LET'S PRAY THAT EVERYONE CATCHES THE EXCITEMENT
Topics in the Article
1. Getting Excited over God
2. Resting in God
3. Surrendering All for Jesus
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
God delights in us
If we look at the meaning for the Hebrew word for joy in the passage above, we would discover that it means to get very emotional, even to spin around in excitement. Now, let’s remember that this passage is speaking about our God and Creator. Can you grasp the reality of our God singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? Yet, that’s what God does over his creation whom he loves. So, let’s do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who has no emotion over us at all. For truly, God delights in us and God rejoices over us.
Our Joy for Him
Now if God shows this kind of excitement over us, shouldn’t we get excited and emotional over him as well? Shouldn’t we be rejoicing and singing at the fact that he is our awesome God and Creator in whose presents there is fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forever more? And not only that, but we who are God’s children will be spending eternity with him in paradise. How neat is that? Yet do we even dare to tap our feet or clap our hands or show any kind of emotion when it comes to worshiping Him? Oh, what’s wrong with us fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? We should be doing back flips as well as summersaults (if we are able). Am I getting a little too Pentecostal for you now? Do not believe the lie that we must be reserved when it comes to worshiping and praising our God. We do need to pray and seek God’s help for us as a church to praise him with our whole being holding (9)nothing back as David did. He is so worthy, so we truly should be Getting Excited over God.
Okay now having said all that, I know that if you totally let loose at your next church gathering they may escort you out the door. But it only takes a few people excited about God to get others going as well. His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody catches it. So, go ahead and be obsessed with him and be totally addicted to serving him in love, because lets face it, living for anything else will only lead you to emptiness.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17:24-31)
Over in Proverbs chapter 8, we see Jesus Christ who is personified in the usage of the word wisdom. In this chapter at verse 30 and 31 we read: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. When He completed the world, He rejoiced saying, “my delights were with the sons of men.” Wow, God rejoices and delights in us his creation. I find it so comforting that God loves us and that he does delights in us. But not only that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Oh, my Awesome God, you loved us so much that you’ve sent your Son to die for us sinners on the cross, and allowed him to suffer in hell in our place. But thank God, that death could not hold you Jesus and that you victoriously overcame the grave. Thank you Father for raising Jesus from the grave. We were bought at a price, so You oh God, are so worthy of all our love and attention. Amen. (For info on Jesus suffering in hell, please click on this link)
Something to think about
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16) "I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands:" This has obvious and beautiful fulfillment in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. As Jesus told Thomas in a post-resurrection appearance, look at My hands (John 20:27). When we see the nail-scarred hands of Jesus, we see how He has inscribed us on the palms of His hands. With such love, how could God ever forget His people? By David Guzik
So, in conclusion to all this, let us always remember how much Jesus loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. Let the world experience our love and oneness with God and with each other so that all may see Jesus Christ in us. And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Jesus shine in our hearts as we tell the world about him. Our prayer and hope should always be that those who see us would see God in us, those who hear us would hear Christ speaking through us, and those who know us would know that his Spirit dwells is in us, and that they would crave what we have. Amen.
It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love; once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing “It’s fresh like spring”; you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountain top – Praise God I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.
Pend by: Kurt Kaiser
Pray that All would Find It
CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
When you think of someone resting, what automatically comes to mind; is it sleeping, kicking back under a shady tree? Yes, this may be what comes to mind, but, is that person truly at rest. Lets say that you're taking a walk through your local park, you notice that there is a person lying on the grass with a hat pulled over their head. Immediately once again, you think to yourself that this person is resting. On the other hand, in that same park, you run across a man working up a sweat digging up a broken sprinkler head, and on the contrary, you think this man is not resting. However, the real truth may be just the opposite. You see, you can be in that prone position as that first person, but in your heart and mind there is restlessness and anxieties and fears. Or, you could be as that second person who is working up a sweat, and yet be at total peace and rest.
You see, true rest is not that outward condition but it’s that inward condition which is of the heart. It’s that peace of knowing that there is a God who loves you and cares for you. It is God’s Holy Spirit who is dwelling in you, comforting you and giving you a hope regardless of your outward condition. So, why not put all your trust in God and let Him lead the way for you. Remember, your heavenly Father truly knows best so let him have His will and way with you. Trust in him completely for he will direct all your paths. And this my friend, is True Rest indeed.
RESTING IN GOD'S FINISHED WORK
There are those who unfortunately are going through life trying to earn their way into heaven on their own merit. And sadly, no matter how hard they try with good works and deeds, they never can quit feel any inward peace with God. And it’s not that they're doing worse than others, but it’s because they are going about it all wrong. Because the true works of God is not that which is based on our own good deeds, but it’s based on believing in the One Whom he sent, which is Jesus Christ. For Jesus said: This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:29). And of course, we know that Jesus was referring about himself. We must realize that we can't enter heaven on our own merits or good deeds. We have already fallen short of this so there needs to be another way to get right with God.
Jesus Christ took on the punishment that was do us by dying on the cross and suffering in hell for us. Then, on the third day he rose from the dead conquering death and hell and is now seated at the right hand of our Father on high. So now, by believing in this finished work of God, we can enter into heaven. For Jesus Himself said: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). Wow, you can’t beat that. Our God Himself pardoned all our sins so that we can spend eternity in paradise with him. And now, because of our right relationship with God, his Holy Spirit dwells in us and leads us in such a way that our lives will bring forth good fruit that’s pleasing to him. And if it’s pleasing to God, you can be best assured that you will be pleased also. Because his ways can only lead to true rest and peace.
GOD'S LOVE FOR US
Below are some encouraging passages from God's word to help you either came to know Him, or help you in your walk with him, or even better yet, both. God is totally Awesome who made a way for you and me to come to him and receive everlasting life.
GOD THINKS ON US
God is always thinking of you and me for our good. God says that all things work for the good, even if they happen to be uncomfortable for us at the time. Just remember that it's all for our good.
TRUSTING GOD FOR EVERYTHING
We are to totally trust in God for all our needs. He promises to always take care of us even in the middle of the storm. The comforting thing is that nothing can separate us from his love. Keep your mind and heart always on God.
Pray that Everybody Would Do It
Well, just a casual reading of the words of Jesus in the bible would cause you to come to a conclusion that Jesus is seeking those that would not be of a divided heart, but who would be in love with him and be willing to give up all for him. In fact, the “hard sayings” of Jesus that are found in the bible would ether make you run to him or run from him. This is evident in John's Gospel where Jesus said that you must (1)eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life in you. After having said this to his disciples, the bible says that many of them said: “This is a hard saying; who can hear it” and sadly many of them left and would not follow him anymore.
Now what is also interesting and worth noting is the fact that Jesus did not try to explain what he exactly meant when he spoke on these “hard sayings.” We can see this to be true not only with the passage stated earlier, but also when Jesus said that we are to take up our cross and following him or to hate those of your own household or even to pluck out our own eye if it causes us to sin. Now let it first be said, I do believe and know that Jesus loves all and cares about everyone’s eternal destiny. For that is what his Word proclaims. So, we know that Jesus is not trying to (2)chase people away so that they can perish (see Revelations 20:15). But again, I do believe according to his Word that he does want us to be totally sold out and in love with him. This is true even if it means losing your family because of it. For not all will share in your joy of embracing God, but instead there are those who may even get hostile against you.
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. "For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; "and 'a man's enemies will be those of his [own] household.' "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
So having said all that, how do we approach these sayings of Jesus? Well, if we would take a look at scripture itself, we would find that all things that pertain to God must be (3)Spiritually discerned. For we must not come to our own conclusion but to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the true meaning of what is being said. So, let our attitude be as Peters who replied to Jesus question when He asked “Do you also want to go away?” For Peter said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (See John 6:47-69) So, we can see from Peters reply that he was looking much deeper into heart of the matter and not just coming to his own conclusion as did those that left. So again, we must not just try to understand these “hard sayings of Jesus” from a surface perspective, but we must look to God and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us their true and deeper meanings. In fact, we must look to the (4)Holy Spirit to help us understand, not only the “hard saying,” but to teach us all things as the scriptures says.
Glorifying God through Prayer and Worship
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