God’s Word Is Top Priority

Friends,
I hope and pray that many people, particularly pastors and other Christian leaders, will, this year, strongly impress upon those they influence, the importance of meditating on and knowing the Word of God. It is the single most important emphasis to be preached. Worship –the practice advertised as most important in almost every evangelical denomination, as well as in many other religions– is not to be prioritized above feeding off Scripture. Because if it is, worship will digress to something anti-christ.

Without the grounding of God’s authoritative and objective Word, worshippers will not know who they are worshipping because they will not know His true attributes as He has revealed Himself through Scripture –nor will they truly know Him. If one does not know the object of one’s worship, then a person opens themselves up to the possibility of worshipping a false god. In doing that, they then neither hear from nor pray to the LORD, the one true God.

How do worshippers deviate from the True to the false? By not worshipping according to the way God has prescribed. No, that does not include all those Old Testament regulations, but it does include purity and holiness and reverence. And we are to worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

Unfortunately, this is not the way most churches conduct their worship services. The worship is led by unholy individuals (for the most part) who are talented and who have charisma, but who lack the filling of the Holy Spirit. Many are up front to bring glory, not to God necessarily, but to themselves. Others are more genuine, but lack righteousness in their daily living, lack obedience to God’s holy laws, and lack whole-hearted devotion to Jesus –for too much love of the world still dwells in their hearts.

Certainly, if people would meditate on God’s Word, much of this repugnant and false worship would be eliminated. Churches would know (and care!) about what conduct pleases God because they would know what kind of hearts and minds and attitudes He accepts.

God says in Isa. 1:13, “Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to Me… I cannot bear your evil assemblies.” And in Mal. 1:7,10, “You place defiled food on My altar. Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on My altar. I am not pleased with you… and I will accept no offering from your hands.” And in verse 14 God says, “Cursed is the cheat who… sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king… and My name is to be feared among the nations.”

We do not offering sacrifices of animals anymore in order to please God for “we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:10) However, this does not mean Christ’s sacrifice gives us license to sin, for later in the same chapter we are told, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only… judgment.” (v. 26,27)

So now, under the New Covenant, it is our bodies and our spirits which we offer to God –as pleasing, worshipping incense. And the only way we can walk pleasing to Him –producing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23)– is by soaking in and studying the Scriptures. As Jesus says in John 15:3,4, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the Vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.” And He consistently tells us to “remember His words.” (See v. 20)

We cannot do this, if we are not allowing God’s Word to dwell in us richly. And we cannot do that if we are not reading it daily.

So may those in the pulpits –everywhere– fervently proclaim this necessity. And practice it themselves.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on January 2, 2010.

 
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