Sunday, March 1, 2015

Glorifying God

Another important quality we need to have in Sabbath or work is to glorify God.  God requires us to glorify him because of his holiness and greatness.  Because of how great and mighty he is, we are to show his glory at all times.
Our whole lives should reflect the glory and nature of Jesus Christ.  In Exodus 25-32 God instructs Moses on the building of the tabernacle.  Throughout the building everything is designed to honor and glorify God.  Everyone involved the building of the tabernacle is given a job to do in the process.  They are to do glorify God in the building of the tabernacle.
The tabernacle is designed to bring glory and praise to God.  Everything is put together so that it would honor and praise God.  There was incense put in place, offerings to God, consecration of the priests, free will offerings, Sundry laws put in place, more institution of Sabbath laws.  These things were done step by step all to bring glory to God.  God had a purpose for the tabernacle, all the things in it, and in the building of it.
Lastly, Paul discusses the process of glorifying God as an everyday process.  This should be done with our actions and thoughts.  Paul describes this process in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whatever then, what you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  Our whole life should be a clear representation of God in us.  Non- Christians should see something different in us.
When we give glory to God, people will ask us what is different about us.  They will see a life change in us and want to know more about who God is.  Also, they will want to know what Christ has done for us.  One of the traits of this is showing radical love toward others.  Lastly, we need to accept others that may be different than us.
How can you give God glory today? What areas of your life can you glorify God today?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rest Sabbath: glorifying God

Purpose: The purpose of glorifying God in our Sabbath is remembering God's greatness.  Also, it is a recognition of who God is and his power and glory.  When we glorify God in our rest, then he is also glorified.
Verses: Psalm 96:1-9, 1 Chronicles 16:23-29,  Isaiah 42:12, John 42;13, Revelations 15:4, Ezekiel 28: 22-23, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 6:20,  Matthew 5:16,  Dan. 4:34-37.
Application:  Remembering to glorify God in all that we do gives us focus on him.  In this, we are reminded of our daily dependence on God for everything.
Conclusion: Glorifying God should be everything we do whether it is in rest or work.  Our whole life should be about glorifying God and showing his love to others.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sabbath rest: God's greatness

Purpose: The main purpose of resting in God's greatness is remembering that our problems here on earth are nothing compared to the greatness of God.  God is bigger than the things that overwhelm us or overtake us here on earth.   There is a verse in a Isiah that says his ways and thoughts are bigger than us.
Verses: Psalm 19.
Application: Once we rest in God's greatness daily, our problems seem small compared to how great and mighty our God is.  By going to God, he can take away the pain in our lives.  When we remember how big our God is, then we can remind ourselves that God can redeem us from the struggles of this world and fix our mind on the surpassing greatness of God that Paul describes in Corinthians.
Conclusion: Resting in the greatness of God, puts the focus in our struggles on God alone (the master of all circumstances), and not the one true provider, God almighty.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sabbath rest: God's faithfulness to us

Purpose: The main purpose of resting in God's faithfulness is remembering who he is and what he has done in our life.  It is a reminder that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.  Also, it is remembrance of his faithfulness in his commandments and his ability to work in others lives.
Verses on resting in God's faithfulness: Hosea 2:19-20, Dueteronomy 7:9, 1 Cor 1:9,and  Psalm 119:86.
Application:  Resting in God's faithfulness reminds of the big picture in life;God is sovereign and in control.  He loves and cares for us.
Conclusion: Remembering God's faithfulness is a great continual reminder of who God is and his love for us. Also, it shows us the depth of his mercy on us.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rest: Sabbath

The first post of Sabbath is resting in who God is.  We are to go to God for our needs when we are weary and also thank God for who he is in our life and what he has done for us.
Verses:  Matt 11:28-30 and Psalm 92.
Matthew 11:28-30 calls us to come all who are weary and tired and cast our concerns on God.  For God's burdens light but when we come to him he will fill our soul.  When we go to God with our concerns he gives us peace and trust in him.  Sabbath is designed to rest in who God is realizing that we can go to him for our concerns.  God already knows what we need before when even go to him with our concerns.
Psalm 92 describes God's goodness and thanks him for who is in our life.  In order to rest in God, I feel we need to have a sense of God's goodness to us and what he has done in our life.  Also, it is important to remember how he has molded us into his image.
Why we rest:  Resting in God, takes away our worries and concerns of this world.  Resting in God gives us the reminder of just how great our God is.
Application: When we rest in God, we are able to have a peace and trust about the future.  Go to God with your stress of school and of the future.  Remind yourself God is in control of every situation and his goodness to you.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Change the Past

Sometimes I wish I could change the past.  There are things that I wish back that would never have happened.  It's almost like I want to turn back time.
One thing that goes long with my desire to change the past is that I have to trust in God's sovereignty for the past.  It is important for my future growth as a Christian, to remind myself that God was sovereign over my past and will be sovereign over my future.  He was sovereign over my two car wrecks in high school and the frustrations they caused.  God is still working in my life though I have this disability that affects my ability to drive by myself. I have to daily remind myself that God is worthy of our trust and time.
Lastly, I have to remind myself that God will provide for the future.  Sometimes Satan pulls me down with thoughts that I am not good enough and I am worthless.  I am bombarded of my insecurities of myself.  Every time I fall into temptation, God reminds me of who he is in my life. Trusting in his provisions has been the only thing that keeps me going at times.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanking God

I thank God for two things these have been influential in my life.  I thank God for his sovereignty and faithfulness.  I also thank God for my best friend Andrew Boone.