3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And (A)I have walked in Your truth.
Psalm 86:11 (NKJV)
11 (A)Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; [a]Unite my heart to fear Your name.
If you consider yourself a disciple of Christ, you must be very careful of a popular affirmation these days…
I’m living my truth!”
Sometimes our truth is sin, anger, wrath, rage, lust, jealousy, prejudice, betrayal, hate, blame,a hardened heart, refusal to read God’s word, refusal to pray, forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, worshipping our desires, satisfaction of our flesh, rebellion against God.
The truth is, we can’t trust our heart or our ‘truth’ because without the truth of God’s word…it’s wicked.
Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And [a]desperately wicked; Who can know it?
It’s easy to make our relationship with God ALL about us if we aren’t careful.
God called us to make disciples of Him through His Son and our Savior Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.
One of the best approaches at studying the bible is to look specifically how the Lord REACTED to certain situations, conditions and behavior.
Look at the Lord’s reaction when He silently looked upon a multitude of lost people…
Matthew 9:35-38 (NKJV)
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease [a]among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were [b]weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Now look at how He reacted at those who had hard, hypocritical hearts…
Mark 3:1-5 (NKJV)
3 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might [a]accuse Him. 3 And He said to the manwho had the withered hand, [b]“Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored [c]as whole as the other.
Above in Matthew, Yeshua, felt compassion for those who were lost. He wasn’t judging why they were in their particular situations…He felt compassion. Then He commanded us to pray to THE LORD OF HIS HARVEST to send workers into HIS harvest. How many times have you prayed for that? How many times have you had an interaction with an atheist and instead of praying for them, felt contempt. How many times have you gotten intensely angry at a drug addict, gang banger, racist, politician, someone who you consider to be a ‘great sinner’…(we are all sinners saved by grace Romans 3:23). These are all opportunities to plant seeds of God’s…
I have had to stop and ask God to help me make that a priority in my life. I have had to ask myself, “Aldtric, do you really care enough about God’s harvest, are or you just concerned about your own?”
Now, let’s quickly look what made the Lord angry above in Mark Chapter 3. It wasn’t compassion, but anger at the religious leaders were looking for a reason to accuse Him, ignored the good He was doing, and was angry at their hardness of heart. Again, this is a sign of someone who is lost and doesn’t know that they are. God expects hypocrisy and hardened hearts to make us angry, but we must respond to that anger with lifting them up in prayer, praying that God softens their hearts to His love, will, word and salvation.
Have you ever asked yourself if you hare concerned enough about those who are ‘lost’? Have you stopped to consider how you react to those who claim to be His own, but aren’t exhibiting their best behavior?
How often do you pray for HIS HARVEST rather than your own?
We all know that worship is giving divine honor to the God of our Salvation. It is giving homage and reverence to that or who we submit ourselves to. It is what we prioritize in your hearts above, before or equal to God.
Many feel they aren’t guilty of worshipping ‘idols’ because they don’t physically bow down to a graven image.
However, the bible proves that God considers idolatry to be much more than just ‘bowing down’.
Quite simply, anytime we give something an equal or higher priority in our hearts than we do God, our Elohim, through His Son and our Savior Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Notice how Exodus Chapter 20 verses is written…
Exodus 20:4-5 (NKJV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor [a]serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting[b] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Exodus 20:4-5 (NLT)
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.
Notice verse 4 first tells us ‘don’t make them’.
Then verse 5 of the NKJV tells us do not bow down to them, THEN it tells us ‘do not server them’.
Verse 5 in the NLT says your must not ‘bow down to them or worship them’.
God then goes on to say He is JEALOUS and will visit this iniquity to our children, grandchildren, and so on for generations (the bible says later the remedy for this is when children acknowledge, reject and repent of the sins of their ‘fathers’) (1) ONE WAY TO REMOVE GENERATIONAL CURSES…
Leviticus 26:40-42 (NKJV)
40 ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,
41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;
if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—
42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember;
I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you presentyour bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (NLT)
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]
Notice that God considers how we present our bodies to God DAILY. How we daily live our lives is how we SERVE Him or WORSHIP Him. This is without bowing down to anything.
Now let’s look at what God says to us through the Apostle Paul in ColossiansChapter 3 and verse 5.
Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
This is very powerful. We are given a list of SINS that we are to put to death. SINS that God has given us the power and responsibility to OVERCOME and PUT AWAY…NOT ask Him to TAKE FROM US. And the last one in that list is covetousness (an inordinate, disproportionately large, desire for worldly things or people). This can be GREED, RELATIONSHIP, or WHAT WE HAVE PASSION FOR. God considers WHAT WE PRIORITIZE BEFORE HIM IN OUR HEARTS TO BE WORSHIP!
Now let’s dig a little deeper. When you prioritize things above HIS CHILDREN, He takes it personal. Remember what Yeshua in Matthew 25…
Matthew 25:44-46 (NKJV)
44 “Then they also will answer [a]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
So, putting money, animals, possessions, the economy, career, ambition, above people is putting those things above God. Ignoring those who are considered disadvantaged, or what some consider to be undeserving (prisoners) is ignoring God.
Even in contemporary culture, giving pride, arrogance, the economy, heritage, monuments, statues etc. more priority in our hearts than God, or too much priority in our hearts over GOD’S CHILDREN is worshiping those things.
When we allow those in our family or people…our spouse, our children, our parents, our boss, our fraternity, sports team, our sorority, our organization, or political party, our leaders to influence our decisions more than God and His word…it’s worship and idolatry.
Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Finally, it’s possible to worship ourselves more than we worship God. I was guilty of this for a season in my life. When we make a point to workout and exercise more than we read and study our bible or spent quality time with Him in devotion and praise. When we spend every moment we can trying to build worldly wealth to the point we even forsake His day of rest…it is worshipping ourselves and idolatry. I have been guilty of this. At one season of my life I would get up first thing and rush through a prayer to hurry to my workout before work. I would would then work out again on my lunch break at work to the point I felt stressed if I didn’t exercise at least twice a day…
When I was honest with myself, I was worshipping my body, more than I was worshipping God…
1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Remember this…The devil knows he will never convince us to bow BOW DOWN to a graven image, so he convinces us more subtle ways to violate Exodus20:4-5.
The reason that we get jealous sometimes when we feel our spouse or children is giving someone else priority over us in their hearts is because we are created in the image of God. We are capable of sharing His attributes and character. Godly jealously is that which is mentioned in Exodus 4:5.
We must be very careful that we are always worshiping God, and not unintentionally asking Him to worship us and our desires. We must study God’s word to find out HOW He wants us to worship Him and do so the way He wants us to, rather than make him settle for the way WE CHOSE to worship Him.
John 4:24 (NKJV)
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
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