Thought of the day:

“I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.” Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the Lord’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land. Zephaniah 1:17-18 NKJV

We seem to see a recurring theme here, the “religious” in Israel tried to buy their forgiveness, in a sense, by practicing sacrifices and rituals. We know that these are the things that God does not desire from anyone. He would rather have our hearts that can be molded. He would rather that we were not so rigid in our worship to Him.

People today are still very rigid in some areas of their worship. Sure, we should be in prayer, Study and fellowship constantly. What we need to be careful of is that these things don’t become so rigid that they are a matter of obligation. They should be done because we want to not have to.

When we approach our time with The Lord with a heart that is open to learn, we can see His Love for us. It gives us opportunity to learn more about Him. He will Lead us on paths we didn’t expect to follow. It’s through being obedient, with a moldable heart, that we experience His Love for us that is different than what we think we know.

We need to learn to not be so rigid in our worship. We cannot say that just because we have learned one way of worship or study that it’s the only way. We see God Work with different experiences. What we have to be careful of, when we practice different worship styles, that they are not something that leads us away from Our Lord or that they are squirrelly. We don’t want to get into something that goes against Who He is and remember that worship is about Him and not us. It’s not about what we can gain physically but about how we grow closer to Him.

Are you being so rigid in your practices of worship and study that you’re not willing to learn different ways that Our Lord Works?

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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