Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the … They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. Isaiah’s time with God drew him to mourn over his condition and that of his people. It has been said, “Sin will either keep you out of the Word of God or the Word of God will keep you out of sin.” It’s one or the other. Hebrews 10:23. For the believers James was ministering to, the Word of God was already present. Jesus said, “It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master” (Matthew 10:25). Observation Question: How did Israel prepare for worship in verses 1 and 2? In the context of the book of James, it means to be deceived about their salvation. What are aspects of acceptable worship, worship that our God seeks and desires? Listen to what he said through Jeremiah: “From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. Random Bible Verse Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. Take a look at the requirements for an overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1-3: Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. In our prayers, we should also take time to recount God’s faithfulness and his works with thanksgiving. The primary implication is that all the people that could attended this assembly. Bring an offering and come into His courts. It is the same for our spiritual leaders. He said, “accept the word planted in you.” As in the Parable of the Sower (Matt 13), the seed was in the soil, but it was not producing any fruit. However, I think it is a very healthy practice to have time to respond to God, right after the Word of God has been given. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul was giving a description of how the house of God should be run (cf. Peter says the exact same thing as James: Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. The spiritual leaders of Israel, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, were ungodly. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD. Remember what he said in Matthew 6:9: ”This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’”. Although many had returned from the exile, Israel was still suffering from the sin and consequences of previous generations. Selfish prayers are not acceptable to God (cf. Isaiah 3:1-7 describes how, when God judges a people, he removes godly leaders and gives them the leaders they deserve. Christ said to his disciples, “When you fast, do not look somber like the hypocrites…” (Matt 6:15). In verses 6-14, the content is primarily about honoring God and remembering his works. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Jesus said this: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14).When Jesus promises to answer every prayer prayed in his name, he was not promising that if we tacked his name on every request that it would be answered. 2 Cor 6:17). As we look at Israel and the continual revival happening in the nation, we learn a lot about worship that pleases God. What is the outcome then, brethren? Listen to what James 5:16 says: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the. The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”. They refused to worship God, turning instead to false gods, and that is unacceptable. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? In fact, we see the importance of proper worship early on in Scripture. Verse 1 talks about sacrifices and worship. Jesus, while he was being crucified, cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” which is Psalm 22. We must rid ourselves of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander in order for us to even crave the milk of the Word of God. Acceptable worship is God-centered, as we will see throughout this prayer. (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. They then confessed again and spent time in worship. Let's examine this passage and see what we can learn about acceptable worship services. He was called to sell all his riches and follow Christ. In this text, we learn characteristics of acceptable worship by looking at the revival that happened in Israel. A man will seize one of his brothers at his father’s home, and say, “You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!” But in that day he will cry out, “I have no remedy. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”. Yes, they were still called to be a light to the nations, but, in order to do that, they needed to be separate from anything that might contaminate (cf. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. Acceptable worship is led by godly leaders. 1. The explicit link to show you that Paul is thinking this way is the repetition of the word “acceptable” in verses … The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water. Then I said, “Behold, I come;In the scroll of the book it is written of me. Often, it is the same in our corporate worship. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.James 1:22-23. James says getting rid of sin must come before the Word of God is received. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. The following Bible verses will provide encouragement for your members to give and will help them grow in their understanding of biblical stewardship. He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and the linen undergarments shall be next to his body, and he shall be girded with the linen sash and attired with the linen turban (these are holy garments). How can we as leaders, lead our people into acceptable worship? He said, “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. How do we remedy this? We do this both because Scripture teaches us to pray this way and also because we are affected by the sins of others. In 1 Corinthians 7:31, Paul said that those who use the things of this world should not be “engrossed in them.”. Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,And speaks truth in his heart. Sin chokes the Word of God and makes it unfruitful. Blessing has to do with approval and favor. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. And he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down. This person will be blessed by God. 2. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. The most subtle vices are the ones that everyone is “okay” with. (Ed.). You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. Mourning is a part of worship because it is the natural response of meditating on God, who is perfect. He was talking about praying things that are in line with his character, as revealed in the term “name.” The primary way we do this is by praying what he has said in his Word. We mourn because our sin and the sin of our communities appear so ugly, as we look at God’s beauty and perfect righteousness. And he said, “Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time. Worship the Lord in holy attire;Tremble before Him, all the earth. A Call to True Worship. Acceptable And Unacceptable Worship 1) (Genesis 4:3-5) In Cain's worship and Abel's worship of God I still practice it but just not as legalistically. Confession of sin is important for worship because sin hinders the reception of the Word of God. If leaders don’t have a right life and right doctrine, they will not save the hearers; they will, in fact, destroy them. Even a generation ago, when men commonly wore hats, the headgear was removed indoors, or even outdoors in the presence of a woman. Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. Often in our services, very little time is given to actually reflect and respond to the Word of God in prayer. If we have unconfessed sins in our lives, it will choke the Word and keep it from being fruitful. The reality that God the Father is seeking worshipers who worship in spirit and truth, implies that there is both a wrong and right way to worship God. Acceptable worship includes righteous leaders. God-centered prayer remembers God’s works with thanksgiving. On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads. First Timothy 2:1-3 says, I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 1 Peter 2:11. I delight to do Your will, O my God;Your Law is within my heart.”, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the Lord!’”. This is necessary for us to truly accept the Word of God. For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 1 Peter 2:5. you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ZEAL FOR THE ASSEMBLY Verse 1 says that "all the people gathered together as one man." No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. When Jesus said we should pray “Hallowed be your name,” he was saying that we should prioritize glorifying and worshiping God in our prayers. His worship comes from his prayer and concern that everyone would know the depth, breadth, length, and height of God’s love for them. They have not truly accepted the Word planted in them. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, almost died because of the sins of his neighbors in Sodom. I had decided to fast from everything else before I spent time in the Word of God and prayer as a discipline. 2. Again this seems to be something they did before coming to the service; they put on sackcloth, which is a cheap, uncomfortable type of clothing, and put dust on their heads. However, it does teach that we are affected by both the sins and righteousness of those who came before us. This is the same thing Christ taught us to do in the Lord’s Prayer. How is God challenging you to be both a hearer and a doer of God’s Word? Israel confessed the sins of their fathers because they were in part under God’s judgment because of their sins. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled” (Matt 5:6). But notice that they had already confessed their sins in verse 2. When Israel sinned by asking for a king, Samuel said he would not sin by ceasing to pray for the people. They said, “You alone are Lord…You give life…You sent miraculous signs…You gave them regulations.” The Levites led Israel in exalting God and his works in prayer, and the focus of our prayers should be the same. 1 MacArthur, J., Jr. Acceptable worship includes God-centered prayer. They declared how God provided for them throughout history by making a covenant with Abraham (9:7), delivering them from Egypt through miraculous signs (10), giving them laws on Mount Sinai (13), etc. 1 Samuel 12:19, 23. Mourning comes from genuine contemplation of the human condition. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?And who may stand in His holy place? 11 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. It says get rid of all moral filth and evil and humbly accept the word planted in you. When God called someone to write the hymnal of Israel—the Psalms—he called a godly leader named David. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. In what ways is God calling you to separate in order to better worship him? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehoodAnd has not sworn deceitfully. One of the ways is by confessing our sins and turning away from them. We can have little to no doubt that the Levites leading the worship of Israel were godly as well. We see this in the Abrahamic covenant as God promises to bless both Abraham’s physical and spiritual seed, which we are a part of. In what ways is he calling you to be different from the world in order to have more intimacy with him? 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