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Transformed…

09 Sep

Do you ever feel like you need to justify yourself or make yourself feel better by looking at the good things you do?  You go to church…you pray some…maybe even open your Bible occassionally…then there was the time you helped that person…and that other time you went out of your way for the other person…
Why do we want to make ourselves feel better?  We may do this because we feel guilty for something – may not know what, but guilty and want to feel better about ourselves.  Maybe we don’t feel guilty…but maybe slighted by God because He didn’t answer our prayers the way we wanted or do exactly what we wanted…and look at all the good things we have done – we can name them all!!
We aren’t the first to feel this way…Isaiah 58 tells us about a people who were feeling quite justified themselves…READ IT…
This scripture begins with a proclamation…God wants Isaiah to shout it out…get their attention!!  The prophet was to let them know about their sins (just like the Holy Spirit does today).  Too many times we do not see our sins (we can find them in someone else though).  God sees our sins and wants us to be aware of where we are straying away from Him. 
Here was a problem with the Israelites…they were doing the right things the right way – but not for the right reasons.  They were going to “church” and doing their daily devotions and fasting and praying and approaching God…but they were doing it so God would take note of what they were doing…in turn so they would get a blessing…
God didn’t accept their sacrifice though…Reminds me of the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis…
God explained to them that they were doing all of these things but continuing in their sins all week long.  They would “do church” but go about their sins the rest of the week without any regard to God or His proclamations.  Their worship was shallow…no substance.  They weren’t really there to worship the Holy One.
How about us?  Is our worship shallow because we aren’t willing to follow the Lord all week long?  Our lives should be TRANSFORMED as we devote ourselves to Him.  Our lives should reflect that we have been with the Lord…that we have spent time with Him…that we have devoted ourselves to Him.  When our lives are transformed, we can serve God and in turn, serve others…
When we do the right things for the right reasons, then lives are changed (including ours!)  When we do these things, God recognizes this.  He provides mercy…He hears our cries…He provides the ultimate direction.
Why do you worship?  Just going through the motions or really giving yourself completely and totally to Him?  Let us be TRANSFORMED!

 
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