Planting And Harvesting

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Jordan Wilson. Wednesday June 21st, 2017.

Planting And Harvesting

Galatians 6:7-10 “7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”

#1. Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Misled.

Many times we deceive ourselves by believing what we’re doing is “okay” because “God will always forgive us.”

This is called, “Abusing God’s grace.”

In this passage, it implies that we are mocking God if we continue to act like this.

We allow ourselves to believe that there will not be consequences of our sins, bad behaviors, or negative influences of others over us…

Proverbs 1:10-19

Proverbs 1:10-19
“10 My child, if sinners entice you,
turn your back on them!
11 They may say, “Come and join us.
Let’s hide and kill someone!
Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave;
let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
13 Think of the great things we’ll get!
We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
14 Come, throw in your lot with us;
we’ll all share the loot.”

“15 My child, don’t go along with them!
Stay far away from their paths.
16 They rush to commit evil deeds.
They hurry to commit murder.
17 If a bird sees a trap being set,
it knows to stay away.
18 But these people set an ambush for themselves;
they are trying to get themselves killed.
19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money;
it robs them of life.”

Consider Your Ways
Consider Your Friends
Consider The Outcome

#2. We Harvest What We Plant.

This law, like laws of nature is an example that God gives us to show that no matter how hard we try to “out-wit” God, His ways will always come to pass. This is a law we cannot run from. The consequences will be felt, whether good or bad.

Ex. Gravity

“Planting To The Party Life”
Belshazzar – Daniel 5:22-30

Daniel 5:22b-30 “you have not humbled yourself. 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!”

“24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.
25 “This is the message that was written: Mene, mene, tekel, and Parsin. 26 This is what these words mean:
Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.
27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.
28 Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
30 That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.”

#3. The Flesh Reaps Destruction.

Galatians6:8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.”

Decay, Death, Destruction, & Corruption are all words that can be translated here: in the Greek context of their day, it was often used to describe the decaying of food. Which is what our Christian life will look like after prolonged consumption of the world and the flesh.

Sin ALWAYS corrupts. And when we begin to care less about our sin, it makes our character worse.

#4. The Benefit Of Being Spiritual.
(Doing what the Bible says from the heart)

We will start to live EVERLASTING life here now! When Paul speaks of reaping (harvesting) eternal life, he’s not just talking about heaven in the future. Eternal life is about quality of living now. Which ultimately leads to living with Christ forever!

Galatians 5:22-23 “22 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Do we want everlasting life?

Galatians 5:25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit.”

“I want God’s word to change my heart and my mind”

#5 Don’t Give Up!

J-Dub’s notes:
Don’t get frustrated and give up! Obey God in every season of life. You may not see the reward yet, but the “law of sowing and reaping” will come to pass.

Let’s spend next week at camp sowing to the spirit. don’t just see it as a fun time away from home eating snacks, staying up late, etc. Also see it as an opportunity to experience Jesus. And let it be a time that you sow to your spiritual life – letting God change your heart next week…. Let’s be in awe of Him… Amen.

 

Fearless

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Jordan Wilson. Wednesday May 31st, 2017.

Judges 6:11-27

Subject: Fear
Big Idea: “Don’t be afraid; you may be weak, but God is strong.”

11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”

13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

17 Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. 18 Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.”

He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”

19 Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat, and with a basket of flour he baked some bread without yeast. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, he brought them out and presented them to the angel, who was under the great tree.

20 The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff in his hand, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.

22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

23 “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” 24 And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.

25 That night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. 26 Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”

27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.

#1. The Lord Sees Through Our Excuses

Judges 6:15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

#2. The Lord Commands Us To Free Others From Slavery Despite Our Fears.

14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

Matthew 28:19 “19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

This is the Great Commission
Not the Great Omission

Romans 10:13-17
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” 16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

#3 The Lord Exposes Our Misbeliefs.

23 “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” 24 And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.

God answered Gideon’s fear to obey
WITH PEACE.

The Ascension

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Dr. Allen Mabra. Sunday May 28th, 2017.

Jesus – His Ascension

Act 1:3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Act 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

Act 1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Act 1:6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Act 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Act 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Act 1:9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
Act 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Jesus could do that. Jesus could say, “It is finished. I have done everything that God wanted me to do.”

Jhn 19:30
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

I. WHY DID JESUS REMAIN FOR 40 DAYS ON THE EARTH?

A. First of all, “Why? Why did Jesus remain those 40 days on the earth following His resurrection? Hadn’t men hurt Him enough? Why would He stick around? And why 40 days?”

B. But I am sure that one goal Jesus had in spending those 40 days after His resurrection was to finish teaching the apostles.

He had tried to teach them again & again what was going to happen. He had told them, “I’m going to die in Jerusalem. I’m going to be buried, & on the third day be raised from the dead.”

On the last night of His life He takes them into the upper room. He breaks bread & speaks of His broken body. He shares with them the fruit of the vine, & speaks of His shed blood.

C. But when Jesus died on the cross & was buried in the tomb, His followers were completely devastated because they had forgotten what Jesus said. They forgot even though He had told them repeatedly.

Finally, it all started to sink in. Back in the 14th chapter of John, Jesus had said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go & prepare a place for you, I will come again that where I am you may be also.”

“You know the way,” He had said. Thomas asked, “Lord, how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way & the truth & the life. And no man comes unto the Father but by me.”

D. During those 40 days Jesus appeared to them again & again, re-emphasizing the things He had already taught them. Suddenly, all of the teachings that Jesus had shared with them for 3 years began to make sense.

I. Why did Jesus need to go back to the Father

A. So the Holy Spirit could come

John 16:5
but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
16:6
Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.

John 16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
16:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me;

John 16:10
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
16:11
and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
16:12
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
16:14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
16:15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

1Co 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1Co 6:20
you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Gal 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23
gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

B. So Jesus could do His intercessory work, act as an Advocate, or Mediator

Noun Masculine — mesites — mes-ee’-tace )
lit., “a go-between” (from mesos, “middle,” and eimi, “to go”), is used in two ways in the NT, (a) “one who mediates” between two parties with a view to producing peace, as in 1 Timothy 2:5 , though more than mere “mediatorship” is in view, for the salvation of men necessitated that the Mediator should Himself posses the nature and attributes of Him towards whom He acts, and should likewise participate in the nature of those for whom He acts (sin apart);

only by being possessed both of deity and humanity could He comprehend the claims of the one and the needs of the other; further, the claims and the needs could be met only by One who, Himself being proved sinless, would offer Himself an expiatory sacrifice on behalf of men; (b) “one who acts as a gurantee” so as to secure something which otherwise would not be obtained

1Ti 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
1Ti 2:6
who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

1Jo 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
1Jo 2:2
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Heb 7:24
but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
Heb 7:25
Therefore he is able to save completelythose who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Heb 7:26
Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

Heb 9:24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.
Heb 9:25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
Heb 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
Heb 10:13
and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

Heb 10:15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
10:17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.
10:18And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
Job 9:30
Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,
:31
you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
.32
“He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

Job 9:33
If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,
Job 9:34
someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Job 9:35
Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

Job 19:25
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.Job 19:26
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
Job 19:27
I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

Eph 2:12
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Obedience From The Heart

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Jordan Wilson. Sunday May 21st, 2017.

Obedience From The Heart

We are only able to worship when we’ve accepted Him as savior AND see Him as sovereign over us.
We are only able to worship based on what we know about God.
We all vary in our knowledge of God as revealed in scripture.
God will only reveal Himself more when we are willing to worship and obey what we DO know. (Ex 15 ppl).
Focusing on fear, obsessions, worries, & doubts leads to ingratitude, frustration, feeling useless, and without purpose.
Worship is about giving from the heart, serving from the heart, and obeying God from the heart, not about what we can get from Him.
Focusing the heart on Him leads to gratitude and fulfillment.

The way a man perceives himself, his world, and his God determines how he will behave.

What you believe about those three things, the environment you put yourself in, and the relationships you have with God and people, will determine what you will become.

Satan attacks at the point in which he knows we are supposed to be obedient.

A well-trained conscience, the Holy Spirit’s drawing, and direct instruction from scripture are indicators of where God wants US to be obedient.

Satan is attacking you at the points in which he knows you MOST need to obey God, serve God, and give to God.
And it all has to do with what you believe to be true about God.

Genesis 3:4, Genesis 4:2-7, Daniel 10:12, Matthew 4:1-11

Genesis 3:4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
All temptations deal with satan playing on our fears & obsessions about losing something we think we deserve.
The sin was not as much about the act as it was the desire… the desire was solidified by the act.
(James 1:14-15)
For Adam and Eve, it was that God was withholding good from them.

Genesis 4:2-7 “2b Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering – fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry and his face was downcast.

Genesis 4:6-7 “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain believed he deserved more from God. He responded to God with ingratitude, frustration, and feeling useless and therefore put himself in the house of temptation, where sin crouched at the door.

Cain refused to empty himself and obey from the heart.

Matthew 4:1-11
With the incarnate Christ, it was to see if Christ would gain “what he deserved”.
“Since you are the Son of God”.
The attempted temptations were presumptions by satan. If Jesus feared or believed His Father was withholding good from him, and His desire to do God’s will was corrupted, He would have given in to the acts.
But Jesus emptied Himself.
(Phil. 2:5-11)

Daniel was in a time of great perplexity, anxious thoughts, mourning, he didn’t eat, and had no idea what God was doing behind the scenes.

Daniel 10:12-14 “12 Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future…”

This is the cosmic battle of control.

Are we all prone to obsession?

If our brain (fleshly nature) is prone to obsession, as believers, is it possible that we can choose what we obsess about?

YES.

How?

With what we decide the heart.

The heart of Paul towards God
Romans 11:33-12:2

Romans 11:33-36 “33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! 34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? 35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”

Romans 12:1-2 “1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

I. We Obey Because Of God’s Riches, Wisdom, Knowledge, and Mercy.

Romans 11:33-34 “33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! 34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?

A. This outburst of praise to God comes out of a more rich understanding of God. Romans 11:33-36 was a natural explosion of praise to the previous 11 chapters of Romans.

B. The more we humbly accept God’s word, the more God will reveal His purpose to us.

Dan. 10:12 “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard”

II. We Obey Because Everything Was Intended For His Glory.

Romans 11:35 “And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”

A. In order to set your heart to willful obedience to Him, we must understand that satan’s scheme is to get you to believe that everything you possess is yours. And that you deserve more. More time, more money, more peace, more security, more possessions, more health, less trials, less struggle…

III. We obey because we have nothing to offer.

Romans 12:1 “1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

A. “Bodies” – “So’-mah” GK. in the context of being a slave. Or, offered in slavery.

Romans 6:16 “16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the ones you obey…”

B. We may be free to choose what we obey, but we are slaves to that which we choose.

Submitting whole-heartedly to God leads to freedom from bondage.

Submitting to temptation, fear, obsession, doubt, worry, etc leads to self-imposed guilt, shame, and regret.

Our actions will always follow our beliefs.

IV. We Obey because all He’s already done for us.

Romans 12:1 “because all He has done for you.”

“The Mercies Of God” found in Romans.
God’s Love,
Unable to be separated (from God’s love),
Grace,
the Holy Spirit,
Peace,
Patience,
Glory,
Honor,
Righteousness,
Justification,

Forgiveness,
Reconciliation,
Adoption and recognition as children,
Cry out to God in trouble,
Security,
Safety,
Intercession,
Eternal Life,
Comfort of the Spirit,
And the list goes on….

V. We Obey because God is changing what we believe about what is Good, Perfect, and Pleasing.

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

A. We can’t know what is good, pleasing, and perfect without knowing God intimately.

An intimate knowledge of God causes us to explode with praise and ultimately – obedience will flow from it.

We fail to experience it when we set our hearts to focus on anything less that the infinite love and knowledge of Him.

“When He [God] talks of humans losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will (control); once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do God’s will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

We are only able to worship when we’ve accepted Him as savior AND see Him as sovereign over us.
We are only able to worship based on what we know about God.
We all vary in our knowledge of God as revealed in scripture.
God will only reveal Himself more when we are willing to worship and obey what we DO know. (Ex 15 ppl).
Focusing on fear, obsessions, worries, & doubts leads to ingratitude, frustration, feeling useless, and without purpose.
Worship is about giving from the heart, serving from the heart, and obeying God from the heart, not about what we can get from Him.
Focusing the heart on Him leads to gratitude and fulfillment.