Monday, September 19, 2011
26-27Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
Last night I was so angry and the house just was not peaceful. I put on my earphones and blasted out to KLOVE for 2 hours while reading the bible and bible lesson books. I can tell you what I felt much better after giving those 2 hours to Christ instead of watching the newest show on TV or playing on the internet.
2 Samuel 24:24
24I'm not going to offer God, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice."
Why do people always give to God last. After all bills are paid and all the entertainment money is gone??? You have to give to God first and he will give you back ten fold. You have to give him your BEST. He gave you his best: Jesus Christ.
Worship takes effort and energy. It is not always convienent or comfortable, sometimes worship is a sacrifice.
This is so true in my life sometimes.
Psalm 113:3 MSG
Hallelujah! You who serve God, praise God!
Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!
Worship is not a part of your life, it is your life. Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God. DONT wake up in the morning asking God for me this and me that. Ask him how you can praise his name or how you can serve him. You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time.
So many believers or people who look at believers think that God is all Good. Our perception of God does not allow us to talk about bad things. Satan realizes that he does not have much time left until Jesus comes back for his people so he is trying as hard as he can to get God's most prized possessions: his children. Satan CANNOT mess with the blood of the lamb but he surely can send his angels to try and mess with your feelings.
You will not always feel close to God. The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a Trial, trusting God when Tempted, Surrendering when suffering, and loving God when he seems distant.
God will sometimes seem distant but he will never leave us. You have to thank God when things are at their worst. You have to be confident that things will be okay. This is all a normal part of the testing and maturing of your friendship with God. Every Christian experiences this.
Matthew 23: 8-10
Don't set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of 'Father'; you have only one Father, and he's in heaven. And don't let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
Eph 2:16-18 Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.
Don't let one Believer rule over your life. You have to follow what Christ has told you to do. So often we are so hooked on what the Pastor or Elders of the church say. You cannot get to Christ through them. You have to go to Christ on your own. We are all the same in God's eyes.
matthew 23: 11-12
Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.
We have to pray with a servant heart rather than a selfish heart. This is so hard to do sometimes because we want God to bless me me me. Instead of asking him what his plans are for us.
The Lord tells us to pray like this: very simply:
matthew 6: 7-13
7-13"The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.