Friday Bulletin13: CONFORMING GOD

SIX STEPS OF SEPARATION

Peter G. Mkolesia

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STEP 1. DOUBTING GOD’S GOODNESS, WISDOM, AND PERFECTION OF HIS INTENTIONS TOWARD US.

STEP 2. BELIEVING THAT WE NEED MORE THAN GOD AND WHAT HE HAS PROVIDED TO SATISFY, SUSTAIN, AND SECURE OUR LIVES.

STEP 3. PLACING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS ABOVE LOYALTY TO GOD
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STEP 4. CONFORMING GOD AND HIS WORSHIP TO OUR WANTS AND EXPECTATIONS.

Satan doesn’t mind at all if we are religious, just as long as we are not religious according to the will and ways of God. Religion that is according to God, His will and His ways is a matter of complete allegiance. God doesn’t share the platform of worship with anyone or anything else. True worship shaped by the truth and the Spirit according to all that is fitting to bring before a worthy God.

The question for us is: Are we wearing a mask of worship that is covering sin in our lives, which we are unwilling to release. It is easy to worship God on the outside, while we are stubbornly keeping territory for Him on the inside. That is why we hear lots of horrible stories in the Christian Church which are not supposed to belong there.

This tendency is part of the problem Adam and Eve’s son Cain had in his dealings with God. It was not what Cain brought to God that was displeasing to God but the fact that Cain’s worship of God was a sham. It masked an unrighteous attitude that refused a fully devoted response to God. We don’t fully understand the problem of Cain until we grasp the New Testament’s comments on it. In Hebrews 11:4 we read that the difference between Cain and Abel was that Abel was a righteous man and Cain was not. The distinction between the two men had to do with the kind of lives they were living, not the quality of sacrifices they brought. Jude’s language is even more graphic when he writes about outwardly religious people who use religious activities to cover the reality of their sinful lives: “woe to them for the have gone the way of Cain” (Jude 11). These people live without the fear of God in their lives, Jude says. They care for themselves flaunting the emptiness of their shame. They are grumblers, faultfinders, people who follow after their own lusts; they are arrogant and manipulative (vv. 11-16)

The essence of worship of God is that it expresses God’s worth and value. In fact, the English word worship comes from the concept of “worth-ship.” True worship is the expression of the worthiness of someone. Worship of God expresses that He is more worthy than anything else in our lives, that He is supremely worthy. Worship finds a way to express that adoration.

One of the greatest expressions of how much we value God is when we demonstrate by our actions that He takes priority over plans and dreams and is worth more than the sin that allures us. When we are tempted, we have the marvellous opportunity to say to him that He is worth more than the strong pull of our lusts. When we say no to temptation, it is a loud and clear expression of the worth of God in our lives. It is an act of worship.
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