Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty

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Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. – 1 Chronicles 29:11 NASB

God is the only one who deserves to be worshiped. So many times people in this world spend their lives worshiping celebrities, people in power, and even those in ministry. But when we examine God’s word and take time to meditate upon the greatness of God we see that He alone deserves our worship.

Satan’s greatest mistakes was in his pride he believed he deserved to be worship. He allowed pride to fill his heart and his eyes to become focused on himself. Today he still tries to steal the worship only God deserves. It is when our worship is given to God alone that we truly experience all that God has for us. And worship is not merely the songs we sing it is the way we live our lives. The more we come to know the Lord and grow in Him, the more He simply becomes our obsessions and our pursuit.

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Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving kindness

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18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His loving kindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:18-19

To fear the Lord means to reverently worship and live for Him each day. It doesn’t mean that we live in terror of the Lord because those who fear Him are those who truly have come to know His love and His grace.

Everything God does in our lives is because He loves us and wants what is best for us. There are times when He closes doors and allows difficult circumstances because He knows and understands what He is accomplishing is our lives.

He protects and watches over those who serve Him with their whole heart. It is impossible to experience all that the Lord has for us if we fail to walk in obedience to the Lord and seek Him. Those who simply treat God like some genie that they only cry out to when they want something fail to understand Him and fail to truly know Him.

The Lord has promised to meet our every need. Even in the midst of a famine the Lord would still provide our every need. He is our good Father and Shepherd. He holds all things in His hands and nothing is too difficult for Him. May we seek and cry out to Him daily. May we commit our whole heart unto Him. He is returning soon and is calling us to remove anything from our lives that would hinder our relationship with Him.

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him

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27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28
 
When Jesus came to earth the first time He came as a suffering servant with the purpose of laying down His life for humanity. The only way that we could be saved is that God Himself lay down our life for us because He alone is perfect. It would also require that God Himself because fully man because it is only through blood that forgiveness of sins can be found.
 
But there is a day coming in which the Lord shall return. This is our hope as believers on a daily basis. This life and journey with Christ is not an easy one. We are continually being refined and transformed into the image of Christ which requires that our flesh be crucified.
 
Many mock the soon return of the Lord and simply look at it as if it is only a fairy tale. But many will weep and mourn when He returns because they will see that He alone is truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In His grace and mercy He has given people time to repent of their wickedness. But that time is drawing to a close. As believers we must examine our hearts daily and remove anything from our life that would hinder our relationship to Him.

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:2-4 NIV

There will come a day when there shall be a new Heaven and new Earth. The old shall pass away. From the beginning the reason God created man was for relationship with Him. He is love and He knew when He created Adam and Eve and gave them free will that they would choose to disobey and sin. But it was God’s plan from the beginning to send His Son Jesus to the cross to take the place that we deserved. For Jesus took the punishment and wrath we deserve because of our sin. But there will come a day when God’s dwelling will be with man. We who are born again are saved by the grace of God and we will spend all eternity in His kingdom by His grace. May we seek Him daily with our whole heart and remove from our lives anything that would hinder our relationship with Him.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?  Psalm 56:3-4

The Lord is our light and our salvation.  He is our rock and our fortress.  He is our sword and our shield.  We have nothing to fear. Often times in life as we walk with Christ we can face circumstances and situations which will test us and stretch us.  If we simply focus on the situation without seeing it through the eyes of the Lord, we can become filled with fear.

But when we view all things from God’s perspective we see He is simply in control.  He can work in any situation and circumstance and use it for our good and our glory.  He chose us before the foundation of the world and He has designed and ordered our every step.  Nothing is a surprise to Him and nothing with Him happens by accident or chance.  Everything is on purpose for an eternal purpose.  He has simply put us on this earth to bring glory and honor to His name.  May we fix our eyes upon the Lord Jesus Christ and prepare our hearts for His soon coming.

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him

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17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.  Psalm 103:17-18

The Lord’s love is everlasting and eternal.  His love and mercy is lavish upon those who love Him and walk in obedience to His word.  Our relationship with God is one that is based upon a covenant that was established through the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ.  To be able to be brought under this covenant requires a person to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

The door of salvation is open to all people.  When a person is confronted with the truth of Jesus Christ it requires them to make a decision.  For those who receive and accept Jesus their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life because their sins have been forgiven.  But for those who reject Jesus and reject Him throughout their life time, they will spend an eternity separated from God because they have no answer to their sin.

God’s love is far greater than we will ever understand.  He simply desires to pour His love out upon us.  We have been created in His image and He has created us with plan and purpose.  He has created us with destiny.  As we come to know Him and walk closely with Him, we come to discover who we are and why we are here.  May we draw near and abide daily in Him.

  Romans 12:14-16

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14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another.Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.  Romans 12:14-16

The way we live our lives is to be lived to glorify and honor the name of Jesus.  The world and culture of our day calls people to live self-centered lives in which they step on anyone who may stand in their way.  But in Christ this is not the case.  We are called to do all things in love.  When we are driven by the love of Christ we are willing to forgive.  We are willing to respond to those who persecute us as Jesus did.  We must remember as the Lord hung upon the cross He prayed that His Father would forgive them for they know not what they do.

Jesus is our model and our example.  He is the standard by which we are to live our lives.  We are called to rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn.  There are brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who are hurting and broken.  We are called to encourage them and to cry with them.  We are not only called to walk in intimacy with the Lord, we are called to walk in deep fellowship with one another.  Everything we do in Christianity is based upon relationship.

We are called to live in unity and harmony with one another.  The power and might of God’s kingdom is poured out when God’s people walk in unity and agreement.  We are also called to associate with those of low position.  When we examine Jesus life and ministry we see time and again that Jesus reached out to those who were forgotten.  Jesus reached out to the untouchable and poured His grace, love, and compassion on them.

We only have one life to live and may we use the life we have been given to love those we meet every day.  May we be an ambassador of God’s kingdom and bring glory to the name of Jesus in all things.  We are surrounded by people who are broken and hurting.  May we see all things through the eyes of Jesus.

Romans 15:5-6

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:5-6 NKJV

We serve an awesome God.  He is full of patience and comforts us along this journey that we walk with Him.  We are called to walk in unity.  As we grow in the character and nature of who Jesus is this will be a natural manifestation of our growth in Christ.  We will view our fellow brothers and sisters as the Lord sees them.  We will see those who are lost as the Lord sees them.  The key to all things is growing in the character and nature of Christ.  This happens as we daily abide in the Lord and spend time in prayer and the study of God’s word each day.  We will simply find ourselves becoming more and more like Christ each day.

Hebrews 6:1-8

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.  Hebrews 6:1-8

This is a warning to believers of the importance of growing and maturing in our relationship with God.  We are called to abide in Christ on a daily basis.  We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

Those who would begin with Christ and then begin to chase after the ways of the world and abandon the Lord, place themselves in danger.  Sin is deceptive and we are called to walk according to the Spirit.  For when we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit we will not gratify the lust and desires of the sinful nature.

As we walk each day following the leading of the Holy Spirit our desire for the Lord and His kingdom continues to increase.  We are transformed into the image and character of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.  As this happens we desire to abandon the things of sin and the world.

But those who would begin with Christ and then turn back to the world play a very dangerous game.  For it is the Holy Spirit who draws us near unto the Lord and it is important we heed the drawing of the Holy Spirit because when we rebel and reject the leading of the Holy Spirit we begin to harden our heart towards the Lord.

Let us heed the warnings of the Lord in His word.  Let us take seriously what God’s word has to say.  The culture of our day rejects God and His kingdom.  We are not called to align ourselves with this world and its ways.  We are called to repent and turn from this world.  May we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So you do not know the works of God who makes everything

As you do not know what is the way of the wind,[a]
Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.  Ecclesiastes 11:5-6

There are things about God’s plan and His ways that remain a mystery.  When we look at circumstances and things we are facing often times we will look at things through our understanding or rationale.  But we must remember that God and His ways are above our ways.  He has called us to trust Him and walk by faith.  As we draw near to the Lord each day and study His word we are encouraged and strengthened.  God’s word is filled with promises and we know He who has begun a good work within us will be faithful to complete it.  Our journey with Christ is simply about growing in faith and trusting the Lord.  Our eyes must remained fixed upon the Lord in every circumstance.