April 8

Son of man, when a land sins against Me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out My hand against it and break its staff of bread and send famine upon it and cut off from it man and beast…or suppose I were to pour out my fury by sending a plague into the land as is happening even now worldwide, and the disease killed people and animals alike.  As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, they wouldn’t be able to save their own sons or daughters!  They alone would be saved by their own righteousness. [Ezek 14:13, 19, 20]
Therefore, let all the godly pray to You while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.  For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.  You surround me with songs of deliverance.  The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will counsel you and watch over you.”
[Ps 32:6-8]

I have set You always before me, Lord.  Because Your mighty Power supports me, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices!  My body also will rest secure in a sure hope, because You will not abandon my soul to the grave, nor will You allow Your faithful servant to undergo decay!  You have revealed to me the paths of life!  Your Presence fills me with joy, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand! [Ps 16:8-11]  Hallelujah!

C  Instruments of Worship

When I received Jesus the Christ into my heart, as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul, to be joined together with Him in a Sacred Covenant relationship, I solemnly vowed to live faithfully in a Sacred Covenant relationship with Him, and to be a mirror of the Almighty, reflecting His Glory to the Created Universe.  My fulfillment of these Sacred vows throughout the course of my everyday life is what constitutes worship.  The story of my everyday life is to be worship in His eyes.  Every part of my life, and every part of my being…body, soul and spirit…is consecrated and set apart to the worship of God.  And the worship of God is inseparable from love, for God is Love.
Jesus replied to a question from one of the Scribes, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel!  The LORD our God is the One and only LORD.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  No other commandment is greater than these.” [Mark 12:29-31]

C: 1] Spirit: Glorifying God through the devotion of my heart:

  • a] Affections
  • b] Attractions
  • c] Desire
  • d] Purpose
  • e] Controversy

C: 2] Soul: Glorifying God through the disposition [habit; breath] of my soul:

  • a] My waiting upon God: Principles:
    1] Quietness
    2] Heart
    3] Faith
    4] Surrender
    5] Worship
    6] Prayer
  • b] God revealing
  • c] My cooperating and responding

C: 3] Body: Glorifying God through the expression of my physical being:

  • a) mouth, tongue, lips
  • b) hands, feet
  • c) sensory perceptions: eyes, ears, taste, touch, smell

C:1 Spirit: Glorifying God through the devotion of my heart

Worship is an attitude of my spirit…glorifying God through the devotion of my heart.  It is in my heart, that wonderful part of my natural human spirit, wherein God has placed His Holy Spirit, to be there to me the Presence and the Power of God working in me, and where God reveals Himself to me through His Indwelling Holy Spirit.  He wants my heart, and takes it, and as God dwells in it.
My Blessed Lord said quite clearly, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.  If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love.  If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.  My Father will love him as well, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” [John 14:15; 15:10; 4:23]

The expression of love, and the measure of love, is obedience.  The obedience that characterizes love has as its source the devotion of my heart, and not the obedience that comes from a sense of duty, or the obedience that looks for a resulting personal gain…a reward.  The love Jesus is speaking about is not a feeling of my emotions, nor the knowledge of my mind…it is a sense in the Indwelling Divine Spirit that dwells within me…a sense of heartfelt devotion.  Love willingly goes to the cross…whether it is a physical cross, or whether it is an emotional cross…sweating drops of blood in its human agony of soul, embracing solely, wholly, only, the will of God: “Not my will, Father, but Your will be done.”
Then Jesus said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life for himself and his own interests will lose it, but whoever loses his self-life for My sake will save it.  Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27] 

For several following days, we will be looking at Worship as an attitude of my spirit…glorifying God through the devotion of my heart: 

  • a] Affections
  • b] Attractions
  • c] Desire
  • d] Purpose
  • e] Controversy

Please keep the above outline available as we continue along, looking at the Instruments of worship…my spirit, my soul, and my body.

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

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