Day #8 What on Earth am I Here For
You were planned for Gods pleasure.
The moment you were born into the world, God was there smiling at your birth. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight. Bringing enjoyment to God and living for his pleasure is the first purpose of your life. When you fully understand this TRUTH, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant.
One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He "wired" you with 5 senses and motions so that you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it.
We often forget God has emotions too. He feels things very deeply. The Bible tells us that God grieves, gets jealous and angry, feels compassion, pity, sorrow, sympathy, happiness, gladness, and satisfaction. God loves, delights, gets pleasure, rejoices, enjoys, and even laughs!
Bringing pleasure to God is called worship. "The Lord is pleased only with those who worship Him and trust his love" (Ps147:11). Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. It would take volumes to cover ALL there is to understand about worship, but we will look at the primary aspects of worship.
Worship is as natural as eating or breathing. If we fail to worship God, we always find a substitute, even if it ends up being ourselves.
The reason God made us with this desire, is that he desires worshipers. Jesus said, "The father seeks worshippers" (John 4:23)
Depending on your religious background, you may need to expand your understanding of worship. You may think singing, praying and listening to a sermon is worship... you may think of lighting candles and communion...you may think of healing miracles and ecstatic experiences. Worship can include these elements, but worship is FAR MORE than these expressions. Worship is a lifestyle!
WORSHIP IS MORE THAN MUSIC! Some say, we have worship first, then teaching at my church. This is a big misunderstanding! Every part of a church service is an act of worship- praying, scripture reading, singing, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting with other worshipers.
Disagreements over the style of music, used in worship, is common too. You probably don't like it all, BUT GOD DOES!!!. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship!! There is no biblical style of music! God likes variety and he enjoys it all...
The music style you like best is more about you- your background and personality, than it is about God. Its the WORDS that make the song sacred.
WORSHIP IS NOT FOR YOUR BENIFIT. Of course there are benefits to worship- including elements of fellowship, edification and evangelism... But, we must remember "We worship to bring pleasure to GOD!" If u have ever said, "I didnt get anything out of worship today". You worshiped for the WRONG REASON!!! Our motive is to bring glory and pleasure to our creator.
God's heart is not touched by tradition in worship, but by passion and commitment. The Bible says, "These people come near to me with their mouths, honor me with your lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of me is made up only a rules taught by men" (Isaiah 29:13)
Worship is not part of your life, it is your life!!! We are told to "worship Him continually" and to "praise Him from sunrise to sunset". Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. David said, "I will thank the Lord at all times my mouth will always praise Him".
Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship. The Bible says, "so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God". (1Cor10:31)
How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God? By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on continual conversations with him while you do it. The Bible says, "Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" (Col 3:23)
THIS IS THE SECRET TO A LIFESTYLE OF WORSHIP- doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus! Take you're every day, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life... and place it before God is an offering. Work becomes worship when you are dedicated to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence. By constantly thinking of Jesus, you are abiding in his love. This is what real worship is all about- Falling in love with Jesus!! Thinking about him from sunrise to sunset ♥
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