Sunday, March 20, 2011

Keep It; God Doesn't Want It

"Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living." Amos 5:24 (NLT)

In the 5th chapter of Amos, God is letting Israel know how displeased He was with their "show". Like us at times, Israel claimed to be God's people, but they weren't living accordingly. God let them know, as He is letting us know, that He doesn't need our programs and services. He has no use for our insincere sacrifices; we can keep them.

Why waste our time going through the motions or following meaningless traditions? God desires and requires holy and righteous living above anything else we can offer Him. We must offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him. Once we do that, we will be able to live as He requires through the blood of Jesus Christ and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

God doesn't need us, we need Him. It's time we started acting like it. Coming before God any kind of way and offering to Him lip service without heart is unacceptable. He rejects that; He doesn't want it. He desires to be worshiped in spirit and in truth. That means no pretense, no cover-ups, no fairy tales. We need to repent often (daily), and live according to His Word. We can't claim to be God's children and live in such a way that discredits our claim. God is holy, and we must be holy to worship Him.

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