I know some of us are struggling and going through suffering and loss. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one during this season, whether or not it was because of COVID-19. Or it may not be a suffering to the point of death but it could be something like the regret of not being able to visit someone you love, unemployment, or the fact that you won’t be able to have a proper graduation.
And for many of us, we’ve lost motivation and direction in our studies, our responsibilities and our faith. And I think it is inevitable when we we don’t or rarely go out of our homes at all, when we wear the same clothes for days, and have turned to the easily accessible social media and entertainment to satisfy our boredom. For others, life may have gotten even worse as being out of the home most of the time help you not deal with the unhealthy or broken relationships at home.
But through whatever you are going through at this time, it’s my prayer that God is revealing to us the weaknesses of our flesh, the faults of our faith, and the deficiency of our fervor and through that lead us to a surrender to God.
God’s greatest aim is for us to turn to him during this hour.
God desires to restore our wasted years. All our regrets, all our mistakes, all our sufferings. Everything. In fact, this was his desire for us before all this and it will be his desire after all this as well.
But when I say restore, by no means do we want God to just turn back the clock. We know that the world after needs to be a very different one. But in the chance that we find ourselves going back to how things were in our lives, and remain the same as we used to be, I hope you will remember that when God saved us, He accepted us as we are but He loved us too much to let us stay the same.
As many things are being revealed about ourselves, about the church, about society, God is stirring up everything that can be shaken so that only the unshakable things, the eternal things, the heavenly things will remain. He is purifying His people. Our God is a consuming fire.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.Hebrews 12:28-29
As God is gifting us through this time this grace of leading us to surrender and repentance, we can begin to live in this reality of the unshakable kingdom by responding with an offering of acceptable worship.
What is acceptable worship according to the Bible?
Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
1 Peter 2:4-5 says, “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Hosea 6:6 says, “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
John 4:23-24 says, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Proverbs 21:3 says, “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
Psalm 51:16-17 says, “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
We can go on and on but we’ll stop there for now.
We are being called to restore true worship.
As everything that can be shaken in our lives are being shaken, God is moving upon our lives so that true worshipers would arise through these trials and tribulations. He desires to see His church turn in complete devotion to Him. He desires us to not simply prioritize God and faith but for God to be our all in all.
This is a call to action. If you are available, join me and many other ministries, leaders and churches in our region every Thursday night at 7:00 PM. For more information, you can find it on our Instagram @pifcollege and find the link in our bio.
Below is a recorded live stream of our third prayer meeting.