David admitted his mistakes when he erred, yet, most of us cannot do the same. However our brokenness is not something that should make it impossible for us to reconcile with our God because it is when we are broken that God can be glorified. Real worship emanates from brokenness. We might be out and down; broken, disenfranchised, discouraged, disowned, drugged, addicted, hated, peripherised, sick, stigmatized, picked-upon and pecked-on but if we remember that the God that we serve is the one true God and that He will not cease loving us nor stop being God because of our predicaments, then we worship Him in truth.
Like Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego, let us remember that God is God whether we are up or down and or whether we feel Him near us or not. Those who were once messed up know how to worship because when they are forgiven, they understand the magnitude of what Christ did for them at the cross. I am one such person and in salvation I have discovered a God who loves me more than anyone in this world has ever done or ever will. In Christ I come face to face with the love of the Holy Father. Worship for me is personal and only the tears that freely flow down my face every time I am in worship are testimony of what I feel on the inside; forgiven and loved. Psalms 34:18 tells us that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted. Let people talk about you but God Himself will give you a turn-around from your circumstances because it is out of your weaknesses that He will write your testimony.
Sometimes we might be wrong in our moves but right in our motives just like Peter who denied Christ three times and cried when the cock crowed. But Jesus wants to come to us when we are all messed up; He went to Lazarus when he was all smelly, he could have gone sooner but he chose to wait. In our circumstances, Christ will come to us when we are smelly and broken down; when no one else wants to see or be with us, when the whole world is laughing at our bankruptcy or at our wrong choices. That is when he will show up because James 1:2 tells us that our faith must be tested in order that we may be fully mature and complete. Let us press forward and let nothing hold us back.
It might even be good to wake up each morning and speak good things over ourselves because the power of life and death lie in the tongue; and just like God asked Samuel to stop mourning for Saul because He had already anointed David, let us move on to the next level of worship and closeness with the Almighty.
Sometimes we may not even like a preacher or pastor and prefer to stay away from church yet how can we miss God and His word just because of this? Sometimes God will even send us help which is not in tune with our life style or with what we are expecting but we must humbly accept that He is God and His ways are not our ways and that He does not repeat himself in delivery; His solutions will always differ. It is best to therefore have the bible in the house to scare the devil away, in our hands because we will have to discover some things for ourselves, in our heads as we memorize the verses and in our hearts so that when the devil comes to tempt us, we can tell him what is written.
How about when we ask for small things by coming to God with the tinniest of buckets yet He resides in a place of abundance? We should drop our little buckets, small dreams, small prayers, small promotions and small progresses in the comfort zones that we inhabit. Being broke is not humility. Our prosperity is God's will as He reminds us in Jeremiah 29:11 and that is our humility. Let us leave the boat and let Jesus stretch his hand and save us when we start sinking because what we can do for ourselves is too small. When God in-fills us with wisdom to do something, He is certainly not asking for our investment, He will provide for us.
When someone asks to buy us lunch, we should choose a good meal because we are God's own. Why shortchange ourselves when He has used one of His vessels to bless us? God magnifies even the lepers. So when we next pray for the economy or the recession or that prices may go down, let us also remember to pray for our salaries to go up because its all good.
May these words (sermons), from various men and women of God be a blessing to all.
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