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“Will Worship” by todd tomasella

September 15, 2011 todd tomasella toddtomasella

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The Peril of Self-Transformation

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” Colossians 2:16-23

Honoring God has to do with uplifting Jesus and not ourselves.  Holding Him up as the supreme “Head” of our lives and His corporate body, while denying the self life, is what He has called us to.  In keeping this all-important truth, we must put aside, rebuke, and expose any person or doctrine which comes along attempting to involve us in and yoke us to ordinances, feasts, traditions or any practice that draws away and steals glory from the One who alone died to pay for our sins and make us righteous in the eyes of our heavenly Father. The kingdom of God is all about the King of that kingdom – Jesus. The true believer must continue to increase in exalting the divine Person of Jesus Christ who is alone worthy.

Why try to work to obtain a place of being pleasing to the LORD when He already settled that issue in Christ?

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:17

Of Christ, the Father stated:

“Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”  Luke 3:22

All those and only those who are truly and presently in Christ are well pleasing to the Father in Heaven.  That is it.  It’s that simple.  Beloved, we cannot add to the supreme and total sacrifice of our perfect and holy LORD Jesus.  Do not complicate this truth.  Everything, without exception, that is pleasing to God is His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  So, being in Him is what pleases the Father. Isn’t that simple? He is not pleased when we try to make it our own way or muscle ourselves through our spiritual life or deny Him for identification with religion.

The Burden of “Will Worship”

Will worship is a cruel and grueling taskmaster and on top of that, will never result in the appropriation of God’s righteousness in our lives. “Will worship” is utter futility that will wear one out and age him prematurely, robbing him of the treasures of God’s grace in Christ. Every individual must choose – Either they are righteous in and of themselves or by Christ’s perfect righteousness. To be justified by law is a course which is intangible and unattainable – no one except Christ has ever perfectly kept the whole law. But “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4)  When we try to live our “Christian” life out of our own “will worship,” will power, and the strength of self, instead of trusting God by faith to do His good pleasure in us, we forfeit His marvelous grace and its work in us.

“Let us therefore come boldly (confidently) unto the throne of grace (not condemnation), that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16

Instead of trying to restore, resurrect or transform ourselves, we should simply “come boldly” to Him and fall afresh upon the mercy of our LORD, asking Him to wash, forgive and cleanse us (Ps. 51; Matt. 11:28-30; Heb. 4:14-16).  Personal reform is never the answer in the life of the one who has a relationship with the Almighty.  He is not without a heavenly Father, relegated to his own finite strength. Christ alone is the total and complete righteousness to every justified child of God (Romans 3:21-28; 4:4-7; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21, etc.). Rejoice and be glad for His compassions fail not, but are made new every single morning.

Let’s be richly blessed by what Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3. Can you relate?

“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.  21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”  Lamentations 3:19-26

We attempt to transform our own lives by the power of our personal will and strength, crassly overlooking and denying the grace and power of the One who made and saved us. How can we who were initially cleansed of our sins, made new creatures, and justified via repentance and faith in Christ, dare to then turn away from God and brazenly reject Him by now trusting self? Isn’t this exactly what the Galatians did?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3

Christian one, remember this simple truth:

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Living in His Grace

Oh what a rest in spirit to trust in Christ!  What love that we are given to live in the blessings of His manifold grace and saving mercy!

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13

He loves you!

Will you believe it and take Him at His Word of promise?

He alone is your justification.

These would be very important verses to place neatly on index cards and memorize.

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me.”  Psalms 138:8

As we choose to live by faith, it is the grace of God that actually works in us, compelling us on to serve Him in love. Look at what righteousness the great apostle trusted in:

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

The person who is living in and by the grace of the Messiah, trusting Him fully as Savior and LORD, is assured by the Holy Spirit that all his sins are washed away in the blood of Jesus, immediately upon confession and as he remains walking in the light of Christ (1 Jn. 1:6-10). This obedient disciple can clearly enjoy the benefits found in the end of Romans 8:

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “ Romans 8:33-34  

The person, who continues to come boldly and confidently before the throne of His grace, walks free and enjoys the monumental benefits of the salvation given to us in Christ Jesus (Psalms 103:2). Yet, the one who does not live unto the LORD, doesn’t confess his sins to continue to receive His priceless divine grace, is left unwashed and burdened in his sins. The Bible repeatedly establishes and confirms that the glorious grace of God is reserved for those who live by faith (Rom 4:16; 5:2).

God only justifies men on the basis of faith and never law-keeping or good works or anything else.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (memory verse)

The prideful heart can never be given or experience such a glory and blessing because God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble..” (James 4:6)

PRAYER:  LORD Jesus, forgive me for trusting myself and not You. I have labored and am heavy ladened.  I need You and have no righteousness outside of you.  Forgive me for the gross and evil sin of unbelief.  I love You Jesus. Right this moment, if never before, I lay my life in Thine holy hands, trusting and resting fully in Thy perfect grace and mercy which alone is able to uphold my life as it is in Your holy hands. Amen.

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