WILL WORSHIP

 

††††††††††† What is will worship? It is the constant effort of man to accomplish his own will, whether for good or for bad. It is an insidious trick of the enemy to keep Godís people under bondage to their own set of doís and doníts, to bring to them self pride for successfully performing their will, and self condemnation for failure. The gratification from success brings pride of accomplishment which leads to worship of oneís own will. When the person sets for himself standards too high for him to maintain, he excuses himself by confessing his ďsinĒ, and going on to the next failure as he trusts in the blood of Christ for his cleansing. He never comes to realization that these laws he makes for himself are the same laws that were defeating him before he was saved.Before he was saved he knew he had to change his life, but could not. After God changed his life he never come to realize that he was free from the law of doís and doníts, his sin forgiven, and made a new creation in Christ, a child of the King.

††††††††††† As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:†† Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:†† In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;†† Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;†† And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.†† Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,†† (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Colossians 2:6-23 AV)