Notes for July 5

A Lifestyle of Worship 

JAMIE ROSEN | 7.5.15

Luke 19:28–48 (NIV)
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Jesus at the Temple
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

  1. What is worship?

God is not looking AT the response, he is looking at the heart that lies behind these responses

Matthew 12:34 (NIV)
34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.

  1. Why God wants us to worship Him

Those who accepts God’s love, will love Him and others in return.

John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 3:14–19 (NIV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 86:13 (NLT)
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.*

Psalm 103:11 (NLT)
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

Romans 8:38–39 (NIV)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God desires relationship with YOU!

John 15:15 (NIV)
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

  1. Worship is a Lifestyle

Is our lifestyle all about us, or is it about HIM?

Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31 (NIV)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

James 4:8 (NIV)
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 

Other verses to consider:
Lamentations 3:32, Luke 11:9-13, Psalm 27: 4-6, Psalm 84, Psalm 63:1-7, Psalm 118:1

Action Steps

  • receive & accept God’s love for you
  • start by worshipping HIM
  • make praising & worshipping a lifestyle

 

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