Jealousy of God
Jealousy is generally perceived as a human weakness. Few would want to be described as “the jealous type.” Perhaps that’s why many choose to ignore the fact that our perfect God has revealed himself to be perfectly jealous. Consider Exodus 34 where we are told, “Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (v.14). While our human jealously is often unfounded, God’s never is. As our Maker and our Redeemer, we are doubly his. He rightly deserves our full attention, our ardent love, and our fiercest loyalty. When the One who loves us more than we can know sees us flirting with the seductive distractions of our culture, we should pause to consider that our God, who has purchased us for himself, is undoubtedly provoked to a righteous jealously. Therefore, in the words of the Apostle John, do all you can to “keep yourself from idols” (1Jn.5:21)
-- Pastor Mike
Jesus commanded us to “love the Lord your God with all your … mind”(Luke 10:27). It is hard to ponder God as transcendently glorious, perfectly holy, absolute in power, and impeccably wise without our attitudes and actions being shaped by those truths. When we worship God, we dare not simply mouth the words of our worship songs and hymns; our minds must be focused and engaged so that our lives will follow. As we meditate on the glorious truth of who God is, may our lives be continually transformed by the renewal of our mind.
When you give to Focal Point this month we would like to show our appreciation by sending you a copy of a brand new CD from the worship band at Compass Bible Church. The CD includes four original songs designed to engage both our hearts and minds in worship to our exalted God. The CD is titled Coronation. We’re also including a Bible study booklet on the Psalms, covering the basics everyone should know in order to fully unlock, appreciate and learn from these heart-filled cries.
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