Monday – Exodus 20:3–6 I have had people ask me before, “Why does God punish those who hate Him to the third and fourth generation? That doesn’t seem fair.” But you and I have a real problem distinguishing between what is fair and what is right. God never promises to do what men would call fair when they are looking at the world He created. But God does promise to do what is right when it comes to His overall plan for bringing true righteousness to the earth. God always demands that men see Him, through the lens of what He has said about Himself. The Bible. If we do not accept His explanations about Himself, we will ultimately create Gods of our own making. Idols. The reason God says He is “…a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sins…” is that once true idolatry has started it takes several generations for it to stop perpetuating itself. The lunacy of bowing down to blocks of wood and carved pieces of stone and even sacrificing other people to that idol is something that will perpetuate itself. In Moses’ day, the “pagans” even sacrificed their children to false Gods. The Old Testament records that God hated that practice and therefore, He warned them to repent. The reason He warned them is because they were practicing diol worship and human sacrifice. He visits His wrath on those who hate Him, so that they will realize, only He is God. And if they will, come to Him. But for those who will hear Him and repent, He will begin a legacy of “faithful love to a thousand generations.” It is our choice whether or not to love Him. And it is also, our choice whether to worship Him or just go through the motions. For us who love and worship Him, our future generations will be blessed by loving and worshiping Him. By spending time with the Lord today, you prepare a Godly legacy of loving Him, for future generations.
Tuesday– Isaiah 44:12–20 We worship the Lord and Him alone. Here in Isaiah, God speaks about the lunacy of how man creates Idols. The passage speaks for itself. It is ridiculous to bow to a Buddha, or to a Ganesh. (an Indian Idol) Or perhaps you have seen a totem pole? If you think about it, you have seen somewhere man’s great need of creating a God for Himself. Or perhaps you have known or know someone who is atheistic or agnostic? They too are idolatrous, in that they have made their own intellect the idol. They have made themselves God. But we contrast that to the great love communicated in God’s Word to us. Read Rom. 5:8 God’s love is active toward us, reaching and teaching us about Him. Read 1 John 5:19-21 God has given us the ability to know Him and to keep ourselves from idols in our lives.
Wednesday – John 4:20–24 The woman at the well asked Jesus, where she is to worship. Jesus responded by telling her that where doesn’t matter, but how she worship does matter. We are to worship in spirit and in truth. We can only worship in spirit, after our spirits are made alive by being born again. Read John 3:3. Jesus says we must be born physically (water) and then later we must be reborn (spirit). He is telling the woman at the well, the same thing. “…those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Once our spirit has been reborn by repentance, then we must worship in “truth”. What does that mean? Two things; the Word of God is Truth. All we do and say must be centered in His Word. The second thing we are to know about “truth”, is that God’s Word is Truth and God’s Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. So the Word is confirmed by the Spirit. No matter what someone tells you God told them, the Holy Spirit will only say what the Word has already said. Read 1 John 4:6. Notice God says that Christians can know the difference between the “…Spirit of Truth and the spirit of deception.” God is constantly seeking those who are willing to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Thursday – Romans 12:1 After we become believers, there should be an ongoing desire to be more pleasing, and more of a blessing to God. When we worship or when we read the Word, the Holy Spirit will regularly reset the bar for us. Like when you see a pole vaulter or a high jumper. Each time they jump then the bar is raised until finally they fail, when they can go no higher. But for you and I, as we learn more of Him and experience more of Him, He continues to increase our ability to know Him and serve Him. He has no intention of us failing. If we will allow Him, He will continue to increase our capabilities. He will continue to make it possible for us to be, “…holy and pleasing to God”. How? Daily worship. Daily presenting our “…bodies as a living sacrifices…” Pray with me. Lord, I present my body, my life to you. I am your living sacrifice. You died on the cross for me so that I might live through You. I worship You now, and bow down before as Your humble servant. Use me for Your Kindgom’s sake. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Friday – Hebrews 10:5–10 This passage describes the thoughts of our Messiah as He is preparing to come to this world to save us. He completely understood the mission He was being sent into the world to accomplish. The Old Testament sacrifices did not work therefore Jesus, the Savior of the world, was coming to “…take away the first to establish the second.” Jesus came to remove the blood sacrifices of the Old Covenant and to become the blood sacrifice of the New Covenant. Read 1 Cor. 11:23-26 Notice Jesus says, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood”. That is exactly what Heb. 10:5-10 is saying. Notice verse 10, in particular. It says that we have been “sanctified”. That means we are made holy and set apart, capable of worship. It means we are capable of pleasing God by bowing down to Him and calling Him Lord. It means our prayers and praises are powerful instruments of spiritual warfare, in the battle for this world’s eternity. Never lose sight of who you are in Jesus.
Saturday – Revelation 15:2–5 Just before the world as we know it draws to an end… As the last moments of the tribulation period are rushing toward Armageddon; John the Revelator is given a glimpse of God’s Plan. He sees, you and I, and every believer who has ever lived and passed on to be in paradise with the Lord. He even sees every person who in the last waning moments of their life, called on the Name of the Lord to be saved. He sees everyone who is now in paradise, waiting to come back with Jesus and see the creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth. And all together, we are, “…something like a sea of glass mixed with fire…” One beautiful bowing and bending sea of redeemed humanity, flowing and glowing, and singing together, “Great and awe-inspiring are Your works, Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Your ways, King of the Nations. Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been revealed.” We worship in this life because we are being prepared for just such a moment. We worship in this life because we will see God’s culmination of His Plan and His Purposes. We worship, because He alone is worthy of our worship. Take some time and worship Him right now.