Tag: King of Glory

Abundance through revelation!

Scripture reading for January 25th: Galatians 1, Psalm 24, Genesis 43-44

Galatians 1:11-16 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the Gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when He Who set me apart before I was born, and Who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, . .”

As we begin this first letter from Paul to the church at Galatia, Paul is explaining to the believers there where he had gotten the Gospel message that he had preached to them. He emphasized that he did not get it from man, nor even from those men who had walked with Jesus and were the original apostles. He was not taught it from some book or philosopher. He had obtained it through God’s grace to him as a sinner who was violently persecuting the church. God, through revelation, gave the Gospel message to Paul. God revealed that He had set Paul apart from before his birth to call him to preach this Gospel message to the Gentiles. Paul had entered into the abundant life of Jesus Christ through revelation and faith in God’s Word. God is no respecter of persons, as we all enter through revelation and faith!

Psalm 24:9-10 “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for the true Gospel message of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ, the King of glory! Thank You for revelation of Jesus Christ to our world in a human body and for revealing Him to the disciples and then to the apostle Paul and to many others and to me. I recognize that I have been set apart from before birth and called to preach Your Gospel. Grant abundant revelation each time I share the Gospel of the King of glory!

Genesis 43:33-34 “And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth. And the men looked at one another in amazement. Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were merry with him.”

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The King is Coming!

Scripture reading for February 1st:  Matthew 24, Psalm 24, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures: Matthew 24:29-31  “”Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.””

Jesus was answering the question:  “When will these things be and what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)  When is  “immediately after the tribulation of those days?”  A period of intense tribulation would come upon the whole earth and even the heavens would be affected with a darkening of the sun and the stars falling.  The falling stars and darkening sun would be two of the signs.  The greatest sign would be the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory!

Faith Confession:  I believe that my King Jesus Christ will return to earth and come on clouds of power and glory.  This will follow a great tribulation on earth and signs proclaimed before hand.

Psalm 24:7-8  “Lift up your heads, O gates!  And be lifted up O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.  Who is this King of glory?  The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!”

 

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Mission focus!

Scripture reading for July 17th:  Psalm 23-26, 1st Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 9:22-24  “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak.  I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.”  

Paul explained his mission in life now that he had become a follower of Christ.  He tried to relate to whoever Christ placed in his path.  He wanted to share the gospel with them and see them saved and enjoying the blessings of becoming a child of God.  Paul compared life in Christ to a great race.  All believers in the race should run to obtain the prize.  Eternal life is the prize to be shared with the world.

Psalm 24:9-10 “Lift up your head, O gates!  And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in.  Who is this King of Glory?  The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.”  

Prayer:  Lord, help me today to focus on Your mission of reaching lost people with the blessing of the Gospel.  I glorify You as the King of Glory!  May all open the door of their hearts to You!  Amen.

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Worship is the fitting response to God’s mercy!

Scripture reading for June 28th:  Romans 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 11:32-36  “”For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all.”  “Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out!  “Who has known the mind of the Lord:  Or who has been His counselor?”  “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen!”

God’s wisdom and knowledge are beyond all human understanding.  All men are of Adam, and through disobedience are under darkness and death.  God’s love bound them over so that He might make His mercy available to all men, Jew or Gentile!  This plan of redemption came through God’s own initiative and the Son’s willing obedience to the Father’s plan.  The promised Holy Spirit would bring God’s wisdom and knowledge to each person who would believe!  From Him and through Him are all things!  He deserves all glory, now and forever!

Observations for over-comers:  God, alone, planned and worked out our salvation and deliverance from the penalty of death from disobedience!  He alone is worthy of praise!  Give Him all glory!  “Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.  Who is He, this King of glory?  The Lord Almighty–He is the King of glory!”  (Psalm 24:9-10)

 

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God speaks our language!

Scripture reading for June 8th: Psalms 19-24

God wrote two books:  nature and the Bible!  Psalm 19 tells of God speaking to all mankind through the glory of His creation!  (Psalm 19:1-4)  Creation cries out concerning the goodness of God to all people of every language and culture.  All mankind draws it’s existence from what God has provided through creation.  It is evident to those who will listen and learn that creation did not just ‘happen’.  It was created with order and precision that could only come from high intelligence and great wisdom and power.  The sun in it’s daily circuit performing it’s duty of warming the earth and providing heat and light with dependable accuracy is but one example of God’s glory!

In addition to nature, God also gave man His law or word.  (Psalm 19:7-11) The law of the Lord is perfect and right revealing God’s holiness and glory.  Those who will be instructed by it and warned by it will find revival of true life.  Light will enter their souls and wisdom for right living will bring joy to each heart.  It is truly more precious than pure gold and sweeter to the soul than honey.  It is able to discern hidden errors and keep man from willful sins that would cause him to be lost forever from the Lord.  The psalmist prays for acceptance of his words and meditations of his heart to the Lord who is his Rock and Redeemer!  God truly has spoken our language and understands what man needs and His love has provided it to those who will partake!

Psalm 20 and 21 remind those who trust in the Lord that He will defend and protect them and that they will ultimately triumph over their enemies.  Life here on earth is warfare.  It often appears that the wicked and our enemies have power and equipment stronger than ours.  They trust in ‘chariots and horses’!  We, however, trust in the name of the Lord our God!  When we do, we will enjoy victory!  (Psalm 20:7-8)  God is our strength and the source of all victory and blessing!  We can only praise Him who will defeat our enemies! (Psalm 21:8-13)  We are confident and will stand firm in His unfailing love!

Psalm 23 tells of a great Shepherd, the Lord, who will lead and protect his people.  This Shepherd will provide safety and green pastures to His people.  They will not need to fear, even when the ‘valley of death’ is ahead of them.  God our Shepherd is with us and leads us forward to a table of eternal blessing!  Oh, what language of encouragement to God’s own!

Psalm 24 tells of God’s ownership and rulership over all the earth and universe.  He is the King of Glory!  This King wants all who come to Him to have clean hands and a pure heart! (Psalm 24:3-5)  When we go humbly to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He shows us mercy.  He has provided the sacrifice for our sins in His Son, Jesus Christ!    The doors of heaven open for the King of Glory!  Will you open your heart’s door for this amazing King to come in?  (Revelation 3:20)

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