Worship is a lifestyle. It’s a mindset and a personal practice of daily surrendering yourself to Christ and giving Him glory in all our activities. But in addition to that, it is important to set time aside each day in order to have uninterrupted communication with the Lord. And, of course, that communication is not just us talking to God, but also God talking to us. In order for us to clearly hear God’s direction in our lives, it is necessary to shut the noise off, set a particular time each day with God and get alone with Him. You will be amazed at how much you grow closer to Jesus. You will discover that His word is alive and active. It will penetrate your heart, break you where you need to be broken, lift you up when you are down, bring you encouragement for your soul and hope for your heart. Treat that time with God like you would treat any other important appointment in your day.
Think about it…So many moments in world history that were massively changed by the quick thinking of a future hero. Twenty seconds of insane courage when Peter decided to get out of the boat. Twenty seconds of insane courage when Elijah challenged the 400 prophets of Baal. Twenty seconds of insane courage when David aimed that slingshot at Goliath. All of it happened so fast, and yet changed the course of history forever. Those moments are still happening everyday. It happens when, in a split- second’s time, your brain defines the issue, evaluates the options, and considers the consequences and then acts immediately. That’s why we must live close and clean before the Lord. Because those life changing moments are going to come and it could change your course forever. Trust me, you will want the wisdom of God on your side when that time comes.
Have you ever planted a garden? If you have, then you know that weeds will inevitably make their way into your perfectly placed rows of fruits and veggies.And once weeds take root, the only way to get them out permanently is the kill them. You know what else? There are dormant weed seeds present in all soil. So, you can’t just plant more fruits or veggies to suffocate the weeds. They may not have room to grow, but underground the weeds are still alive. So it is with sin. We can’t get rid of sin in our lives by trying to add more good things while still engaging in the sin. That’s like a porn addict who goes to church. It still doesn’t rid of the porn. We must get rid of sin by killing it in our lives. Seek God’s forgiveness, then turn 180 degrees away from it and run. If we want a lifestyle of worship, we must kill the sin in our lives.
Like we talked about yesterday, addictions are misplaced worship. Misplaced worship means that we have chosen and become totally consumed by someone or something rather than our relationship with the Lord Jesus. This usually happens slowly and subtly. Many people who fall prey to addictions still believe they can replace that bad habit with a good one. But good habits don’t fix bad habits. They typically just add on to it. That’s like taking a multivitamin with cocaine. The two can co-exist, but it doesn’t fix the problem. You see, moral reformation without spiritual regeneration never leads to total transformation. We must surrender ourselves to the pure worship of the Lord…free from misplaced or perverted worship. The only way to do so, is to allow Jesus to cleanse us from any and all addictions that hinder our walk with him.