Worship adjusts us. It lowers the chin of the haughty and straightens the back of the burdened. It bows the knees, singing to him our praise. It opens our hearts, offering to him our uniqueness. Worship properly positions the worshiper. And oh, how we need it! We walk through life so bent out of shape. Cure any flare up of commonness by setting your eyes on our uncommon King. Worship lifts our eyes and sets them “on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power” (Colossians 3:1).
We worship God because we need to. But our need runs a distant second to the thoroughbred reason for worship—God deserves it. God would die for your sin before he’d let you die in your sin. What do you do with such a Savior? You lift up your gift in worship!
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself”—2 Timothy 2:13
Have you ever doubted God? At some point in life, every one of us could probably answer yes. Doubts come when our expectations are not met—for example, when we believe that God will act a certain way, but He doesn’t. Then we start to question His love and wonder whether He truly has our best interest at heart.
The most famous doubter in the Bible is Thomas. He wasn’t with the other disciples when the resurrected Jesus appeared to them. Later, when they told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, he refused to believe. He’d left everything to follow Jesus, but the crucifixion had dashed his expectations of a glorious messianic kingdom. In his doubting state, Thomas demanded proof before he would believe.
Have you ever considered how bold Thomas’s ultimatum was? No human being has the right to demand anything of the Son of God. Yet the following week, the Lord appeared to the doubting disciple and graciously offered the proof Thomas wanted. Jesus knew this wasn’t a case of rebellious unbelief, because Thomas belonged to Him (John 18:9).
When we are the Lord’s, we never have to fear that He will cut us off. Remember Scripture’s words of assurance: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). Our doubts should be a reminder that we have much more to learn about God. So let’s think of them as a challenge to dig deeply into His Word to discover why our expectations have led us astray. The more we grow in our knowledge of our Lord, the more we’ll trust Him.
Happy Labor Day to all my friends, family and readers of my blog. I hope your day is relaxing and filled with love and fun activities. God bless all of the workers in America.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.— Acts 1:8 NLT
Power from the Holy Spirit is not limited to strength beyond the ordinary—that power also involves courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority. The disciples would need all these gifts to fulfill their mission. We need this power to fulfill our mission of making disciples throughout the world.
If you believe in Jesus Christ, you can experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your life and heart, today is the day to take advantage of His awesome gift of salvation and have the Holy Spirit empower your life.
“How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the way of the Lord.”—Psalm 119:1
Yesterday I had breakfast with a good friend. During breakfast he mentioned that he would be teaching Sunday School this weekend. At first I didn’t think anything about it but then later realized that the date didn’t sound right. After getting home I checked my schedule and it appeared my friend was wrong. The long and short of it was I was wrong. I thought I was supposed to teach on the 15th but actually I am scheduled to teach on the 8th.
This sequence of events showed me just how much God loves me and cares about even the small things in my life. It was my friend who suggested we have breakfast and if he hadn’t done so I would not have discovered the error of my date to teach. God knew all of this long before I did and orchestrated events to ensure I was teaching on the correct Sunday. This may not seem like much to talk about but to me it just shows me God at work in my life.
I praise God for His love and mercy. The very first verse in Psalm 119 says, “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the way of the Lord.”
All I can say is “Thank you Lord. I give you all the praise, glory and honor. I pray your Holy Spirit will guide me in my walk today.”
True love requires love for the truth—in fact, as the Apostle Paul said, love rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). And that truth forms the boundaries for love’s expression.
In Scripture, we see that Jesus loves all kinds of people, including the ones many of us would have a hard time loving: doubters, haters, atheists, homosexuals, traitors and even terrorists. But Jesus doesn’t love what they do. That’s the balance. God loves you, but He doesn’t love everything you do. If we don’t take both sides into account, love becomes license—a permission slip we use to excuse doing what we want instead of what God wants.
Jesus came to bring change. It’s His love that affects us and leads us to repentance, and it’s our rejection of His love that leads us to inescapable judgment.
You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”—1 John 4:4
How often do you sin? Every day? Once a week? Once a month? When you think about it, sin is sin and the frequency of your committing sin is not the issue. The issue here, of course, is that you have sinned.
God’s word says that, “the wages of sin are death” (Romans 6:23). Not immediate physical death but future spiritual death and ultimate separation from God. It’s impossible to have self-control over committing sin. Especially if the sin you commit is one that has haunted you for a life time. If you fall into this category of sinner realize that Satan has your number. He knows exactly where you are weakest.
But there is hope for those who have failed to remain righteous in their life. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He gave you the Holy Spirit to live within and help you with just these sort of things and weak moments.
God’s word says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The Holy Spirit is greater and more powerful than Satan will ever be. It’s up to you to tap into that power, harness it, and use it for strength to resist temptation, which happens just before you sin.
Now’s not the time to throw a pity party and wallow in the failures of the past. Instead it’s time to praise God, for his goodness and to move forward! You are an overcomer.