It’s very imperative that you have a pure personal altar. I am speaking of your heart. Honor is the foundation of pure personal altar.
“This lady has has sacrificed everything just to be able to worship you! God, the least you can do is to remove failure from her life.”
Great people are able to rise above their personal suffering and still continue to help other people.
This helps me to know that no matter what, I can always count on the Lord to reach out and help me. But it also inspires me to never let my pains hinder me from reaching out to help others.
The fact that you sacrificed something to God does not mean that that worship will be acceptable to God. At the end of the day, more than anything else, your heart decides the acceptability of your worship.
I would say we had a feast this past week; 14 podcast episodes on the mystery of worship! It was just amazing. Just in case you missed any, here are the links to every one of them:
It’s just mind-blowing to see how much what we do here can actually inspire the God of the Universe.
His dance before the LORD wasn’t choreographed by a professional director. It wasn’t dignifying. It was a disgrace!
Your most costly sacrifices to God may not be material.
It lives in my mind. It’s a monument; it’s a memorial in my consciousness about my walk with God. It’s an unforgettable part of my journey.
Your altar is that point in time and space in your journey with God where you sacrifice your most valuable treasures in love and obedience to Him. Your altars are memorials of how much your walk with God has cost you.
You cannot claim to be worshiping God, if there are no altars and sacrifices associated with your walk with God.
Sometimes, we actually dub the emotions whipped up in the course of an entertainment music concert as ‘worship experience’; painless, sweet, entertaining experience.
“He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come come back to you.”
You don’t become an Abraham – a great name; father of many nations and religions – just by showing up in church.
Killing Isaac was not fun; it wasn’t a sweet thing. It wasn’t something Abraham gladly looked forward to. But he did it out of love for his God.
Worship is a response that demonstrates love. It’s a means of showing love; of making a statement to God. Genuine worship is the totality of your being saying “I love You” to God.
In expressing our love for God through worship, how fast you respond is all part of the deal.
When you say “I’m going to worship”, what are you talking about?
Whenever we offer up genuine worship to God, He goes through an epiphany; and when He does, it changes everything – our lives, and the course of human history.