We go to church, but unfortunately many of us go intriguing for our own benefits, not God’s. In Zechariah’s days some also went to church, to seek a blessing and to speak with the priests and prophets about "whether they must continue their traditional custom of fasting...as they had been doing for so long" Zechariah 7:3.
The thing is they were crying to God, but God would not hear. They never tried to figure out why God was ignoring them. I like it when we persist, but only in well doing.
Anyway, the Lord asked them, when you fast and mourn, are you really earnest about leaving your sins behind and coming back to me or you do it for your own benefit?
We’re not saved to profit carnally; ”It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63.
The prophets warned it will surely lead to ruin if we continue with that attitude.
In regard to fasting, God says, "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" Isaiah 58:6. But did they listen? "Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts" Zechariah 7:12. Paul said, "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" Romans 10:2-3.
That’s all we see in many church today - a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. Many of us even establish our own righteousness. But God says to Zachariah, as "I called, but they refused to listen, so when they cried to me, I turned away" Zechariah 7:13.
You want God to bless you; go to church, intriguing for his will to be done. Jesus said, "When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth."
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