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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/29/2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Wed, 8/29/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28c


v. 37-38 THE MINISTRY OF THE INCENSE

Once the incense was prepared, it was to be employed in the worship of the Lord. This reminds that worship is to be given to God alone. No person, no possession and no pastime deserves our worship. The ministry of worship is clearly defined in these verses.

It’s Ministry Is Definite – Verse 37 says that it was to be “holy for the Lord”. This incense was to be used for no other purpose than for the worship of the Almighty. It belonged to Him and to Him alone. This reminds us that worship alone belongs to God.
We live in an age when God receives very little genuine, biblical worship. The fact is, most people worship themselves in these days. Very few people in our community are bowing down to idols and false gods. Many, however, bow to money, pleasure, sports, and other things that fills their time, takes their money and occupies their minds. The things people live for are the things they worship. In essence, they are their gods.

True worship belongs to God alone! He is to be loved, served and exalted. He is to be honored with every moment of our lives; with every dollar of our resources; and with every ounce of our energy. He demands it, but more than that, He deserves it! Let’s give Him the worship He deserves!

It’s Ministry Is Deadly – God says, in verse 38, that any other use of this incense would bring His judgment upon the guilty person. This reminds me of what happened to Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. They came before the Lord and brought “incense” and “strange fire”. They went against the Lord’s command concerning His worship and God killed them outright, (Lev. 10:1-2). This serves to teach us that false worship always leads to destruction.

If you want to invite the judgment of God into your life, just give your worship to other gods. Just offer the holy incense of worship to things other than Him and His wrath will come into your life. A lot of God’s children are giving their attention and affection to things other than the Lord. It is an unlawful use of worship, and it will not go unpunished.
May the Lord help us to search our hearts and see if we are offering “strange fire and incense” before the Lord. May He help us to understand that He will not be tempted in this matter. He is a jealous God and He will not allow His worship to be given to another!

Conc: I don’t know about you, but I want my worship to be right. I want to learn how to give Him the glory, reverence, and honor that He is due. There was a day when I was lost in sin and headed to Hell. God Almighty saved me by His grace, washed away my sins in the blood of His Son and gave me a new life. He deserves all of my worship. I want Him to have it!

Has the Lord spoken to you about your worship? Are you giving Him worship for Who He is and What He has done in your life? Is your worship holy and humble? Is it balanced? Are you worshiping Him alone, or does your time, your money and your love go to other things? If your worship needs work, His altar is open. Come to Him and get the help you need right now!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Holy, Holy, Holy” By Reginald Heber (1826)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!



THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God! Help us to handle the marvelous News of Jesus Christ. Help us to set aside our water jar (daily chores and concerns), no matter how essentials they may be, and go do the Holy work Jesus has called us to do. Enable us to make Jesus more important than earning income, or providing goods and services. Grant us the opportunities to witness and to minister to others. Help us to be about our Father’s business. In Jesus’ Holy name we pray. Amen!



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EDITOR 8/30/2012 2:10AM

    Loved the lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank You Holy God and thank you Vic.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/29/2012 7:10PM

    Thanks Vic for this lesson. I know there were a lot of times that i did not worship him first thing in the morning and my day went downhill. Since last Sunday at a Pentecostal I have been closer to him than before. He delivered me from my irrational fears I had that Satan put into me and gave me peace. I cried and wept like i haven't done in a while and slept like a baby that night. He alone is worthy of our praise!

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BREAKINGFREE4JC 8/29/2012 3:54PM

    PS...I forgot to thank you for the hymn. I love hymns in a special way. Modern worship songs lead me into a place of worship that is deep and meaningful as well, but there's something that testifies with my spirit in a way that the most modern songs miss.
This hymn will be playing in my head all day long!

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ANHELIC 8/29/2012 11:27AM

    Thank you Vic for your wonderful lesson today. I grew up in a Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church and during the service the Minister uses incense at certain times as well as during funerals and weddings. I'm not sure if this would be considered appropriate or not. Maybe you could let me know your thoughts about this tradition. I don't go to that church anymore, but to a Pentecostal. I love your lessons, hymns and prayers. God bless you Vic.

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NADINEL 8/29/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks, Vic. I especially appreciate this today. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/29/2012 7:52AM

    I am starting out my day with you,Vic. Thank you for the prayer.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/29/2012 7:34AM

    Starting my day with your Spark (prayer) thank you Vic! Taking time for Jesus today!
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