“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Bible is the only book that shows us God’s truth, that inspires us, nourishes us, allows us to understand what we’ve been called to do, that gives us the courage to keep going and shows us the right way to go. But above all, through the Bible we can hear God’s voice.
It’s the only book that can add wisdom to our lives, bring hope to our families, blessings to everything we represent and give us the security of eternal life. But all of this is subject to one very special condition: obedience. That’s why he who obeys and puts the Word of God into practice becomes a true worshipper who enjoys the fullness of God’s blessings.
LET’S GO DEEPER
There are four main characteristics that shape the heart of a worshipper and allow him to enjoy everything the Lord already conquered on the Cross and made available to him.
1. A SINCERE HEART
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words sincere heart?
A sincere heart is honest, loyal, fully committed, and has no reservations.
God wants worshippers to have a sincere heart, zero hypocrisy or religious acts. He wants sincere and loyal hearts.
God waits for us to give complete control of what we are over to His sovereignty. For this to happen we need to allow Him to examine and test our hearts, so He can uproot all the incorrect things. Is there something inside my heart that is an enemy to You, Lord? Examine my heart to see if there is anything that opposes You.
2. UNSHAKEABLE FAITH
“Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.”
What does it mean to have an unshakeable faith? It’s the decision to believe in Jesus and what He’s said about me. All of Scripture is inspired by God, His words are right therefore anything that is in disagreement with Him is a lie. I need to make the decision to be in agreement with what God says!
3. A PURIFIED HEART
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
One of the enemy’s weapons to try to attack and weaken our faith is guilt. This spirit wants to keep us captive and away from the Father. But the Word teaches us that we are justified by the blood of Jesus, in other words God sees us as if we’ve never sinned.
When you feel guilt trying to steal your strength of conquest, remember to give declarations of faith, remember to use your sword of the Spirit:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”
1 John 3:21
4. A BODY SET APART FOR HIM (CONSECRATION)
1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Remember that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. How are we sustaining Him? What are we exposing Him to? Are our works worthy like that of someone who loves and serves God?
God wants our bodies to be vessels of honor, clean and irreproachable. Our body does not belong to us, we are set apart for God and His purposes.
Through the blood of Jesus we can cancel every decree and argument that is against us because of bad decisions we made or sin we committed. Make the decision that from today on, you will set apart your body, talents, abilities and time to serve God.
Put it into practice!
● Review each of the characteristics taught in this message as a cell group, get everyone involved. Try to memorize the principles that make up a true worshipper.
● Now, give your disciples a few moments to write down what they can improve in reference to each characteristic and what daily habits they should change to be aligned with what the Word teaches in Hebrews 10:22.
● Finish your cell group by praying for each person there. Declare the five confessions of what the blood of Jesus does for them and decree that from now on they will experience a new level of consecration and obedience to God in every area of their lives.