Monthly Archives: April 2013

Show Me Your Glory

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Show Me YOUR Glory!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:1-8 NKJV)

Isaiah knew who God was..Isaiah decreased immediately crying out ” woe is me,for I am undone” and then He heard the voice of The Lord!

If you want to experience God, if you want God to MANIFEST Himself to you; you must first get a true realization of who He is.

DEFINITION: Manifest: Plain, open, clearly visible to the eye or obvious to the understanding; apparent

God is the ultimate Being in existence, perfect in power, love, and character.
~ God is omnipotent: all powerful, He is the source of His own power, having no need to be created
~ God is omniscient : all knowing, having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight,possessed of universal or complete knowledge
~ God is omnibenevolent: all good, all loving

We must learn to take God’s word over our own. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV)

This is why I can ask you these questions I often ask myself . Are you omnipotent? Are you omnipresent? Are you omnibenevolent? No you are not! I am not! Why then would we spend our lives, even one minute, trying to be the god of our own life? The answer to that is PRIDE. Let us look then to the one who created us, who created everything,who knows everything, the One who we long to know..We all want to know goodness, be treated with love and adoration, to fill up those empty, broken places!

John 3: 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
If you want God to MANIFEST Himself to you, you must decrease.

~He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NKJV)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7, 8 NKJV)

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (Deuteronomy 4:29, 30 NKJV)

Bad Excuses

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Yes, it is true we once were sinners and we have been saved by His grace.For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV) what a glorious, selfless thing! That He who knew no sin took my sin to the cross.
( 2Corinthians 2:21) How humbling that is indeed.

Why do we take that beautiful fact and use it as an excuse? There is no excuse for our bad behavior. I recently received an apology text, and while it was very kind to realize an apology was in order, at the end it read: ‘I am a sinner saved by grace just like everyone else.’ Does being a sinner qualify us to be insensitive?

The words that we use are powerful. We are warned in Scripture many times about the tongue.
Being a sinner saved by grace should be why we are kind, generous and abounding in love. That phrase should not be used as an excuse for our sin nature.

I am far from perfect and I will likely offend you at some point. For any offense I am truly sorry. I will not shrug it off as an o’ well, I’m a sinner saved by grace. Because I have been saved by grace I identify with the women at the well (John 8:11) where Jesus says “GO AWAY AND SIN NO MORE.” Don’t mistake me for being sinless, just without excuse.

A pastor in my church recently said this ” our Christian liberties end and someone else’s conscience.” Referring to Romans 8, just because you can do something or say something doesn’t mean you should. Maybe we should seek wisdom. Listen more, talk less.