Forty Days of Purpose
April 24, 2005
Worship: You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
Today we are going to talk about a life of worship taking
into account that you and I are a trinity of sorts, a body,
a soul and a spirit all compacted into one!
You were designed this way and until you understand it
and prioritize as God commands, life will never make
You and I were created for a relationship with God.
Key - John 14:23
What is your life - “it is even a vapor, that appeareth
for a little time, and then vanisheth away” - James 4:14
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul” - Gen. 2:7
This body which receives so much pampering and
attention is destined to return to the earth as dust
from which it came and the spirit, which often is
so neglected, will return to God who gave it.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad” - II Cor. 5:10
“God requireth that which is past” - Eccl. 3:15
Matt. 22:35-39 tells what God expects.
"heart....soul....mind" - God is to be loved with all
our powers and faculties. (understanding-intellect)
We are to love our fellow man who is made in God's
image and likeness, the heir of the same hope as we
ourselves, and presented to us as the object on and
by which we are to show the reality of our love to
I John 4:20-21
Exodus 20:3 tells us what He demands - “Thou
shalt have no other gods before me”
Luke 2:52 cites Jesus’ example - “And Jesus
increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor
with God and man” - this means intellectually,
physically, spiritually and socially!
“Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that ye should follow His steps”
I Peter 2:21b
“For in that He Himself hath suffered being
tempted, He is able to succour them that are
tempted” - Heb. 2:18
Christianity in relation to the body.
For those who seek happiness by rebellion
to God’s expectations and demands through
the gastric, the sexual and other propensities
of their physical being - there is:
I Cor. 10:13
Enoch walked with God, Noah walked with God.
God wants you and I to walk with Him!
We hear alot about worship - if we will obey God
and seek His face, worship will take care of itself.
It is not a formal act, it is “my son, give me thy
heart” and like a popular product commercial,
“Just Do It” would not be far from right.
“I will be their God and they shall be my people”
HOW TO RESPOND - WORSHIP THAT IS
PLEASING TO GOD?
DEDICATION - Commitment - you have to start
here - “ye must be born again” - “This is the
work of God, that ye believe on Him whom
He hath sent”
Principle of PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY
"mercies of God" - have been, are, so varied, so
suited to our case, so unfailing, that we cannot think
upon them without acknowledging the claim that they
have on us. "the love of Christ constraineth us"
The mercies of God are nowhere so apparent as
in redemption - human sin requires a great salvation!
"your bodies" - body as well as soul - God requires
that body, soul and spirit should be consecrated to
The bodily nature is intended to express and manifest
the character, the spiritual life, the true man. SELAH
The members or parts of the body are to be employed
not as instruments of sin, but of righteousness.
The presentation to God of yourself is the one
great act in which all specific acts of obedience
are summed up and involved, a spiritual worship!
Carson Henry (Hank) - hands folded story - my
grandson - standing before me without comment -
just seemed to be pleased to be in my presence -
that should be our attitude towards God!
A living sacrifice - not a dead sacrifice.
The Christian life is not forfeited in being
presented to God, though He is a consuming
fire - it is THROUGH CHRIST that we
Example of fly/mosquito zapper.
"present your bodies a living sacrifice" -
Lev. 16:7, 10 - the usual word - "bring" v. 9
Presented alive - Christ was presented -
"holy and acceptable" - (without blemish)
There is nothing upon which greater stress is
laid than the requirement that every offering
to God shall be such as a Being of perfect purity
Obedience is the highest and most acceptable
form of worship which can be offered to God.
Living for God’s purposes and not your own.
The difference between success and a mess!
Putting something else before God that does
not deserve to be there, whether possessions,
a relationship, money or yourself!
THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE SOURCE OF
Jer. 10:23 Prov. 3:1-10
Our worship of God is to be VOLUNTARY!
Not because of fear or duty although the “fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.
The devil accused Job of serving God for nought.
Reserved for God - God has made reservations
for you and I - I Pet. 1:3-4
We are to offer our bodies.
A living sacrifice. INSULATED from the negative
influences of the world. Insulated, not isolated!
Self-centered, selfish, materialistic Society - the
world’s philosophy and mentality. Don’t get
caught up in it but be TRANSFORMED.
Everybody’s doing it does not make it right.
There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
(Sunday alcohol sales)
Isolated - compare Christ's relationship to
God and His plan for us in John 17
The other extreme - imitating and being
conformed to the world and its culture -
by so doing the “salt has lost its saltness”-
The solution is neither imitation nor isolation.
It is insulation and infiltration.
Human secularism and godless materialism
in a society that rejects God.
John 17:15 - “I pray not that thou shouldest
take them out of the world, but that
thou shouldest keep them from the evil”
“be not conformed” by what is accepted by
others - public opinion polls.
Human character and life are treated as
something to be formed and fashioned by
the personal will.
In the New Testament, Satan is called "the
prince of this world" - the unbelieving, the
unchristian population are designated as the
"children of this world".
To be Godless is to be lifeless! To be "fashioned
according to this world" is to conform to sinful
and prevalent practices.
“be transformed” - a metamorphosis - what
a caterpillar goes through to become a beautiful
Rob - Home School - Project
Radio program this week about people losing
their children in public schools.
"be renewed" - "this is the will of God, even
your sanctification" - I Thess. 4:3 - Set apart from
evil and for the use of God!
Likeness to God will exclude likeness to the world!
This is only the result of the Holy Spirit working in
us, producing this likeness to God, transforming us
into His image, bringing every thought into captivity
to the obedience of Jesus Christ!
This transformation is to be developed by living
near to God. Prayer, and the study of God's Word,
are avenues toward obtaining this likeness.
Renewal of the mind - not self-focused but
focused upon God - “looking to Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith”
"in thy presence is fullness of joy - literally satiety
of joy - enough and more than enough to satisfy
the most extreme cravings of the human heart.
"in thy right hand", ready for bestowal, "are
pleasures for evermore"
An inexhaustible store, which may be drawn
upon forever. (contrast personal bank account)
Salvation first - then Col. 3:1-10
“that good and acceptable and perfect will of
God” - high quality - Jer. 29:11 - a future and
a hope - “perfect” - tailor-made - talk about
designer clothing that pop culture knows
I Cor. 6:12-20 - (READ)
(Christianity in relation to the body)
Last week - Do you have a relationship with God?
Are you saved? Do you have a relationship with
His Son Jesus Christ?
This week - Have you completely dedicated you
life to Christ? Have you offered your body to God?
Is your first goal in life to get to know God and to
love Him more?
Suggested prayers - last week - this week.