Do You Know How To Worship God?

As I write this my prayer is that God will show me how I can better worship Him.  John tells us that if we do not do what God commands we are a liar and the truth is not in us.  Can we truly worship Him if we do not know what His commands are and keep them?

1 John 2:3 – 4 – “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.  Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.’”

Matthew 22:36 – 37 –“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?  Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.”

A religious leader asked Jesus, out of the 613 laws, which one is the most important?  Jesus told him it was to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind and the second was to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We know that we cannot hate our neighbor and still love God.  So let’s concentrate on how we are to love God.  We were given Ten Commandments and in the first four were given in order for us to know how to love and worship God.  We must have no other God; do not make, bow down to or worship idols; do not take the Lord’s name in vain and remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.  The other six were how we were to treat others.

God commands that there is only one way to Him and that is through Jesus Christ.  What about those who say there are many ways to God?  What about other religions who believe they are worshiping God but not through Christ?

We are commanded not to worship idols.  What about those who have religious or sacred idols in their homes?  Have some made money or material things their idols.  What about those who worship or idolize celebrities?

You cannot live in our society and not hear people use the Lord’s name in vain.  Something unexpected happens and it isn’t unusual for a moral person to say: “O my God”.   Some of the things that come out of the mouth of some professing Christians are unbelievable.

Keep the Sabbath Day holy!  God gives us six days and asks that we give Him one day to worship Him.  He gives us 90% of what we receive materially and asks for ten percent in return.  Do we make everyday ours and keep everything we get?  How well do we keep this Commandment?

I like what Dr. Stanley teaches about worship.  We can read our Bible, sing songs, pray and yet not really be worshipping God.  Worship is about perception, our attitude; it is our love of God.  Do we have a pure heart?  How do we deal with sin?  Do we repent? Do we have a spirit of humility or a submission to God’s Will?  Do we have a spirit of obedience to God and do we give Him our total commitment?  Are we aware of His Spirit living in us each day?  Worship is how we live.  Are we living a holy and righteous life and are we living to please God or ourselves?  Worship is about how we think.  Worship is not necessarily about what we do.  It is great to attend church, sing religious songs, read our Bibles and become knowledgeable.  But is it truly worshipping God if we are not keeping His Commandments?  Or, is it just going through the motions?  How much we love God will be seen in our daily lives!  You cannot camouflage your love for Him.

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