The House of God
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalms 27:4
Life is very busy and lately going to the house of God has become last on the list of important things to do. The fourth commandment of the law that God gave Moses was to set aside the day of worship "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8). Whether we call it church, Sabbath, or God’s house; it is more valuable then we realize.
We shouldn’t choose our place of worship by its popularity or for the opportunity to catch up with our friends or generate business. The social relationship are good- it is better to have Christian friends then non-Christian who want you to sin, but it shouldn't be the deciding factor when you are considering your church. The question should be, do I feel the presence of God?
Strength comes to us when we feel the tangible presence of God. It will attack depression and disappointment. The sorrow of our soul must leave in the presences of God. Faith is built up in worship. Worship isn't a new concept. Everybody is worshiping something on the planet. Every sports event is counting on the crowds to generate excitement and it is what fuels all the reality shows we religiously watch.
The bigger picture is that God wants us to prosper in every area of our life. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. When we choose a church to attend we should think about the future, our goals, and about prospering.
Consider these questions about your place of worship. Are you kept on track, motivated to improve your life? Do you feel the presence of God? Are you activated to believe for your family’s victories? Are you challenged to love and praise him? Praising God will bring you success in every aspect of your life.
Do you have a difficult time attending a weekly church service? List the reasons why. What should you do to rectify the situation?
Dear God, I will be a worshiper and give you the praise you deserve. I thank you now for your marvelous grace to me. You are a mighty God that can do anything; I rest in your strength and wisdom for my life. Thank you for your sacrifice to make me whole. I love you. Amen
Bits of Wisdom
Some days it seems like everything is plotting against your sanity. You have a dirty house and cranky children. The rapidly ever-growing list of to do’s, makes you feel grumpy cranky and tired.
Playing some music and dancing easily cure these symptoms. Pull out those praise tunes, turn up the volume and move to the music. Household chores are tackled with a song. Dance around the house; include your children in the activity. A peppy tune of music will get a rowdy kid’s wiggles out. Move to the beat as you load the dishwasher. Scrub with your favorite songs and do a two-step as you sort clothes. Grab your toddler’s hand and together start picking up those scattered toys.
Get your heart rate up. It has long been known that exercise increases the levels of endorphins in our bodies. Endorphins are chemicals that produce feelings of joy and peace. This is a great way to maintain a positive outlook. You will be exercising and cleaning at the same time. Maybe even lose a few pounds while getting your work done.
In life we must remain flexible. So, when you feel like you are loosing the battle change your attitude… shake it off to your favorite tune and engage in some shake, rattle, and roll!