Today is my birthday (:
The last couple of days, the thing that has been on my heart is that I will not become casual with God. It is easy to become casual with Him and lose my sense of fear and awe. Take His blessings for granted, yet it is He who chooses how and whom to bless. Indeed He gives and takes away.
Then I read this excerpt that put what I’ve been wanting to say in words:
“My heartfelt concern is that there is too much shallowness today with regard to God’s holiness. Our relationship to God has become too casual. In the modern mind, God has become almost human, so affable and ordinary that we don’t understand His holy indignation against sin. If we burst into His presence with lives unattended by repentance, confession, and cleansing by the Spirit and the Word of God, we are vulnerable to His holy indignation. It is only by His grace that we breathe each breath, is it not? He has every reason to take our lives, because the wages of our sin is death. We have lost our sense of that fear, and too many people approach God with a casual familiarity that borders on blasphemy.
Much that is done in the name of worship today clearly does not genuinely regard God as holy, and thus it falls woefully short. A lot of catchy songs are being sung, poignant feelings are being felt, congenial thoughts are being thought, and pleasurable emotions are being cultivated. But too often these things are merely self-indulgent exercises masquerading as worship without any serious acknowledgement of the holiness of God. That kind of worship bears no relationship to the worship we see in the Bible. It may be more psychological that theological, more fleshly that spiritual….If the people today who claim to have seen God really saw Him, they wouldn’t be lining up to get on the latest Christian talk show; they’d be lying prostrate on the ground, grieving over their sin.”
John MacArthur, Worship: The Ultimate Priority (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012) pp. 114,115.
How do you approach God?
Have you become casual with Him?
Even though we are sinful, He longs to spend time with us. We need to
The prayer of the day:
Thank you for the gift of life. I am so humbled that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for me at Calvary. Please forgive me for the times that I have sauntered into your presence in a casual manner, and taken your grace and friendship for granted. Forgetting that you are GOD. The most High. And, I should stand in awe of you, walk in fear and understanding as I approach you.
This new year, I long to walk with you Oh Lord in the manner that you desire. Allow your Spirit to quicken my heart and lead me in your way. I desire to approach you in a manner that pleases you. That I may know true closeness to you and experience you.
I stand in awe of you. You are the Lord of Lords.
In Jesus name I pray and believe,
The Song of the Day:
He is God. May we approach Him as we ought to. He is not a mere man.
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