Vintage message from June 28, 1998.
Being a true worshipper is the toughest thing you will ever do because it is being honest with yourself and with God and with everybody around you. It is coming to the place of understanding what the truth is and living that truth from your heart, from your spirit, before God, and that is tough… If you think Christianity is wimpy, then you do not understand God’s heart, and you do not understand God’s Word.
…Sometimes being truthful is heart-wrenching. Sometimes coming to the bold, blatant truth about who I am brings tears to my eyes, and when it’s done because God has touched us, it’s okay. But if you’re doing it for the reason of impressing God, all you’ve done is gone to a “high place.” You have reinstalled that form of worship that God said He did not want. Think about how you worship and why you worship and where you worship… Dwell on verses like [John 4:24] where Jesus is explaining to the woman at the well, and you’ll come to the place very rapidly of knowing that the place you need to be in your life is before God in spirit and in truth…
Hear this very carefully: if you want to reject God, He will let you. He doesn’t reject you. He doesn’t turn away from you and, in fact, He will give you, oftentimes, the desire of your heart though it’s not the desire of His heart… Any of us who have ever struggled in our relationship with the Lord and feel that God has somehow abandoned us, understand that God has never abandoned us. We have just become so distracted in our life, we’ve turned our back on Him and are not listening to Him… God will allow sin to happen in our lives. God does not stop us from living the lives that we choose to live. God does not stop us from doing the things that we want to do. God gives us permission. “Go ahead. Go live that life.” But understand…we must know that if we’re going to live the life that we choose outside of God that there will be consequences… God never, no matter how much we reject Him, He never rejects and abandons us.
Pastor Dave Elkins