Reflections on Holiness and Worship
What is God’s ultimate goal for our lives? He created us to know Him, to worship Him, to extol Him, to praise Him, to love Him and to lead others to Christ. That’s our purpose and reason for being alive. God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, but He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over our sin, instead of justifying it. We are to earnestly pursue holiness in the power of the Spirt, as a way of life.
If you want to enjoy a better life, try worshipping God seven days a week, not just on Sundays. Every human life is based on some form of worship. The question is not whether you will worship, but what you worship. If you distance yourself from God by foolishly worshipping earthly possessions and personal gratification, you will be making a big mistake. Worship God with sincerity and thanksgiving. Write His Name on your heart and rest assured that He loves you.
God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. [John 4:24].
Does God smile?
May the Lord smile on you. [Numbers 6:25 NLT] Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live. [Psalm 119:130 The Message] God takes pleasure in those who honor Him; in those who trust in His constant love. [Psalm 147:11 TEV]—-God smiles when we love Him supremely, trust Him completely, obey Him wholeheartedly and praise and thank Him continually. We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe. [James 2:24 CEV]
To whom does God show mercy?
- To the merciful– [Matt. 5:7] God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- To those who ask–[Acts 2:21] Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- To those who don’t deserve it–[Ps.103:10] He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does He deal with us as we deserve.
- To anyone He chooses–[Rom.9:15] I will show mercy to anyone I choose and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.
God is love and mercy is the out working of His Love. Have you experienced God’s mercy? Then thank Him for showing you mercy, you know He didn’t have to.
How can I experience God’s Presence? [Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8]. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 The Bible says; [If my people will seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins]. God reveals Himself when we seek Him and turn away from sin.
As a sponge soaks up water we need to soak up God’s truth. As water flows from a squeezed sponge, so God’s truth should flow from us. Share with others as God gives opportunity, share your time, your resoures and God’s Word.
FOR AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD, SO FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO [James 2:26]. An untested faith is weak and ineffective. Just like our muscles, our faith must be exercised against some resistance. When we face trials with godly wisdom and endure them with the help of the Spirit, we will find blessings we never thought possible and our faith will prove to be genuine.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. [1 Corinthians 10:31]
What does it mean to glorify God? How can you know if you are doing it? The Greek word for glorify means to praise, exalt, magnify, celebrate or honor. To glorify someone is basically to ascribe importance to that person. Glorifying God involves honoring Him with all that we, think, say or do.