Now, therefore, says the Lord, Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him-A grain offering and a drink offering For the Lord your God? Joel 2:12-14 NKJV
What can we offer the God who created everything? We don’t have anything Jesus needs. We can give Jesus that which He desires above all things. God desires our hearts. He desires our love and our worship. The Lord desires intimate relationship with us!
In Old Testament times a person who was in mourning ripped or tore his clothing. It was meant to be an outward expression of what was in a person’s heart!
God sees straight into our hearts. He sees the motives hidden there. God is calling us to cast aside ritual worship and ceremonial religion. Jesus wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
What is truth? Where can it be found? Truth is found in the bible. Truth is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. The bible reveals the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The truth is that Jesus is God!
Most people do not believe in the God of the bible. They may say they believe in God. They may invoke His name. Most do not believe the bible is the infallible Word of God. They do not know the person they refer to as “God”. Some even invent a god of their own imagination.
God is kind and loving. He is forgiving and gracious. He is also righteous and holy. God cannot tolerate sin. The Lord will not allow opposition against Him to prosper.
It may seem as though evil people and plots are prospering. They are not. God will hand out eternal rewards and punishments befitting our works and actions.
I spoke to a man who does not want to live according to the laws of society. He said he did not agree to live by the social compact of society. He declared himself sovereign.
Some people want to be separated from God. Some rebel against any type of authority. Some believe God wants to spoil our fun. They think churches want their money.
The God of the bible does not want to spoil our fun. He does not need our money. Jesus wants to love and bless us. Jesus wants to live in intimate relationship with us. Jesus wants to be blessed by us.
We can bless Jesus by our love for Him. We can bless Him with our worship. Give Jesus what He desires above all things. Give the Lord a heart with a pure desire to worship Him in spirit and in truth!
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