Worship with Sacrifice

11/29/2004 7:27 AM

Scripture: 24But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you
for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me
nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty
shekels of silver for them. 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual
act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans
12:1 through Romans 12:2 (NIV)

7Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?”
Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the
burnt offering?” Genesis 22:7 (NIV)

Observation: I just got done reading some of Matt Redman’s little book
called, “Facedown”. Pages 56 ff are all about worship with a sacrifice.
(See story file “Worship with a cost”) We often have the wood and the fire
and the altar, but there is no sacrifice. He quoted Romans 12:1 in this
verse, but he didn’t use 2 Samuel 24:24 where David says, I will not offer a
sacrifice that costs me nothing. Matt’s got it right. He’s saying that
often we have so much in place, but there’s no sacrifice on our part. He’s
saying that we have all the pieces in place, but it’s not costing us

Ultimately Matt says that there is nothing in place that shows us worship
with a cost as much as mission – reaching the lost. He’s right again. Matt
is trying to point out that there’s something very significant that we need
to do in response to our worship, not about always asking, “What are you
going to give me, God?” but rather we should be asking, “What can I give
you, God?”

Application: This chapter of all the chapters hits me the hardest. Why
shouldn’t it, I’m the one that has been pushing towards reaching lost people
more than anyone I personally know. I know this information. I believe
this information. But I wonder sometimes, what is worship costing me? Am I
paying a price at all? Am I praying through the price of worship? What am
I doing that makes things really make a difference in my own life.

Recently Jim has challenged me to make sure and spend time in prayer. I’ve
been a little half-hearted about my afternoon devotions, knowing that if I
miss it, it won’t matter that much anyway. Jim has recently been challenged
by me to have time in prayer three times a day. I know that this is a
significant time in my ministry when I better make significant use of my
time in prayer. In other words, I’m so busy right now, how can I not put
more time in prayer? How can I not spend 2-3 hours in prayer each day?

Prayer: Lord, my prayer to you today is a prayer that I will never offer you
a sacrifice that costs me nothing. I pray that my life will be worship with
sacrifice to you each and every day. I believe that one of the ways I will
accomplish that is that I must spend significant time with you each day. I
know that I must spend significant time with you so that I must listen
carefully and listen wholeheartedly to you.

I’m a person of action, Lord. I don’t like listening much – so why does my
personal mission statement say: “Lead others to Christ through listening
relationships”? But I need to take the time to listen to you in the
quietness and the stillness of this day. I pray, Lord, that you will guide
me. I pray you will lead me. This is a journey that I’ve tried to embark
on a few other times, but it’s not stuck. Like my personal daily devotions,
it took me a long time to make those stick so that it’s very rare that I
actually miss a day. I pray that my journey will have a sticking point this
time, so that I will never want to miss my afternoon and evening time with

Please guide me, Lord. Please develop in me a time of prayer. Please make
me not just into a man of action, not just a man centered around reaching
lost people, but also a man that is much and deep into prayer. Lord, I
submit myself to you on this one. I pray you will guide me. I love you.

11/22/2004 6:51 AM
S: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before
you.” Matthew 11:10 (Malachi 3:1)

O: Jesus is primarily saying two things in this verse – #1 – John the
Baptist is the guy who was prophesied about in Malachi to prepare the way,
and #2 – Jesus is the guy who was being prepared for – namely the Messiah.
The Messiah part of this is pretty subtle, but I think they got the idea of
John being the preparer.

A: I believe in the 2nd Coming of Christ and I believe that the Seventh-day
Adventist Church is called to prepare the way for people. Are they doing
it? Am I doing it? Am I really helping to prepare the way for Christ’s
soon coming?

P: Lord, those are words that need to be constantly asked. They need to be
asked and they need to be confirmed. I pray for my denomination, I pray for
my Union, for my Conference and for my church and my leaders. I pray you
will help us never forget that we have the Elijah Message in the 3 Angel’s
Messages and we need to continue to proclaim them loudly. I pray you will
continue to lead me and guide me. I pray you will continue to make us a
church that is proudly proclaiming and never forgetting the 2nd coming of


I’m headed out for two weeks of much needed vacation before our baby
arrives. The goals of which are to get the house ready, work on some
projects and figure out a name for this child – the first one (#5) that we
don’t know the gender before s/he is born. So we’re stuck trying to find
two names.

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God Strengthen’s us Through Examples

11/11/2004 6:43 PM

S: “.for they drank of the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and
that rock was Christ..Now these things occurred as examples to keep us
from setting our hearts on evil things as they did..So, if you think you
are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has
seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will
not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under
it.” 1 Corinthians 10: 4, 6, 12-13

O: In this passage, Paul is outlining several things. 1) the rock that
the Hebrews drank from was Jesus. Paul is outlining one basic fact that
most Christians miss – that people have ALWAYS been saved by faith, not
by works. 2) He’s saying that the only reason the Old Testament was
even written was to be an example for us – so we don’t have to walk down
that same path. That’s important. And 3) he’s saying that God will
provide a way of escape for us, because what we’re dealing with, God has
dealt with many times, because he’s dealt with people for so long.

A: I think this is VERY important for me to remember. The more I’m in
the Bible, the more I am reminded that others have walked down some of
the same stupid paths that I have. I can learn – not just by doing, but
by reading. As I’ve read stories of David, of Peter and of others, I’ve
realized some of the mistakes they’ve made and that I don’t have to do
that again and again.

Well, I wish it were that easy. If only I could learn from all the
mistakes of others, then I would be able to find the path God wants for
me so much easier. But often, I still have to learn by doing things and
making the same mistakes.

God promises though, that there is no reason I have to learn this way.
He promises a way of escape for me. But in fact, that really ticks me
off – because that means that every time I’ve fallen, I could have
succeeded. Ellen White talks about how each time I give in to
temptation, that I make it harder to win the battle the next time.

P: Lord, I pray you will guide me. I pray you will lead me. I pray you
will be my teacher and you will open my mind to you. I pray you will
help me to learn without falling, but learning from others. And in
that, Lord, I want to depend on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, not
my own. I pray you will come into my heart, Lord, and fill me with the
Holy Spirit. I pray for you to lead me. I love you.

11/8/2004 6:43 AM
(Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer)

S: “Jews demand miraculous sins and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach
Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” 1
Corinthians 1:22, 23 “For God does speak – now one way, now another –
though man may not perceive it.” Job 33:14

O: Interesting how I see these two passages coming together. Interesting
how it appears to say the same thing. The Jews were looking for a
miraculous sign, so they couldn’t perceive the message of Christ crucified.
Greeks were looking for wisdom, so they couldn’t perceive the message of
Christ crucified.

A: So many people want God to say what they want him to say. So many people
are looking for the god of their making, rather than allowing God to be who
He is. I hope that I am not one of those people. My desire in life is to
let God be in charge of what He wants to tell me, how He wants to lead me,
and what He want me to do. I don’t want a god that I can fashion in my own
making, I want a God that is bigger than I am, smarter (that’s not hard)
than I am and One that is in charge of my life..

P: Lord, I confess today that often I try to read into the Bible what I want
it to say. I don’t want to live my life like that. I want to life my life
allowing you to speak to me the words you want to say. I want to listen to
you, Lord. I ask you into my heart. I pray you will fill me with the Holy
Spirit. I pray you will lead me. I love you.


11/2/2004 11:58 AM

S: “Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple, He looked around at
everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the
Twelve.. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began
driving out those who were buying and selling there..” Mark 11:11-15

O: It appears to me as if Jesus understood the idea that you take care of
things in a proper order and not always just when you are in front of it.
In other words, Jesus could have tried to drive everyone out during the
evening hours, but there were some inherent problems with this: The traders
may have gone home or were going home, there wasn’t the crowd there to make
the scene that Jesus wanted to, or perhaps he just needed to rest before he
took this stand. But anyway you look at it, Jesus truly was able to decide,
“Not now, I’ll do it only when the time is right.”

A: I think that kind of drives home some of my organizational stuff. It’s
not always about the urgent, but the important. Yes, there are urgent and
important items, but there are also urgent and unimportant and there are
important and not-urgent and of course the not-urgent and not-important
kinds of busy-work that can get us all kind of trapped.

In this last year, I’ve been trying to focus more and more on the idea that
I will work out of the important and not-urgent. I get MORE flack from
those that think it’s urgent that I DO their thing rather than what God is
calling me to do. I get MORE flack from those that think their crisis
should make it my emergency.

Jesus is here telling me that I simply need to stay the course. He’s
telling me to do what is important and not what others think I ought to
think is important.

P: Lord, I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me in my day-to-day decisions.
I pray that as I sit down to plan my week, I will put the right priorities
in place and THEN that I will stay the course and not get sidetracked by
everyone else’s emergencies and everyone else’s problems, or by the
stupidity of sitting around and doing the unimportant things when there is
so much else that needs to be done. I pray for the Holy Spirit to lead me.

Lord, I pray you will continue this journey with me. I love you and I will