Worship by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Worship by Pastor Don Moore

Worship is praising God, thanking Him for what He has done, thanking Him for who He is.

Your personal experience determines the type of praiser you are.  The woman who worshipped at the feet of Jesus suffered much and was very grateful.

If you have pride you do not have much of an attitude of gratitude. We don’t want to be like the Scribes and the Pharisees.

You cannot perfectly keep the law – if you sin once (even a tiny sin) you have broken the whole covenant.

We can look at the Scriptures through the eyes of Christ and see who we are. We definitely know what God has delivered us from.

Luke 17:11-12  Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

In the mirror of our experience we can look at ourselves and realize we are like these lepers, unclean because of our sins. They stood afar off, from a distance  There was someone within their view that could do something about who they were, and Jesus can do something about who we are. Leprosy is a systematic disease, and parts of the body get hurt, infected and ultimately fall off – sin is the same way in our lives. When we sin we lose parts of ourselves.

Luke 17:13-16 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,  and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

Only one came back and worshipped Jesus after he was cleansed from leprosy.

Luke 17:17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

Where were the other 9?

Luke 17:18-19 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

We need to find time to focus on God in praise and worship. Sometimes we get out of order and forget service to the Lord. We can be far more effective if we get in order and put praise and worship first.

Our gifts and talents won’t get us far unless we are using them for God. If we use them in our own power and strength and rely on them, it will only lead us to self destruction.and if we are in leadership we can be taking everyone down with us.

Having a scab does not mean that we are not healed from our problem. The scab reminds us that we were healed. Focus on how far God has brought us.

We can look at our lives as if they are a video. We can put them on fast forward and see God from afar off, or we can put it in slow motion and watch the power of God, and see where He was in the midst of the trials we faced. We need to find where God was in our pasts, reach down and pull that memory of God’s wonderful power in our lives and use that to worship Him, thanking Him for what He has done in our lives.

What a God we serve!!!!

Praying your day is blessed!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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