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    A Thought for the Week— Being a God Glorifier

    Tuesday January 9, 2007

"Then the LORD said: "truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD-- Num 14:20-21 (NKJ)

God loves God. The Father loves the Son. The Father loves to exalt His Son. The Father loves to affirm His love for His Son. He said on several occasions when Jesus was on the earth, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. The Son has the same desires and character and nature as the Father. They are one, one with themselves, one with each other. The Son seeks to glorify His Father. He became a man to show us the ways and character of his Father. He loves to see the will of His Father done, by Himself and by us. Jesus said, "If you have seen Me you have seen my Father, for I and My Father are one.

Do all for the glory of God. Jesus did. At the end of His life He said to His Father, " I have glorified You on earth, I have done the things that You have asked Me to do." (John 17: 4) Do not do things to make people feel good, or to help them or to have them like you. But do things so that people will come into their full purpose in life, which is to know and glorify God. This means we will still do many of the same things we are doing, things which help people, but we will do them with a different attitude – we will want to see them glorifying God. We will want to see God glorified by the people we help or work with.

God has a plan to fill the heavens and earth with His glory. He has a plan to fill us with His nature, with His desires so that He can glorify us. God desires to exalt and to glorify what is of Him. He desires to glorify Himself. He does this because He is so much better than any of his creation. It is right and natural for God to exalt what is great and marvelous. This is what is good. God is good and wise therefore He exalts that which is the best and most beautiful That which is best and most beautiful is Himself. Therefore He glorifies Himself.

God invites us to be like He is, to do what He does, to love what He loves. God loves to glorify God. Let us become like Christ and be a God glorifier, and encourage others to join us.

Father we rejoice in You and in the truth that You created us to know You, to love You, and to glorify You. Help us to live for and in Your glory.

    A Thought for the Week— Being a God Glorifier

    Wednesday January 10, 2007

"Then the LORD said: "truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD-- Num 14:20-21 (NKJ)

God created us with a heart that could appreciate what is beautiful and marvelous. Satan has blinded us to the glory of God and exalted himself and his ways, which can appear to be better than ours, and deceived us into thinking that he was the most glorious of beings. He was created as one of the highest of the heavenly beings but looked at himself and stopped looking at God and then fell into rebellion against God and tried to lead others into his rebellion. He promised others more than they were receiving from God and deceived them into thinking that being in his kingdom would be better than living in God’s kingdom.

We were created with the ability to appreciate and exalt things. Jesus knew this and lived to exalt His Father. He lived for Him, He lived in Him. He desired for others to come into this place. He humbled Himself and became a man. He became weak like us. He came to glorify His Father. He came to do the will of His Father. He had faith in His Father‘s plan. He stayed in the corral of His Father’s will. He waited until 30 to begin His ministry. He trusted in His Father’s will and plan. He glorified God in exalting the will of God over His own human will. He glorified God in waiting for His Father’s timing. He was obedient to His Fathers will and His Father’s principles. He let people know that He loved to glorify His Father.

Jesus knew He would have to die for our sins. This act of obedience would bring glory to His Father. That act of obedience would enable His Father to remove our sins from us so that we could be free to glorify Him. He knew that He was not eternally destined to remain in death. He knew that He was called to glorify His Father by being in heaven with Him. He knew He was the One through whom the Holy Spirit would come to earth so that we could be filled with the life of God and glorify Him.

Jesus even trusted in His Father to raise Him from the dead so that He could glorify God when He would be brought back into heaven. He asked God to glorify Himself so that He could glorify us with His glory so that we too could glorify God. He knew that we needed the life of God in us so that we could glorify God. He would glorify us with His glory so that we could be one with His Father and glorify God. Jesus loves to glorify His Father. He loves us and loves to see us doing what is the best thing, which is living to glorify His Father as He did. Let us be a God glorifier.

Father we confess that You are righteous and holy and that Your ways are the absolute best. Help us to live to glorify Your Son as you do, and through Him to glorify You.

    A Thought for the Week— Being a God Glorifier

    Thursday January 11, 2007

"Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth-- Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him." Isa 43:6-7 (NKJ)

We were Created by God to Give Glory to Him. The Bible says that God created us for us to know him and to glorify Him. God is the most beautiful, majestic and marvelous of all the beings in the universe. This is why He calls Himself God. His ways are far above the ways of men. His purposes are superior in wisdom and blessedness than the ways of men or of other created spiritual beings. There are angels who live before the throne of God have watched the actions of God and have seen the being of God for centuries. Their continuing response is to declare that God is holy – superior to all of His created beings, including themselves. (Is 6:3) Jesus came to reveal the greatness of God to us, so that we could know God. Jesus knows the greatness of God. The life that Jesus gives to us reveals to us the greatness of God. Jesus, like His Father wants us to know the greatness of God and to glorify Him. (John 17:3-4)

Our Primary purpose is to do things that will bring glory to God. The Bible says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31 (NKJ)

God created us to know and live for His glory. Heaven is a place where all the spiritual and human beings will live solely for the glory of God. As this truth witnesses to our spirits, our primary focus will become to do things so that God will be glorified. Often I have done things which would have people notice me. Often I have done things so that people would know that I cared for them. Often I have done things so that people would be helped and healed and freed from pain or difficulties. Many times the people would respond by telling me what a good person I was or what a great ministry we had or how good they now feel because of what I did for them. These are all good things, but they are not the best things. God would have us do all things to glorify Himself. Then people will look on Him and not on us. God would have us seek to focus on doing things that would bring glory to Him.

Our focus then becomes on letting people know that we are committed to doing the will of God as we know it, and what we do is what we believe God wants us to do or say to them. Our purpose in doing then is based on who we are. We are people who are created to glorify God. God has put His life in us through Jesus. We therefore do things that are good for people because it is our nature to want to help people so they can know that they too were created by God to bring glory to Him. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matt 5:16 (NKJ) Let us be God glorifiers.

Father we confess You are holy and righteous and worthy of all praise and glory. Help us live to glorify You through Christ living in us.

    A Thought for the Week— Being a God Glorifier

Friday January 12, 2007

"And He said to me, 'You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.' "  Isa 49:3 (NKJ)

God promises that His people will glorify Him God wants the best for His people. He knows that His ways are best. He knows that His plans and purposes for His people are best. He knows that only in living according to His plan for us will we be fulfilled and most satisfied. We have been born a worm, but God has transformed us into being a butterfly. A butterfly will not be happy if he has been told that he is a worm and should act as a worm, trying to find happiness living by making his home in the dirt. God promises to restore us by putting the life of Jesus into us and uniting us with that life. Jesus found His fulfillment by serving His Father. He found His pleasure in determining and doing the will of His Father. He now reigns in heaven, entrusted with the complete dominion over all of God’s creation. He knows the eternal blessedness of serving God while on earth, and glorifying God through being obedient in His earthly life so that now He can serve God in His heavenly life. (John 17:4, 5, 22)

Jesus came to reveal the greatness of God to us, so that we could know God. The life of Jesus knows the greatness of God. The life that Jesus gives to us reveals to us the greatness of God. Jesus, like His Father wants us to know the greatness of God and to glorify Him, just as He did. (John 17:3-4)

God will build up His people so they will glorify Him The Bible says, "For the LORD shall build up Zion; he shall appear in His glory." Ps 102:16 (NKJ) God is a pure spiritual being. He does not have a human body. He communicates to us through our spirits. Our spirits can be oppressed with the cares of life. (Luke 21:34) Our spirits can be wounded by words or actions of others. (Prov 15:4) Our spirits can become deadened by the guilt of sin. (Heb 12:1; Rom 8:1) God wants to restore us into being a spiritual people, a people who walk by the impressions of our spirit. Jesus came to heal the wounds in our spirit. (Luke 4:18) The Holy Spirit of God comes to dwell in us and to strengthen our spirits so we can know our God and be filled with His ways. (Eph 3: 16-19) As our spirits become healed and cleansed we will see God and understand His ways. (Matt 5:8) As we continue in this process of being transformed we will know and see the Glory of God. (Heb 2: 9) We become willing to let the Holy Spirit do His work of transforming us, by removing what is sinful and evil in us and bringing more of the ways and nature of Jesus into us. We then want to glorify God even more, by worship, obedience and growing in intimacy with Him.

Father we rejoice in Your desire for us to live in and for Your glory. Help us to grow in intimacy with You and in listening to the leading of Your Holy Spirit.

    A Thought for the Week—Being a God Glorifier

Monday, January 15, 2007

"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." (Romans 8:29-30 NKJ)

The glory of an object or being is the distinctive excellence of that object or being. We glorify something when we talk of or magnify its uniqueness or its inherent beauty, character, desires or nature. We can glorify ourselves by talking of our abilities, accomplishments, desires, attitudes or character. We can glorify others. We can be motivated to glorify ourselves, living for our own ways, desires, needs, and character to be glorified by others.

We all have been given unique characteristics, talents, desires and purposes by God, our Creator. The fact that we have been created is evidence that there exists a Being Who has even more talents, abilities, power and wisdom than we have. The purity and excellence of God’s glory is that He recognizes the level of glory in all of His creation, but also recognizes and glorifies the greatness of His own Being and character that has formed and created all things for His plans and Divine purposes.

Sin comes when we merely look at our own abilities, desires and character and seek to live for their glorification. Sin comes when we seek to use what God has created for His glory and use it for our own glory or purposes. This is what Satan has done and continues to do. He was a glorious spiritual being, created by an even more glorious spiritual Being, God. Satan chose to live for his own glory, and to have other spiritual beings and then mankind focus on his glory and worship him. Satan today denies the glory of God Himself, and seeks to keep others from knowing and experiencing the glory of God.

BUT GOD, BEING EVEN MORE GLORIOUS THAN SATAN, KNEW THAT SATAN WOULD DO THIS. God knew of this before He created the heavens and the earth and all the beings of heaven and earth. God has a plan for revealing His glory through His Son, Jesus. Jesus knew the glory of God and came to bring that glory into humanity, so that we could be restored to know, love, honor, receive and impart to others the truth and life of our Glorious God. There is a God, Who has a throne, Who rules over all, and Who is bringing all things under the reign of His Son. God has won the victory over Satan, through Christ, and now all things are being brought into their original plan and purposes. We too are being made partakers of the glorious nature of God, so that we too want to know of our limited glory and live for the glory of the most glorious Being of the universe, God Almighty. Let us be God Glorifiers!

Father, be glorified in Christ in us. Amen.

    A Thought for the Week—Being a God Glorifier

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory." (Ephesians 1:11-12 NKJ)

God does great things. He is able to do great things and desires to do great things because He is a Great Being. God does beautiful things. He creates beautiful things, because He is Himself a Beautiful Being. He loves to create and bring forth beautiful things because that is His nature. He is beautiful in His nature and character.

God created us to know and love Him. He created us so that He could impart His nature into ours and unite us with His glorious ways and desires. We were created a pure vessel, able to be filled with the nature and character of God, so that His light and glory could be revealed through us. A pure being appreciates purity. God, in His glory, appreciates His very character and nature. He glorifies Himself, so that we can know, seek and receive His glorious nature into ours and become one with Him.

Because of sin, we do not appreciate true purity. We think that impure actions and desires are to be desired and harbored--within limits of course. However, God knows what is the absolute best for us. That is why He designed a plan to remove our sins and sinful desires from us so that we could become pure again and be able to be filled with His ways and His glory. That is the message of our Gospel.

The above passage says that God has destined us to know and be filled with His glory. That is His desire for us. When God’s people are filled with His glory, those who do not know God, who live in darkness, will be able to see God’s glorious ways coming forth from us. God reveals our sins to us, enabling us to confess them and have them removed from us. Then, as we let the blood of Christ cleanse us, and the Holy Spirit of God fill us, we can become filled with His light and His glory. We then truly can be examples to others of the great and glorious ways of God operating in people like us who were weak in themselves just like others, but are now strong in Him because Christ lives in us.

WE can know the glory of God; we can desire the glory of God through Christ. We can receive and experience the glory of God and know it in a deeper way, causing us to desire more, receive more, experience more and let the process continue. This is what Paul means when He says we are being transformed from one degree of glory into another (2 Corinthians 3:18). We will know and praise and reflect to others the glory of God.

Father, we rejoice in Your glory. We worship You as our Great and Glorious God. Help us to be filled with Your glory through Jesus. Amen.

    A Thought for the Week—Being a God Glorifier

Thursday, January 18, 2007

"I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do." (John 17:4 NKJ)

Jesus came to glorify His Father and to do His will. He knew His Father had a plan. When He came into the world Jesus said, "Behold, I have come--in the volume of the book it is written of Me--to do Your will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7 NKJ). Jesus humbled Himself by exalting the will of His Father. He learned how to live in the natural realm while being aware of the spiritual realm. He said, "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me" (John 5:30 NKJ). He did this so that He could see with His natural eyes, and also be aware of what His Father wanted done by communing with His Father in His Spirit. Jesus was criticized for performing miracles on the Sabbath Day. His response to His critics was, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working" (John 5:16-17NKJ).

Jesus did the will of His Father, living in spiritual communication with Him. He wanted to glorify His Father by showing people the will of His Father. Jesus said, "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him" (John 7:18 NKJ). He came to show us how to live. He came to teach us how to live in spiritual communion with God as we walk about the earth. He came to show us the blessedness of living this way, of living for the glory of God. Jesus said, "And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges" (John 8:50 NKJ).

God loves the world. He loves to bring people out of their sinful ways, into His ways of living for righteousness and living in holiness. God loves and cares for people. God gave Jesus supernatural powers and capabilities so that the people would know and give glory and honor to God. When people saw the healing miracles Jesus did, this is what happened. "Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men." (Matthew 9:8 NKJ). When Lazarus became sick, Jesus did not go to him and heal him right away. He knew that God had wanted to show the people even more of His glory. Jesus said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it" ( John 11:4 NKJ). People who live for the glory of God will be given difficult opportunities, so that the power of God will come upon them and go forth from them so God can be given more glory.

Father, be glorified in all we do, so we too can say we have glorified You on earth. Amen.

    A Thought for the Week—Being a God Glorifier

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10 NKJ)

Jesus came to glorify His Father and to do His Father’s will. He knew His Father had a plan. When He came into the world Jesus said, "Behold, I have come--in the volume of the book it is written of Me--to do Your will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7 NKJ). Jesus humbled Himself by exalting His Father’s will. He learned how to live in the natural realm while also being aware of the spiritual realm. He said, "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me" (John 5:30 NKJ). He did this so that He could see with His natural eyes, and also be aware of what His Father wanted done, by communing with His Father in His spirit. When Jesus was criticized for performing miracles on the Sabbath Day, His response to His critics was, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working" (John 5:16-17 NKJ ).

Jesus did what He saw His Father doing. He lived on earth as one sent from heaven. He communicated with His physical body with the realm of the earth, using His physical body to enter into life on earth. Jesus also had a spirit. His spirit was in communication with the spiritual realm--with the heavenly realm of His Father. He came from heaven to bring the life of the Spirit of God into His spirit and then into His natural body and then into the earth. He communicated with the earth through His natural body and brought the needs of people on earth to the spiritual realm of His Father by communicating with His spirit into the spiritual realm. He demonstrated to the people on earth the love and power of His Father by bringing the love of God into His spirit and then releasing it into the world through His body. He brought the will and purposes of the spiritual heavenly kingdom of His Father onto the earth.

Jesus loved to glorify His Father by serving Him and bringing His kingdom to earth. Jesus wants us to do the same thing. He taught us to pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10 NKJ). We too are to glorify God by bringing His kingdom to earth.

Father, we rejoice that You live in heaven where You are worshipped and glorified. We rejoice that all the inhabitants of heaven live for Your glory and honor and for Your will to be done. Help us to receive Your life into us through Jesus and to bring Your kingdom to the earth. Amen.

 

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