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Sermon #80: If Worshipped Only

One can be a child of God only if they worship just Him. That's what I believe.

Somebody once said, “God is God if He is worshiped only.” I agree with this statement. As far as I am concerned, it is unheard of, even in the natural world, for one to have a multitude of fathers.

"You shall have no other gods…” (Deuteronomy 5:7, NIV).

It is critically important for worshipers to examine how they worship God. True worship is exclusive and well-definedIt stands alone. One should never mix it with another kind of worship, because once that happens, it ceases to be true worship. It becomes one big risk.

When one becomes a new creation, they become a ‘different’ creation. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

The old has gone, the new has come. One cannot be old and new at the same time. The moment that one gives their life to God, they become new, without a past or background. They have just been born.

An infant does not know anything called ‘the past'. The infant only knows the present, and looks forward to the future. The past that a Christian recalls at the time of their re-birth relates to the time when they were still unsaved. It is actually a ‘natural’ past - the kind that disappeared. This is the life that was replaced by the new life.

When one receives salvation, they should straight away begin to examine every aspect of their lives in the light of their new creation status. They should begin to ask questions like, “Does this still relate to me?” or “Should I continue along these lines?” or “What is God’s position on this?”

Every human being is a worshiper of some sort. 

Before one receives salvation, they worship a certain kind of god. However, after receiving salvation, one should abandon this and adopt just the kind of worship that pleases God; i.e. the ‘in spirit and truth’ kind.

At the time that one receives salvation, they are an infant in the house of God. They do not know anything, because they have no past. Whatever they will proceed to learn, they will learn from the Father. When they face trialstests and temptations they should be in a position to tell how the Father expects them to proceed.

The problem with some worshipers is that they just cannot separate their unsaved past from the new creation status. They still proceed along the old path. They say, “We have always worshiped like this…” Where did they get that from?

If they are a new creation, then they have no past. They therefore cannot talk of how they used to worship, because they are just beginning to learn how to worship. How could they have worshiped in the past when they were born only a few days ago?

There are types of worship that emanate from mankind. There is a kind of worship that emanates from God. Every worshiper should learn to abandon the man-kind of worship, if they are to truly be children of God.

There are choices to be made regarding worship. Some of the choices might be difficult to make, but one should understand that worshiping God comes with a price tag.

What did Paul do to gain Christ?

Listen to this: “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8, NIV). 

For him to gain Christ, Paul had to lose his past. This is the meaning of the ‘new creation’. He had to lose everything that he stood for. The same applies to you. You have to suffer a loss. You should part ways with those things that are unacceptable in the Father’s House, including those that might appear right at face value.

I write the way I do because I know that our God is a jealous God. “He is a holy God; he is a jealous God” (Joshua 24:19, NIV). He says, “You should be mine exclusively; you should cut ties with any other” He adds, “If you are still in love with another, then it means either that we were never married, or it is time for us to divorce.”

That is the jealousy to which I refer. I appreciate it fully; it is just not right for one to cling to the created instead of clinging to the Creator!

God is God if He is worshiped only. Keep this in mind.

God bless!