Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Religion is often filled with pomp and ceremony. Things must be just so, or we are not happy. Our religious acts of worship toward God are often glorious reflections of our love, adoration, respect, and worship of who He is in our life. I will in no way say that we should make little of our many means of worship. It teaches children and young Christians reverence to an Almighty Creator and the Lord of our life. Our means of worship helps us to refocus our lives and put God first again. These traditions of faith help us to have continuity with the churches of old in our forms of adoration toward the Father in Heaven. The only times these rituals become a problem are when the act of Religious Ceremony become the item of worship. For example, if taking communion is your worship to God, but then you never think of Him or live for Him in between these acts of worship, then the ceremony has become a problem. Why? Because, it has become your worship to God, and this is not worship. It is an act of obedience and love for Him. It is part of our way of expressing worship to the Lord. However, it is not worship.
Worship includes your entire life. If you are living like the world and then believe somehow the act of coming to the communion table makes your worldly practices ok, there is a problem. As today’s verse says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.” No matter what this sacrifice is. Does your giving tithes and offering bring joy into your life because you love God and want Him to be able to reach others with your gift of love? Or do you feel like this is one more religious notch in my belt with God. God does not care about your sacrifice until you make the one most important sacrifice. Give yourself to Him. If you will lay yourself on the altar of sacrifice to the Lord, then everything you do, say, and think are filtered through who God is in your life. Then your prayers become His delight.
Everyone wants to delight God. I mean who would not want to make God happy. Well, this verse tells you how you can do that. Live upright for Him. It is not about righteous ACTS it’s about Holiness.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 16- 17 / Psalm 114 / Proverbs 14-15 / Romans 15-16
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Jeremiah 51-52 / Hebrews 8
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