The burden on my heart right now is the lack of honor and Glory we give God. The scripture says to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” So we can start there. May all things in my life bring glory to God. This is a good prayer; but it needs to be acted out in my actions as it is present in my heart. I probably do not need to tell any of you I fall very short of this goal. I am grateful for God’s forgiveness and grace while I keep this desire in my sites.
Forgiveness; we know about this all too well in our culture. At least we assume we know about this. Jesus came to share the truth about the Father and the Kingdom of God. People were given the impression God was a tyrant. Jesus shared His love and mercy. Jesus showed us we were greatly loved by the Father. He also showed us how to have a relationship with the Father. Through the words and the actions of Jesus Christ we have been showed God’s great love. John tells us ,”God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.What a wonderful grace we have been given!
Where are we at in our relationship with God? What do our actions and words say? I think we have gone to believe God is a great friend and long-suffering Father. He longs to bless us always and never see us suffer. He is fun-loving and plays with us. He is our best friend. Now, I will not say these things are not true; but I am certain we are missing the most important truth. Isaiah said,
Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
When Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to the temple we read in 2 Chronicles;
2 Chronicles 5:111
11 When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
We have lost the understanding of a powerful, Holy God ; Who is worthy of all praise and respect. He is the One in Whom we cannot stand before, He is worthy of all praise and worship.
Even Jesus gave the Father great respect.
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
When Jesus taught us to pray He told us first to declare the holiness of God the Father. To pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on Earth. He then turned to our needs as we are to ask for our daily bread. This is our daily needs and the word of God we need for this day. We are then to ask for forgiveness as we also forgive others. Finally we pray God will lead us away from temptation. Temptation is where our sinful hearts are sure to take us.
In our church congregations we are greatly lacking emphasis on the true nature of God. He is Holy. He is unapproachable except by the blood of Jesus. It is through Jesus’ death and resurrection whereby we are given the righteousness of God. We are sinful even in our best state. We need the forgiveness of God.
Many of our churches are now seeking signs and wonders, feelings of being shaken and overpowered. But Jesus did not give us this example. He warned us not to look for signs and wonders. If the presence of God was to be so strong, why would we not fall on our face as when the Temple was dedicated; or when Isaiah was before God? The reason is because we do not see ourselves bowing before a Holy , righteous and just God in our real lives. We see God only as a friend or a source of blessing. It would be good for us to take the time each day to bow before God. We should do this to remind ourselves He is God and we are not. He is great and we are sinful apart from Him. We are living to bring glory to God. He gives to us as He desires because He first loved us.
Repentance and forgiveness; repentance and forgiveness, it is the way of life. We must preach the gospel of repentance and forgiveness; not come and be blessed, or give and be blessed. We serve a Holy God.