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True Worshipers

Today, while I was thinking about the joy that I experienced this weekend, as my husband and I cared for five of our grandchildren, while their Mommy and Daddy were in the hospital giving birth to their baby brother, Holy Spirit began to show me examples of what He desires when we approach Him and worship Him, and I want to share those examples with you…

23 “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

~ John 4:23-24 — NLT ~

Saturday, as soon as I received a picture of my newly born grandson, Ian, I called his five siblings to come and look at his image on my cell phone. You should have seen them as they came running to me, squealing in delight, loud, raucous, unfettered and unrestrained joy emanating from each child, as they laid eyes on their baby brother for the first time. “Aw, he’s so cute!” one shouted, “I wub him,” another shouted, wanting her voice to be heard. “I can’t wait to touch him,” my oldest grandson said so sweetly, “’cause him’s skin is so soft.” Continue reading True Worshipers

Every Good Gift and Every Perfect Gift is From Above…

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

~ James 1:17 — NKJV ~

Hallelujah – I have much to thank the Lord for… He has given me life — not just for yesterday and today, even though if that was all He gave me, it would be enough… He has given me life for tomorrow, and for every tomorrow hereafter, into eternity, just because He loves me and chose me, and because I believe in Him.

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Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
Daily Prompt: Quote Me

 

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell. ~ C.S. Lewis

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I have a lot of favorite quotes, but this is one that I return to again and again. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell… There it is. It speaks for itself. A man can deny God… He can hate God… He can shout from the mountaintops that there is no God… but he will never negate the fact that God is, because God’s glory covers the earth… So what is the glory of God?

Scripture says that God created man for His glory:

All who claim Me as their God will come, for I have made them for My glory. It was I who created them. (Isaiah 43:7 NLT)

Think about that for just a minute. Have you ever heard someone say they want to see the glory of God? Have you ever wanted to see the glory of God? I have, and then, when I read this verse, I got a revelation. Do you want to see the glory of God? Look around at those who love God and honor Him with their lives.

Do you honor God with your life? If you do, go look in the mirror, because His glory rests in you, no matter what your circumstances are… “Yeah, but you don’t know how bad I’ve messed up,” you might say, and you’re right. I don’t know how badly you’ve messed up, but I do know this:

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Do you love God? Has He called you for something? If your answer is yes, then His glory rests in you, and He makes all things work together for good for you. Isn’t that awesome? 

And it just gets better:

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)

So perhaps you’re saying to yourself, “I don’t care what you say, I say there is no God.” My response to you is this:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that we are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore, God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen. 

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they no only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:20-32 NLT)

Please understand, our belief or unbelief does not change or negate the truth. Truth is not based on the opinions of man. Truth just is, and it doesn’t change just because my opinions change. Jesus said that He is the truth (Romans 14:6), therefore, all things pertaining to the truth must be measured against Him and His word. The truth does not change because I believe in some other religion. The truth remains long after I and my opinions have died.

Perhaps that is why C.S. Lewis said:

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell. ~ C.S. Lewis

Many blessings to you, and I pray that you will not waste your time scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of your cell. 🙂

Words of Jesus – You Are the Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT).

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I love this scripture! It made me think of the old Newsboys song, Shine and you know I just had to post that! 🙂

Light of the World
Light of the World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t you just love the Lord and His word? Just think about what He’s saying here. The Light of the world is telling us that we are the light of the world! How about that? Did you ever think of it that way before? I’ve read this Scripture many times, but tonight, He just spoke that to my heart… The Light calls us the light…

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family — calling Him “Father, dear Father.” For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we will share His treasures — for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering (Romans 8:14-17 NLT).

So, since I’m a light, what should I do? I know! I should do what the Light does, right? So let me see… Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone. The Light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5 NLT)… “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)… Jesus said to the people, “I am the Light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the Light that leads to life” (John 8:12 NLT).

Ok – Jesus, the Light, shines in the darkness… He went to dark places and the darkness can never extinguish His light! So if the Light goes to dark places and shines, then you and I, the lights, must go into dark places and shine! And praise God! He gives us instruction in case we don’t know how to shine… All we have to do is follow Him! If we follow Him, we wont be stumbling through the darkness because we will have the Light – His Light – that leads to life.

Do you see? When we follow Him, His light shines through us, and we are able to go to the dark places, as we follow Jesus, and we will shine. Isn’t that awesome?

A powerful light shines in the dark.
A powerful light shines in the dark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But we’ve got to be wise. Not everyone is going to welcome the Light… “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust Him. But those who do not trust Him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgment is based on this fact: The Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their actions were evil. They hate the Light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the Light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. But those who do what is right come to the Light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants” (John 3:18-21 NLT). 

Don’t think there’s something wrong with you or with the message the Lord has given you when people reject you, because they don’t want their sins exposed. Don’t be surprised if people get angry with you, if they hate you, if they plot against you and even if they violently attack you. Don’t hide your light because of this.

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Brothers and sisters, we have to shine, not for our own glory, but for the glory of the Lord! We mustn’t shine so people will pat us on the back and tell us what good people we are. No! We must let His light shine through us so that people will give glory to God!

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT).

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Cheryl A. Showers