Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label worship. Show all posts

Tuesday

Knowing God - 31 Days in Acts

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Yesterday we left chapter 17 at the end of verse 15 so today we will finish off the chapter.


verses 16 - 21

Paul had gone on to Athens ahead of Silas, Timothy and Luke because of the anger incited up against him at the end of  Day 30  The Power & Destruction of Envy

Now we see him getting upset about the idol worship of the people in this city.  He feels so strongly about it that he goes to the synagogue and tries to get the Jews and the Gentile worshippers to see how wrong this is.  We are told he even went into the marketplace each day to talk to people there. 

The people who seemed to take the most notice are the philosophers who just want to always talk and hear about new things and they think that Paul is talking about a new god because he is preaching about the resurrection of Jesus which is unfamiliar to them.

The first thing that stood out to me here was the mention, yet again, of the resurrection being preached about and we have seen this several times before by Peter and others so it appears that the Apostles and other early Christians thought it important that they spoke of the resurrection and indeed could not preach about Salvation without including it.  
We would not have any hope of resurrection ourselves if Jesus had not been resurrected and yes part of our eternal life will involve resurrection for us so it is a main part of our understanding about Salvation.

So the philosophers take Paul to Mars Hill ( Areopagus ) because they want to know what this talk of his is all about.





verses 22 - 34
He starts with something that is familiar to them all which is the altar with the inscription to the 

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

An altar indicated that they would worship this god, one whom they did not know anything about but Paul directs them straight to God the creator of the world from this.

He explains who the god they don't know is, He's the creator, He is Lord of heaven and earth and everything else but does not dwell in temples that the people have made.
He isn't worshipped by our hard work instead He has formed us all as we are and placed on on this earth so that all men would seek Him and find Him.  He does not need us to do things for Him as we saw in Day 29  What Does God Need?

Why?
Because everything we do is made possible by Him

28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 


So the true God is not an idol, not made or formed by man but is alive and is to be worshipped by all when we understand who He is


30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”


and He brings us to the knowledge of Him and the understanding that we need to repent of our sins and accept the fact that one day we will face Jesus and we will have no righteousness of our own to be able to stand before Him as He judges the world.  We will have no right to say we have worked for Him if we have not accepted Him as the true and living God because he has not looked for work.


God looks for true worship and obedience.


Then back to the testimony of the resurrection again.

Some people mocked Paul for telling them about the true God the one they felt existed but did not know who He was and perhaps were just happy not knowing so that they could believe whatever they wanted but Paul because He was a believer and was called of God to preach had the responsibility to speak the truth to them.

This should be a challenge to us that no matter what others decide to believe about God, if it is not what the Word of God tells us then we as believers have also the responsibility to tell them the truth.

Remember all of us will stand before Christ one day and we can only depend on one thing 
 - not how we lived our lives 
but who we truly worshipped as our Lord.


Christianity is not based on works but on the death and resurrection of Jesus in our place for the life we are not able to live by ourselves.


Christianity is not based on works but on the death and resurrection of Jesus in our place.


Thank you for joining in so much with me over this past month and for those who have asked if I'm going to continue in Acts the answer is yes, but not on a daily basis.  I will post a few times a week but not feel an obligation to keep to a very rigid schedule.

For anyone who has been reading and realises that they have not known who the true God is or has in the past kept putting off actually becoming a true believer then please click on the short  3 2 1 video at the side of my blog to hear more about the Gospel or contact me for further info.




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Sunday

Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 95


Today I'm looking at Psalm 95 

This is one of Encouragement to come to God with Praise and Worship







This Psalm falls into 5 parts:


V. 1-2
A Call to Praise

V. 3-5
The Reason Why

V. 6
A Call to Worship

V. 7
The Reason Why

V. 8-11
A Prophetic Word of God


"The way to go deeper with God"



A Call to Praise.
The way to come and approach The Lord: singing, joyfully, knowing He is our rock, thankfully, remembering our Salvation.



The Reason Why.
He is a Great God.
He is a Great King.
All of the Earth is His.
All of the Sea is His.
Everything is His.






A Call to Worship.
The way to go deeper with God: with reverence, humility and awe of our Creator.



The Reason Why.
We are His People and He is our God.  He is the one who protects and cares for us.



A Prophetic word of God.
A Reminder not to be like the Israelites in the wilderness when they hardened their hearts, tempted God and looked to themselves and not God.




The first part of the Psalm seems to be the instruction of how we are to pursue 
our relationship with the Lord


The second part is how not to have the right relationship.



















Songs for Worship #26

Welcome to the Sunday Series

Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.


At different times people mentioned to me about a song that a post reminded them of so I thought that I would now go through those attributes again with a song for each one.






Today we come to our last post in this series.



                         Looking today at 




God is the Great "I AM"










Holy



What heart could hold the weight of Your love
And know the heights of Your great worth
What eyes could look on Your glorious face

Shining like the sun



You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy

You are holy, holy, holy

Jesus, You are

Jesus, You are


Your name alone has power to raise us
Your light will shine when all else fades

Our eyes will look on Your glorious face

Shining like the sun

Who is like You, God?


You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy

You are holy, holy, holy

Jesus, You are

Jesus, You are

Who shall we say You are
You're the living God

Who shall we say You are

You're the Great I AM

The highest name of all
You're all You say You are



You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy

You are holy, holy, holy

Jesus, You are

Jesus, You are


And You shall come again in glory
To judge the living and the dead

All eyes will look on Your glorious face

Shining like the sun

Who is like You, God?









If you would like to see the post from last year that this is based on please click on the graphic below





Thank you for joining with me for this Songs for Worship Series and I hope you have enjoyed the songs as much as I have.




Songs for Worship #14

Welcome to the Sunday Series

Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.


At different times people mentioned to me about a song that a post reminded them of so I thought that I would now go through those attributes again with a song for each one.






I hope you will follow along with me.



                         Looking today at 



God is Omnipotent


He is All-Powerful










At Your Name


At Your Name, the mountains shake and crumble
At Your Name, the oceans roar and tumble
At Your Name, angels will bow, the earth will rejoice
Your people cry out


Chorus:
Lord of all the earth
We shout Your Name, shout Your Name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise
Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name, Oh Lord


At Your Name, the morning breaks in glory
At Your Name, creation sings Your story
At Your Name, angels will bow, the earth will rejoice
Your people cry out


Chorus:
Lord of all the earth
We shout Your Name, shout Your Name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise
Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name, Oh Lord

There is no one like our God
We will praise You, praise You
There's no one like our God
We will sing, we will sing (X2)
There is no one like our God
We will praise You, praise You
Jesus, You are God, we will say


Chorus:
Lord of all the earth
We shout Your Name, shout Your Name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise
Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name, Oh Lord
Oh Lord
Yahweh Yahweh 
We love to shout Your name oh Lord










If you would like to see the post from last year that this is based on please click on the graphic below






God is All-powerful & worthy to be worshipped









Songs For Worship #4

Welcome to the new Sunday Series

Last year from January to June I wrote a series on
Why We Worship  where I considered an attribute of God each Sunday.


At different times people mentioned to me about a song that a post reminded them of so I thought that I would now go through those attributes again with a song for each one.








So I'm following the weeks of Why We Worship from last year and I hope you will follow along with me.
(Just head over to the side bar and join up if you would like to receive a reminder of my posts)



                         Looking today at 



God is Infinite









You are Alpha and Omega



You are Alpha and Omega
We worship you O God 
You are worthy to be praised
You are Alpha and Omega
We worship you O God 
You are worthy to be praised


We give you all the glory
We worship you O God 
You are worthy to be praised
We give you all the glory
We worship you O God 
You are worthy to be praised








I want to bring your attention to another song which may be less well-known and I have only found it recently but I think you will like it too.







If you would like to see the post from last year that this is based on please click on the graphic below













It's God's Love #20


On Sundays I write a short post consisting of a Bible Verse around the topic of God's Love and I would be very pleased if you would come and join me each week.








We Praise God

We Worship God

We are in Awe of God

We Fall at His Feet

We cannot be Silent







The

Love

of

God

is

kind

towards us.




















Why We Worship 26


If you have been visiting with me for "Why We Worship" each week I would like to thank you for your company and your comments.

I have been writing this for 6 months and today we come to the final post in the series.  I think this is the only thing that I could have chosen for our final one.

(If you have missed any of the posts in this series you can catch-up by clicking on the Devotionals tab at the top.)






And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:    Exodus 3v14


 This is the holiest name for God in the Old Testament.


There is no-one else who can make such a statement.







We serve a God who is the only "I AM"


He is the God of NOW!

Not a god of the past.


He is the God who is ALIVE with us!

Not an idol made of bronze or stone.


He is the God who is PERSONAL!

Not something that doesn't relate to us.



"What does it mean I Am?   He is what?"  some might scoff.


We could not answer that to suit them 

because




He is unfathomable to us.


He simply exists and is everything we could possibly think of
and even more besides.







Who could ever think of worshipping anyone else.





Why We Worship 25






I am taking time each week to ask myself "Why we worship"


We are coming to the end of our series based around the attributes of God.


                Next week will be the last one to be contemplated.


So this week I want to look at something that I really only started to think about in the last year or so.





Of course we have always thought of God as the only true God.


But here I want to think about God as God the Most High God meaning that He is Sovereign over everything.


He is in control in every situation.






So there is nothing or nobody (not even ourselves) that should come before God in all aspects of our lives.

Yes that is hard because most aspects of our lives we can quite easily say we are handing over to God but it should be all aspects of our lives.


In everything we should put God first.


In every day nothing should dethrone Him from being the King, the Lord of our lives.






All reverence must be given to God.

All honour must be given to God.

All glory must be given to God.


All worship must be given to God.






Is God the MOST HIGH GOD in your life?


Do you give Him all the worship?