21-Day Growth Challenge | Day Five: "Worship God's Way"

Thursday, January 07, 2010 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Key Verse
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Worship begins within us and extends beyond us into the presence of God. Worship, like how we think and speak, is the true expression of our hearts and lives.

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

How we worship God is not our choice. We should worship our God in a manner acceptable to Him. Three keys to presenting ourselves in worship of God:

1. Come in fullness, worshipping both in the Spirit and in Truth (Read John 4:23)

2. Come boldly to the “throne of grace” to obtain mercy and grace to help. Don’t bother trying to impress God with who you are. He is not impressed, but He loves you anyway. (Read Hebrews 4:15-16)

Luke 18:10, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
3. Come to God in complete sincerity and yieldedness.
1Cor  5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8)  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Thank God for helping you worship in a manner that pleases Him. If needed, ask Him to purge your heart of any "leaven" of insincerity or empty religion.

Day Five | Exercise
Worship Him while looking over the scriptures in this lesson and saying words to God that show your understanding of what pleases Him.