Do You Honor God with Your Lips or with Your Heart?

    Many times people worship in church every Sunday, yet live a lifestyle completely different than the one they proclaim as a believer. Granted, we all have weaknesses and no one is perfect, but this is not an excuse to sin. God knows our hearts, intentions, thoughts and motives. We all need each other and help in the body of Christ and in the church.

    My question and challenge for you is: Do you personally honor God within and outside of church, or do you change into another person once you leave the gathering of believers? Do you live out what you believe?

    Do you personally honor God within and outside of church, or do you change into another person once you leave the gathering of believers?

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    I challenge you to pray about this, ask God to show you the areas you may need help in, and pray for others in your life who are on your heart.

    God loves when you come to church, but your life should also reflect your beliefs by the fruit you bear which could be in fellowship, your lifestyle, reading the Word, prayer and other ways that are an outcome of being a believer

    Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:4-8).

    When we honor God by living a life of worship, it blesses Him and honors Him! Not only that, but we are shining lights for Him and living a life we were designed to live! For those who don’t do this, it is scary because they will answer to the Lord for their behaviors and if they cause another person to stumble, they will be held accountable.

    The scripture I mentioned in the beginning of the article talks about motives, thoughts and intentions. God knows the depths of every person’s heart because He created us and knows every detail of our lives. This scripture is found several times in the Bible.

    These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Matthew 15:8).

    Isaiah puts it this way in Chapter 39 verse 13:

    These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

    This scripture refers to the people who were religious but didn’t serve God with the right heart. It says in verse 13, “Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”

    PI readers, what are your thoughts on this? Personally, I desire to reflect a heart after God like David in the Bible. This scripture is a great reminder and prayer to keep asking God to cleanse us and to give us the right heart and right spirit:

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

    God loves when we seek to honor Him wholeheartedly. Comment below and write a prayer, thought, or request you have. May God continually bless you always.

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. that’s my problem all i can do is think. i hear about God in so many way’s, like, graceful, but then i think of him as judgemental, i silently judge people and think aweful thoughts. i can’t help but make mistakes, and whenever i hear of someone wanting to do something good, or did do something good, i get upset at them for practically being a christian, it’s like i want myself to be the only christian on this planet. i wish i could stop being so rude and selfish, help???

      • i dont know that i can completely answer your question. i know that i myself sometimes do exactly what your talking about. i think a verse that helps is 2 corinthians 10:5
        Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
        so mabey every time you find yourself thinking like that consously acknowledge that thought and say something opposite so if your thinking about how much better you are because of the music say something like “this doesnt make me any better, i am saved because of what christ did” something like that so first acknowledge the thought becaus ignoring it just gives it free reign then appolagize ask God to forgive you for it and then think of something to oppose it.
        hope this helps!

      • Dear unicorn4567, you have probably heard of Philippians 4:8.”Finally, brothers,” [or sisters] “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just…” pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, anything worthy of praise, Paul says we should think about these things. It’s hard sometimes when other people get noticed for the positive things they do while some of us are known for our mistakes. Trust me, I know. But what would you gain if you were only being godly for the world? I am saying this in kindness to a sister in Christ (or brother if you’re a boy) so try to hear me out. People look at the outside but God looks at the heart. If you are doing everything for God, He will use you in people’s lives. They will see a difference in you that is unlike most of the others they know. God’s opinion is the one that matters most. Do what is right and ask God to help you when you are feeling selfish or jealous. If others are doing good things in God’s sight, you should try to encorage them the way you would want to be encouraged.

      • yeah that happened to me also. this is what ill do. when your out, before you do something, always say to yoursalf, would this make God happy? you can still listen to christain music, but just remember that God is still watching you and try to make it not so noticeable.also if you want some extra, pray or worship Christ in secret, so noone can see in your closet or room with the door shut. cause this is what i did before i got more comforatble and started to do it a little more publicly.( but of corse i wouldnt want to make people notice, but if they do, just keep on going!I just remembered this when i was doing it, try not to be noticable, do it in the most private spot you can find right there( like behind or next to your mom or dad), and do it silently!)

      • Once, I forget where, but I read something that said something like: Being a Christian doesn’t mean you’re perfect, it means you are far from perfect and you’ve accepted that you need Jesus. I hope this helps. 🙂

    2. i’m really working on honoring God each and everyday, i’m still learning and i’m think i’m and honoring him each and everyday this year people actually know i’m a Christian 🙂 but God is still working on me 🙂

    3. i’m really working on honoring God each and everyday, i’m still learning and i’m think i think i honor him most of the time so i just voted each and everday because i think i do because people actually KNOW i am a Christian this year 🙂 And thanks for this post 🙂

    4. This definitely has been in my mind for this past couple days, and pushes me even more with Christ. Thank you so much! Brothers and sisters stay strong in whatever your facing.
      IF God brings you to it; he will bring you through it. Isaiah 58:11.

    5. Being a Christian both in church and outside of it is something that used to be a major struggle for me, and still is a little bit today. I thought that I met Jesus when I was in middle school, and at that time I thought I was living out for him with all of my heart. However, while I was all “oh, praise Jesus, I’m a Christian, blah blah blah” in church, in the world I was a very bitter, angry person. I was bitter about my parent’s divorce and my large amount of schoolwork, and I was also extremely judgemental of others. Thankfully, God showed me my errors for a few weeks at summer camp when I was exposed to hypocrisy on the part of others (ugh! there was a group of girls who were all “omg that girl isn’t a christian cuz she has purple hair”—referring to one of my friends—but they themselves were the ones in their little booty shorts and spaghetti strap tops trying to seduce the guys with their big boobs and butt and whatever! ugh!). Those days, I realized that I was not being Christlike by judging others when I myself struggled with anger, lust, and unforgiveness issues (and still do :(). Now, I am trying to be more Christlike in my behavior by accepting and loving others both inside and outside of church, and even though I still make mistakes, God is really helping me grow 🙂

      • God bless! I feel like a hypocrite too. I go to Church and I pray the Rosary sometimes but I feel cynical, judgemental, and jealous at times. I really want to experience the Peace of Christ, but it’s hard! Pray for me please?:'(

    6. Where’s the “I try to honor God, but I’m not perfect,” as the “I live out what I believe every day” answer? Dude, if you think you live a perfect lifestyle like that, you are WRONG. No one’s perfect!!

    7. My prayer these past couple of weeks has come from Psalm 139:23-24
      Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
      And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
      And lead me in the everlasting way.

    8. I think if we were all surrounded by Christian people ALL the time, we would be good to go! But sadly, the almost never the case. At school, I’m surrounded by people who cuss, have sex, get drunk every weekend, and smoke! We are all pressured to fit in, and we as Christians struggle to fight the pressure. What I do is keep reminders near me! I draw a cross on my hand, or write W.W.J.D? on my wrists. It’s kept me very aware in a lot of situations!

    9. I have trouble relating to my mom. She can be way too overprotective and never believes me when I am telling the truth. She always says I am one way on Sunday and a completely different person the rest of the week. I try so hard to be the girl she wants me to be but I don’t even know who that is anymore. I’m 15 and a freshman in high school, but I have zero freedom. So far, I’ve missed Homecoming night, a party on Halloween, and my friends birthday dinner just to name a few events. I have no close friends, because I’m that anti-social girl who can never hang out. People have stopped inviting me now. Everyone’s friendly, yet distant. The worst part is my mom shrugs off my questions as to why I wasn’t allowed to go to these events. She says it was because she couldn’t trust me! But what I have done to lose her trust, I don’t know. It seems like everyone else at school is having an easy, carefree time. I have to turn in my phone right when I get home from school. I’ve lost my facebook because I was up on it at 11 one night. I’m literally suffocating alone in my room. I have no friends. It seems like my mom will never be satisfied with me. I try to pray about it but I can’t feel God in my heart anymore.

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