Arcing—Assignment 9
James 1:26-27
Who are we really worshiping?
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Published November 17th, 2018
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Main point summary
One may think he is worshiping God but if his tongue is out of control he is deceived and not worshiping God on the other hand true worship is compassionate to those who cannot repay and conformed to God not the world.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
if anyone thinks he worships/relates to God rightly.
q and does not bridle his tongue
and does not control what he says so that it is pleasing to God
but deceives his heart,
that is he has deceived himself,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
more -over that is such a person is not worshiping the One True God. His practice is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
on the other hand worship that is holy and accepted before God
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
is to take caring action for those who are needy and suffering and can't pay you back, the exercise of compassion that pleases God and is in Jesus.
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to keep yourself from letting the world corrupt you. (holy)
2 Pt. 2:20 For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
knowing Jesus keeps us from defilement from the world
Ro. 12:1 present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God , which is your spiritual worship.
Ro. 14:17,18...rtsns. peace,and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Hosea 6:6 "For I desire steadfast love (mercy) and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." Mt. 9:13 "Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. ' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Mk. 12:33 " And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Loyalty to God produces true compassion and knowledge of God. Jesus is the only one who demonstrates perfect loyalty to God. It is faith in Jesus, walking with Him that will give us both the compassion and knowledge of God to make us true worshipers who are undefiled by the world and acting in Jesus's compassions.
Worship that is accepted by God is compassion for your fellow man and conformed to God not the world.
if you think you have true worship of God but dont control your tongue you are self deceived and not worshiping the One true God.
meeting pressing needs.
Romans 12:2 " Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Who are we really worshiping? Examining the use of (1) your tongue,(2) your compassions, and (3) your conformity... will reveal whether your "Religion" is true. Diagnostic Questions: Conformity Do I conform to God or to the world? In other words, is my loyalty to God? - to self?-or to the world? Am I reading and walking in the Word? Loyalty to God will demonstrate itself as true worship which will operate with increasing compassion for others and holiness to God. Remember that friendship with the world is hatred toward God. Compassion Go and learn what this means I desire compassion and not sacrifice. (Mt. 9:13a) Are you meeting pressing needs? Are you often stirred with compassion to take action on behalf of others? Tongue Are you having trouble with your tongue? How are you doing? Don't be self deceived! James reminds us how easy it is to think we are O.K. when we aren't. We can use this three part litmus test to see if we are truly worshiping the One True God.
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