WORTHLESS WORSHIP

““Isn’t it true that a son honors his father and a worker his master? So if I’m your Father, where’s the honor? If I’m your Master, where’s the respect?” GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies is calling you on the carpet: “You priests despise me! “You say, ‘Not so! How do we despise you?’ “By your shoddy, sloppy, defiling worship. “You ask, ‘What do you mean, “defiling”? What’s defiling about it?’ “When you say, ‘The altar of GOD is not important anymore; worship of GOD is no longer a priority,’ that’s defiling. And when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you?” GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.

“Get on your knees and pray that I will be gracious to you. You priests have gotten everyone in trouble. With this kind of conduct, do you think I’ll pay attention to you?” GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies asks you. “Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship! “I am honored all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship me all over the world, who honor me by bringing their best to me. They’re saying it everywhere: ‘God is greater, this GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies.’ “All except you. Instead of honoring me, you profane me. You profane me when you say, ‘Worship is not important, and what we bring to worship is of no account,’ and when you say, ‘I’m bored—this doesn’t do anything for me.’ You act so superior, sticking your noses in the air—act superior to me, GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies! And when you do offer something to me, it’s a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I’m going to accept it? This is GOD speaking to you!”

‭‭Malachi‬ ‭1:6-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬

May we never come to the place where the joy, wonder, and enthusiasm goes out of our worship. What we do for the Lord Jesus Christ should never be “a weariness.” OwPerhaps you’ve heard people complain, “Are we going to church again? Do we have to sit there and be bored?” No matter how large the crowd, it’s sad to see a full church with empty people trying to overflow. One of the worst insults to God is half-hearted worship

We need to ask ourselves daily, Have we become weary in our worship? Are we enthusiastic about our worship of God, about our daily walk with Him? The answer will help us gauge if our worship is worthless or not. We must never allow ourselves get to the point of offering worthless worship, it is both a waste of time and effort because it goes no where and achieves nothing.

ENGAGE YOUR HEART AND MIND IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD TODAY!!

THE MATCH IS FIXED! WE WIN!

My husband loves tennis and is an ardent Nadal fan, he watches every match Nadal plays like a hundred times over (except the ones Nadal lost 😉) I often wonder how he enjoys it so much watching the same match over and over even though he already knows how it ends. One day while grudgingly watching one of such matches with him, I had an ‘AHA’ moment. I realized that right from the beginning, I knew the outcome of the match, I had seen the result on the news previously, Nadal won! Knowing Nadal already won the match changed the entire experience of watching the match.

As I watched the match unfold, there were times Nadal was losing. I started thinking to myself, Oh, no! He is falling behind! He won’t be able to come back. This isn’t going to end well.

Then I would come to my senses and realize, Wait! The end is already decided. Victory is certain. He already won!

When his opposition would score, it wasn’t pleasant to watch, but I could smile because I knew the final outcome.

Then it hit me, you and I are living lives full of ups and downs. There are days that seem like a victory, and other days we feel defeated. On the hard days it’s easy to look around and become discouraged. It’s easy to feel like things are never going to work out.

I want you to be reassured with the truth of God’s eternal promises. The end of the story is already written, and we win! The match is fixed in our favour! We can’t lose! No matter how it looks at the moment, no matter how we feel right now, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS! WE WIN!

THE GARMENT OF LOVE

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Col 3:13 MSG

THE EXPECTATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS

“So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa. They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.”

Acts of the Apostles 10:23-24 NLT

When Cornelius sent his messengers to Peter, it took between four and five days for the journey. Remember there was no mobile phones, no internet, no GPS, nothing that would tell him how far they had gone, if they had arrived at Joppa, nothing. Yet the Bible records that when PETER and the messengers arrived, Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. He was believed what the angel spoke to him in the dream and was fully persuaded and expectant that the servants would return with PETER. Imagine how he was able to keep all his relatives and friends together and waiting for the arrival of PETER and his servants. What did he say to them to convince them to stay, what was going on in his own heart? But in all these things, he was assured that his expectation would not be cut off.

“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality–faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

‭‭HEBREWS‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Surely there is a future [and a reward], And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.”

‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭23:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬