There is so much I could say, but there’s is nothing that can really express how grateful I am to God for who I am. For the fact that I am alive today, for family, for being loved, for being healthy, for everything. There is absolutely nothing trivial, because I deserve nothing yet He has given me so much. He has chosen to love me despite of my foolishness and my sinful nature. I am so grateful. I am humbled by our God. He is a great God.
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
I have posted about this before, but I saw this video on youtube and I was blown away.
Who do you worship? And what is worship anyway? We get so into things and people and we have no time for God. We let ourselves get derailed all in the name of entertainment. If you actually were to step back and look at your life, what would you find on top of your list of priorities? Who or what rules your life? Is it God or is it some earthly thing? We were created to worship Him but we build ourselves idols in the name of money, relationships, e.t.c, and God is left with no where to dwell.
Such a shame the life we have chosen with the freedom given to us by God.
I could say so much but this video says it all. Please watch this and tell me how it makes you feel. Personally, I’m awestruck!
I don’t want to be an emotionalist, a sensationalist.
To rely solely on what I feel and be all excitable about things because of other peoples attitudes towards it.
Or because of their emotional reactions or sensationalization.
I want my faith and relationship with God to be real. To be consistent. Whether the environment is positive or negative, hot or cold. Whether those around me are excited or not.
I want to rely solely on God for my spiritual fulfilment, for my joy.I don’t want to rely on sweet music or pretty words to get me excited to spend time with God. I want my worship to be authentic. I want to be true to God. I want my faith to be sound. I want it to depend on God and since God is consistent and never changes, neither should my faith in Him. Neither should my worship or my reliance on Him.
I pray all this, for myself and also for you. That we may be able to be true to God, and that we may be able to discern what is real from what is just mere showmanship. I pray that we may have pure hearts that we may not be swayed or fooled. Wisdom, to enable us to see what is from God, and what is not. Hearts that are always yearning to please God so that we may be the light of the world.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. (Psalm 51:10-13 ESV)
I am a huge fan of YouTube and Godtube. I love watching videos and I always learn so much from them. I was visiting a page earlier and it had a link to a video and it just astounded me at how real and relevant it is to us as Christians. We’ll get to the video later.
How much do you give God? Maybe you’re like me, grown up in the church and you’ve been going through the motions. Or, maybe you found Christ later. No matter how or when you chose Christ you have to admit that there probably was a time when you didn’t give God everything. We keep saying we surrender all to Christ, but are we really?
God loves us so much, it’s indescribable. And to see how much He is willing to give for us to attain salvation, to save us from eternal suffering. It shames me that I still don’t give Him everything. Maybe, it’s a t.v show that I completely love and for some reason I feel the need to watch the entire series box set, putting aside my prayer time. Or using my tithe money to buy shoes (which I actually don’t need), there are so many situations in life where I will admit I dove into, knowing full well that they put God in the back seat.
The whole aspect of His grace being endless and so much can sometimes be an excuse for us. Like I said I am ashamed. The temptation to not put God first is there constantly and we need to be watchful that we don’t fall.
“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
God is more important than our money, our possessions, our friends/families, our jobs/classes, and troubles. Let’s put Him first. Worship Him alone.