Posted by: Terry | March 27, 2010

Calling without exalting is not worshiping

So My people are bent on turning from Me.

Though they call them to the One on high,

None at all exalts Him. Hosea 11.7 (NASB)

It is a sad state of affairs when a people bent on ignoring God are called to God yet none exalt God. We live in such a world, where the people seek out spirituality, from leaders who talk of God, yet they themselves do not exalt him.

Can one call to God and not exalt God? Can one pray in a way that exalts himself over God? Can one seek a spiritual experience yet never exalt God? Yes. The Mystics in their search for an experience with God turned their asceticism into a form of idolatry. They sought the experience, made it their purpose and objective.

God seeks a broken and contrite heart, that recognizes him as Creator and Lord, that confesses Jesus as Christ and Lord. We are to call on him because his is God, exalt him  because he is worthy.

We must be watchful, as many churches are moving away from exalting God, too many messages lift up “me” and “my” problems, they make experience the goal, and the glory of God second. God does care and he does change lives, but our priority is to exalt him first, the rest will follow.

Jesus said it clearly, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you.” Petition must follow glorification.

Pastors and teachers are charged with the grave responsibility to lift Christ up in a way that encourages people to exalt God first, when then avoid their duty they damage the body of Christ. As followers of Christ we must hold those over us accountable as they hold us accountable; we must proclaim to the world that it is our desire to glorify God first while lovingly leading them to an understanding and belief in the one whom we are worshiping.

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