Tuesday, April 12, 2011
God is ever looking at the heart. "For the EYES of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." 2 Chron 16:9 ~ God desires and longs to find a heart that truly fears Him, which means to wholly trust in Him and to depart from the deception of the world. "DO NOT LOOK at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not SEE what the LORD SEES, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD SEES the HEART." 1 Samuel 1:16 ~ The externals that GOD delights in is our obedience which is born out of a true love and reverence for His Name. True faith in GOD is foremost a heart that is full of love and respect for Who God is. OUR FAITH is primarily a matter of internals, not externals. Too often people get it backwards, they concern themselves with form, rituals, and religious activity, but their hearts are not right before God. The Lord God Almighty is not impressed with our show! I do NOT believe that GOD finds pleasure in the NUMBER of worhsippers. He is SEES our HEART and KNOWS if we WORSHIP HIM, or if we seek entertainment. Attendance of mega churches or the flurry of activity the church calls “ministry” today does not increase FAITH IN GOD. Do we dismiss holiness and obedience for the sake of popularity, tolerance and acceptance? Is our activities of FAITH recognized by God as worship? Biblically can we use scripture as our judge and admit that if it was not for His grace, we would be slipping away from worship as we seek pleasure and entertainment? BELIEVERS of each FAITH today are filled with lyrics to Christian songs, but are they filled with God's living Word? They attend “fun” retreats and conferences that are more like comic relief than a 3 day FAST from FOOD and INPUT with the INTENTION of hearing from GOD. The Church has become a religious extension of the world. We are to be IN the world but not of it, and these days believers have a PASSION for more spiritual entertainment than Jesus. WORSHIPING GOD ABOVE a Christian musician or the speaker of the word of God is what needs to be seen as SIN. Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! (Deut 5:29).