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March 12, 2019, 3:30 PM

March 13, 2019

“The Lord says: ‘These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based merely on human rules they have been taught’.” Isaiah 29:13

What is the true essence of worship? It is to glorify Almighty God. What does it feel like to truly worship Him? Have you felt it lately? My heart has been burdened over the past several weeks because there seems to be a constant drift away from real worship. We see the constant leaning toward “meetings” that make us feel good and somehow meet our certain needs. However, that is probably not worship. In some ways, it seems as though we have forgotten the One who has given us abundant life. Our prayer for each of you is that you know God, know how to worship Him and know what He truly expects.

Are we guilty of merely lip service before God? According to Isaiah’s proclamation from God, the people of his day were offering lip service to Him, but their hearts were not truthful. Their “worship” consisted of following man-made rules and regulations they had been taught. What would have happened if they had been truly worshiping God? What would happen if we experienced the living God as we worship on Sunday? Yet, in order to worship on Sunday, we must have been worshiping God all during the week. Can we say that we walk closely with Him and depend on Him in every circumstance of our daily life?

Are we there yet? No, but I truly believe that as we pray diligently for God’s guidance, we will begin to experience real worship. When we experience worship, nothing else will ever satisfy us because that is why we were created. The challenge for our church family is that we let go of tradition and man-made regulations so that we glorify God. As we’ve said so many times before, it’s all about Him anyway! We pray that you are having a very blessed week and that you are experiencing worship every day because our Heavenly Father is so worthy of our praise, worship and devotion!

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