Worship God as a Self-Feeder

One of the small joys of parenting comes when your children have matured enough to feed themselves.  No longer are you having to hover over their high chair with a baby spoon filled with blended vegetable ‘ick’ because they can now choose, chew and swallow their own bites of food.  However, if they only eat one meal a week, they would probably starve…or at the very least be extremely malnourished and unhealthy.  And yet, many Christians treat their own spiritual growth in this way.  Remember this, the key to your spiritual maturity and lifestyle of worship is to become a self-feeder.  One sermon on a Sunday morning is never enough.  Dive into the word of God yourself.  Seek His face each day of every week!  Learn to worship the Lord beyond just a few songs on Sunday.  You will find that the more you do this, the more hungry you become for more of Him.    
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — September 03, 2014

Worshiping down the right path

In God’s word we find many general guidelines to live by.  Here’s one of the most well-known: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” The word “direct” means to “make straight or smooth.”  It gives the picture of one filling in the potholes on a highway before an important ruler travels the road.  I like that.  It means when we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and stop relying on our feeble wisdom and start acknowledging that His way is best, then He we will see that He has gone ahead of us to make smooth our pathway to His will.  I once heard this statement from Lloyd Ogilvie: “The restless search for the will of God is a sure sign you are out of it.”  In other words, fall in love with Jesus. Delight only in Him and you will discover that as you grow closer to Him, He is guiding you down the path of His choosing instead of your own.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — September 02, 2014

Worshiping at the Center of His Will

Have you ever wondered if you are living in the center of God’s will?  It can be difficult at times to discern exactly what His will is for us in certain situations, but one thing is for sure.  It is His will, first and foremost, that you Love Him with all your heart.  In His words, the greatest commandment of all is that we love Him with all our strength and with all our minds.  So the first step to living in the will of God is to fall in love with Jesus.  This alone will prioritize your life and cause you to make much wiser decisions.  Loving the Lord with all your heart will make you think before you act.  Your heart’s desire will be to please Him before any other.  This in turn will open your ears to His voice.  And when you are able to hear from God clearly, His will becomes a much clearer picture.
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — September 01, 2014

To acknowledge God is to worship God

Two times in Proverbs 3:5-6 the writer uses the word all.  Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In ALL your ways acknowledge Him.  You know what it means to acknowledge God?  The word “acknowledge” comes from the Hebrew word “Yada” which means to “Know.”  So another translation of this phrase could be "in all your ways KNOW God."  In other words…if we want to truly learn to trust in Him, we must get intimately acquainted with His word and His spirit.  It is in doing this that we find He wants to guide us in every area of our lives.  Our lifestyle of worship should be 24/7, 365 days a year.  Begin even now to worship Him in all aspects of your life.  Whether you are driving into work, sitting at your desk, working out, or taking a walk in the park, you can worship God by simply acknowledging Him in all things.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 29, 2014

Are you smarter than God?

You know, it’s funny.  As Christians, we trust in the Lord enough to save us, but then we don’t trust Him enough to guide us.  You would think we would firmly trust that the God who has the power to transform our lives also has the wisdom to guide our lives.  But, the reason we don’t trust Him is because we are constantly entrenched in a battle of the mind and the will. God knows this, and that’s why He reminds us in Proverbs 3:5 to trust in Him and lean NOT on our own understanding. God is omniscient and He is sovereign.  Nothing catches Him by surprise. So trust Him above your own opinions. This passage doesn’t mean we are not supposed to use the brains He has given us, but it DOES mean that we should be smart enough use those brains to depend on God for ALL our direction.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 28, 2014

Worship God by trusting Him

Proverbs 3:5-6 is a wonderful and well-known admonition to us to trust in God through all things in our life.  Whether it be work or play, in relationships or financial matters, we are to trust in the Lord with ALL our hearts.  Of course, to trust in the Lord requires faith.  It means that we have learned to completely rely on God’s promises.  It means that we believe His presence is not only with us, but that He will guide us.  We must come to the same place in our walk with the Lord that we believe whole-heartedly that God is true to His word, that He is able to handle any of our problems, and that He is wise enough to lead us in the right direction. So today as you strive to live a life of worship, concentrate on trusting only Jesus.  Your worship really begins here.  You already believe in Him as Savior.  Now trust Him as guide.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 27, 2014

Embracing the mystery of worship

If you are like me, then you like things carved out for you in neat packages, plain to see, easy to understand.  Unfortunately, that is just not the reality of our spiritual condition.  Many times there is a mystery to the things of God.  Often His word is difficult to understand and His ways are hard to fathom.  But there is a verse in scripture that really helps me when I question all this.  It reminds me that, although I may not understand what God is doing or why I am going through something, He is in control and He is sovereign.  Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways my ways.” Let’s face it, we will never fully grasp the mind of God.  He is beyond our comprehension in every way, but we CAN trust Him. And in our trusting Him, we worship Him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 26, 2014

Honoring God with our relationships

I’ll be honest. I’ve never been the best at relationships. Getting into the real lives of others and letting them into your life can get messy and complicated.  And yet, when we look at the life of Jesus, that is exactly what he did, especially with His 12 disciples. These guys were together 24/7 for three and a half years!  You think they knew each other pretty well?  Here was God Himself, in the flesh, eating, sharing, sleeping and working right along side a bunch of ragtag misfits just like you and me.  And yet….through it all, He showed us how to live.  Jesus first honored His Father in all things. That’s worship.  But second to that came His relationship with people. Honor God today by diving into the lives of others.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 25, 2014

Worship the Father as His child

It is the natural reaction of a child, when she is afraid, in trouble, hurt, or even excited and happy, to run straight into the arms of mom or dad.  As a father, there is nothing more fulfilling than when one of my boys comes to me first with a need or a victory to tell.  In Matthew 18, Jesus tells the disciples that we are to come to Him with the humility and the guileless candor of a little child.  And there, with arms wide open, He welcomes us as our loving Father.  It reminds me of a song by Tommy Walker that I recorded a few years back.  “Lord I run to You. No one else will do.  Lord, in troubled times, I will run straight to You, though my heart and flesh may fail, you’re my ever-present help, my tower of strength, my portion evermore."
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 22, 2014

Worship with purpose

Do you ever sit in church and wonder what is the purpose in all this? The reason we gather together each week to sing praises and study His word goes back to the beginning of faith itself. Abraham worshiped together with his family.  Moses would gather the people of God together to worship and hear the law of God.  Joshua did the same, and we have been doing it ever since. The reason:  to draw near to the presence of God as His children.  Yes, we learn from His word, and yes, we sing songs of praise and give in the offerings and celebrate baptisms.  But primarily, we are there to experience His presence among us.  For it is in the presence of God Almighty that hardened hearts are broken, broken lives are mended, and mended souls are encouraged. Worship the Lord with the purpose of dwelling in His presence.  It will change you forever.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Written by Charles Billingsley — August 21, 2014