September 27, 2017

Romans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

About twice a year I go in to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. I let the dental hygienist scrape, floss, polish, and swish. By the time she is done my teeth and my mouth feel clean. There is also a little more space between my bottom front teeth because she was able to remove the calcium build up. I ended up with clean teeth because I let her do her job.

What got my attention in our memory verse were the two words let God. The only way we will accept that everyday is a day of worship and then actually behave like worshippers of the God of heaven is to let him change the way we think. If we don’t let Him we won’t become the worshippers that he so desires and deserves.

The reason that Cain murdered Abel was because he wouldn’t let God change him. The reason the people of Nazareth, Jesus’ home town, didn’t experience a lot of miracles is because they wouldn’t believe in Jesus and let him do what he did best. Of the two thieves on the cross with Jesus, one of them let Jesus save him but the other one wouldn’t. Let is such a little word but it yields big returns when we yield to it.

I want to share with you this verse from the book of James:

James 5:16 (NLT) — 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Monday of this week was not a good day of worship for me or for God. I did not let him change me into the kind of worshipper he deserved. I did not practice my own preaching. I was busy on my computer when Cleo came down with a question. I got irritated with her for interrupting me and I let her know. Things got worse from there on. Words were spoken that shouldn’t have been. My attitude was terrible. All along I knew what I was doing wasn’t right but I let my pride keep me from yielding to the Lord.

Then a little while later Cleo came and told me that the kitchen sink drain was plugged. Now my irritation rose to a new level. I didn’t say much but my sighing and my demeanor were anything but worshipful. I took pipes apart, used a water hose and a plumbing snake to try and open the drain. All I ended up doing was making a mess and the line was still plugged. I finally admitted defeat and called a plumber. They weren’t going to be able to get there until Tuesday afternoon, so no using the kitchen sink. All the while I knew I was in the wrong with my attitude and I knew I was sinning but I refused to let God help me by doing the right thing.

That evening the Holy Spirit impressed upon me words that went something like this. “You are a proud man. You know you were wrong. It is time to humble yourself before God and go to your wife. Admit that you were wrong and apologize for your actions and attitude. And do it now!” Immediately I obeyed. When I let God change me peace came back into my life and I could begin to worship again.

You can pray for me that I will not let that ugly pride control me again. Thank you.

Let God is the only way to become a worthy worshipper.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for being so honest with us Pastor Dan. I appreciate your transparency. Just like LET is such a little word, it seems to be the little things that can trip us up so easily. Just a simple little question asked of us that we may think is at a bad time, can start the day tumbling over on ourselves! At the moment pride makes us feel so right about the way we’re handling the situation and makes the other person seem so wrong. That should be our red flag but just having those feelings messes with our vision and all we can see is gray. After the height of the day has passed and we wind down, things become so much clearer. Been there done that. So we pray that the next time our pride surfaces it will not last beyond that one moment!