. In Psalm 95, the psalmist instructs the people to worship God, but to be careful not to harden your heart afterwards. It doesn’t matter how much “outflow” we are producing for God; if there’s no “inflow” of His presence, we lose!

Take time this week to allow God’s presence to “rain” on your soul. His voice ends all spiritual droughts in your life! Worship cannot happen until inspiration commences! You are loved today! 

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Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other.” (Isaiah‬ ‭45‬:‭22‬ NLT)

Buddhism began around 500 BC, Hinduism around 1700 BC, and Islam around 600 AD. While there is MUCH room for interpretation here among their followers, none of them were around when God created the world. When He fashioned Man, God put a component in him that creates a hunger to worship. The natural fit was the Creator, but Man is a restless, flawed character, chasing and inventing other avenues of worship instead of what we were created for.

God’s call for salvation through His Son, Jesus, empowered through the Holy Spirit, echoes around the world daily. Imagine His frustration as He oversees the world, keeping everything around us moving, yet having to watch us worship our bodies, chase our lusts, glorify the lives of fallen people, invent new religions, and even worship the only other spiritual entities out there, the Angelic and the Demonic. Any lesser deity would start chunking lightning bolts! But God is patient and loving, so He continues to call out to fallen humanity to come back to its true home.

While there are plenty out there in Readerland that will disagree with me, and that’s fine, God is still there calling Mankind back to the purpose of creation: To simply live in the true contentment of God’s presence, like Eden was created to be. Find your Eden all over again, the place where God waits for you! Then join your family at Church this weekend and share the moment with the rest of us! You are loved!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3 NLT)

Music Superstar Kanye West is a fortunate man. While his music sales have gone through the roof and his name is atop the industry, it seems that the hype has defined the man. In one interview with Tim Westwood, he described himself thus:

I’m going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain … The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?”

The Apostle Peter walked personally with Jesus. By the time he wrote this epistle, he had “rock star” status among the early church groups. Yet, he knew where all praise belongs: To the God that makes all things possible and all men forgiven. For Peter, it was never about self, but only about lifting up The Lord.

Nobody can point a finger at Kanye, he’s only doing what we all do at some point. Pride is Satan’s way of stealing from God what is rightfully His. While it’s healthy to have a good esteem, give God the credit for all that you are. For apart from Him, the Bible says, we are nothing! But we are loved! Enjoy your day!
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