True and False Worship

The Bible is full of examples of true and false worship. True worship exalts the God of Israel, whereas false worship exalts other things or other people above God, often to the extent of denying His power and existence altogether.

Throughout the Bible, we are warned to avoid such false worship, often called idolatry. For millennia, it was common practice among the nations to devise gods who ruled over specific things like the harvest, fertility, rain or sun. Although these gods were said to have power over the elements, worshipping them was ultimately about a human desire for power and control. If a nation wanted rain, they offered sacrifices to the god of the rain. If they wanted to win a battle, they offered sacrifices to the god of war. Far from seeking a personal relationship with their gods and serving them in love, the question on their minds was: “What can this god do for me?”

Our idols do not live on Mount Olympus, and we do not build household shrines for them into the walls of our living rooms. They are less obvious, more subtle, more insidious. They are hobbies and money, work and friends. They are the things that distract us from putting God first.

Often, our biggest idol is our pride and our ego:

“What makes me feel happy?
How can I look after number one?”

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True worship takes the focus off self and directs our attention towards God.

The God of Israel, asks for a humble attitude of mind, a gentle spirit and a heart willing to seek out the gospel truth. True worship exalts God and acknowledges that He is in control. Rather than demanding things of God, true worship is about thankfulness and praise for the gifts He gives us.

God is not asking you to build an altar and burn animals on it. Instead, He asks for your commitment, loyalty and love. So let us offer our lives as living sacrifices, and honour our God by trying to imitate Him in all that we say and do.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33

Faith Alive! Team

#ElectionDay2017: Should We Worry About the Result?

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Once again we are being asked to cast our vote for the individual or party that we believe promises the brightest future and opportunities for our welfare.

But who do we put our trust in?

- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”  Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6

- “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”  Psalms 118:8‭-‬9

The bible message is clear that we can only put our trust in God, all others are fallible and promises cannot be guaranteed.

The bible again has a clear message about the results of elections:

- “He [God] changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings”  Daniel 2:21

- “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.”  Daniel 4:17

These passages clearly show us that God has worked, and is working, in the kingdoms of men to bring about his will and purpose on the earth.

Who are we to question or surmise who God has appointed to be in charge?

Finally, there is the simple fact that a follower of Christ should be looking forward to a better Kingdom, with a truly righteous and trustworthy King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come”
Hebrews 13:14

God Has a Plan for the Earth

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Modern technology never ceases to amaze us. The pace of man’s inventiveness and ingenuity appears to accelerate continually – until it seems his capabilities are boundless.

Equally amazing is a prophecy in the Old Testament of the Bible which tells us that just before the return of Jesus to the earth — “ many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” So the wonders of our hi-tech society, with instant communication, and speedy travel, are to the Bible student one of the many proofs that The Bible is true.

The Bible also points out that man’s capabilities are not boundless. In his pursuit of power, and his greed for personal wealth, man is ruining the world. Left to his own devices he would do irreparable damage to our beautiful planet. We read in Matthew’s Gospel Except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: But for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” And so, man’s days of ruling the world are numbered.

Tomorrow’s world will be ruled by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As King, he will remove the existing world governments. Psalm 72 tells us that “ all kings shall fall down before him, and that “all nations shall serve him.” He will rule with honesty and truth over a new society in which his true disciples from all periods of world history will be changed into immortal beings.

With the Bible as your guide, you can find out how to be a part of that exciting new world.