Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 10 - The Heart of Worship

Just got back from the prayer meeting where we worshipped and then worked our way through 2 Chron 20. I felt particularly inspired by Jehoshaphat's honesty in verse 12 - "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you" - and then God's response in the prophetic word which comes through Jahaziel to be strong and courageous - echoes of Joshua 1 there. Thanks to everyone who was there and hope to see you on Wednesday.

I loved the message in day 9 of The Purpose Driven Life - I've been inspired all day to think what I can do to make God smile :-)

For those interested the four of us who went up to the national launch of CAP Money at HTB had a great time. There were lots of the christian and secular press there to report on it and about 80 church leaders from across London and the South of England - the CAP team seemed very pleased with the day. The guest speaker was Rob Parsons from Care For The Family. It's a long story but it was through Ben Davies that CAP and Rob Parsons got hooked up together - Ben's influence is everywhere! I also met up with the lady who oversees Alpha in the UK who had heard of our church via Willow Creek UK - I'm going to meet up with her some time in the near future. It always feels a bit scary being with the grown ups but I'm learning to bluff my way through it!

Hope you have a great day.

Simon.

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The heart of worship is surrender!

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” Romans 12:1 (NLT)

In today’s competitive culture we are taught to never give up and never give in—so we don’t hear much about surrendering. If winning is everything, surrendering is unthinkable. We would rather talk about winning, succeeding, overcoming, and conquering than yielding, submitting, obeying, and surrendering. But surrendering to God is the heart of worship.

As Joshua approached the biggest battle of his life, he encountered God, fell in worship before him, and surrendered his plans. That surrender led to a stunning victory at Jericho. This is the paradox: Victory comes through surrender.

Nothing is more powerful than a surrendered life in the hands of God. “So give yourselves completely to God.”

4 comments:

Frances said...

Barriers to surrender (p78)- I mentally added possessiveness - ie holding onto my rights to get upset angry resentful etc. Helpfully spelled out again a few pages later 'you know when you're surrendered when you don't react to criticism and rush to defend yourself'. I had this image of how sacrifices/offerings were put on altars and burnt, and how God wants such things offered to him and then to be burnt until they are no more than ashes and dust.

Also was reminded of something God has been challenging me about, don't hold onto 2nd or 3rd best because its safer – risk letting go so you can have the very best instead.

Sorry to miss Tues night prayers but should be there tonight - my husband is starting Alpha tonight!!

irene said...

good news re hubby and alpha frances....will oray for him tonight

the study seems to be more and more relevant each day ....i seem to be going deeper than i have in the last 23 years....must have got very stale.!!!!

surrender has always been a difficult concept for me due to childhood traumas and having to be in control of my life....so i do have to re-visit the whole issue of surrender on a fairly regular basis...but i do know when i am obedient and DO surrender that God does bless me big time.....

prayer meetings are also timely as i have gone through this weeks study..to put myself in the "way of God" more than usual
irene m.

Chris M said...

Really encouraging words last night at prayer meeting about 'we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you'

Inspired by your honesty as senior pastor that maybe there are times when you don't now what to do but your eyes are on Him.

Been in that situation myself on many occasions and have most of the time taken my eyes off Him and tried to 'fix' it myself.

as i say inspired by last night and also with this mornings reading from TPDL about surrender and resolved to surrendering all to God and keep my eyes focused on Him.

Only two days into the week of prayer and already feeling a greater sense of God speaking to me.

Simon Benham said...

Keep those comments coming - great to hear all that God is doing.

Simon.