"For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
"Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things…they worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator" - Romans 1:21-23, 25
…they worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator Reflected glory:
…they worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator Reflected glory: They professed love to the broken mirror
The enemy isn't always The devil or the world around us
Lifestyle Worship: We can be God-blocked By our own flaws
Critical Spirit- Continually seeing the Problem rather than the opportunity - People - Circumstances - Money and possessions - Job
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'" - Matthew 11:18-19
A Critical Spirit can't worship Because there are no gifts There is no grace Just hardship and problems
5 Guys meet for a Burger and Fries "What a beautiful day! Thank you God!"
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them - Ephesians 2:8-10
Perfectionist For we are his workmanship… I'm not perfect, but I'm the work of his hands. He loves and accepts me So I can rest in that. And praise him for the gifts he brings into my life
Attention-seeking And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…so that no one may boast… created in Christ Jesus for good works Jesus saved me so that I could Find my identity in glorifying him by how I live It's not about me
Unworthy …it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. It's not about what I do But what Christ has done I receive his gift of grace And live to glorify him Rather than earn his blessings
Critical Spirit For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them I was created for good works… Not cynical commentary I'll live to glorify my God
How you respond to life Is a result of who is ultimate in your life And where you choose to focus
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" - 2 Corinthians 4:18
You'll struggle with: Perfectionism Attention-seeking Unworthiness Critical Spirit (and more!) But Jesus changes us… Else there's no hope for any of us
Is worship for me Lifestyle? Or event? Is my identity in Jesus?
What blocks worship for me? Why? What do I need to do?