This video has the core of my message on Wholehearted Worship: Putting the First Commandment in First Place. [Sorry the audio is out-of-sync, I’ll try to fix it when I get a chance, the uploads are slow]
In this teaching I discuss the Great Commandment passage from Mark 12:28-32:
- It’s an important question , still relevant today in any context. “What really matters ?”
- Jesus says the loving God with all we have, is the first and greatest commandment.
- I led the musical setting of the scripture, The Shema
Then on the video I discuss how the Bible instructs us in these four areas to offer wholehearted devotion.
- The Heart – our emotions, out passions.
- The condition of our heart is important to God.
- We can chose to direct our hearts affections to Him. Or not.
- Proverbs 4:23 advises “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life.”
- The Mind – our thought life, what we contemplate, what we meditate upon.
- Our self talk, which is often critical
- We have to replace the lies we tell ourselves or that come from the enemy with Truth
- That’s one reason why being in the word of God regularly is so important, to bring light to darkness
- The Soul – sometime explained as the combination of the mind, the will and emotions
- your personality, your unique self-expression
- Your identity, often determined by your accomplishments or recognition
- We need to find our identity in God’s acceptance
- He delights in us just because we are His children
- God loves me, I love God = I am successful!
- All your Strength
- Our time, talents and treasure
- When I am weak, He is strong
- Little is much in the masters hands
- So we offer what we have as our act of worship
I concluded with the song “What Words Can’t Say”. That “when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words.”(Romans 8:26 CEV)
God does work all things for good for those who believe (Romans 8:28 ) if we hang on to the Lord.
I acknowledge the influence of teachings by Mike Bickle and Don Finto in my thinking and some of this message.
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