Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Transformed Heart Transforms Worship



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(Deuteronomy 30:6) “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!

Like my grandma always says," No matter how many times other people try to make my recipes they will never taste the same because I make my food with love, special for my family." Nothing beats making something or doing anything out of love. In the same way, all that we do to bring honor and glory to God should be done out of love. Christ paid a huge dept for us that we could never repay but the only way we can say, "thank you," is by doing what we do for Him out of love. If we have to wash the car or sweep the floor, let us do it out of love; If we are given the privilege to worship God up on an altar, then let us do it out of love; If we are going to preach, then let it be out of pure gratitude and passionate love for the One who saved us and gave us the ability to do so. If we don't know how to do this then let God change our hearts and our generation's hearts so that we may learn to truly love and really live. Now that God has transformed your heart, let Him transform the way you worship Him.

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(Deuteronomy 12:8-9) “Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please, because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.

When we don't have direction from God, we do what we do. By this process we come to make mistakes and end up doing as we please. God doesn't want us to wander aimlessly, He wants us to hear His voice of truth so that it can be like a lamp unto our feet, showing us the path ahead. Being able to believe in what is not yet seen (faith) comes from hearing the word of God. When we read His word we learn what His voice sounds like. Then  from this comes conviction, the hunger to know more about Him who loves us so deeply, and the strength to live for Christ who chose to live for us. Like I always say, anybody can die for another person but only those who are in Christ die and like Him, choose to live. I don't want to do as i please...I want to make God smile. I want to touch His deserving heart. Something tells me that you do to. I challenge you to cling to Him and seek Him so that He can change your pattern of worship. He wants to be our rest: Not our calm before the storm, but our calm during the storm. God has something special in store for you and for me that we will receive when we arrive at His place of rest. A relationship with God will keep us near to Him so that we can hear Him and know His plans for us. In this way, He is our one and only rest.

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(Deuteronomy 12:30-31) do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.

Like I had said on my past post, God wants to give us something new. We don't have to watch music videos on T.V to get ideas because our God is the creator. I mean He put "create" in creative. Nothing that this world gives for their audience could ever compare to what we can do to worship God.  We don't need their customs, traditions, or words because we are the children of the God who created the stars and calls them by name. We worship the God who designed and runs the human body: He makes a heart beat, blood flow, and formed each nerve and cell. If we were to uncover Hollywood's actors and singers what would we find? If we were to truly let the "glass masquerade" fade what would we uncover? Let us be inspired by God and live to make Him known. If my God is creative then so am I and He has given me the ability to create marvelous things. Let's get closer to Him so that He can reveal to us that which we do not know. But let us never loose focus on what truly matters. Who cares how the Beatles sing and play or how Katy Perry dresses? God wants to give us something new. Like my Mom said, "It's time to stop eating from the old bread." If you are going to do something for God then let it be Him who inspires you. Let it be the Holy Spirit who places in your heart new and fresh ideas. God has placed all the creative genius from His heart and mind into you, but all you have to do is delight yourself in Him. If we must be passionate or mesmerized, let it be by God.

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