Beware! You’ll enter a certain Trouble when you deny Satan your Worship; refusing to bow to pressure of temptation and intimidation from his channels.
Why many acclaimed followers of Christ Jesus today are not living in fulfilling God’s pleasure is because they are enslaved under territorial dominion of Satan by the means of FEAR — Satan’s pressurizing machine. They are forced to worshipping the devil under the pressure of afflictions, torture of lack, and pangs of desperation; many are afraid to die, and so consequently buckled.
Such folks are all their lifetime subject to bondage of Satan, because they lack the courage that offering God true worship requires. Hence, the bible says such people will be in bondage of false worship all their lifetime.
… those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (NIV) Hebrews 2:15
Listen, Worshipping God will Demand your Courage; you have to be Brave and Courageous to be able to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
The truth is that, the Odds of this present life is usually against the gut for godliness. Simply put, conditions of your environment and situation around you are hostile and against your desire and decisions to worship God; you may not be able to worship God easily.
I see a lot of weakness and faintness amongst believers today. The fear of death has become a snare to many people. No one is willing to lay down their appetite, not to even mention their lives for their professed allegiance to God.
Yet, the Three Hebrew believers [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego] stand before us and God as witnesses of what sincere worship is all about. When Satan put them under the Pressure of circumstance to deny God the Pleasure of their allegiance, they demonstrated Courage in denying Satan and display Bravery in embracing God; even unto a certain death.
Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Daniel 3:14-18(NKJV)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
What an Audacity of Faith! What a reckless addiction of Allegiance to Worship God in the face of the burning fiery furnace; severe affliction of the body that could kill them. They offered their lives unconditionally to God.
Their offering of worship was FREELY given without conditions nor excessive exception for God’s Pleasure; it was a living sacrifice WHOLLY and acceptable unto God. Indeed, it was a reasonable service; not after human senses, but a service spiritual and holy.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”Daniel 3:17-18(NIV)
Ah, may God restore to this generation, and to you also, the Spirit of true worship. Amen.
God only entreats and ask, “will you freely fulfil my pleasure?” But He will never interfere with your FREE Will.
For something to be pleasurable, it must be freely and voluntarily given. No one enjoys a thing taken through force, but whatever is given in love and out of essential affection is a great treasure to the heart of the receiver. Pleasure cannot be obtained through force; force will only produce pressure.
For the married folks. You can bear me witness that, when the pleasure that should naturally flow from intercourse between husband and wife is employed under the pressure of force, it is never enjoyable but endurable; it is becomes a burden of endurance instead of being a liquid exuberance. There is no way you can enjoy what brings the other party pain, sorrow, and grief.
Likewise, God had never and will never compel any man to give him pleasure. Pleasure has to come from a free will. The instruction of God to Adam was as if God told Adam, “see, what I want from you is pleasure; if you would do this, you will give me pleasure, but if you do otherwise you would bring me displeasure. But you have the right to choose. I have simply expressed my desire. All I want from you is worship”
Unfortunately, like you most times, Adam exercised his will against God’s pleasure. The bible says “God was displeased.” Genesis 6:6. In other words, God was dis-pleasured.
As God did not force Adam into worship, He will not force you either. He only seeks those that can willing and freely worship him in Spirit and in truth.
…a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24(NIV)
Satan also knows, that any man in his right senses and with the understanding of God’s righteousness will voluntarily decide to worship God, that is the reason he’ll always set burning fiery furnace before us. Therefore, whenever problems and temptations come into our lives, let us see them as opportunities to deny Satan worship and glorify God; no matter the outcome.
That is why it is written,
“give thanks [worship] in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
The understanding of this scripture is that, God looks upon every situation in your life as an opportunity to glorify Himself.