Monday, October 1, 2007

Weekend wisdom...

God is a Holy and mighty God. He is all powerful, all knowing, all sufficient... supreme, wonderful, gracious, giving, merciful, eternal, most high.... He deserves to be praised and revered... honored and served... glorified and magnified.

There has been one theme in my life lately. God is God and He is worthy of my praise. His Word is Holy and everything I need. This weekend echoed that..

From Daniel, chapter 5, I learned that whether we acknowledge God or not He is still sovereign and all mighty. He deserves to be revered and honored. For those that are lost, this means that although you do not know God, He is still in control of your eternity. And because He is just and righteous, that means judgement and an eternity in hell. (for a pop quiz~Are you saved? go
here) For those of us who do know God we should be in awe of Him. Every thing we do should be done to bring glory to the Father. When we do not do this a few things happen: we hinder the work He wants to do in our lives, we hinder the work that He wants to do through us in others' lives, & we ultimately bring glory to ourselves instead of Him (pride.. I mean if He's not getting the glory, who is?). Let us remember, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Proverbs 3:34. I want to always remember that I am nothing... and He is everything.

Along the same lines we should revere God's Holy Word. How I love His Word! But how often do I read through it and walk away... not having the slightest clue at what I read. Come on Crystal, this is God's Word! Listen to it!! It really is a daily struggle. We have to fight with our flesh. The reward is so great though. God's Word is life. In order to hear from God's Word we must listen... focus solely on it. Our heart must also be right to hear from God. Now, I know very well that God's Word reveals filth in our (MY) life... and we should heed the correction. But we must also prepare our hearts to hear that correction... having an open heart ready for change... we have to have that desire. A desire to change comes from a heart that is humble. James 4:10 says, 'Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.' Today in Breaking Free (Beth Moore) I read, "We choose to humble ourselves by submitting to His greatness every day."

Ps 96:4a- "For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised!"