Day 5: True and Proper Worship

Romans 12:2 (MSG)
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

“Our whole life should be considered an ongoing act of worship. God is part of everything we think, say, and do, and we celebrate him at every moment, seen as an act of serving and enjoying his presence….not only in the community but also in everyday life…This is closely related to the inauguration of the new age in Christ, an era where daily conduct is depicted as one’s spiritual life. The corporate celebration of Sunday worship is lived out every day of the week.” (Grant Osbourne, Romans: Verse by Verse)

Prayer: Father, continue to mature us in this way, that our whole lives will be worship unto you, in celebration and service, desiring for your kingdom to come moment by moment. This is our logical, reasonable, true and proper response to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 4: Good, Pleasing and Perfect

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

“We should seek God’s will because it will always be best for us (8:28). So long as we seek what is convenient and advantageous we will fall short and be disappointed…God’s will is good for us and perfect for us – we can say that as God’s will works in our lives to accomplish what is perfect in our lives, this brings us pleasure.” (Grant Osbourne, Romans: Verse by Verse)

We are able to know what is good, pleasing, and perfect, what is God’s will for our lives, our families, our missional groups and campus ministries today, so we can walk in it. So today let’s seek what is best and will never disappoint us!

Prayer: Father, thank you that you only have what is good, pleasing, and perfect for us! Thank you that we are able to know what your good, pleasing, and perfect will is. We choose to follow as you lead us in your ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Don’t Ever Stop” by Passion (click here).

-KW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 3: Renewed Mind

Romans 12:1a,2a (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

“There are two aspects of the exhortation in regard to our minds:

1) ‘to offer, do not conform, be transformed’ – employ your mind (guided by the Spirit) to understand what is true and what is not true about God, about self, about the current situation, and to decide and choose God and what he says rather than ‘going with the flow’ in the pattern of what comes naturally in this world.

2) ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice’ – surrender yourself completely to the Lord, including to lay down your mind (not guided by the Spirit), your analysis, your thoughts, your evaluation of society, of self, of situation, that your mind would be washed and renewed and therefore how you live to be transformed/truly different.”

(P. Brian’s message)

Prayer: Father, as one on your altar seeking to please you, give me power from your Spirit to employ my mind today: to understand, decide and choose what is truly good. Help me to lay down my own assessments and thoughts. Wash and renew my mind by your Word and your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “I Turn To Christ” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 2: Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.

“Here Paul uses a vivid, indeed shocking, idea: one’s whole self (that’s what Paul means by ‘body’) must be laid on the altar like a sacrifice in the Temple. The big difference is that, whereas the sacrifice is there to be killed, the Christian’s self-offering is actually all about coming alive with the new life that bursts out in unexpected ways once the evil deeds of the self are put to death.” (N.T. Wright, Romans for Everyone Part 2)

Today, once again in response to the One who gave himself for us, may we place ourselves on the altar, to be fully burned up. And by God’s mercy may we come alive in the Spirit – the living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God.

Prayer: Father, I respond to you by putting myself on the altar, a living sacrifice for you. “Set me on fire” and may new life in the Spirit burst forth – new love and power, new prayers and visions, new desire and ability. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Gracefully Broken” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 1: In View Of His Mercy

Let’s read aloud the following passages together:

Romans 3:10-12,21a,22-24 (NIV)
10 “There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
   not even one.”
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known…
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the fullness and totality of your mercy, through Christ, in my life! In view of your total mercy, I offer my whole life to you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Mercy” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

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