Isaiah 29:13 How Do You Worship God?

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The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Isaiah 29:13 

Actions are something that are easy to do, but can fool many people. Just as with a magician doing a card trick as he makes it appear that the card appeared out of no where by magic, actions can appear to be with good intent. In the same way as the trick, actions are not always with the right heart.

People will often do certain things only because they are forced to do them, not because they want to do them. The actions are not really coming from the heart.

Isaiah has a prophecy against a city that has a set of actions that do not match up to their heart. God states that the people are quick to come to Him in word, but not with their heart.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in and follow Jesus. It is easy for a person to go to church on Sunday and look good to the rest of the world. Doing these things can appear to most people that the person is a believer and is following God correctly.

The reason they can think this, is that man cannot see into the heart. Surface actions do not always reveal what is in the heart.

There are many people who go to church every Sunday, claiming to be a believer, but do not spend a moment with God outside of church. They never read the Bible, witness or pray. They have no relationship with God. It is all about appearance.

The true believer will worship God with full heart and spirit. Living for God will be something he wants to do, not something he has to do. It is all about the heart, not the actions. Actions will follow the heart.

Think about why you claim to believe in Jesus, then think about how you show that you believe in Jesus. Are you believing just to look good? Or are you doing it out of great love for God because of His great love for you?

Let everything that you say and do for God be done from the heart out of love. Do not let it just be a ritual or habit. Be alive in your worship of God with your whole life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God; and that you will honor God with your heart.

Nehemiah 13:11 Priorities

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So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts. Nehemiah 13:11 

Living life gives a person many different choices to make. There are a thousand different things that need to be done on a regular basis. Life calls a person in a thousand different ways every day.

Choosing which thing to do is done by making priorities. Which thing is the most important to do and continuing down the list of priorities. Most people do not have a problem making a choice as to what they want to do first, however, what most people see as the highest priority is not always the highest, but on the lower end.

Nehemiah had went back to Jerusalem and found that many of the priests were neglecting their duties as priest. They had chosen to go back home to their own fields and work their fields, rather than do their duties in God’s house. God’s house was being neglected.

People are very quick to find time to work and earn money or to take some free time to play or watch a game. While working a job and providing an income for the family is important, it is not the most important thing to do. Relaxing while playing or watching a game can be a good thing, but, again, it is not the highest priority in life.

The first and highest priority has to deal with eternal matters, not just a temporary thing. While work and relaxing is good, they are temporary. God’s house is eternal.

There are two parts of God’s house, one’s own life and all believers together. Neither need to be neglected. One must make sure his own life is in line with God’s will. One must also strive to build others up in Christ in order to build God’s house larger.

Each and every day you must stop and take time to spend some time with God. Spend it in prayer, praise, worship, reading His word and listening to Him. This builds you up and allows God to guide you in what to do for the day, what your priorities should be.

Then spend time building others up, starting with family, then those closest to you, then every one else. There is always someone who needs to be built up in Jesus. Don’t neglect God’s house for a temporary fix. Go for the eternal.

I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God more; that you will allow God to guide your priorities in life; that you will never neglect God’s house for the temporary; and that God will use you to build His house larger.