HOW WE SHOULD HONOR GOD!
SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2015
SIS. ANNE-MARIE CLARKE
FATHER GOD! I bless your HOLY Name! Oh you are HOLY! WORTHY and RIGHTEOUS FATHER! LORD GOD, I thank you for who you are! ALL Honor and Glory belongs to You! You shall be exalted all across the earth! The I AM THAT I AM! KING of KINGS! And LORD of LORDS! Hallelujah!
Blessings to you all on this wonderful day that the LORD hath made! Today I will be sharing on “How we should honor GOD!” So many times we give lip service, but are we truly honouring GOD? I thank GOD for HIS Spiritual wisdom, knowledge and understanding on this Word! I hope that each one of you would be blessed, encouraged and edified.
HOW WE SHOULD HONOR GOD!
JESUS CHRIST assailed those who would practice religious duplicity. In Matthew 23:27-28 says “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hyprocisy and lawlessness.” People are usually quite comfortable with giving accolades to GOD – as long as they can pursue their own point of view and way of life. But GOD’s complaint throughout history has been that most people do not have their hearts in honouring HIM. JESUS said, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor ME with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” - Matthew 15:7-9. HE also said, in Luke 6:46 – “But why do you call ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ and do not do the things which I say?”
GOD desires far more than lip service. HE wants a relationship with us that stems from the heart, JESUS tells us in Luke 6:45 – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” In the end, it is not enough just to avoid misusing GOD’s name. GOD wants us to love and respect HIM. Honoring HIM begins in our thoughts. We must know who and what HE is. We must know what HE requires of us and why. We should admire HIS wisdom, love, fairness and justice. We need to stand in awe of HIS power and recognize that our existence depends on HIS goodness. Then we should talk to HIM in prayer – every day! We should follow the admonitions in the Psalms to give HIM thanks and praise HIM, openly expressing our appreciation for ALL that HE gives us. We should acknowledge HIS greatness. We should ask HIM to create in us HIS way of thinking and character. We should request the power of HIS Spirit to enable us to wholeheartedly obey and serve HIM. We honor GOD most of all by loving HIM and to accurately represent HIM to everyone who sees or knows us. If that is the mind in us, even the thought of ever misrepresenting or disgracing HIS Name will repulse us. Our strongest resolve will be never to knowingly take any of GOD’s names in vain!
FATHER GOD! I thank you GOD for Your Word! For you are HOLY and rightly to be Honored! LORD I thank you for removing the spirit of disobedience from us and that you will shall be accomplished. That each one would truly honor and glorify you in Sprit and in Truth! Amen!