|“Your only chance of finishing the race well rests in your eliminating all options. Until you are convinced in the depths of your soul that an option does not exist, you are a casualty of spiritual warfare waiting to happen. If it is hard to follow Jesus, and it is, it is harder not to follow Him.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
The numerous references to worship in the Bible indicate the central role it plays in the believer’s life. God, the object of our worship, demands it: “Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For holy is the Lord our God.” 266 We worship God because of who He is. He alone is worthy.
Paul calls attention to the essential ingredient in order for worship to be accepted by God: the presenting of our bodies as a living sacrifice. God told Israel that He wanted no more of their burnt offerings and sacrifices. He was offended by their solemn days of assembly and sabbaths. All external acts were putrid to Him because their hearts were not right.267 The foundation of any act of worship must be the presenting of self as a living sacrifice.
You do not gather to worship so that you can feel good, or sense that you are close to God. All such emotion must remain ancillary to the objective of acknowledging the goodness and greatness of God. You can never consider yourself in worship to God until you have first presented your life as a living sacrifice, humbled, broken, and available for whatever He desires. Without this, all outward show will be as odious to Him as was the sacrifice of Israel in the days of Isaiah.
266 Psalm 99:9
Psalm 4-6 Acts 17:16-34 (New King James Version)
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