I want to take some time to talk about True Worship. We can sing to God on Sundays or in are room, or in are car while driving. That can be a form of worship to God. But I want to talk about worshiping God when things are crazy in your life or confusing. I think we have true worship to God when we praise Him in our sufferings. It does not feel good at all to suffer hence the word suffer, but to go through suffering is actually a good thing because it reveals things in our life, and it will also reveal who God is in the midst of your suffering.
This is what James says about suffering “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” So we see here that suffering is a good thing because it is making us stronger and it is growing us as Christians.
The question is though will you lay down your life, and surrender or stay surrendered to God and worship Him when it hurts. To me that is a beautiful expression of worship to God. He knows the trials and test that come at us and that we will go through. He knows how much pain the suffering causes us. He also truly cares about us even if we do not feel it or understand it. But will we truely worship Him in the midst of the chaos. I think it is a beautiful, powerful place to be to worship God when it hurts, to me that is true worship. Also in the place of suffering you may be at, He is still God. He is still worthy to be praised, He is still the king of kings and lord of lords. God is truly worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through. I pray that if you read this and our going through something that you will trust your creator, that you will not run from Him in the pain but worship Him. Know that He has your best in mind, Know that He is and will never try to harm you, But rather He is trying to grow you stretch you perfect you strengthen and conform you in to the image of His son. Worship Him in the place of suffering or pain you are at and let your worship rise up to God as a sweet aroma!
Does God call us as Christians to live a Holy life?, the answer would be a resounding yes! What does the word Holy mean? One definition of Holy states Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power, sacred. Another one states “Specified or set apart for a religious purpose”. Lets see what God says about being Holy. 1 peter -15 -16 states “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.
In the one definition it says that being holy means to be set apart. As Christians we are set apart from the world. We no longer should be living like the world lives. What I mean by that is we should not be thinking like the world does lusting after things, such as men or women or material objects. We should not take out our anger on people as some one who is not following Christ might. We should not engage in things that would grieve the Holy Spirit. Things like watching pornography, watching things on television that have compromising material on them. We also should not speak in a manner that is not pure. The things that come out of our mouth should be clean and pure.
Ephesians 5 states But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, of or greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
I think this passage of Scripture speaks boldly of what God is asking of us in the place of Holiness. Living in a life that is filled with sin is only toxic, and it will keep us from walking with God. Being a Christian and dabbling in sin can also cause us to walk away from God. The Beautiful part of walking in Holiness is having God in your life. When we walk in purity, we can walk in peace with God, and have a clear conscience. But make no mistake you cannot do both, you or we cannot fool ourselves our God and think that we can dable in sin or have things in our life that our unholy and walk upright with God. To do that is impossible!
I also know that the devil the enemy of our souls loves to keep us in sin and away from God. The devil knows how Awesome God is for he once was in God’s presence. The devil knows that if you as a Christian where to draw near to God that you life would become nothing short of amazing.
If you want to have all of God in you life and not be a lukewarm worldly Christian plan on walking in Holiness be like your God. If you have anything in your life that you are compromising with right now repent and turn from those things or stay in the place where you are empty and broken.
God truly wants you to draw near to Him, He wants to fill you with His power, love, strength, wisdom, and show you the things He has planned for you life. But this will never happen if you do not walk in Holiness. God Bless