VIDEO Glorify Your Name

Jan 22, 2010

Worship and praise song featuring Darlene Zschech called “Glorify Your Name” from Hillsong.

Darlene Zschech is also a worship pastor. This song is featured on “For All You’ve Done” DVD/CD 2004 release.

The Supreme Climb

Take now your son . . . and offer him . . . as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you —Genesis 22:2

A person’s character determines how he interprets God’s will (see Psalm 18:25-26). Abraham interpreted God’s command to mean that he had to kill his son, and he could only leave this traditional belief behind through the pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God will break us from those traditional beliefs that misrepresent Him.

There are many such beliefs which must be removed-for example, that God removes a child because his mother loves him too much. That is the devil’s lie and a travesty on the true nature of God! If the devil can hinder us from taking the supreme climb and getting rid of our wrong traditional beliefs about God, he will do so. But if we will stay true to God, God will take us through an ordeal that will serve to bring us into a better knowledge of Himself.

The great lesson to be learned from Abraham’s faith in God is that he was prepared to do anything for God. He was there to obey God, no matter what contrary belief of his might be violated by his obedience. Abraham was not devoted to his own convictions or else he would have slain Isaac and said that the voice of the angel was actually the voice of the devil. That is the attitude of a fanatic.

If you will remain true to God, God will lead you directly through every barrier and right into the inner chamber of the knowledge of Himself. But you must always be willing to come to the point of giving up your own convictions and traditional beliefs. Don’t ask God to test you. Never declare as Peter did that you are willing to do anything, even “to go . . . both to prison and to death” (Luke 22:33). Abraham did not make any such statement— he simply remained true to God, and God purified his faith.

By Oswald Chambers

Every Word: The Strange Fire We Need Not Fear

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The voice on the other end of the telephone line quivered and broke with anxiety. “I became a Christian a few months ago, and I’ve been reading my Bible from the beginning,” the man began, “but I’ve been doing something, and I don’t think God will forgive me.”

Here it comes, I thought. Some ongoing affair? Drug abuse? Stealing from work? But nothing could have prepared me for what he was about to say: “I tithe at church every Sunday, but the money I give is wicked. You see, I’m a dog breeder.”

I dug deeper and discovered that the man had come to Deuteronomy 23:18 in his King James Bible, which says, “Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God.” There it was, right on the page next to prostitution—the price of a dog should not be brought into the house of God. And as the man on the telephone line realized to his dread, every dollar he had came from the sale of dogs.

Rest assured, God doesn’t hold some obscure, ancient grudge against dog breeders or their livelihoods. While the King James Version offered a great literal translation of the Hebrew text in Deuteronomy, what did not translate was the figure of speech included in that verse. “Dog” was a common way of referring to male cult prostitutes in the ancient Near East. God was telling the children of Israel not to engage in idolatry or prostitution and that any money received for such acts was an abomination to Him.

After I explained the passage to the man on the phone, assured him of the Father’s love, and prayed with him, I realized that while his particular crisis of faith was unique, the fear of sinning against God without realizing it was all too common. Another passage from the Old Testament came immediately to mind:

“Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them (Lev. 10:1-2 NASB).

Two priests—sons of Aaron the high priest, no less—offered a seemingly innocent sacrifice before the Lord and were burned up instantly as a result. And the only explanation the text offers is that it was “strange fire.”

This story of Nadab and Abihu appears to be a cautionary tale to those of us who are afraid we’ll accidentally offend God. After all, death by fireball for Aaron’s sons seems like an overreaction on God’s part. But He is good and perfectly just all the time, so there must be more to this passage than what we see on the surface.

If we take a step back into the larger context of the passage, we see that Aaron has just offered a sacrifice for the sins of the priests and all Israel (Lev. 9:8-24); and God had accepted the offering: “Fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering” (9:24). So when Nadab and Abihu offer their sacrifice before Him, it’s after their sins have already been covered; it’s after the life of a substitute (in this case, an animal) have been taken in their place.

But let’s take yet another step back—right out of the Old Testament. The author of Hebrews tells us that “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (10:4) but that the sacrifices were commanded to remind the people of their need for redemption—a neon sign pointing forward to Christ (10:3, 11-14). For this reason, the sacrifices described in Leviticus and elsewhere were serious business.

Nadab and Abihu were not merely offering up a gift to God; they were attempting to add to the sacrifice made for their sins. That’s why it is described as “strange” or “unauthorized fire,” as many modern translations put it. They are the poster-children for everyone who has ever tried to offer up something other than, or in addition to, Christ in an effort to please the Father. Jesus “offered one sacrifice for sins for all time” (10:12). The only thing we can offer God is our need for a Savior.

In the story of Nadab and Abihu, we see a graphic, gruesome picture of our true state apart from Christ. If we attempted to come before God and present our own meager, polluted offerings to Him, we could not stand. He is altogether holy, and we are altogether broken and stained with sin, apart from Christ. We come clean only when we are washed in the blood shed by Jesus at Calvary. But once we have been washed, we have nothing to fear. Every sin, every mistake, and every offense has been dealt with on the cross.

by John Greco

One Another

“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

The Christian life involves both individual accountability and interpersonal involvement. Each of us is individually responsible for maintaining the right sort of relationship to others, especially others in our Christian fellowship.

A beautiful Greek word is allelon, often translated “one another.” For example, we are commanded: “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). Furthermore, we are to “be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5), “in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

There are many other such admonitions, all built around the beautiful phrase “one another.” Although we have indeed “been called unto liberty,” we are nevertheless to “serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). We are also to “exhort one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13) and to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24). “Use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Peter 4:9). We are told: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

In times of sorrow, Christians are admonished to “comfort one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and “pray one for another” (James 5:16).

But by far the most frequently repeated admonition is that in our text: “Love one another!” There are no less than 15 times where this command is given in the New Testament. Most significantly of all, it is Christ’s own “new commandment. . . . By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34-35). HMM

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious.—Ecclesiastes 10:12.
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.—Proverbs 12:25.

IT would seem as if very few of us give this power of kind words the consideration, which is due to it. So great a power, such a facility in the exercise of it, such a frequency of opportunities for the application of it, and yet the world still what it is, and we still what we are! It seems incredible, Take life all through, its adversity as well as its prosperity, its sickness as well as its health, its loss of its rights as well as its enjoyment of them, and we shall find that no natural sweetness of temper, much less any acquired philosophical equanimity, is equal to the support of a uniform habit of kindness.

Nevertheless, with the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost. Sharpness, bitterness, sarcasm, acute observation, divination of motives,—all these things disappear when a man is earnestly conforming himself to the image of Christ Jesus. The very attempt to be like our dearest Lord is already a wellspring of sweetness within us, flowing with an easy grace over all who come within our reach. FREDERICK WM. FABER.

A new name

A new name. Revelation 2:17

The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. — Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. — They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. — Ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Be ye … followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

Acts 11:26. 2 Timothy 2:19. Galatians 5:24. 1 Corinthians 6:20. Galatians 6:14,15. Ephesians 5:13,8.

Brethren, the time is short

Brethren, the time is short. 1 Corinthians 7:29

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. — The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. — As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Death is swallowed up in victory. — Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. — To live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Cast not away … your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. — The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. — The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Job. 14:1,2. 1 John 2:17. 1 Corinthians 15:22,54. Romans 14:8. Philippians 1:21. Hebrews 10:35-37. Romans 13:12. 1 Peter 4:7.