“Fix your eyes upon Jesus”
God is calling for the true worshipers to Arise
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23)
The matters we face personally or as a nation are not a surprise to God and these things alone do not beckon God to make a move or to interfere within the earth on our behalf. God moves on our behalf within the earth when we ask Him to through prayer. However, if our hearts are not correctly positioned before God our prayers would not be effective or heard by Him at all. God is a God of love and He cares for us; but He is also a God of His word, order and of righteousness. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
A pure and sincere heart catches the attention of God. Matthew 5:8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. If our hearts are impure or filled with the clutter of the world, we can’t clearly focus on God or truly hear His voice. In order for us to clearly/ accurately hear from God or connect with Him, our hearts must first be pure. Just as a communication channel between a source and a receiver is sometimes disrupted by static, noise and other interferences during communication this can happen too with our communications with God when our hearts are cluttered with sin.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
“Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
God wants us; no matter our backgrounds or history. He wants to cleanse and transform us. He wants our whole and cleansed hearts. He desires our complete devotion unto Him when we come before Him in prayer. God wants to relate to us, walk and talk with us in the way He originally designed it to be from the beginning of time with Adam and Eve before sin entered the world. God wanted us so much and because of His loving nature, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sins in order to restore us back to relationship with Him. The Creator of the universe wants a relationship with us!
God desires us to walk in freedom and have His peace and solutions to problems, but often times our focus are in all the wrong places when it should be fixed on Christ alone. Our hearts are often times divided and not completely devoted or aligned before God. God is our glory and the lifter of our heads; He is our hope; He is our answer; He is the great judge; our identity is in Him. God loves us. In 2 Chronicles 20: 12 Jehoshaphat cried out to God when he heard that a great multitude was coming against him. “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that’s coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You”. I thought it was so significant and beautiful that despite the frightening circumstances that were before Jehoshaphat, his gaze remained fixed upon God alone. In verse 17 God spoke through the prophet Jahaziel in response to Jehoshaphat’s cry saying “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
Undistracted devotion unto God is forgetting all that’s around us and focusing on Him alone for who He is and not for what He can give to us or do for us. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).Our adoration and worship unto God should go beyond us just bringing our needs before Him in prayer or more than us singing songs unto Him. Our worship and adoration unto God must shift to a place of truth where we allow our hearts to be transparent before God and cleansed by His grace. Our spirits must connect with Holy Spirit. Our hearts must shift to a place where we become completely surrendered, submitted and obedient to God’s voice alone and desperate and eager for just spending that time with Him in His presence where we can get to know Him more and understand His heart and desires for us.
In Matthew 6:33 God instructs us to seek ye first his Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto us. God does not want us or our worship because He needs us in order to function as God. God wants a relationship with us because He loves us and knows that everything we need is in Him and if we have Him we’ll have access to all of these things which He desires us to have. However, we constantly place idols before God on a daily basis and ignore His voice and His call. You may ask the question, “How do I place idols before God in my life?” An idol is anything or anyone we allow to rule over our hearts that causes us to turn away from God or to become distant from Him. An idol is not limited to just a statue or image but it may also be in the form of opinions of others, the need for the approval and applause of man, fears, and worries. Even our work, projects, personal plans and relationships with others can become idols in our lives when we place them at the top of our hearts as priority before God. We must always ensure that we constantly keep God first and seek Him daily before any other person, place or thing.
If our eyes can be fixed on Christ alone then we can truly be loved and become love; we can become all that God created us to be because then we will see the truth that He is indeed love. If our eyes can be fixed on Christ alone then we can see His loving eyes encouraging us to get back up, repent and move forward when we fall short of His mark or standards for living. If our eyes can be fixed on Christ alone and our hearts focused on pleasing Him only then we won’t be so devastated or hurt when we are rejected by man or not cheered on by the crowds of people or when doors are closed before us; we’ll be confident in knowing that God is directing our paths and has something much better or greater in store for us because He loves us and our trust is in Him. If our eyes can be fixed on God alone then we can see the salvation of the Lord that He is on our side and we’re not alone. If we can just seek the Lord in prayer with a pure heart and be steadfast in our pursuit of Him and in our devotion unto Him, then we will begin to see a change in our personal lives and in our nation as a whole. A change cannot occur through us just going through the motions of praying, fasting, going to church, singing songs or hymns of praise unto God or through us pretending to love one another. A change can only take place when our hearts are pure and truly set on love (God is love); when our hearts are truly set on pursuing a true and authentic relationship with the Father through Christ Jesus. When our hearts truly cry out to God from a place of total surrender and purity. When our hearts are set on pleasing God alone and not man. When our hearts are set on becoming the love that God reveals to us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
My prayer today is for us all to get to that place of undistracted, authentic and pure devotion unto God alone where we seek Him with all of our heart, minds and souls; where we truly experience His love and become that love for others! God is calling for the true worshipers to Arise!
Blog Post written by: Andrika Moss