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The Golden Calf of Religious Service

Deuteronomy 9:15-17
“So I turned and came down from the mountain while the mountain was burning with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.16 “And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the Lord your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the Lord had commanded you.17 “I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes.

Here we have two scenarios side by side: a mountain burning w/ fire, Moses the prophet, and the law. Right next to it you have all of the nation of Israel caught up in idolatry and false worship. In the midst of the Lord revealing His glory and His Holiness you have a rebellious people doing their own thing and calling it worship. The people did not want to stand before God, they wanted Moses to go to the mountain and hear God on their behalf. Perhaps deep down in their hearts, they knew that if they got a revelation of a Holy God that they would have to change and quite simply they didn’t want to do that. There is something within man that prefers religious duties over being transformed by God. It is part of the sinful, Adamic nature to follow the path of least resistance. Change requires discipline, discipline can be uncomfortable, difficult, very challenging, it costs! However the price to remain the same cost us nothing and if we add a little religious activity to the cost of not changing then we can get a false sense of working for our salvation. We can walk out of the church, prayer meeting or Bible study feeling like God is really proud of us, after all look at how much of our time we just sacrificed for Him. However, God’s will is not directed to how much time we sacrifice in religious activity, the measure of true spirituality in the sight of God is always obedience, “…to obey is better than sacrifice.”

Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Our true worship does not lie in how many church services we attend, not how many hours we spent in prayer or even how much we witnessed to the lost this week. Obviously all of those things are very important, however our true worship lies in the discipline of learning and obeying. Learning not to be conformed to this world, learning from our divine mentor Truth that transforms our thinking and transforms us! That is true Worship a transformed Life, lived in holiness before a holy God!

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To Meet God in Fire – Part 1 “Wash Your Garments”(from June 23rd, 2008)

In the wilderness Moses, God’s prophet, led the children of Israel to Mt. Sinai. He told the people to consecrate themselves because on the third day they would meet with God on the Holy Mountain. The very word consecration means to make or declare holy or sacred. It is true that no man can make himself holy in the sight of God apart from the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ. Even in the light of this “truth” the act of consecration has not ended with the Old Testament. Take notice of what the Scripture says in Exodus chapter 19:

Exodus 19:10-11 (NASB)

10 The LORD also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments;
11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

The words of God “let them wash their garments” gives us more insight into the act of repentance, than anything found in the New Testament. It paints a clear picture and gives us clear instructions of how to come to God. To understand the washing of the garments, we must have a correct concept of what holiness actually is:

“Holiness is to the spirit, what health is to the body”

Being healthy in your body is two-fold. First if you are healthy than your body is absent of all disease and sickness. That alone does not make you healthy because you can be free of these things that damage and destroy your body yet have a diet that consist of junk food. You would be lacking all of the vital nutrients, vitamins and sustenance that your body needs. The second part of being healthy is being filled with good nutrition. It is being absent of that which is bad, but being filled with that which is good. Therefore holiness is no different it is being emptied of all that is evil, but also being filled with all that is good. That is why God is the true Holy Father because He alone is filled with all that is good and there is no evil present within Him. Perhaps this is why when Isaiah came into His presence he said, “Woe is me for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among an unclean people.” In that presence of the Holy, sin and all uncleanness is exposed.

It is true that there are no works that we can do to purchase our own salvation; Christ has purchased it for us. However, if we are to become holy there is a consecration, a washing of the garments a repentance that must come first. We must empty our vessels of all known sin, all uncleanness and impurity and nail it to the cross. (Notice I said all “known” sin. Under Old Testament law willful sin was not covered, only sins committed in ignorance.) That’s our part, then God’s part is to fill us with Himself, to fill us with all that is good, the power to live the life and be holy. Many people love to quote out of Isaiah, “Come let us reason together…though your sin are as scarlet, they will be white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they will be white like wool.” How many people have taken the time to study the context of those words by reading a few verses before:

Isaiah 1:16-17 (NASB)

16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

I AM PREPOSING TODAY A REVOLUTION IN THE SUPERFICIAL & FALSE WAY THAT WE PRESENT THE GOSPEL. The false “come as you are” message must be exposed if we are to be effective at reaching the lost. We have a church of full of false converts who “have a name that they are alive, but they are dead” because they did not come in the way of the cross, they did not wash their garments and they have not been made holy. The fruit of this is that we have a church in America lacking true holiness. Everyone wants a “Resurrection Experience”, however what many fail to realize is that there can be no “Resurrection” without a “Crucifixion”. We must first die!

James 4:7-10 (NASB)

7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

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