Tuesday, February 11, 2014

All True Worship Starts From Within.

God has established means for His Church by which she is to grow and mature into Christ-likeness.  If God's clear and precise means are not followed there will be no growth or maturity for God's people; there will be only spiritual decay and deterioration.

Today's blog will share with you one of the means that God has established for His Church. God's word is the one means by which the Christian can grow and mature, and be shaped and molded into the image of Christ. Without a steady and constant diet of truth malnutrition sets in and the believer begins to become weak and vulnerable to the flesh, the devil, and the world.

I'd like to share a text of Scripture with you that will nourish and feed your soul. The text is found in 1Peter 3:15:
 "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord...."

Let's take this one single morsel and allow it to feed and nourish your soul. Let this text of God's word sink deep into your inner being. Mediate on it and allow it to transform your thinking and your living.

Are you ready? Lets get going...I love how the
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary lays out how the believer is to revere Christ, they note:

sanctify—hallow; honor as holy, enshrining Him in your hearts. So [as] in the Lord's Prayer, Mt 6:9. God's holiness is thus glorified in our hearts as the dwelling-place of His Spirit.

The believer is to sanctify Christ as Lord in his heart...the heart is our inner sanctuary. This inner sanctuary is where all true worship takes place. Yes, we glorify Christ before others, but all of our actions on the outside start and emanate from within our inner sanctuary.

Thought: Those who are religious (and I use this term for those who have an outward from of Godliness, but do not have the life changing Holy Spirit inside them) can only perform religious deeds, and righteous acts...they can never sanctify Christ as Lord in their hearts.

When we live-out our daily lives, setting Christ up as Lord in our hearts, we live in submission to His holy Lordship in our lives...we are thus changed from the inside out...we live our lives not autonomously, but in total dependency on Christ's strength.

We look for the nod of His approval in all we do. When the Christian's worship starts within first, he is then on the path to becoming like his Master and fulfilling His Masters plan for his life

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