Friends

Have you ever asked the question, “What is Worship”?  The answer is very simple: It is an act of personal surrendering, and offering yourself to God.   Paul, the author of the book of Romans, shares in chapter 12:1-2 TEV “...Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.  This is the true worship that you should offer. “

The goal of this series is for you to understand that worship is far more than lighting candles or singing songs.  Worship is a lifestyle.  Everything you do in life could be an act of worship if you understand the motivation behind it.  The Bible tells us to worship God continually.  You can’t sing continually.  But you can worship God continually if you understand the true meaning.

This coming Sunday I want to share with you a message about how to worship when you are hurt by family, jobs, relationships, and even by the Christian people.  Everybody goes through pains in life.  We have all been wounded in different ways.  Not just physically –but emotionally, spiritually and relationally.  In fact, those are the deeper wounds.  When you were a kid you were taught this little phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”  That’s just not true!  Names hurt more than sticks and stones.  You don’t remember the physical bumps and bruises and scars you got growing up, but you sure remember the put downs you had.  You remember what people said to you on the playground, or teachers or enemies or friends or even your parents.  Things like, “You’re not going to amount to anything… You’re no good…”  Those things stick with you and sometimes they are scars, and open wounds.

What do you do when you are wounded?  Again, just as worship is the antidote to worry, worship is the antidote to when you are wounded – emotionally or relationally or any other way.  By a person or by a word or by a circumstance. 

In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. How you handle that hurt determines your happiness.  When you bottle up hurt in your life and hold onto it - that's called resentment.  If somebody hurt you years ago and you're still holding onto it, it will poison your life.  For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.

The Bible says forgive and be forgiven.  Do you realize that part of worship is forgiveness?  YES!  In fact, Jesus says "if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done" (Matthew 6:15 TEV).  They are inter-related.  It reminds me of a story where someone told John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, (one of my hero’s) "I just can't forgive that person! They hurt me too badly." Wesley's response was, "Then I hope you never sin."

For your own sake, let go of the past.  If somebody hurt you, let go of it, release them. That is one of the values of prayer.  It helps you unload.  Forgiveness is the only way to get rid of the past.  Forgive them and let it go.  Get on with life.  Forgiveness erases that hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in your mind.

When we let go of our hurts and forgive others, we are reflecting the grace of our heavenly Father who forgave us and continues to forgive us.  It means we have given God our love; we have given God our lives; and, in doing that, we worship God.

For your own sake, let go of the past.

The point is this; whenever you this kind of wound, God is waiting to turn the situation around, help you through it, help you grow and to provide a blessing in your life. 

The most important time for you to worship is when your heart is breaking.  When you feel crushed, when you feel in a crisis, when you feel confused, when you feel life is out of control, and when you feel like you are in your darkest hour.  That is when you need to turn to God.  Choose Him, and the plan He has for you. Don’t turn away from Him; but in that moment you need to turn to God and let Him help you, even when you think He is not listening. HE WILL NEVER ABANDON YOU.

Make Every Day Count!

Barry

The Bible says in Proverbs 17:9 Living Bible, “Love forgets mistakes.  Nagging about them parts the best of friends”