When I would wake up with nightmares as a little girl, Mom would comfort me by singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. And that fact she sang over me all those years ago still allows me to sleep peacefully even during some of the most seemingly uncertain chapters of life.
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17
A beautiful and freeing thought is resounding deep in my spirit this morning: It’s not up to me because it’s not about me.
“God is so passionately committed to having a people for his own possession who live forever for the praise of His glory that He is not about to let our eternal destiny depend on our native powers of willing or doing.” – John Piper
“In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:13-14
What God is telling us through these verses: “I have sealed you by My Spirit. Your inheritance is sure, because I am passionately committed to magnify the glory of My grace in your salvation.” (From the @YouVersion Bible App plan ‘Live By The Spirit: Devotions With John Piper’)
Learning to live #ForThePraiseOfHisGlory. #GodsStory is #ForeverAndEverything and #MyStory is #WrappedUpInHIM. #AlphaOmegaSemicolon. AΩ;
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Just thinking out loud on a Sunday morning….
What is “true worship”?
Perhaps authentic worship is likely to be counter-cultural rather than a means to be successful within our culture.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24
Of all the amazing photos from yesterday’s #SolarEclipse2017, my favorite is not of the sun – but one of a little boy gazing up at it. His Mom, Mary, shared that her sweet son, Israel, had been in tears when he was told he couldn’t watch the eclipse (or, actually, the partial eclipse viewable from here in TX) because they didn’t have the special glasses to protect their eyes. But then as they were out running errands – the moment Mary captured with this photo happened.
And I can’t help but wonder…. if thousands of people from all different backgrounds can gather and be so quick to help each other experience a natural phenomenon that lasted a couple minutes, what would it look like if the same efforts ensued to help people make eternal connections with the #MAKER of that phenomenon and His #MostLovedCreation, other humans?
We were MADE to worship. But sometimes we inadvertently direct our worship to things so unworthy of it… anything from a new pair of shoes to a shiny Jeep with really big tires! Let’s be clear here – you can appreciate something (especially a sharp Jeep) without worshipping it. But a complete focused-obsession, can’t-live-without, completely-dependent-worship?? That belongs always and only to our God!
I am learning that being transparent with your weaknesses and struggles comes with risk. For example, when you share truth with someone they may write off that truth about them as coming from a broken place in you rather than considering the possibility that this could be God-given insight that can heal broken places in them (a.k.a “iron sharpening iron” – see Proverbs 27:17). But living and speaking authentically is still worth the risk.
Just in case you’re anything like me and need occasional reminders to give God His job back….
“As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.” -Psalm 18:30 NIV (New International Version)
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:17 NIV
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
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PS: If what I have shared here resonates with you, you may want to listen to this! Click here to watch an awesome worship set by Bethel Music. It is 16 minutes well spent to worship along or great background music for your day or drive-time!