“Be Confident in God!”

BE CONFIDENT IN GOD! “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

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“Indulge in Nostalgia!”

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“And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.  And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?  Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.” Joshua 4:20-22

One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to open up all my windows and to put a fan in my bedroom window.  Why the bedroom particularly?  For some reason or another, no matter where I live, when there is a fan in my bedroom window, it makes the air smell just like my grandma’s house when I was growing up, particularly her upstairs and bedroom.  Sometimes, I long for weather not too hot and not too cold, just so that I can have a fan in the bedroom window that blows out that smell.  And when it does, I look for reasons throughout the day to visit my bedroom, to inhale deeply and to let my mind wander to another time.

Smells have that effect on me, nostalgically letting me remember times past.  While the fan smell is my favorite, another smell is stuff burning.  Not like a house catching fire or anything, but rather a pit-beef joint cooking or a log in the fireplace.  This smell reminds me of my paternal grandparents.  They live in the South and during the summer we would visit.  There I witnessed something I hadn’t seen before.  In the evening, they took their trash to a heap outside and set it on fire.  No trash trucks to pick it up twice a week.  They just light it up and watch it go.

It’s good to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia once in a while, especially when it comes to remembering God’s deliverance.  After a certain amount of time goes by, whether it becomes a time of prosperity or a time of hardship, it’s so easy to forget.  The daily grind and routine schedules tend to overshadow what previously occurred.  That can be a good thing when someone is trying to get over hurtful things, but when one wants to remember a glorious time it can be dangerous.

The danger of forgetfulness can leave us with a warped outlook on life.  “Why does this always happen to me?”  “Things never turn in my favor.”  “It’s useless for me to even try!”  Words such as “always, never and useless” denote negativity when used this way. This negative brow beating overshadows the good.  We use words so lightly, but if I were to really question, what would the true outcome be?  Do things really never ever turn in your favor?  Is it really useless for you to try?  The answer, most likely, would be no.

Through times of hardship and prosperity, our perspective on life can get blurred.  That’s why God mandated for these stones to be set up as a memorial.  These stones would stand as a physical reminder of God’s deliverance; of a time when He altered nature and did the impossible just so that His people could gain their promise.

We may not have physical stones, but I do believe we have “markers” in our memory that can transport us to our time of deliverance.  Things that help us to remember that no matter what state one may find themselves in now, God is still on the throne and He is still working it out on our behalf.  That He is the one that saved me and He is the one that ushed deliverance in my life and yours.

That’s why it’s good to indulge in nostalgia.  It opens the door to the good old days.  The thought of it can instantly put a smile on my face when I think of memories past.  Now, imagine doing that with God’s deliverance.  Sometimes we need to remember, on purpose, where He brought us from and how He brought us through.  Set that up as a “marker” to help you remember His goodness no matter what life may bring.

“The peace of God surpasses all understanding!”

Let His peace dominate your thinking, your actions, and your life. With God in control, peace is our privilege.

“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

Today, if you are tempted to run ahead, be still, and know that He is God.
Today, if you are tempted to try to do it your own way, be still, and know that He is God.
Today, if you are tempted to throw in the towel, be still, and know that He is God.
God can and will perform every promise He has for each one of us, but we must wait on Him. We must be still and know that He is God.

Sunday School Lesson – “The Holiness of God” Isaiah 6:1-5; 1 Peter 1:15-16

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VERSE DISCOVERY: Isaiah 6:1-5; 1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJV, Public Domain)

The Bible commands us, “Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy,” (Psalm 99:5).  All throughout the Bible, God’s holiness is prevalent.  When His holiness was disregarded in exchange for a bite of fruit, sin entered in, separation occurred, and mankind lost his place in the sacred garden paradise (Genesis 3).  When God’s holiness was substituted, the people fell into idolatry with a golden calf, people died, names were blotted out of God’s book, sins would be punished, a plague would follow, and God sent an Angel to guide them for He said, “I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way,” (Exodus 33:3; Exodus 32:1-33:3).  Throughout the times of the judges, prophets, all biblical history, and even today, every time the holiness of God has been forsaken, tragedy strikes, and people reap the consequences of their decisions. 

God does have a standard, and holiness is not only who He is, but it is His standard by which all else is measured.  In today’s lesson, we are looking at God’s holiness with a heavenly perspective.  As Isaiah witnessed the events of chapter 6 unfolding before him, he reveals what he experienced when he viewed God’s holiness in the heavens and through that, he prepares us for the extreme holiness of God. 

There, His holiness supersedes everything, and the seraphims cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”  There, when man comes face to face to the untainted character of God, he realizes just how tainted he is.  There, everything falls away in light of His glory.  If we want to live there, we must learn about the true holiness of God, and how we ought to live before Him.

God’s Holiness Shown in Heaven

Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

“I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne.”  I have loved the vision of God sitting on a throne for some time now.  When I pray, I imagine myself coming before our great King, bowing before His presence and humbly lifting my eyes to Him in supplication and petition.  Because of our lack of a monarchy here in the States, we don’t really appreciate what it is to come before royalty in utter humility.  But there, in his vision, Isaiah sees God on a throne where we would expect Him to be, reigning in all sovereignty and power as the ultimate King of all kings, and Lord of all lords.

The irony in Isaiah’s vision is when the earthly king passed off the scene; Isaiah was able to see the one who truly was in charge the whole time.  Nothing is ever predicated on our earthly rulers or those who may be currently in power.  Even if it doesn’t feel like it, God always has His hands at the helm of life and events.

“throne” is a place of rulership, which in turn is a place of judgment.  Israel had been long divided as a nation at this point in history.  The ten kingdoms to the north were referred to as Israel while the two kingdoms to the south were Judah.  God’s people were divided from each other, but they were also divided from God.  The people had drawn away from God through sin and rebellion (See Isaiah 1:2-4).  God was now “sitting” in the seat of judgment.  Proverbs 20:8 tells us, “A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.”

“High and lifted up.”  Where else would He be?  God is exalted above all!  Psalm 108:5 rejoices and says, “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.”  God is above!  Not Beneath!  There are many kingdoms established upon this earth, but God supersedes all!  He is “lifted up!”  Every rule of man must bow to the ultimate King.  “The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted,” (Psalm 47:9).  God’s dominion outranks every other power imaginable!

“His train filled the temple.”  Many of us are familiar with the idea of “train” on a bridal gown.  When she walks into the room and goes forth down the aisle everyone focuses on the floor behind her gracious steps to see how long the train is.  The long, flowing fabric embellished with love moves down behind her giving her a royal appearance.  God didn’t need the appearance of royal, He is royal, He is King!  His “train,” the hem of His holy garment, marked His majestic stance above all else and it “filled the temple.”  Can you imagine seeing just this much of the glory of God in heaven, with heavenly hosts gathered all around, and His flowing garment encompassing and enveloping everything?  Amazing!

When God’s presence is in the place, His presence takes completely over the place!  He occupies every crevice of that heavenly “temple.”  There is not a place there where He is not.

Isaiah 6:2 “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.”

“Above it stood the seraphims.”  As I studied this, I found out that this is the only place in the Bible where the word seraphims appear is here in the book of Isaiah.  This is a unique opportunity that God has given to Isaiah.  For those whom God draws near to Himself and are willing to be a vessel for His use, will experience unique opportunities that are not privileged to everyone else.

“Each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.”  These seraphim dwelt with God in heaven yet felt a need to “cover” themselves.  Here is tells us twice of them being “covered.”  First, with the “face” and then with the “feet.”  Why the need to feel covered?  Perhaps, they know their unworthiness before this Judge who sits on the throne.  Residing in heaven with Him, they don’t only know of His majesty, they know He is completely majestic.  His holiness transcends all others, therefore, they “cover” themselves.  How brash is mankind in thinking that he can approach God in any form or fashion?  When the residences of heaven bow and cover, what more should we do when in His holy presence?

May all men reevaluate their own status before the Lord and give Him the same blessed honor of reverence the seraphim did.  Not necessarily hiding the face (although a little humility can go a long way), but knowing who He is compared to who we are; knowing that we are not worthy except the blood of Christ covered us like those wings of the seraphim, and made us worthy to stand before Him in that coming day.

Isaiah 6:3 “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”

“And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts.”  I love it when the weather is nice and beautiful, and I can keep my windows open to experience nature.  One of the things I get to experience is the birds calling and communicating with one another.  They are sounding off their beautiful sonnets in hopes of attracting a mate or just relaying and revealing stuff in their own bird language.

The seraphim’s message that was being sounded off to one another, and for us to witness through Isaiah’s vision, is that the holiness of God is like no other.  We cannot, with a human perspective, imagine how far and beyond us His holiness is.  Here “one cried unto another… Holy, holy, holy.”  Anytime Jesus wanted to teach a truth with great emphasis, He would use the phrase “Verily, verily.”  Saying it twice really brought attention to the point He was making.  Here, twice was not good enough when professing the holiness of God.  They announced it three times.  That means we cannot comprehend it!  We just better be ready to stand before it!

“The whole earth is full of his glory.”  Everything on the earth gives God the full glory in the way they were created except for man.  When the trees sway in the wind they glorify God because they are fulfilling their design.  When the squirrel gathers nuts, it does so at the command of God over its life.  All of creation speaks of the glory of God.  We may not hear it audibly, but we can see it all around us.

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein,” (Psalm 24:1).  Everything is under God’s ownership, therefore, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD,” (Psalm 150:6).  Jesus, on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, said, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out,” (Luke 19:40).  Why?  Because “the whole earth is full of his glory!”  The magnificence of God can be seen throughout all His creation and if we don’t sing with the seraphim, “Holy, holy, holy,” then the rocks will cry out in our place!

Isaiah 6:4 “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”

“The posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried.”  A voice so thunderous; a voice so powerful and so awe-strikingly moving to be heard that it caused the doorposts in that temple to shake.  And this is just speaking of the seraphim.  No wonder when the children of Israel, when gathered around Mt. Sinai, they were afraid to hear the voice of God speaking to them.  “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die,” (Exodus 20:19).  To be in God’s awesome, holy presence is nothing to be played with.  When we enter the place where true holiness resides, we enter in with the humility that He and His tabernacle deserve.

“And the house was filled with smoke.”  There is no mistaking when God is in the building or inhabiting the mountain.  Back to the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, the Bible says, “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off,” (Exodus 20:18).  What is our response to the true presence of God in our lives?  How do we act when we approach His glory?  The children of Israel “stood afar off” and in our next verse Isaiah was moved with his own unworthiness.  What of our own humility before Him who sits on the throne in pure holiness?

Isaiah 6:5 “Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

“Then said I.”  What follows is a personal testimony of a man faced with his own sinfulness.  This is his personal statement of what happened in his own heart when he stood before the presence of the Almighty.  This was his response before the Creator of all the heaven and all the earth.  Think about it, what will you say before Him who knows all and sees all, yet called you before His throne anyway?

“Woe is me!”  Can you sense the agony of sin standing before the Sinless?  It’s as if someone pulled back a curtain to reveal all the evils in human nature and the sight of his own role in humanity made Isaiah say, “Woe!”  When was the last time we “woed” at our own incompleteness without Him and before Him?  Even the best-behaved person on the face of this earth would have to “woe” before the Almighty.  This is all about Him and our complete unworthiness to be before Him.

But thank God for where Christ has placed us now: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” (Hebrews 4:14-16; All Capital Emphasis Mine).

“For I am undone.”  This reminds me of the testimony of some who, in a life-changing moment, saw their life flash before their eyes.  Could this be what Isaiah was experiencing?  Every sin, every wrong, and every transgression comes to the forefront when there’s nothing to hide behind anymore.  Standing before the Revealer of all, he declared, “I am undone.”  

The Bible reminds us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).  Standing in His glory, one soon realizes just how “short” from being worthy they truly are.

“Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.”  Jesus, in condemning the scribes and Pharisees said it best.  “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man,” (Matthew 15:18).  Using the uncleanness of his own lips and those of people in general, he could see that his life was not ready to stand before the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords.  The uncleanness of the lips is synonymous with the uncleanness of the heart.  Continuing in Matthew, Jesus further said, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man…” (15:19-20a).  But Jesus started off His chastisement saying, “Out of the mouth come forth from the heart.”  What is our conversation saying of our hearts?  Do we really understand how “unclean” we are?

“For mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”  It only takes a moment to see the miraculous to change your life forever.  Many people who desire to see God in a face to face encounter on this side of glory don’t know what they ask for.  First of all, no man can see God and live (read Exodus 33:20).  Secondly, sometimes when we read stories in the Bible where people came face to face with just an angel of God, and wind up falling down before them in fear. How much more would they be able to stand before the holiness of the Almighty King?  The majority of us will never experience the sight of Him until we get to heaven, “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Corinthians 5:7).  OH!  But if we did, I’m sure it would have the same impact on us as it did on Isaiah: “For mine eyes have seen the king, the LORD of hosts” and the awesomeness of that moment would make us tremble before His perfect holiness.

But one day, we are hoping to be there where He is, to see the “King, the LORD of hosts” for ourselves.  Anything or anyone that does not fall in line with God’s holiness will not have that privilege.  “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life,” (Revelation 21:27).

God’s Holiness is to Show in Us

1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Reading of all Isaiah experienced and what he saw of God’s holiness in the heavens, and knowing that one day we too will come face to face with the extreme holiness of God, how should we then live?  We must live lives that represent the holiness of the “holy” God we serve.

Hebrews 12:14 tells us, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (emphasis mine).  God is looking for a sanctified life.  When we receive His Spirit, the sanctification process has started to turn our lives around getting us ready for a heaven-bound journey.  A lot of people have grown unaccustomed to associating our walk of faith with a walk of sanctification.  We talk a lot about faith, but little is covered anymore about being holy.  But a sanctified people are what we are called to be, and I must ask, is there a fervency for holiness still present in the modern church?

God is still calling for holiness, and holiness is still right!  During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He taught, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” (Matthew 7:13-14).  Holiness is the only way through that gate!

God wants hearts that are in tune with His.  God wants people who are in the world but not of the world (John 17:16).  God our Father is holy, and His children, who are us, are to be holy demonstrators of His character. Peter said in today’s lesson, it has already been “written” in the Old Testament, and nothing has changed in the New Testament: “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16; compare Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26).  Our lives are to be lives of separateness and devotion to God alone, instilled with His Spirit to live differently than the rest of the world.

Peter continues to describe us as “an holy priesthood” and “an holy nation” (1Peter 2:5, 9).  The common denominator is holiness!

Holiness is a prerequisite for access to our heavenly Father.  Sin will hinder a full and beautiful relationship with God.  Isaiah 59:2 reiterates this truth, saying, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”  Therefore, holiness must be the mark that the Christian aims for in his/her daily life in order to see the Lord at the end of this journey.

And, it must not just be present in some areas of our lives; rather, “be ye holy in all manner of conversation”; in every area of life.  A life submitted to and in complete devotion of the Father who has saved them.  An uncompromising life, that doesn’t pat a sin on the back here and condemns something different over there.

All sin is sin, and every area of our lives must be lived in submission to being “holy.”  If we are going to be identified as His children, then we must be identified as He is, and that is “holy!”  “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God,” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

PDF Printable Sunday School Lesson Pack (With easy to read instructions following the P.E.A.R.L. format on how to conduct each lesson with areas for adding personal notes): Sunday School Lesson – The Holiness of God

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Adult Journal Page: Adult Journal Page – The Holiness of God

Kid’s Journal Page: Kid’s Journal Page – The Holiness of God

Draw the Scene: The Holiness of God Draw the Scene

“Holy, Holy, Holy Glitter Sheet Activity”: Another activity that can be done is this “Holy Holy Holy” Glitter sheet.  Use the sheet as is to color or do as I did.  I colored and cut out the words and glued them on blue construction paper (sky).  Then, using a white crayon you can make clouds.  Finally, since it is a holy place where these words are being uttered, I used gold glitter to bring out the words “Holy, Holy, Holy!”  Enjoy!  PDF: Holy coloring sheet

 

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“Sin Revealed” from Kidssundayschool.com (Great object lesson to go with being “undone” and “unclean lips” because it shows how our sin can’t hide before God).

“Sanctified Lips” from Calvarycurriculum.com

“Heaven is Awesome”

“Heaven Lesson Bible Plan w/ tons of activities and crafts”

“Molded to be Holy” Object lesson from Childrensministry.com

“Heaven” Ideas/Lesson from Ministry to Children

“Dear Bruised Reed…”

Dear Bruised Reed, God’s got you.  Some days may be harder than others, but He’s here for you.  You may stand in need of restoration; that’s okay.  He is able to provide that too.  If peace has moved away from you, He is able to call it back into your life.  If love has sidestepped you, He Himself is love, and has satisfied all the requirements of love, and is able to make it reign in your life again.  He can turn all the hurt and disappointment you are feeling into joy.  Everything may not always work out the way we want it to, but it will work out for our good (Romans 8:28).

Dear Bruised Reed, I’m not promising you there won’t be days of tears and that everything will always be alright for Jesus Himself said in the world you will have trouble (John 16:33).  But, what I can promise you is that when you are God’s child, you can still have hope in the midst of whatever it is you are facing.  You are not forgotten.  He sees everything.  And, you are so incredibly loved through it all.  Restoration is always in His hand for the heart that will turn to Him for healing today.

Dear Bruised Reed, whatever it is, take it to the Lord and let Him in on what’s going on (1 Peter 5:7).  Pour out your heart before our Savior who cares.  He loves you and wants to see you walk in the victory He has secured for your life through our Lord Jesus Christ.  As quick as it is to worry and complain, with the same quickness we can unload the burdens of the heart and be free.

Dear Bruised Reed, trust in His judgment today.  He has never failed a case, and He won’t start now.  Nothing escapes His notice and it is His truth, His will, and His way that will always win out in the end.  Never lose hope in what God can do in your life.  His mercies and compassions fail not (Lamentations 3:22).  We are here today because of God.  We are loved in God.  We are covered by God.  And, God is the one that will see us through when we rest our lives in His grace.

Dear Bruised Reed, Jesus Christ is waiting to be your ultimate source of true peace today (John 16:33).  Turn to Him.  Trust in Him.

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Isaiah 42:3

But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” Matthew 12:15-21

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“God sees more!”

And, God sees so much more! Often we can view ourselves one way, but God goes deeper. He not only sees the right now, but He sees what can be. He created you, loved you, and brought you through. He sees the potential, the gifts, and the anointing He has placed on your life. What God sees in us and for us is far more important than what we see in ourselves.

“Jesus Knows!”

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“We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,” Hebrews 4:15a

Jesus knows what living in the flesh feels like.  Walking up and down the shores of Galilee, He didn’t let His holiness withhold Himself from our infirmities.  He hungered as we did.  He wept when sadness invaded His heart.  He justifiably angered at the thoughtlessness of men.  He knows.

Jesus knows.  He knows suffering.  He knows the temptation of life.  He knows what it is to care when no one else does.

He knows what it is to be chased, used and despised.  His ears have felt the sting of gossip and have heard the song of ridicule.  He’s heard the taunting of the nay-sayers and the tsk- tsk- tsk- of the unapproving.

Aching limbs, sore feet, and a thirsty tongue – He knows.  Jesus knows disappointment at the carelessness of others.  He knows desperation over the plight of the lost soul.  He knows of the crown of thorns His life is leading Him to.

Jesus knows everything because He is divine.  Jesus has experienced everything because of His humanity.

Isn’t it nice to know that not only do we NOT carry our burdens alone, but we have a Savior that knows what those burdens feel like?  Out of the depths of sorrow and pain – He knows.  Through the roads of striving and the paths of hatred – He knows.  During the darkness of nights, He already knows.  Our weaknesses have become His; He knows them, has lived through them and has borne them.  Jesus knows!

“THERE IS A FULL REWARD AFTER THIS!”

There is a “full reward” after this. After all the
turmoil. After all the pain. After all the heartache.
And, after all the rain. God has in place a “full
reward” for His people. For those who refuse to
quit. For those who refuse to be sidelined. For
those who turn a deaf ear to false doctrine and
false ways – there is a “full reward” up ahead.

Be on guard, dear friends, and watch out. There
is much at stake here. There is much to lose.
Keep pressing for the prize (Phil. 3:14). Keep
moving toward that “high calling of God in
Christ Jesus.” Don’t be swayed. Don’t be
overcome. Run to obtain your prize (1 Cor. 9:24).
Run past every obstacle that may be thrown in
your way because the “full reward” is waiting for
you at the end of this race.

“Worship!”

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Worship is how we honor God,
taking the mind off of self.
It’s the moving of the soul and spirit,
of His goodness and praises to tell.

Worship is how we lift Him up,
to the place where He belongs.
In worship, we close our eyes to the world
to sing our heavenly song.

Worship gives Him the glory
that is due His holy name.
With all the hosts of heaven enjoined,
in Him our salvation we claim.

Darkness and troubles try to trample it out
but my worship still remains.
Through rain and floods, and storms a gale
my worship is still the same.

Through trials and tests, pain and sorrows,
it causes my worship to grow.
Hard nights and long days,
praise in my life I do sow.

No matter what’s going on around you
God is still worthy to be praised.
With hearts bowed down and eyes closed
with my hands, do I raise.

Stepping into worship I empty my heart
of all my cares and woes.
For He is the One who brings me out.
Of this, I surely know.

Getting rid of all the strife,
in worship do I release.
Putting Him on a pedestal
as my whole, my centerpiece.

God is good and God is great,
in worship, that’s what we do.
By and by, life goes on.
But won’t you worship Him, too!

“Give unto the LORD the glory due His name,” Psalm 29:1