deeper: poetry - "The Blues"

The Blues

The Gospel,
The Good News,
Can you take away my blues?
The vinyl keeps spinning, nothing new though,
Tired of the same ole’ music and slow tempo,
Don’t wanna deal with the ill vibrato,
I wish I had the eagle’s wings,
To fly over the sorrow that life brings,
Makes me wanna yell,
Just want life to be somewhat swell.

I’m going to keep reading the Word,
Divinely inspired and inerrant,
Help me to overcome the aberrant,
As I muse over guitar strings,
The sounds of Etta as she sings,
Oh, how I need the joy that Christ Jesus brings,
I wanna live victorious, experience the glorious,
Of our awesome Creator,
Let the cloudy hues of the blues diffuse,
Brighter future and breakthroughs.

— AJN

How Do I Glorify God? (Part 1)

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
— 1 Chron. 16:24

The glory of God...it is the beautiful, incomprehensible and unfathomable composite of His attributes!  Hallelujah!!!

As we discussed, the glory of god is intrinsic to His nature.  It's who He is.  And, we cannot add or take away from His glory.  

We looked at three reasons why God deserves all the glory in our previous post.  Now, as promised, we will look at several ways to glorify God.  This is one of the most significant, profound and fulfilling explorations that a child of God can undertake.  

Without question, it is absolutely beautiful and necessary to articulate and to sing that God deserves all the glory.  But, exactly, how do you glorify God?

First, in order to glorify God, we must aim at His glory.  Well, what do you mean?  To aim at His glory means to prefer Him over all things, including money, fame, honor, success, etc.  The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

To aim at His glory also means to eliminate self-worship.  In other words, if you're going to live for His glory, you have to get rid of you, right?   My cousin, friend, sister and fellow group member Melini Redditt has this most profound statement that she says often, "If God doesn't get the glory, then no one will."

Second, in order to glorify God, we must trust in Him.  Romans 4:20 says, "Abraham was strong...in faith, giving glory to god.'  You see, it's one thing to talk about the glory of God, but what happens when trials and crisis comes into your life.  Without question, God is glorified when we believe in him when He says, "I'll do it," and we rest in that assurance.

Third, we glorify God by fruitfulness.  John 15:8 states, "By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples."  God is glorified when you bear fruit.  Why? Because then the world can see the results of a God-filled life.

Well, we look at several more ways to glorify God in part 2 of this series on the glory of God.

Until next time, "Worship More, Live Better."  

Three Reasons Why God Deserves All The Glory

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Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty; give unto the Lord glory.
— Ps. 29:1-2

What is the glory of God?  Why should we give Him glory?

As a believer in Christ and as a student of the Word of God, it is so exciting to explore even the most fundamental topics of Scripture.  It is a humbling privilege for those who hunger and thirst for His righteousness!

You know, in church and in many songs, you always hear the term 'glory'.  In fact, some may argue that the word has been extensively used to the point of being cliché.  However, nothing about God is cliché!   For, everything in the Word is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16).

In Isaiah chapter 6 verse 3, we read this, "And one cried unto another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!"  Hence, the angels state that God has glory, and it is intrinsic to His nature.  We don't give glory to Him!  It's who He is.  If no man was ever created, if no angel was ever created, would God still be a God of glory?  Absolutely yes!!!  If no one ever gave Him any glory, would he still be the glorious God that He is? Resoundingly, yes!!!

Glory is the manifestation of all of God's attributes.  In Exodus chapter 33, we see Moses saying to God, "Show me Thy glory."  In essence, Moses was asking to see all of God...His goodness, love, grace, mercy, etc.  The glory of God...the beautiful, unexplainable, incomprehensible and unfathomable composite of His attributes!

Again, we don't give God glory!  It is impossible for us to add to His nature.  God has infinite grace, mercy, knowledge, power, love and so many other things, and there is nothing that we can do as finite beings.  All we can do is say, "Yes, it is true.  God is glorious."  That's it.  We publicly give testimony to His glory.

Now, as we understand His glory and the fact that we cannot add or take away from His glory, why does God deserve all the glory?

First, God deserves the glory, because He made everything.  He gave us our being, our life and everything that is.  How could we give glory to any other god or any other source?

Second, God deserves the glory, because He made everything to give Him glory.  Proverbs 16:4 states, "The Lord hath made all things for Himself."  He made everything to bespeak His glory, to show His love, to show His power, to show His mercy, to show His wisdom, etc.  Everything!

Third, God deserves the glory, because He judges those who don't willfully give Him glory. Romans 1:18 says, "The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who didn't give Him glory."  Jeremiah 13:16 and Revelations 14:6-7 also attest to the judgment of those who refuse to give Him glory.

Later, this week, we will explore how we should glorify God.

Until next time, "Worship More.  Live Better."

 

 

 

 

   

"Deeper" Quote from Michael Burnett of The Overcomers

Too many Christians are comfortable with just riding the tide or staying above the surface when it comes to have a relationship with God. That’s OK to be in that place when everything is going fine. But, what do you do when the storms come and the winds blow? If you are not deeply rooted in Christ, you will fade away and the storm will blow you off course. We must desire to go DEEPER in Christ. And, stay rooted, grounded and anchored in the LORD!

"Deeper" Quote from Shalandra Irvin of The Overcomers

Going ‘Deeper’ to me means reaching a newer, higher and more fruitful level in God. It means building a relationship with God that goes beyond the visible and tangible to a place of spiritual, mental and emotional clarity that give life to things that are evident only God himself could produce.

"Deeper" Quote from Melini Redditt of The Overcomers

To go DEEPER in the Lord means that I am removed from my comfort zones, areas of complacency and familiar grounds to become molded into a reflection of Jesus Christ. I willingly give up my plans and way of life for God’s will which is facilitated by the Holy Spirit. To go DEEPER in the Lord means that I constantly die to self in order to become resurrected by the Resurrected King!!!

God Rewards The Humble

In our last blog post, we explored the topic of meekness.  We looked at the meaning of meekness, as well as the characteristics of someone who displays meekness.  What a powerful way of living, when one chooses to live with meekness!

Again, for years, I would often hear that word ‘humble’ being used amongst the elder ladies in my local assembly, when I was growing up.  And, similar to meekness, I had no clue of what the term really meant.  And, as I grew older and began to delve into the Word of God, I thought that humility and meekness were the same thing.   But, I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit for helping me and showing me what my feeble and finite mind really did not understand. 

I recurrently turned to the famous discourse of Christ Jesus as captured in Matthew, Chapter 5. Commonly known as “The Beatitudes,” this portion of Scripture has easily become one of my favorites and one that I find myself turning to on a very regular basis.  

The Beatitudes are so extraordinary and revolutionary to worldly thinking. It’s one of the many reasons that I love Christ Jesus, because His ways and thoughts are so far beyond ours.

As we previously discussed, on the mount, Christ Jesus is speaking with the Jews.  Now, the Jews were “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  They were under the oppression and bondage of Rome.  And, they hated it!  All of the Jewish sects, including the Pharisees (religious conservatives), Sadducees (religious liberals), Zealots (political activists) and the Essenes (mystics), yearned for independence.

With Jesus, they heard how He had come into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and working miracles and wonders.  And now, the Jews contemplated, maybe He is the awaited Messiah.  Finally, they thought they finally overthrow Rome.  And, then Jesus speaks about being “poor in spirit” or simply, humble.  Seriously?  Yes, it was so counterintuitive to their thinking.  

In a world that equates happiness with strength, self-confidence, pride and power, Christ Jesus says be humble!  Are you really humble?  Let’s look at three reasons why being humble is so important.

1.    Salvation

First, let’s start with the basics.  You cannot come to God unless you realize that you are totally depraved and in need of Christ Jesus to save you from God’s wrath.  In order to come to God’s kingdom, you have to confess your own unrighteousness and inability to meet God’s standards and confess that you can’t do it.  Proverbs 16:5 states, “Cursed are the proud.  God gives grace to the humble.”  Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

2.    Dependence on God

As one realizes that they are spiritually bankrupt, undeserving and destitute without God, you begin to “die to self” and concentrate on God more.  When you die to self, you begin to depend more on God and less on your ability to do anything.  You begin to say, “Lord, I can’t do nothing without you.”  What a glorious way to live when you are consumed with thinking about God, His glory and the needs of others.

3.    Possessor of the Kingdom

Matthew 5:3 states, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  What is the Kingdom?  It is the rule of Christ, and it has both a “right now” and a future messianic aspect.  We are now overcomers…we are now a kingdom of priests…we are now joint heirs with Christ Jesus…we have His blessedness and grace now.  But, we have all of the these things now and we will also His glory later.

Humility or being “poor in spirit” is such an essential part of going deeper in your relationship with the LORD.  See Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 66:2, Isaiah 57:15, Luke 18 and Luke 6:20 for additional reference.

Until next time, “Worship More. Live Better.” 
 

"Deeper" Quote from Lynn Burnett

Going ‘Deeper’ to me is not just reading scriptures or reciting verses, it’s an encounter. It’s going to a secret place and bearing all my insecurities, desires, hopes, dreams, and fears at the feet of God and saying, “This is me, line me up with your will.” We live a life with God, but when you are ready to live for God, that’s when you go Deeper.