Worship: a lifestyle

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‘Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. All of this I will give you, he said, if you will bow down and worship me’Matthew 4:8

CCC Hymn 81
O worship the Lord
O worship the Lord
Eternal King of great light
Radiant in all glory

Be eager to worship the Lord
In the Celestial Church
Eternal King of great light
Will free us from bondage

Let us worship the Lord
Let us worship the Lord
Eternal King of great light
Will stay with us today. Amen.

It is impossible for me to forget the times I spent in the children church and my teacher (mother) will always repeat this line “If Jesus was tempted by the devil, who then are you to think you are above temptation?”
The son of God was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil! How much more you and I? When you worship God faithfully, the devil may come at you with a myriad of problems that you think you cannot overcome, take solace that if God be for you, no one can be against you.
Remember the songs of David;

“I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defence, He has become my salvation” Psalm 118:13-14

God didn’t say we would not face trials and tribulations, He said we should be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. This is because He has given us the power to walk on the serpent, we cannot give in to temptations, no matter how gigantic they seem.

The above hymn reinstates the fact that our songs of worship are truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Worship is what we were called to do, it is not just a mood or feeling that will fade away with time; it is our lifestyle, our original expression of God’s majesty.
Worshipping God in spirit and truth is what true worshippers are called to do. (See John 4:24). It would interest you to know that in worship, victory is won, chain and shackles are cut down, and the power of death is reduced to nothing.

The devil realised how worship is important to God that was why he took the Son of God to the peak of the mountains, showing him the kingdoms of the world and their splendour, offering him riches and wealth just so he could get him to worship and pay homage to Him and lose his inheritance with God.
What is that thing you have been blinded with? What exactly competes with your true worship to the one who sits on the throne? Is it the money you have acquired? Is it the children you are blessed with? Is it the dream job or car you have in your possession? Is it you fame and popularity? Be assured it is all vanity! Heaven and earth will pass away, but every word of God’s will be fulfilled!
God wants your soul saved, He has made you an heir, and you cannot lose your inheritance.

“Because you are his sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba Father. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir”Galatians 4:6

If you are worshipping any idol or any representation of idol in your life, it is time to forsake all of that, before it becomes too late. The only true God that is deserving of our worship is God (the lamb who sits on the throne). God gave his only son to the world to die for our sins that we may have life and have it more abundantly. We cannot let that death go to waste! Think deeply.
The only living God is coming to judge the world and when this happens, “whoever worship the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their head, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured in full strength into the cup of his wrath.
“They will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image or for anyone who receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).
However, there shall be joy everlasting to whoever diligently worship God (See Rev 21:6-7).

Author: Mary Odunayo

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