In rest and dependence on God, sacrifice all that God has given you on the altar of love to Him, putting it to the death so
you do not "possess" it any longer.
Allow Him to resurrect or destroy it at His own good pleasure.
Thus, have no possession you may depend on (not any money or earthly goods, not wisdom, or strength, or knowledge, or even love). But Him alone.
This is God's will for all of us.
This is the way of the Spirit.
This is God's simple secret of transformed living.
One servant has said, "Worship is a deliberate and disciplined adventure in reality.
True worship is not for the timid or comfortable. It involves an opening of ourselves to the dangerous life of the Spirit. It makes all the paraphernalia of temples, priests, rites and ceremonies irrelevant. It is a willingness to 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.' (Colossians 3:16)"
Though I sing with words of churches and preachers, and in each song declare the four spiritual laws so that all members of the body may hear, praise my boldness and award me a Dove, if I sing not with love, compassion, forgiveness, if my heart knows not the hurting heart of mankind in anguish,then I am but a stained glass window, set up to shield the eyes of the timid within, to confound the eyes of the dying without.
- Ric Alba, The Altar Boys
Neither planning nor lack of it makes for worship in the Spirit.
Heart and content do.
Sign seen in front of a church:
"Turn away from sin and remain true to the Gospel.
Bingo every Fri. and Sat."
"If you want to lead me to Jesus, you'll have to find a better way. Your life is speaking so loudly, I can't hear a WORD you say."
- from a song by Grover Levy
"We were created for God's pleasure. We were not created to live for ourselves, but for Him. And while the Lord desires that we enjoy His gifts and His people, He would have us know we were created first for His pleasure. In these closing moments of this age, the Lord will have a people whose purpose for living is to please God with their lives. In them, God finds His own reward for creating man. They are His worshippers. They are on earth only to please God, and when He is pleased, they are pleased. The Lord takes them further along spiritual paths than other men. Outwardly, they often seem 'smitten of God and afflicted' (Isaiah 53:4). Yet to God, they are His beloved. When they are crushed, like the petals of a flower they exude a worship, the fragrance of which is something extremely beautiful and rare. They are the Lord's purpose for creation. They will lead as generals in the Lord's army of worshippers."
- Francis Frangipane
Let us live as spirit beings having a human experience, rather than human beings who have an occasional spiritual experience.
Definition of "fanatic" - someone who loves Jesus more than you do.
"To obey is better than sacrifice; I don't need your money,
I want your life.
And I hear you say that I'm coming back soon, but you act like I'll never return. You pray to prosper and succeed, but your flesh is something I just won't feed."
- Keith Green, "To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice"
"He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with thy God?"
- Micah 6:8
In a wide-ranging interview, [Brother]Andrew spoke of the strengths and weaknesses of the American church. He has maintained extensive contacts with Americans and has an office in Santa Ana, Calif. “I love the American church,” he said. “Americans have been so generous.” But prosperity and religious liberty have become the church’s “greatest enemies,” he said. “Instead of using them for good, we are using them for our own self-interest.
”We are easy-going Christians. Instead of ‘trust and obey,’ it’s ‘rust and decay.’ We complain so much. In my home church we complain about the ecology, the air, about our cars. Why don’t we all just walk and sing to church? If we did that we would be famous in a month. Do we dare to be different? Or do we comply with the world? Why do we always conform?”
I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put to me what you will.
Put me to doing.
Put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for You,or laid aside for You.
Exhalted for You, or brought low for You.
Let me be full.
Let me be empty.
Let me have all things.
Let me have nothing!
And now, O Father,
You are mine and I am Yours.
So be it.
And the covenant I am making on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.