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When we meet together on Sunday mornings, we take time to share any joys or concerns we have. If you have a prayer request, please add it to the comments on this post. When you are ready, use the prayer below (source) to get started.
Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for the Word of truth and for opening Scripture to my understanding. Thank You that Jesus came to earth and was prepared to suffer the sneering taunts and shocking accusations from His own family members and His own nation, to die on the Cross so that by grace through faith I might believe on His name and be saved. Thank You that despite being rejected and crucified, Jesus is coming back to set up His eternal kingdom on earth. Give me a greater understanding of Your plans and purposes for mankind, and may I live and work for Your greater praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
This week's lesson is on John 7:14-24.
What does it mean to glorify God?
To glorify God is to honor Him with praise or worship. God is glorious, great and magnificent—He is grand in His nature and deeds. “Full of splendor and majesty is his work” (Psalm 111:3).
Glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and splendor and praise Him for it. Revelation 14:7 tells us to direct our praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and worship to Him who alone is worthy. A great example of this is King David installing Asaph as Chief Minister. David’s instructions are:
In Asaph’s time, the offerings were in accordance with the Law of Moses; today, we are “to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. According to Romans 12:1, this is true and proper worship”. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 Paul teaches: By virtue of who God is, we have an obligation to glorify God at all times.
We are to extol His attributes, praise His works, trust His name, and obey His Word. He is holy, faithful, merciful, gracious, loving, majestic, sovereign, powerful, and omniscient. His works are wonderful, wise, marvelous, and fearfully complex. His Word is “perfect . . . trustworthy . . . right . . . radiant . . . pure . . . firm . . . precious” (Psalm 19:7–10). His salvation is astonishing, timely, and near. No matter how loudly or widely we proclaim the glory of God, He is worthy of more.
Lord, teach us to glorify you in all that we do. Diminish our desires to make a name or a fortune for ourselves and increase our desire to bring glory to your Name. May we rely on the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, words, and actions. Thank you for the example we have in Christ. It is in his name we pray. Amen
Thought to Remember
Choose: your glory or his?
Today's benediction is from the New King James Version.
Next week's lesson will be on John 8:1-11, 56-59.
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