VIDEO That Will Be Glory for Me

If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17

Salvation is past, present, and future—we have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved. We often call justification that process by which we are saved from the penalty of our sins. That happens the moment we receive Jesus as our Savior. Sanctification is the ongoing process of becoming more like Christ as we are set aside for His service. We are being saved from the power of our sins. Glorification will occur when we are raptured or resurrected. Our bodies will be transformed for eternity, and we’ll be saved from the very presenceof sin.

When we come to Christ, we are saved once for all. But salvation touches our past, present, and future. Romans 8:17 looks forward to the day when we will be glorified together, changed in an instant, and transformed for eternity. 

What should we do as we await the day when God will glorify us? We should glorify Him now and praise His name forever. The Bible tells us to “glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

The work of sanctifying his redeemed, which the Saviour begins on earth, finds its completion in their glorification in heaven. Samuel Harris


Heirs of God (Romans 8:17-18)

Let Me Stay!

One thing I ask from the Lord . . . that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 27:4

As they made their way toward their car, Zander escaped his mother’s arms and made a mad dash back toward the church doors. He didn’t want to leave! His mom ran after him and tried to lovingly wrangle her son so they could depart. When his mother finally scooped four-year-old Zander back into her embrace, he sobbed and reached longingly over her shoulder toward the church as they walked away.

Zander may merely have enjoyed playing with friends at church, but his enthusiasm is a picture of David’s desire to worship God. Though he might have asked God to thwart his enemies for his own comfort and security, David wanted peace to prevail so that he could instead “gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). His heart’s desire was to be with God—wherever He was—and to enjoy His presence. Israel’s greatest king and military hero intended to use peacetime to “sing and make music to the Lord” (v. 6).

We can freely worship God anywhere, for He now dwells within us through faith in the person of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 3:17). May we yearn to spend our days in His presence and to gather corporately to worship Him with other believers. In God we find our safety and our greatest joy.

By:  Kirsten Holmberg

Reflect & Pray

When have you experienced a passionate yearning to worship God? What keeps you from experiencing that more frequently?

Father, You’re my delight and my joy. I long to worship You without distraction or interruption.

Read “Pure Worship.”

Salt of the Earth

In this fallen world, believers are to be a preserving, flavoring, healing salt for those who live in darkness.

Matthew 5:13-16

When Jesus spoke to His followers, He called them “the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13). In those days, salt was the only way to preserve food. As Christians, we too have a preserving effect on the earth because we have the only message that can deliver people from the corruption of sin and give them eternal life. 

This means we are to be a spiritual influence in the lives of people around us. Just as salt enhances the flavor of food, so a Christlike character and godly lifestyle can be an example that draws others to the Savior. They’ll notice our joy and contentment and may desire to have those qualities, which are available only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Salt also has unique healing properties, as does the gospel. If we take a moment to listen to people’s hurts, we’ll have an opportunity to offer the truth that brings spiritual healing to those trapped in the darkness and despair of sin.  

But remember that Jesus also warned us not to lose our saltiness. If we tolerate sin in our life, we’ll be just like the world. To be a positive influence for Christ, we must guard against falling prey to temptation.

Evil Choices Produce Evil People

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:28)

The apostle Paul provides a chilling analysis of the process by which the human mind progresses through rejection of the evidence of God’s existence to ultimately worshiping the creature more than the Creator and finding pleasure only among those of like mind.

God has displayed His “eternal power and Godhead” since the creation of the world (Romans 1:20). Those who reject that clear physical evidence are “without excuse” since they do know God but will not recognize His existence and engage in such destructive thinking that “their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Romans 1:21-23).

That foolish behavior so shifts their intellect that they serve “the creature more than the Creator” and wind up so distorting their lifestyle that they become unable to tell what gender God made them (Romans 1:24-28). Once that kind of behavior is sanctioned, their emotions become consumed with hatred of God and all things good, winding up inventing “evil things” and living within a godless world (Romans 1:29-31).

Having rejected the truth that God has openly displayed for everyone to see and having plunged into a foolish and damaging lifestyle that warps their intellect and emotions beyond repair, they can find pleasure only in those who live, think, and love as they do. All the while heaping a “treasure” of wrath that will be poured out upon them when the Creator returns (Romans 2:1-6). HMM III

Reiterating The Lord’S Oath

The Lord swore an oath to David, a promise He will not abandon: “I will set one of your descendants on your throne. If your sons keep My covenant and My decrees that I will teach them, their sons will also sit on your throne, forever.” For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His home: “This is My resting place forever; I will make My home here because I have desired it. I will abundantly bless it’s food; I will satisfy it’s needy with bread. I will clothe it’s priests with salvation, and it’s godly people will shout for joy. There I will make a horn grow for David; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown he wears will be glorious” (Psalm 132 vv. 11-18).

This psalm confirms that God’s promises will be fulfilled no matter what the circumstances. God had made specific promises to King David about his dynasty—promises regarding the sanctuary and Mount Zion, which would be blessed with food for the poor, salvation for the priests, and joy for the saints (vv. 15-16). Under David’s reign the tiny land expanded ten times over, became a powerful nation, and occupied almost all the land God had promised to Abraham.

The “burning lamp” is a word picture borrowed from the furnishings of the tabernacle and symbolizing the continuation of David’s dynasty, which would come to a glorious culmination in David’s greatest Son, the Messiah. The metaphor for the Messiah is the animal horn, an ancient symbol of strength and vigor. This horn, or powerful ruler, would sprout and flourish, In moving poetry the Lord reiterates his oath to David: From his line would come the Messiah, David’s descendant and the coming One, the ultimate Priest and King of Israel! The Jewish people living in Jesus’ time believed that the Messiah would be a Davidic ruler who would establish the long-promised kingdom. David was God’s prototype of the Messiah, his Son.

Whatever my circumstances right now, I can rest in the fact that God fulfills his promises. His covenant is solid and sure. His program is moving along right on schedule. Just as he blessed David, he is about to touch my life in a unique way.

Personal Prayer

May I rest in the surety and certainty of your promises today, O Lord.

Seeing the Invisible

Moses [He] persevered, as one who sees Him who is invisible.—Hebrews 11:27

What is it that prompts some people to take more interest in the principles of godliness than in God Himself? I think one reason could be that we are more comfortable dealing in the realm of the visible than the invisible. We prefer to work with things we can touch, handle, and apply so that we feel an immediate impact rather than to launch out into the unseen and to simply trust.

I often saw people come up against this problem in the days when much of my time was spent in personal counseling. I would bring people to a place where they could accept that the roots of their problem lay in a deficient relationship with God. However, when a movement of simple basic trust toward Him was called for, terror would appear for a moment in their eyes, and they would say: “Give me some steps I can take to deal with my problem, some principles I can follow that will act as a ladder on which I can climb out of this pit.”

We all find it easier to do than to be; we prefer a plan to follow rather than a Person to trust. What our carnal nature hates to be faced with is the challenge of throwing ourselves in utter dependency on a God who is invisible and intangible. Yet this is what a relationship with God entails. The thing that marks Moses out as outstanding in the chapter before us today is not his works but his faith. He persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. It is possible to see the invisible, but it is possible only to the eye of faith.

Prayer

My Father and my God, help me recognize this terrible tendency in myself to be more comfortable with working than trusting. Let Your Word reach deep into my heart today. Teach me how to be. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Further Study

Rm 1:16-23; Heb 11:1-2; 1Tm 1:17

Why are men without excuse?

What is the essence of faith?

In Life’s Testings

Romans 8:28

Brengle’s preaching was compelling, not primarily because he knew and believed the Scriptures, but because he was a living exemplar of what he preached. He often included himself, drawing from personal experience to emphasize his point. He knew that sorrow bowed many men tragically, and would often use such a Scripture reference as Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.”

Looking straight into the eyes of his audience, for he used very few notes in later years, he would speak from his heart.

“From infancy my life has been punctuated by tragic losses, surprises and pains. I do not remember my devout father. He made the soldier’s sacrifice during the Civil War when I was a very little child, and my earliest recollections are of a bereaved and weeping girl-mother, sighing, sad-faced and broken of heart.

“In my adolescent boyhood when a young fellow most needs his mother, I was away from home at school where I received my first telegram. It read: ‘Come home quickly. Mother is dying.’ When I reached home she was dead.

“At the beginning of my Salvation Army career, a Boston rough hurled a brick at my head and felled me with a blow that laid me out of the work for 18 months, and gave me a shock from which I have not wholly recovered in 35 years.

“In the midst of my Army career I was stricken with an agonizingly painful and dangerous sickness in a far-off foreign land, where I lay at death’s door for weary weeks, returning home at last almost helpless, a mere shadow of a man. Some years later, lying helpless in a hospital, word was brought to me that the darling of my heart was dying.”

“Oh, it is easy to preach in full and robust health about “grace,” but the test comes in proving and practicing it in danger, in broken health, in poverty, in loneliness and in sore trial.”

God does not make pets of His people. His greatest servants have often been the greatest sufferers. He assures us that “All things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Then He leaves us free to believe and prove it and be at peace.

Sallie Chesham, Peace Like a River