VIDEO Worthy to Be Praised

And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:34

The word worship comes from the Old English weorthscipe, or worthship. At the core of that word is the notion of worth, or worthiness, suggesting that our worship should only be directed to the person who is truly worthy. Many people may be worthy of our thanks, our appreciation, our gratitude, our respect—but only One is worthy of our worship.

The Bible is clear who that Person is: “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised” (2 Samuel 22:4; Psalm 18:3). The pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar, realized the same thing: Only the God of the Hebrews was worthy to be praised. He came to that conclusion after a prophecy about him was fulfilled in his own experience (Daniel 4:28-37). He had witnessed the power of God through Daniel before, but this time it touched him personally.

God’s worthiness grows with the realization of His impact in our life. Praise Him today for what He has done for you.

What or whom we worship determines our behavior. John Murray


Daniel 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream

Delight in the Book

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night.  Joshua 1:8

Tsundoku. It’s the word I’ve always needed! A Japanese term, it refers to the stack of books on a bedside table waiting to be read. Books offer the potential for learning or an escape to a different time or place, and I long for the delights and insights found within their pages. So, the stack remains.

The idea that we can find enjoyment and help in a book is even more true for the book of books—the Bible. I see the encouragement to immerse oneself in Scripture in God’s instructions to Joshua, the newly appointed leader of Israel, commissioned to lead them into the land promised to the Israelites (Joshua 1:8).

Knowing the difficulty ahead, God assured Joshua, “I will be with you” (v. 5). His help would come, in part, through Joshua’s obedience to God’s commands. So God instructed him to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it” (v. 8). Although Joshua had the Book of the Law, he needed to regularly search it to gain insight and understanding into who God is and His will for His people.

Do you need instruction, truth, or encouragement for your day? As we take time to read, obey, and find nourishment through Scripture, we can savor all that’s contained in its pages (2 Timothy 3:16).

By:  Lisa M. Samra

Reflect & Pray

What are the most common issues that keep you from opening Scripture? How might you commit to reading more this week?

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance through Scripture. Help us to desire more and more to hear from You in all the ways You speak.

Key to Financial Blessing

Malachi 3:8-12

Most of us would love our own personal financial advisor to help us navigate unexpected expenses and economic turns. And according to the prophet Malachi, we do have one—almighty God.

Like all good financial advisors, God has a plan for our money, but His plan is superior to any man-made one: “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord” (Ex. 23:19). In offering the first of our earnings, we acknowledge that God is the source of everything and we are completely dependent upon Him. Believers in the Old Testament set aside a tithe—10%—of all that the Lord generously gave. And keeping that portion for oneself, according to the book of Malachi, was equivalent to robbing the almighty God of what rightly belongs to Him (Mal. 3:8).

The Lord doesn’t need our money, but He knows that we need to give. Doing so with a generous and willing heart displays the character of Christ in our life and is a way to worship and honor Him. Remember, Jesus is a giver who gave His life for our salvation. You can never out-give your loving heavenly Father

Our Indwelling Trinity

“To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)

One of the great doctrines of Christianity is the doctrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, who lives in the heart of each believer who trusts in Christ for salvation. “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

At the same time, God is one God, so all three persons of the Godhead must, through the Spirit, likewise indwell the believer. Note Paul’s prayer for the believers in the Ephesian church (Ephesians 3:14-19).

“That he would grant you…to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). This request acknowledges the indwelling Spirit. Christ also prayed for this: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter…the Spirit of truth…for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ephesians 3:17), that we might “know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge” (v. 19). Here is the indwelling Son. This is also revealed in Galatians 2:20 (“Christ liveth in me”) and Colossians 1:27 (“Christ in you, the hope of glory”).

“That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). This can only refer to the indwelling Father, as well as the entire tri-unity of the Godhead. Can this indwelling be ours? Note also that the entire prayer was addressed in the first place to “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14). This, likewise, is a reflection of Christ’s promise: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). “Filled with all the fulness of God!” What a wonderful privilege—and responsibility—is ours. HMM

Where Are the Real Prophets?

O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

—Psalm 63:1-2

 

But it is within our hearts and our beings that God searches and looks. It is our spiritual heart life that is to be simple. It is in our hearts that we are to meditate and be silent. It is deep within our beings that we must be courageous and open to God’s leadings.

If there ever was an hour in which the church needed courageous men of prophetic vision, it is now. Preachers and pastors? They can be turned out in our schools like automobiles off the assembly line.

But prophets? Where are they?

The simple, humble and courageous men who are willing to serve and wait on God in the long silences, who wait to hear what God says before they go to tell the world—these do not come along too often. When they do, they seek only to glorify their God and His Christ!   CES134-135

Oh Lord, I long to be one of those “courageous men of prophetic vision.” I quiet my heart today: I will “wait on God in the long silences;” and then I’ll go with only the word that I receive from Youonly for Your glory. Amen.

 

Become What We Love

Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.

—John 21:16

 

We are becoming what we love. We are to a large degree the sum of our loves and we will of moral necessity grow into the image of what we love most; for love is among other things a creative affinity; it changes and molds and shapes and transforms. It is without doubt the most powerful agent affecting human nature next to the direct action of the Holy Spirit of God within the soul.

What we love is therefore not a small matter to be lightly shrugged off; rather it is of present, critical and everlasting importance. It is prophetic of our future. It tells us what we shall be, and so predicts accurately our eternal destiny.

Loving wrong objects is fatal to spiritual growth; it twists and deforms the life and makes impossible the appearing of the image of Christ in the soul. It is only as we love right objects that we become right, and only as we go on loving them that we continue to experience a slow but continuous transmutation toward the objects of our purified affection. GTM196-197

How shall we become lovely? By loving Him who is ever lovely. JAS076

 

I Was There

Galatians 6:14

The great difference between the historical fact of Easter and all others in the long record of events upon earth is that I feel that I was in the deepest sense a participator in it. I do not feel this way regarding any other fact in history, striking and moving as many of them are.

At the lovely Cathedral of Canterbury I was taken into those cool, shadowed cloisters and shown the place where the blood of a famous cleric ran down upon the gray stones. “This is the spot,” my guide said to me, “where Thomas Becket, the proud and powerful prelate, was at prayer when five of the king’s knights came upon him with drawn swords.” Becket was kneeling before the altar when they struck him, and his blood ran down upon the sacred stones. The story touches my heart. Its drama, struggle and tragedy come vividly before me. But I do not feel that it has anything to do with me. I come away from Canterbury grateful for a history lesson. But that is all.

I go to the place, dear to many, where Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded. I ponder over her restless life with its continual storms blowing upon her until she had to die with the axe upon her slender neck. But I do not feel that her life and death have anything to do with me. I say, “Ah, yes! I remember the story.” And to me it is only a story.

But I go home from a meeting, late in the evening, and I feel I would like to hear a little music. So I put on my player a record by the International Staff Band, and I hear men’s voices singing the old spiritual, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” And I feel deeply and inescapably that the question is for me. I reply, “Yes! I was there! Indeed, I was there!”

This matter has to do with me as no other fact in history. Why do I feel like this? It is not because of an emotional reaction to an oft-told story. This matter goes deeper than that. I am brought to Calvary by my sin, by my need of forgiveness, by my identity with the human race in its need of a Savior.

We must all come near to the cross, with our guilt, our hopes and fears. Here we will find the answer to our deepest needs. It must be a personal approach that we make to Calvary. Until we can say “I was there!” we cannot know the true meaning of the central fact in all history.

Albert Orsborn, The War Cry