by Christina Farris
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. When we think of worshipping God, how do we worship? The trickery and deceit of devils is surprising to many that never thought about the way of worship. It should not be to bow to angels but only to God. Do not be judge what you eat even by traditions. I was thinking the other day wonder if the stores finally got their turkeys, if they have not why have they not, perhaps Cov 19, i guess hunters better hope they kill that thanksgiving turkey. Okay I was one day before November 1, but there were no turkeys to be seen. Now by tradition turkey is a main staple of majority for thanksgiving, unless one does not like turkey or can not afford it. Even the food pantries give out turkeys. Anyone that not had the traditional family dinner knows a special meal can be as simple as what ever in the pantry. Yet do we realize the luxury of these items, that make the feast. What about feast in our churches or the feast of Old Testament laws, that can weigh a person down very quickly without meaning to in our current world. What about the traditional Christmas dinner, or Christmas Eve dinner. The pot roast for sunday dinner by tradtion, not one form of humility but act of tradition unless the heart of love is present can we fail to bring celebration to the table.
When we get use to or conditioned to tradition it will bring a bit of reverence to the heart and mind of anyone who has traditionally participated in worship and pray in traditional sense. The humility of lighted candles at the Christmas eve service, or the thanksgiving party at the church and the singing or sermons before the feast, bring about a type of reverene for the occasion, maybe a bit of joy, but does it bring the worship experience? Our failure comes when we thinking on the feast more then the message a minister is trying to bring and listen to the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts as he speaks. We might fail when we bow our heads, dwelling more of whether the casserole dish came out right and whether all will like it. Whether the kids shoe is tied, and little fancy dress of the toddler will stay in place along with the necktie on the older brother. The fact is the abstract thinking seldom has anything to do with the heart or the frame and mind of worship.
Do we enter church to worship or do we enter by tradition deemed by man to say bow our head and let us pray, only to bow with our mind farther from God then the front of the church is to us. We see, feel, taste, but do we worship. We feel the velvet dress and think how soft the texture and brilliant shinning of it, but are we truly in humility of mind to worship God.
We can be called to worship but it does not mean in our attendance we are truly worshipping God. Humility of worship is denial of all those things we allow to scramble into our heads. I was watching Amy Grant video the other day, no clue name of the video. She talked about the need to be still and be quiet, but the one thing that stuck out is the rambling inside her head that was stopping her from true worship of God or revence of the hour she needed to pray. We all do it, but reverence of God is something we all need to be still to do, not in expression of our faith but the stillness of worship to find the solitude for a moment with God, to be humble before his presence in true worship of faith, not in show or tradition, or concern about we can see or experience. Not told to lift our hands, or to fall on our face, but to do so only because we desire to worship God from our hearts.
Forcing the meditation of true worship from the things rattling in our brain at the moment but true revence and concentration on God. We can not be thankful to God without first coming humble to seek true worship, not by traditions, celebrations, or what is expected by groups of legalistic minded leaders and people. But coming to that point of silence and stillness of worship to be in thankful worship unto God. A reverence to God, only God truly sees at the heart not by our actions, but God looking into the depth of the heart to see the silent mediation only on him and not the things around us. Giving up the rattle in our heads to really listen to God and to praise him. Just as a mother reaches for that level of worship the kid looks up at mommy and say here mom this is for you, spoiling the moment or increasing the intensity of worship depending on the person. For we like the child speaking to his mommy must also reach up and say look Lord this is for you, this moment of praise is solo, from the heart, that say I love you Lord, I lift my voice to worship you. My solo concentration is waiting for that response that stills my heart and speaks to it, to comfort, to strength and focus entirely on you.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we lift our hearts toward heaven, may you reach down to our soul's and minister to us in humility of mind of worship. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Count Down Day 2: Thankful For God reaching down and speaking to my heart.
Continual Scripture Study:Colossians 3:12-17 KJV
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.