Glorifying God

Glorifying God

David did it better than anyone when it came to glorifying God. As you read about David you will see he did things that were not always right in the eyes of God. David had multiple wives, committing adultery with Bathsheba, then sending her husband Uriah off to war on the front lines to be killed because of his own personal lusts. Next, the family drama, his son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar and one of David’s other son’s Absalom killed Amnon because of the heinous act against Tamar.  But David still searched for God, waited on God, praised God and even danced for the Lord. 2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might: and David was girded with a linen ephod. David glorified God with singing and the playing of instruments. In 2 Samuel 6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

When David defeated the Philistines, he glorified God, 1Chron 16:7-36.

7 Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

David knew he was a sinner, and it was obvious by the way he poured out his heart in Psalm 51. (Just a side note David wrote a little over 70 of the Psalms that are in the Bible.) And in another scripture, 2 Samuel 16:12 NIV It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessings instead of his curse today. David knew where his help came from – the Lord.

 When times are tough glorify God. In the waiting period, glorify God and believe in the powerful working miracles of the Father. God may not remove every pain, struggle, or obstacle, but he is with you always and will see you through it. Recall the awesome poem “Footprints in the Sand,” you are not alone he will carry you when you feel like you can’t go on, but whatever you do don’t stop glorifying the Father.

With what are we to glorify God?  Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 How can we glorify God? 1Peter 4:14-16

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

It is well documented that David was a sinner and as you can see God can use sinners. And the word said in 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 that David was a man after God’s own heart. God can use anyone. Do not wait until you think you have it all together to give God glory or to be used by him. God searches the heart, surrender to him and be a willing vessel, then glorify him in your body and in your spirit 1Cor.6:20.

Reading about David’s life and the choices he made didn’t stop God from loving him. God’s love for us runs so deep. There is nothing we can do that will stop God from loving us, however there are consequences for our sins. But remember this, Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

God is worthy of all the glory.

 

 

 

Thankful for the time to Exhale

Hey back from a much needed break and let me tell you vacation mode was in full effect. I thank God for the time to reflect and refresh, and embrace the precious time spent with my husband. I can’t do anything without him and I acknowledge it and appreciate it all. I never want to believe I worked hard and deserve the finer things in life -living a certain lifestyle and floating high on the hype that people like to bestow upon themselves. No, no, no, it is by God’s grace and mercy that I shall remain humble recognizing that everything I do, the places I go, and the things I have is all because of God. I count my blessings with gratitude.

Be Blessed

No Gray Areas With God

Gray area

There are no gray areas when it comes to God. He makes it very plain, curses or blessings it is your choice. Read Deuteronomy Chapter 28. God does not force us to choose Him. You are free to choose who you will serve. The Pharisees and Sadducees manipulated and misinterpret the laws of God to fit their lifestyle and made the wrong decision to crucify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross – by the way should this have been considered an obstruction of justice as we know it today and by definition: (the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness), because either they didn’t believe or could comprehend who he was or the truth that he came to do the will of his Father: In Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. God’s word will always come to pass and is true through the ages. And it goes on to say in Luke 19:10, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost. It was all in God’s plan. John the Baptist was sent from God to bear witness that Jesus was the true Light. Read John 1: 6-29. Jesus was a witness of the truth, John 18:37, Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

I believe the answer is yes, many tried to obstruct justice and no they didn’t succeed. John the Baptist told of his coming. Jesus came, he died for you and me, and rose with all power. God is in control. John1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. God is the only one who can say when it is finished. There are no gray areas with God. Either you believe or you don’t. People choose to sin or not to sin. Be obedient and receive the blessings of God or sin and live with the consequences and curses that can plague you and your family.  

God does not sugar coat his word. He is not a sometime God he is faithful and an on-time God and his word will not come back void. Society may have gray areas…we have laws then we make ungodly exceptions that are against everything God says in his word. Live for God at all times. Do not accept the gray areas. There is no meeting in the middle therefore no middle ground. God’s judgement is not gray. It will happen when and how he says it will. We should be thankful that God makes it clear for us. He doesn’t want us to stumble. He doesn’t want us to succumb to the snares of the enemy. God doesn’t want us in a world of confusion because the word says God is not the author of confusion.

God’s word is transparent with no gray areas to be found anywhere in his word. God is our strength; he is all powerful and keeps his promises. The God who created the sun, moon, stars, and made man from the dust of the earth is the I AM. In society there are shades of gray and things are not clear and leaving you with some doubt in your mind. Laws of the land may not be clear with revisions being made every time we turn around to suit this group of people or that group of people. The wording is unclear and you don’t know what is right and what is wrong. You don’t know what the truth is or what to believe because it’s about furthering their own agenda. God had the master plan from the beginning and that he came in the volume of a book and it is written of Him…. the truth.

Lord thank you for your word which is the blueprint for our life. Thank you for equipping us with everything we need to get through. God thank you for making your word plain, there are no do overs or revisions, it stands and it is truth. With your word there are no misunderstandings or gray areas about the blessings or curses that can come from our actions. We adore you and we honor you and believe in your word this day and every day. God, we thank you for we know you do everything decent and in order. No gray areas, no doubt, but everything will come to pass for you are mighty in all your ways in Jesus name Amen.

Take a contract for example, you read it over and you know you better read the fine print because things may look good but as you continue to read you realize that the terms are not in your best interest. With the Bible nothing is hidden just pick up the word, read it, study it and meditate on it. God loved us enough to write it all out. Take the Bible with you, better yet know the word so tough that it is written on your heart. Not one gray area to be found. It’s  all laid out from Genesis to Revelations in black and white. It’s all very clear.

Be Blessed

Sealed With God’s Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:28-29).John the Baptist tells us, Those who believe him discover that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s spirit is upon him without measure or limit (John 3:33) Life Application Study Bible. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1John 4:15).

God’s purpose is for us to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and to offer salvation to all. And because of our belief in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit a guarantee of our inheritance and that we belong to God. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). Who hath also sealed us, and given earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22).

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:13)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one to another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:22-32) 

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

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The Sprit of God dwells in you, it’s a seal that secures us as believers and gives us the authority to preach, teach, and proclaim and defend God’s word.

Be Blessed

 

Good Counsel versus Bad Counsel

 

Wise counsel

                                                       Jethro versus Rehoboam

We have a sense of peace when we get some relief from the pressures and responsibilities of life, and that pressure is lifted because of the counsel we received from someone with wisdom, knowledge, and expertise that they brought to the table, having your best interest at heart. They didn’t want anything in return, but knew you could benefit from what they could offer in terms of sound advice.

On the other end of the spectrum is when we seek counsel from people we know, not because they really have the answer, but because we have known them for so long we believe what they say could be the right answer.

Let’s delve into two stories in the Bible that fall into these two types of counsel. First up is Moses in the book of Exodus. Jethro, a priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law had heard all the wonderful things the Lord had done to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He goes to see Moses bringing Moses his wife and children with him. Jethro immediately praises God for what he has done.

Exodus 18:9-12

And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.

The next day Jethro notice the all the people around Moses and asked what it was all about and Moses explained that the people come to him about the Lord. His father-in-law stated this was not a good situation and could make Moses very tired if he kept doing things in this manner and it was too big of a burden for one man.

Exodus 18: 13-18

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Jethro begins to counsel Moses on how to handle such a huge responsibility in a way that would benefit everyone. Jethro tells him the characteristics to look for when choosing men who could assist him and how many in each group they could rule over. Moses listened and acted. This was a man that had organizational and leadership skills and could see a better more efficient way to get results and not to gain anything by it personally but to help a man of God the best way he knew how being a man of God himself.

19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

 

Second, is the story of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son who had become king of Israel after his father’s death. Solomon ran a tight and strict government and the people asked that he would lighten the yoke some.

2Chron. 10:4

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

Rehoboam said let me think about it and come back in three days and he consulted with the elders who served with his father.

2 Chron. 10:6-7

And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

He ignored their counsel and asked his friends who he knew for years. They were not very wise and gave bad counsel.

2Chron 10:8-13

But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

*** NOTE: Rehoboam’s decision caused the divided kingdom – the Kingdom of Judah made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the South and the remaining 10 tribes made up the Kingdom of Israel in the North.***

2Chron. 10:16-19, 11:1

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

Rehoboam strengthened his territory and forgot about God’s laws and because of this Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.

2Chron 12:1-5

12 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,

With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

They did humble themselves somewhat and God’s spared them from destruction, but they still became servants of Shishak and treasures of Solomon became that of Shishak because of their disobedience.

2Chron. 12:7-9

And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

Rehoboam did not listen to those who knew best, but sought the counsel of friends which is not always the right way to go. They can’t sometimes see pass the friendship and see the whole picture. Rehoboam didn’t have a heart of compassion from the beginning, it was more of having the title instead of doing good for what was entrusted to him as the son of Solomon who was considered the wisest man in the Bible.

14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord. 2Chron. 12:14

God always looks at the heart We may make decisions or get advice from people with experience and wisdom or people we have known for many years and what I would say to that is before making any decisions and getting advice or counsel, pray first and ask God to surround you with people that have a heart for God and that he gives you the spirit of discernment, recognizing truth and goodness, and having insight and clarity.