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Are You Obedient In Your Worship? (3 of 4)
Series: Experiencing God through Worship
1 Samuel 15
Preached September 26, 2010
What is trying to be communicated in this component of Experiencing God through Worship is that this is foundational to being a follower, or a disciple, of Christ.
The only reason you ARE a disciple of Christ is because you have experienced Him at some point.
And because you are a disciple, you should be experiencing Him on a regular basis.
Your initial experience of God was that the Holy Spirit was drawing you and wooing you to Himself and convicting you of your sinfulness and your need of salvation.
There was hopefully a time like Isaiah, where you understood the majesty, transcendence and holiness of God along with your sinfulness, and the great chasm that existed between you.
You understand that God bridged that chasm by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
There is growing sense of AWE of who God is, but then a sense of humility on your part, understanding that apart from the grace of God, it's over for you.
Then hopefully, you are growing in your appreciation of and affection for God as we saw last week with the woman who washed His feet with her tears and hair and kissed his feet over and over and over.
When I think of a passion for God, that is the story I think of.
But, does experiencing God stop there?
Is that all there is to it?
Pouring out your praise on Him?
As we are going to see in this text, your obedience is directly related to you experiencing God.
And perhaps the reason you're not truly experiencing God on a regular basis is because you're not being obedient.
TEXT: 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-23
Let's first understand the Old Testament ritual of sacrifice.
In the Old Testament, sacrifices were not meant to try and appease God; they were really an act of worship, where the givers of the sacrifice realized that God was gracious in not punishing ...
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