Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.' And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, Little girl, arise.' Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. Luke 8:52-55
Why do you do what you do? Have you ever thought about it?
I mean, for example, a lot of people go to church just to say they go to church. Do you still go to church to say that you go to church?
Let me just say, don't come to church to say that you come to church. Don't do that. I wouldn't even do that. I wouldn't go to church so I could say, I go to church.
What about this one-do you still read God's Word so you can say that you read God's Word?
You don't read God's Word to say that you read God's Word. You read God's Word to seek God's face, to hear from Him so that His presence can become real and life-changing in your life.
Now, this is when people get mad at me. They get mad over the preaching, because they want a preacher that simply confirms the way they want to live. That's why they just read so they can say that they read and go so that they can say that they go.
No wonder there's no power and presence in their life.
You need to read to seek His face. You need to go to church to worship Him. Then you'll receive the great exchange, where it's not like those Christmas parties where you never expect something better than one you brought. No, you always go home with something better when you exchange gifts with Jesus.
His thoughts for your thoughts. His ways for your ways. His heart for your heart. His mind for your mind. His plans for your plans. And He will fill you with His power. He will fill you with His presence.
Don't just go to church to go to church. No, you come to worship Him. Don't just read to say you read. No, you read to seek His face.
Make this exchange today. Let His power and presence come and change You forever!
Prayer Lord Jesus,
I confess that I never realized how much more You have for me than just going through the motions. Come change my heart today! Fill me with Your power and presence!