LET GOD BE PLEASED WITH OUR WORSHIP
By Gilbert Hughes, MINISTER of the word
Greeting Brethrens, Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ
The bible said in
Micah 6:6-8 With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? (7) Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (8) He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God
My desire is to quicken your mind with tools that will bring your heart to a new level of exciting, passionate worship
Paul taught us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1cor. 6:19; 3:16-17)
Guess what occurs in temples? Worship. We are mobile temples of worship
Wherever you go, worship is appropriate; at the job, supermarket, gas station, and the office.
Christ is our Altar (Heb. 13:10). Christ is our Mercy-Seat (1 John 4:10).
Worship is an attitude of the heart,
No one will ever be able to say, “I know everything about praise & worship.”
That is like saying “I know how to love my wife”, only your wife can tell if in fact you know
how to love her. Only she can answer the question.
Why did God favor Abel and not Cain?
Why God was pleased with the worship of Abel and not Cain?
.LET GOD BE PLEASE WITH OUR WORSHIP
God banished our first parents from Eden, He revealed to them the way of salvation:
Gen 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
This was the first Gospel sermon ever preached on this earth, preached not by word but by symbol.
Now then, let us read together from the Torah. In the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis, it is written, "Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, 'With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.' Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil." (Gen. 4:1, 2)
Adam and Eve bore two sons, Cain and Abel.
Ø ." Cain and Abel were born with a sinful nature. They were sinners, just like their parents.
The Scriptures say: "Adam bore sons in his own likeness." (Gen. 5:3). "Like father, like son
Ø Both were brothers ( family )
Ø Cain became a worker of the soil (a farmer), while Abel became a Shepherd.
Ø Both knew about God. They knew that God exists and that He is holy and hates sin.
Ø And both knew that to approach God, they needed to come by the way of the blood sacrifice which God had ordained.
Ø Both presented sacrifices to God.
There came a day in the lives of Cain and Abel, when they decided to worship God and present to Him a sacrifice. Thus, the Scriptures say:
"In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast." (Gen. 4:3-5)
Let us consider what happened.
Two brothers wanted to worship God. Both presented their offering to God. But the Scriptures say: "The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor."
Why did God accept Abel's sacrifice, and refuse Cain's sacrifice?
What was the difference between those two sacrifices?
Truly, Cain's sacrifice and Abel's sacrifice were very different. Cain brought to God beautiful vegetables and delicious fruit. As for Abel, he brought to God the blood of a lamb without blemish.
Again let us see what was the difference between those two sacrifices?
First, The Difference of the Heart, attitude, Actions
It was their attitudes that God was concerned with.
“Abel’s and Cain's actions were a reflection of their attitudes towards God
I think of 1 John 3:12 which says,
(1 John 3:12) Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.
It reveals his attitude toward God and it is Cain's attitude that God finds unacceptable. That fact is made abundantly clear at the end of verse 4 and the beginning of verse 5. Listen to this. It says, "the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering but on Cain and his offering, He did not look with favor". I want you to notice that God's favor is not directed first of all to the offering. It does not say God did not look with favor on Cain's offering. No. It says God did not look with favor on Cain and his offering. The individual comes first, even though the story is built around an offering and all of the action spins out of this time of offering, it's really not the gift that is important here. In fact, the gift is immaterial. What is important to God is the individual. What is important to God is the heart.
Notice what God says to Cain in verse 7. He says this. "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, but you must master it".
He says, it doesn't need to be this way. We don't need to have this kind of relationship. It can change.
He's saying, "Cain, you've got a second chance". He's saying to each and every one of us, you've got a second chance. Turn from the way that you are living and you will be able to able to master that sin that crouches at your door.
Turn from the way that you are living and you will be able to able to master that sin that crouches at your door.
Repentance is the first step in mastering that sin. It's the step in which we say, "I've been living wrong, I've been giving wrong, my attitude has been wrong and I want to make it right". That's the first step.
The second step to mastering the sin that crouches at our door, that sin of pride, is to give God first place in your life by giving Him time.
Second, God want your very best
Scripture says Abel "brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock" (vs 4).
Abel offered the fattest first-born of his flocks.
% Fat He offered to the Lord the first and the best of his flocks.
(Heb. heleb ) denotes the richest part of the animal, or the fattest of the flock It sometimes denotes
the best of any production
He offered some of what came first, as opposed to waiting until an animal had plenty of offspring (and the oldest were reproducing themselves) and then sacrificing one of the youngest, and he offered the choicest parts. Abel was clearly giving the best of what he had to God.
It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering (more acceptable) that pleased God more than Cain's offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God.(TLB)
Cain, on the other hand, brought "some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord" (vs 3). He brought to the Lord the fruit of the garden that was most readily available but not the first-fruits.
God Himself indicates the true condition of Cain's heart when He says,
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it" (Gen. 4:7).
Give God your time with respect to service.
The next step is to give God your talents.
Give God your money. Give all.
The testimony of other portions of Scripture confirms this conclusion.
Abel chose faith and obedience;
Abel sacrificed out of faith. Cain did not.
Hebrews 11:4 It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering (more acceptable) that pleased God more than Cain's offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God. (TLB)
What does it mean to trust God?
If you say, "I believe in God," but you do not believe what God says in the Holy Scriptures, then you do not really believe God. God and His Word are one.
If you believe God, you will believe and obey His Word.
If you do not believe what God says, it is God Himself you are rejecting.
God accepted Abel because he believed His Word and came with the blood of a lamb,
as God had commanded.
God did not accept Cain, because he did not honestly believe the Word of God. Cain claimed to believe in God, but his actions denied it, because he did not bring a blood sacrifice, as God had commanded.
Here two ways are set before us
The way of Cain is the way (Proverb 14:12; 16:25)
Ø man can depend upon his own efforts for salvation
Ø Cain obeyed in building an altar, obeyed in bringing a sacrifice; but he rendered only a partial obedience.( come to church, sing song, dance, but my heart his not here)
Ø Cain came up with another way, a religion of his own making.
Ø Cain created the first false religion.
Ø Cain honored God with his mouth, but his heart was far from Him.
Ø The way of Cain is the way of endless wandering (vv. 12, 16). "Cain went out from the presence
of the Lord, and dwelt in the Land of Nod." Nod means "wandering." There is no rest for the wicked; neither in this world, nor in the world to come
Ø Cain's worship was absolutely worthless before God, because he did not accept God's way.
Prov 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
The way of Abel (John 14:6; 10:9)
ØMan who realize can’t do nothing without Christ
Ø Salvation is a gift from God
Ø It is the way of everlasting life.
Ø It is the way of grace.
Ø It is the way of acceptance with God;
Ø It is the way of faith.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)
Which way will you go?
IDOL, CAR, HOUSE,MONEY
SPIRIT & TRUE
I DO IT ON MY OWN WAY
ME, MYSELF and I
NOT MY WILL BUT GOD
LED BY SPIRIT
Those said “TOMORROW”
I don’t want to be SAVE
CHOOSE to go to “HELL”
HERE I AM LORD
ACCEPT HIM AS MY SAVIOR
CHOOSE THE “PARADISE”
let us offer our SACRIFICE OF PRAISE to the Lord. Let us do that everyday. But more importantly, let us give God our best. Let us first offer our hearts to God. So I plead with you, congregation, give yourself to God. I plead with you, young people and children, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Offer your heart to God and then know God will be please with your worship
The Word of God says, "Anyone …who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." (Jam. 4:17)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
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