I Corinthians 2:7-9 (NLT)
No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
When I began contemplating the Word of God for me today it was the express intent to give Him glory, honor and praise for being faithful and true to His Word and His Promises. See yesterday I woke up weighed down by worries and stress. The enemy was fully assaulting my peace of mind with a long list of things to do that seemed insurmountable. In His Usual Fashion, the Lord showed me a thing or two in His Word to bring me comfort, whispered to the storm brewing with me peace be still, and reassured my wavering heart. When I got up from this quiet place to face the day, I should not have been surprised. A glowing doctor report started the day off right with a promise of discharge the very next day. A visit from the social worker solved two more “problems” in less than ten minutes. By the end of the day every single concern that I had was addressed and the need provided for just that quickly. When the Lord does such a thing, my initial feeling is of guilt for the worry, fear and doubt that comes when He does just as He promised but I failed to believe that He would. So today as I got up all I could think of was Glory to God in the highest. Full of thanksgiving and overflowing with praise for a God who is faithful even when I don’t believe to set up my life in a way that I will be blessed with everything I need and more than I could think to ask for. But when I began to review glory and honor in the Word, I discovered that it talks about God giving us honor and glory more than us giving it back to Him. God made world and everything in it for “our” ultimate glory. Say what?
Romans 8:16-17 (NLT)
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
The Holy Spirit is given to each us who call on Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord. It is not God’s Plan or His Will for us to suffer. Even when we chose something other than His Way, God still was determined that we would be His Children forever. As His Children, we are His Heirs. What belongs to God becomes ours simply because we are adopted. Why aren’t we experiencing the Glory of God every day? Why are we suffering so rather than prospering in the Lord? “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) Jesus Christ has “deprived the world of its power to harm you AND has overcome it for you.” (John 16:33) You can be an overcomer if you live as a member of the Kingdom of God. He is the Power we need to reduce the enemy to a toothless, clawless roaring lion. He can come close enough to whisper lies, shout accusation and promote fear but he can do nothing at all to harm God’s Child who is wrapped in the Robe of Righteousness that Jesus died for us to have. His Glory is intended to be a lifestyle. As we give God glory in the way that we live, He imparts His Glory in our life. It is a divine partnership.
Romans 7:21-25 (NLT)
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Our struggle with sin will not end until our physical body dies. You can love God’s Word with all your heart. Pursue Him with all your mind. Give everything you have to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and even attend church every single time the doors are open. You will still struggle with sin on a daily basis even locked in the house as a recluse with no other influence. Why? The sinful nature you battle rests inside of you and I. The Spirit of God is our guardian put in place to make our life a living sacrifice to God as we continually lay down our life and crucify our old nature with Christ – the Holy Spirit raises us up to a place of honor where all God’s Promises according to His Plan are not only possible but probable. God’s Glory radiates around His Children. It emanates from the inside out. You will never truly experience the kind of glory that God intends for you to have apart from Jesus Christ. If we win the battle against our flesh, we will receive God’s Glory. It is a daily choice and sometimes minute by minute. But it is definitely worth fighting for when all that He is takes over all that you are.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Your body is the temple of God’s Spirit. The Spirit lives inside of you. Now there are certain promises that are associated with the Temple of God from the Old Testament. When Solomon dedicated the Temple to the Presence of God, these are some of the promises that the Lord made. (I Kings 9:2-5) The Lord promised that it would set apart as holy. Your life should be consecrated to God. There are things you will set aside or walk away to get closer to Christ. The Temple was designed to watch over the Name of the Lord forever. Does your temple represent the Kingdom of God? Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you have to “tell” people that you are a believer or can they see a difference in the way that you live? If so, God promises to watch over the temple. He also promised power and authority to those who oversaw the temple. Now stop right there for a moment…if we honor the Name of the Lord in our temple and choose to live as His Children than we have His Power and Authority in this world which will consistently produce His Glory. Honoring God is not something we say or even something that we do. (Isaiah 29:13) It is what we believe and who we are. We become “special utensils” for His Use which makes His Glory flow in us and through us. This will change every outcome in your life. I expect God to work for me. I depend on Him for what I need and the desires of my heart. When my mind rebels against such thinking, I dive right back into His Presence. Why? I tried Him. I trusted Him. He has delivered over and over again. When I tried to give Him the glory and honor due, Jesus gave it right back to me because we share it.
Romans 5:1-2 (NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Why? Why would God give His Glory to me? One reason – Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only reason that we will ever receive the manifestation of God’s Glory in our life. When God shines through it is because we have allowed Jesus to wash away our sin and now life transparently before the Lord. Will you sin? Of course, we will. Will you fall short? Every single day. By faith, we accept salvation and grace that gives us the undeserved privilege of His Glory. It is not something we can give back to God because that would mean that there was a separation. The Glory of God in our life is because we remain connected by faith and trust to Jesus Christ as our confident hope. Nothing can separate us from His Love. Or can it? If we allow sin, darkness, doubt or fear to become greater than our faith, we will not experience such things. Faith is the key to God’s Glory. We lift Him up by choosing to give our life to Him and live it His Way. “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” (Romans 4:20-21) I want to be like Abraham so set on the Lord that I never waver from believing God’s Promise. I want stronger faith each day that brings glory to God so He can pour it right back in my life. I want to be fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. This is to be His Temple and live for His Glory.
2 Timothy 2:19-21 (NLT)
But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.” In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
I am concerned about young people today. They have been raised by a generation of parents who have tried to build perfect existences, myself included. We give them everything. I am embarrassed at the size of my daughter’s closets bursting with more clothing than they could ever wear. Grown-up kids play house rather than building homes because both sets of parents enable them to. The church suffers because of it as the new families come with a sense of entitlement but no real commitment. The Lord wants to share His Glory with us but the structure of our temple must be reinforced with faith again. The Lord knows who are His and just like parents who overindulge children, He wants to fill our life with every good and precious promise that He has. But He does not want faulty structures that cannot stand the storms of life or endure to the end. What good is God’s Glory now if in the end we have not lived as one with God’s Glory and Kingdom? The Cornerstone is Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God who was wrapped in flesh to share God’s Love for us. We must do everything in our power to be special utensils. We must teach our children to honor God with their life rather than bestowing on them entitlement. My children are my glory. They resonate my greatest accomplishment on the earth. They are a reflection of who I am. This is what we are to be to God – a reflection of who He is in our life! So today as I fail to give God proper glory and honor with mere words, I must strive to do one better and give Him my life. Over and over, day after day. As His Glory builds in my life, I will become the one who reflects the Glory of God. He is the Giver of Glory. I want to be set apart for His Glory and Honor as a special utensil. It will require my way and my will and my words. Everything I am for all that He is. The only way to glorify God is to let God’s Glory be displayed in my life.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NLT)
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.