100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 7
Who would you say had the biggest influence in your life during your formative years? From the time I was born until I started elementary school, I spent every day with my mom, and as I grew up, I wanted to be just like her. As a little girl, I mimicked my mom’s daily activities such as cooking (but I used the toy oven that I later discovered can actually set my dolls on fire, not just keep them warm), taking care of babies (up until the day I caught them on fire), shopping, and spending time with friends. All of these things were important to me; therefore, I incorporated them into my playtime because I learned they were important to Mom.
You become like that which you worship.
Today, my life proves that I still value what my mom valued. I do so much like she did in caring for family and taking care of a home. Like Mom, I find great satisfaction in doing these things. The same can be said of your adult life in determining who or what you worship. Through the process of admiration and following closely the value system of the subject admired, you go through a transformation; you actually become like the person or thing you worship.
God revealed Himself to Moses and the Israelites and established the practices by which they would relate to Him. He already declared Himself to be their God; now they would need to know how to respond as His people. Number one priority: have no other gods before Me, He said (See Exodus 20:8). The Father in heaven knows what is best for you and all people who come to Him in faith. You must worship Him alone, for there is none like Him!
Twenty-five years of worshiping the One True God has taught me something powerful that I want to share with you: Victory in life is expected for the one who worships the Victor. When you worship God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the victorious nature of the triune God is expressed through your life. Seriously! Your life is defined as victorious! Sure, others may look at you and call you lucky, but that is your opportunity to tell them about the Almighty God you serve. God wins! The Lamb has overcome! Greater is the Holy Spirit within you than he who is within the world!
Living the victorious life in Christ (I like to call it the “Rise Above Life”) is not possible just because you know some things from the Bible. It is possible because you worship God in heaven. You, child of God, are a worshiper of God, and you worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Your worship of God has little to do with your church denomination, church doctrine, or church congregation. Your worship of God has everything to do with your heart. Where is your heart on a beautiful day that greets you with peace and serenity? Do you thank the Father in heaven for delighting in giving you this pleasure? That’s true worship!
Where is your heart when you undergo pressures that threaten the certainty of your future? Do you thank God for the provision of His grace to endure and come out on the other side victorious? That’s worship in spirit! When you can trust God before seeing the results of a dilemma, your spirit is at rest. You escape the natural response of fending for yourself- the mindset that states, “If anything good is going to come out of this, I have to make it happen!”
Worshiper of God, in every moment, you know that God is with you, He is for you, and He promotes you. Your heart rises to heaven with expectation of His goodness in both your coming and your going. Not only do you reflect a good God, but you do good things, simply because He does good things. His nature becomes your nature. You see hope in every situation that screams defeat because the Author of Life invades your nature through your worship in spirit and in truth. You find that your very words ignite a power for positive change because the God whom you worship spoke creation into existence.
Welcome to the victorious life, worshiper of God. The world is desperate for the results produced through your whole focus on Holy God! “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21)
Take time to disconnect from the “noise” of the world and quiet yourself in His Presence (See Matthew 14:22-23).