Turned off by worship?

“Every glimpse that is given us of heaven and of God’s created beings is always a glimpse of worship and rejoicing and praise because God is who He is… Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” A. W. Tozer 

Revelation 5:4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

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Thought & attitude crimes.

The idea that merely thinking could be a crime does seem absurd. But thought and attitude crimes are a reality in our society. In a hate crime, one is punished not just for committing a specific crime against someone, but for his supposed thoughts toward that person. If a man beat up a heterosexual, for example, he would deserve one sentence. But beating up a homosexual, if it could be proved that he once expressed a negative attitude toward homosexuals, would get him a substantially increased sentence. Also, students who mention wishing for the death of a teacher or fellow student are taken seriously and punished. They could merely mention it on Facebook or in texting, for instance, and immediately be in trouble—because it shows the intent of the heart, even if they are not actively planning it.

If you are caught thinking about assassinating the President of the United States, you will find yourself in serious violation of the law. Again, you don’t have to commit the act. You simply have to be thinking about it, and express that thought verbally or in writing. Some may argue that conspiracy to murder the president is different because it is a serious crime. And that’s the point. They don’t consider pornography of the mind to be a serious crime. God does. Man’s moral standards are extremely low, while God’s are incredibly high. He is so holy, He requires perfection in thought, word, and deed. If we burn with unlawful sexual thoughts toward another human being, God sees that as adultery (see Matt. 5:27,28). And if we have a seething hatred in our heart for another person, God sees that as murder (see Matt. 5:22; 1 John 3:15).

He judges the thoughts and intents of our heart, and He will see to it that the guilty get their just dessert. Adulterers and murderers will end up damned in a terrible place called hell.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he

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Read your Bible daily.

Discipline yourself to read the Bible daily. Let it search out your sin and remind you where you would be heading without the cross. If you forget the Word, you may just forget the cross, and in time get caught up in the things of this sinful world. For the importance of feeding on God’s Word, see v. 3.

Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

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Do you pray for the lost?

Micah 1:1-4. Notice the word “let” in v. 2. Those who allow God to speak to them will understand that He has witnessed every transgression of His Law. Those who refuse to hear will eventually find to their horror that He has witnessed every secret sin, but by then it will be too late to partake in His mercy. They will see Him when He comes in flaming fire and will drink the wine of His wrath. How we must mediate on verses that warn us of that day, when mountains will melt under Him and great valleys will split like wax before a fire, like waters pouring down a steep place. In light of these thoughts, do we plead with sinners? Are we horrified at their fate? Do our eyes run with water as we pray for them? If they don’t, it may be because we have never truly meditated on the terror they will face at the coming of Almighty God.

Micah 1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

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A function of the Law.

Understanding the truth of the Law produces the fear of the Lord. See Rom. 2:17–24 for how Paul used the moral Law to bring the knowledge of sin. Seeing sin in its true light makes us rightly fear God, which causes us to depart from sin.

“When man, conscious of his failure to keep God’s command, is constantly urged by the Law to make payment of his debt and confronted with nothing but the terrible wrath of God and eternal condemnation, he cannot but sink into despair over his sins. Such is the inevitable consequence where the Law alone is taught with a view to attaining heaven thereby.” Martin Luther 

2 Chronicles 17:9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the Lord with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.

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As a thousand years…

Read 2 Pet. 3:8, in its entirety, and you will see that it says something quite different: “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” It doesn’t say “one day is a thousand years,” but that one day is “as” (like) a thousand years. Then it also says the reverse: a thousand years is “as” (like) one day. So that alone negates the idea of a different timescale. The verse is saying that both times are equivalent. In addition, it is not comparing God’s timeframe to man’s. Rather, both times are from God’s perspective: “with the Lord” these times are the same. Scripture is telling us that with God time has no meaning. Because He is eternal, outside of the dimension of time that He created, a million years, a day, and a millisecond all are the same to Him. He sees all of history simultaneously.

Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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Darwin’s Black Box.

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In his book Darwin’s Black Box, biochemistry professor Michael J. Behe, an evolutionist, acknowledges a “powerful challenge to Darwinian evolution”—something he calls “irreducible complexity.” This refers to a system with interacting parts, which is so complex it could not have come together piece by piece and still function. He gives a simple example: the humble mousetrap. The mousetrap has five major components that make it functional. If any one of these components is missing, it will not function. It is worthless as a mousetrap until all the components are in place.

 

He explains that an irreducibly complex system cannot be produced by slight, successive modifications, “because any precursor to an irreducibly complex system that is missing a part is by definition nonfunctional … Since natural selection can only choose systems that are already working, then if a biological system cannot be produced gradually it would have to arise as an integrated unit, in one fell swoop, for natural selection to have anything to act on.”

 

One example in the human body is the knee joint, which contains at least 16 essential components. Since it is irreducibly complex, the knee could not have evolved gradually but must have been created all at once as a whole, fully functioning joint.

 

Charles Darwin admitted, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down” (The Origin of Species).

Job 4:4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you thave strengthened the feeble knees;

, biochemistry professor Michael J. Behe, an evolutionist, acknowledges a “powerful challenge to Darwinian evolution”—something he calls “irreducible complexity.” This refers to a system with interacting parts, which is so complex it could not have come together piece by piece and still function. He gives a simple example: the humble mousetrap. The mousetrap has five major components that make it functional. If any one of these components is missing, it will not function. It is worthless as a mousetrap until all the components are in place.

He explains that an irreducibly complex system cannot be produced by slight, successive modifications, “because any precursor to an irreducibly complex system that is missing a part is by definition nonfunctional … Since natural selection can only choose systems that are already working, then if a biological system cannot be produced gradually it would have to arise as an integrated unit, in one fell swoop, for natural selection to have anything to act on.”

One example in the human body is the knee joint, which contains at least 16 essential components. Since it is irreducibly complex, the knee could not have evolved gradually but must have been created all at once as a whole, fully functioning joint.

Charles Darwin admitted, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down” (The Origin of Species).

Job 4:4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you thave strengthened the feeble knees;

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