Psalm 95:6 Bowing Down

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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalm 95:6 

Bowing down to something or someone is not uncommon around the world. In many places around the world, bowing down is a symbol of respect and honor given to another person. There are also many who bow down to idols to worship them.

It is common to see people bow down and nearly worship other people. Watch how the fans of singers and actors perform when in presence of someone famous. They see someone famous who they love, and idolize that person, thinking he is the best thing on the earth.

While many will bow in worship and adoration of others, there are very few that will bow down in submission. People do not want to have someone over them. They want to be their own boss, in control of their own destiny in life.

The author tells the people to bow down in worship. They are to kneel before God as He is their maker.

This is not only bowing down in worship, but also bowing down in submission. It is allowing God to be the controller of all life. It is giving Him honor for being the ultimate ruler of all things.

As many will bow in worship to God, giving Him honor, there are few who will bow down in submission, giving Him authority. People want to be in control of their own lives. On Sunday they will bow in submission, but on Monday, as they go back to work, they pick that authority back up for themselves.

A believer must realize that God should be the ultimate authority in every area of his life. God is the one who created everything and deserves that position and authority.

The believer’s life must characterize one of worship and submission to God, constantly bowing down before Him.

Take a moment to examine your life. Who or what are you bowing down to? If you are following the ways of this world, it will be things or other people. Bowing down to temporary things will only lead to death.

Bowing down to God will bring life. He knows what is best for your life. Give Him the honor that He is worthy of. Give Him full authority over your whole life.

Let us bow down in worship and submission to God today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bow down to worship Him each day; that you will bow down in submission to God’s authority; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Psalm 78:42 Forgetting God’s Abilities

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Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42 

Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.

The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.

Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.

Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.

God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.

The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.

If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.

Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?

Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.

Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs. 

1 Chronicles 29:11 Everything Belongs To God

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Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 

Ownership of something is desired of most people. They want to own something. People want things to be theirs and not anyone else’s.

This type of desire starts as a young child wanting a toy to be his own and not anyone else’s. He will often refuse to share it, because it is his. As a teen-ager, the boy then wants a car of his own, because everyone else has their own car. He desires to get around on his own and not have to rely on parents or friends. Adults desire an unlimited group of things that they want for their own.

Having ownership of something means that one is in control of it, it is his.

As David was getting ready to die, he gave God some praise. He realized who God is and how great he is. As David saw that, he also realized that everything in heaven and on earth belongs to God.

Understanding that God owns everything can help the believer. It starts off with helping when he loses something. People lose things all the time, and it is not just misplacement here, it is the item is taken away for some reason. Positions come and go, but God is the one with power and position. Knowing that God owns everything helps the believer know that the item was not his anyways.

Along with that, it helps the believer when he is in need of something. God owns everything that a person needs and can provide it as needed. God is a generous God and desires to give His people good things, both physical and non-physical things. Anything that is needed, He is more than willing to supply. One just needs to trust Him for it.

You may be struggling in the area of things. There are things that you have lost and there are things that you need. Instead of focusing on what you lost or need, focus on God. Give Him praise for everything He has already blessed you with.

Realize that those things were and are not yours anyways. Everything belongs to God, whether it is physical or non-physical things.

Give God praise today because He owns everything. Then trust Him for your needs.

I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will give God praise for what He has given you; that you will trust God in what He takes from you; and that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life for all of your needs. 

 

Hebrews 4:16 Approach With Confidence

 

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Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Approaching a person with a lot of power or a very high position is usually very intimidating for most people. People are afraid of making a mistake in what they say or do. They also fear the person that they are approaching. This can be especially true when the person has the power to lift the person up or remove the person out.

Another time people are often afraid of those in authority is when the person did something wrong. Children are often afraid of being around a parent when he has done something wrong, for fear of being found out. Adults avoid the boss or the police when they have done something wrong.

Along with fearing approaching people in authority, many people fear approaching God. They often see God as a harsh God who is out to destroy them because of some sin that they did. Many feel as though they do not have the right to approach God, that they are not worthy to stand before Him.

While it is true that no person, in and of himself, is worthy to stand before God, what Jesus has done makes the person worthy. He removes all sin, making the believer righteous before God.

God wants every believer to come before Him for every need, even when they are in trouble and did something wrong. God is full of mercy and grace. He knows that every believer will mess up and sin. That is why Jesus came to die on the cross. He did it out of love for people.

When the believer approaches God for a need, He is ready to answer and help him out. He is ready to forgive and guide a person in the right path.

Every time that you have a need, do not be afraid to go before God and present that need. God loves it when you approach Him with a need, just as a parent loves his child coming to him with a need.

You can approach God with confidence, knowing that He loves you and will do what is best for you. He will not destroy you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will know God’s grace for you; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will approach God with confidence.

1 Corinthians 7:4 Not Your Own

 

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The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:4

Marriage is something that God had started in the beginning of creation. However, it is something that mankind has chosen to abuse. The definition of what marriage is has changed over the years again and again. How people go into marriage is dependent upon how they see what marriage is.

In recent years, there has been a change when a couple gets married in their marriage contracts. They now put in certain stipulations that if certain things are not met, the marriage is annulled.

Each spouse now has the view that they are their own person in every way, even inside of marriage. Each has their own bank accounts, cars, jobs, friends, bills, and the list goes on. They are living in the same house, but are living separate lives.

Paul talks about how the wife is to submit herself to her husband and the husband is to submit himself to his wife. It is to submit to each other.

Submitting here is giving in to the desires of the other person, putting the other person first. It is building the other one up and seeking to meet the other’s needs first. When both are seeking to do this, both will be built up and there will be unity.

Many marriages end because one or the other, or both, are seeking one’s own desires above the other. This is not a sign of love or respect, it is selfishness and separation.

God is not a God of selfishness and separation. He wants all to be in unity and love, to be generous with each other.

If you are a married person, you are no longer your own person. You are one with your spouse. Seek to build your spouse up and meet his/her desires. Show the love that God has shown and given you. Jesus did not seek His own good when He died upon the cross, but He was seeking your good, what was good for you. Do the same for your spouse.

As you put God at the center of your marriage, you will put your spouse at the front of your marriage. Then your marriage will be stronger.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for others; that God will be at the center of your marriage; that you will put your spouse above your self; and that your marriage will be built upon God’s love and word.

1 Corinthians 11:11 No One Is Independent

 

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Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 1 Corinthians 11:11

Paul had been talking about the place of men and women in Christ. It is common for men to remember the statement Paul made that men are under Christ and women are under men.

People all over the world, both men and women, often feel that they do not need the other in their life. For many years, there are groups of women striving to be independent of men, and men trying to be independent of women.

One group feels superior to the other and don’t really need each other. While it may be or may not be true that both can do things equally well, it is not true that they do not need each other. There will always be things that a woman can do that a man cannot do, as well as there will be things that a man can do that a woman cannot do. The very minimum thing that can be seen in the need of each other is that woman came from man, but man is born from a woman.

When God created Eve, He made her to be a helpmate to Adam. This shows that man needed the woman.

While the majority of people who feel the need of independence from each other are people outside the church, there are also many inside the church that feel the same way. Some will try to do things without the other or will cut down the work of the other.

Men and women who are believers need to learn that they can help each other be the best that they can be. They both can learn from each other. A woman will have insights into some things that the man cannot see and the same for a man will have insights into some things that the woman cannot see. God uses both to build each other up in Jesus.

Take a look at the value of men or women in your life. Regardless of which one you are, you need the other. The other can bring valuable insight and help into your life. Each can help you be built up in Christ in different ways and areas of your life.

If you are a man, you need a woman in your life. If you are woman, you need a man in your life.

I pray today that Jesus will be the head of your life; that you will know the value of others in your life; that you will be a support and builder with Christ of others in your life; and that you will work with others to build the kingdom of Jesus. 

Romans 13:2 Stop Rebelling

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Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:2

Rebellion is fighting against some authority. It is commonly thought of as teen-agers as those who are the ones who rebel. They rebel against those in authority and parents. Yet, it is not just teen-agers who rebel. Many adults rebel on a regular basis.

Often rebellion is seen as a form of legal right and responsibility. People feel that they have to rebel against some authority in order to make a change to occur.

Some of the rebellion will be seen in physical violence, while a lot of rebellion is in the heart and words against the authority.

Paul points out that every authority on this earth was put in place by God. This means every authority, whether Godly, or extremely against God. Take a look at the history of Israel in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzar was a pagan king from Assyria, who did not serve God at the beginning of his reign. Yet, God put Him in the place of authority over the Israelites and the prophets of God told the people to serve and obey him. They were not to rebel against him.

Those who are in authority may not always be doing the best action, yet, God had still placed them in that position. They may be there to draw His people back to Him, just as was the case with Israel falling under the authority of Nebuchadnezzar.

Rebellion is just a form of selfishness. One cannot get what he wants, so he rebels to attempt to force getting what he wants. This is not a way of love, nor is it showing trust in God’s power and abilities.

Very likely you have someone in authority over you in some part of your life that is doing something you do not really like. Do not rebel to force your right, but go to God in prayer about the situation. Allow God to either change your heart and desire, or to change the other person.

God has every authority in place for a purpose. To fight and rebel against that authority is to fight and rebel against God. Trust God in His choices. He knows what is best for you and every other person on this earth. Seek God, not selfish rebellion.

I pray today that you will know God’s purpose in your life; that God will strengthen you to love those in authority; that you will obey those in authority as God desires; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to those in authority.