31 Days: How we Worship is Important {Day1}

Today begins the 31 days of October writing challenge.  I’m using one word prompts at Five minute Friday this year and my posts will be related to faith. Today’s word is worship.  I’m also linking up with Sunday Thoughts

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I’ve just begun reading Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book (Adorned) as a part of the Titus 2 ministry at church.  Two chapters in and I’m in love.  My thoughts today will bounce off of some of her ideas about doctrine in Chapter 2.

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[g] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.  Titus 1:9
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1

Yes, these are instructions for or qualifications for our church leaders, but they are also for us.  While we are to work out our own salvation, we are to do it with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12).  I think sometimes we forget the fear and trembling part.  We, in our human wisdom disregard the hard things of Scripture.  We want our christian walk to be easy or kind so we excuse things the bible says because they’re hard.  Yes they are, but that doesn’t negate them. He cannot  mean for us to pick and choose the parts of Scripture we like and disregard what we don’t.  All Scripture is God breathed.  We must look at the totality of scripture even when we don’t like it.

We should be examining the Scriptures for sound doctrine.  This gives us a good basis for our life of worship.  Realizing the sovereignty of God.  That He ordains all things to helps us grow.   God doesn’t mean for our life to be easy, he means for it to glorify Him.  And sometimes that isn’t easy.  Sometimes it downright hard!  But, it’s through the hard stuff that we grow.

He ordains all things, even the hard stuff, to help us grow Click To Tweet

If we are no different than the world what good is that?  When we excuse behavior taught by Scripture to be wrong, we are giving our Lord a bad testimony and are doing a disservice to our fellow man.  No, I’m not talking about the good we desire to do but cannot do because of our sin. (Romans 7:19). I’m talking about those things we disregard because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  Because in our own minds a good God could certainly never mean that.

Our worship is not about us, it's about Him Click To Tweet

TIME

We cannot let the wind toss us to and fro. As Christ followers, we must follow his word to the best of our human ability.  Even if we think it’s hard or unfair or cruel.  We must realize that it’s not about us, it’s about Him.  This is our worship.  To obey in faith that we may grow in He may be glorified.

Christy

I realize right out of the gate, I may turn people off.  That’s okay.  Sound doctrine is one of those things that cannot be compromised.  Yes, of course God’s grace is sufficient.  His grace can cover a multitude of sins, but if we want to live in the fullness of Christ, sound doctrine is necessary.

For those who might be interested.  Shane is writing in his new space about Christ in the Old Testament. 

I’m going back to add a hymn since the series took this turn.

Holy Bible, Book Divine

Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to shew a Saviour’s love;
Mine art thou to guide my feet;
Mine to judge, condemn, acquit.

Mine to comfort in distress;
If the Holy Spirit bless;
Mine to shew, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death.

Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner’s doom;
Holy Bible, book Divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.

14 Comments

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  • hopeful50

    10/02/2017 at 10:18 am Reply

    IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT HIM. Thank you, friend.

  • Tara

    10/01/2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Looking forward to reading your posts and following along with you friend!

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

      Thanks Tara! I’m glad you’re here!

  • themomgene

    10/01/2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    Time is such a key factor! Even thought we cannot see immediate results, we must continue in what we know is right. It is a practice to live by and it keeps us sane and walking forward.

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Exactly Jamie. Sometimes sanctification comes very slowly. As you said, continuing in what is right, even when we fail. The problem comes in when we pick and choose what we obey or don’t obey based on our feelings, not on what the Word says.

  • Helene

    10/01/2017 at 8:07 am Reply

    You and I are on the same page this morning! We have to obey God. Not out of some legalistic impulse but because we love Him!

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

      Yes Ma’am! Our love for Him draws us to desire obedience to His word. It also convicts when we fail. Not shame because we “never succeed” that’s straight from the enemy. But a pricking of the conscience.

      So glad you stopped by this morning!

  • Lesley

    10/01/2017 at 7:02 am Reply

    So true- following God is not easy, and we can’t make it that way. We do need to take on board all the Bible says instead of thinking we can pick and choose.

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:11 pm Reply

      Following God in grace is so much easier than attempting to keep the law though, huh Lesley? (We were discussing this in our Sunday School class this morning).

      I believe that’s why the Word likens it to a journey or a race because we can’t instantaneously be made perfect in this lfe. It’s a process where we stretch and grow through our walk with him.

  • Joanne Viola (@JViola79)

    10/01/2017 at 6:53 am Reply

    Christy, even in the hard, God is faithful and merciful and active in our lives. And yes, I so agree – our lives are meant to bring Him glory and most times, we shine the most when going through dark times. Thought provoking to read this morning and I pray that my life would bring Him glory each day. More so, I pray He would always give me discernment to distinguish His truth and to live always in His truth. Blessings!

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:13 pm Reply

      Amen Joanne! We so need discernment to live our lives shining for Him. The enemy is a sneaky one. I am so very thankful for his faithfulness and mercy during the dark times.

  • Michele Morin

    10/01/2017 at 6:00 am Reply

    I’ve read and reviewed Adorned on my blog, and had a very similar reaction. I’ve studied Titus 2 in other contexts, but I thought Nancy did an exceptional job of making it both very practical as well as deeply spiritual.
    Always good to get your thoughts!

    • Christy

      10/01/2017 at 5:14 pm Reply

      I too have studied Titus 2 in other contexts. I cannot wait to see what other nuggets Nancy has to say.

      Thanks for stopping by Michele!

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