Psalm 34:3 Glorify The Lord

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Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 

Lifting someone or something up and glorifying it is a very common thing to occur among people. What people glorify is uncountable. Some will glorify a job, a singer, an actor, a sports team, and the list in endless. People will glorify whatever it is that they are excited about, whether it is for the positive or the negative.

In the process of lifting up, they will often make the person or thing out to be the best in whatever field the person or thing is. This can also be see abstractly in that some will say some thing glorifies an action, attitude or thought.

Some will say that football may glorify violence. Movies will glorify crime and killing. Again the list is endless as to what is glorified and how it is glorified.

David called for the people to glorify the Lord with him. He wanted to praise God with others and not just himself, alone.

Glorifying God is talking extremely highly of Him to everyone and anyone anywhere a person is. It is constantly talking about God around other people.

When a person thinks about it, there is not too much that can be said about God. The list of His qualities and qualifications are infinite, going on forever. The list of good things that God has done is endless. And this list is for each and every believer.

As one is glorifying God, he is also being a witness to others as to who God is. It is the process of letting the world get a glimpse of who God is. This also takes the focus off of problems and this world and focuses on the eternal. It will bring joy to the heart.

Take time each day to think about the qualities and characteristics of God and what He has done for you and for others. Think of all the blessings God has blessed you with. Give God praise for those things.

Be willing to glorify the Lord by telling Him what you think of what He has done and who He is. Then go out and tell the world what God has done and who He is. This is glorifying God.

Do not let the temporary things of this world get your focus and bring you down. Focus on God and His perfect qualities and actions. Who or what will you glorify today?

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with God; that you will know God’s character; that you will know the blessings you have in Jesus; and that you will glorify God wherever you are. 

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Psalm 25:15 Where Are Your Eyes Focused?

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My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:15 

When there is a hurricane coming in towards land, most people are focused upon that hurricane, wanting to know where it will hit and how strong it will hit. As they are watching it, they begin to prepare for the strike of that hurricane. All the ‘small’ things in life suddenly take a back burner and are no longer a real concern. Many feel as if they are trapped with no where to go and are just waiting out the destruction.

During times of crisis, people are focused on self preservation. They are seeking ways to survive what is going on and how to get through it. 

David had went through many different storms in his life that were set out to destroy him. Men were out to take his life and strived to set up a trap to capture him. Yet, he kept his eyes focused on God, knowing that it was only God who could get him released from the trap set to capture him.

Today the Satan and the world are out to trap the believer. Attacks are set up to destroy him. The problems that a person may encounter appear to be all around, snaring his feet and holding him down. The trap is an attempt to get the believer to deny God and fall into sin.

While it is easy to focus the eyes upon that trap and problems, the believer must focus his eyes and attention upon God, the only one who can release him. God has made a way out of every temptation. He has a path for every believer to make it through the storm or a way to get out of the storm.

To know those paths, one must have his eyes focused upon God and His word alone.

During the times of temptation or struggles that come your way, focus your eyes, all your attention upon God. Do not allow the trap in your path distract you from God.

God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and get you released from the trap set to destroy you. He is the only One who can overcome what is set up against you. Put your trust in Him alone and see His hand at work in your life.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray today that you will be focused upon God; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will allow God to guide your steps; that God will release you from traps set to destroy you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

Job 6:10 Refusing To Deny God’s Word

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Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10 

Going through pain or suffering will often change a lot of people. It can change how they think and act. It is very common when a person is suffering from a bad headache, that they will act irrationally towards other people. They will get angry very easily and snap at others. They are not focused very well on their emotions.

Extreme pain or suffering will often cause people to be blinded to the truth. All they see and feel at the moment is pain and no hope. They forget the truth about life.

Job was going through extreme troubles, pain and suffering. He wanted God to take his life, so that he would die without denying God’s word. He was so focused on following God, that he would rather die than deny God and His word. God’s word showed hope and a future.

Sadly many people who go through extreme suffering often begin to deny God’s word. They forget that God loves them no matter what they are going through. They forget that God is with them in the suffering. They forget that in the end they will have eternal life with God in heaven.

All of this forgetting is because they are focused on the pain, rather than on God and His word. In the process of forgetting God’s word, they deny it. They deny the power of God’s word in their lives. Usually they feel as if God has abandoned them, though His word says He will never leave or forsake them.

Believers need to stand firmly upon God’s word in their lives. They need to trust that God’s word is true, regardless of what is going on around them or in their lives.

During times that you will or are going through difficult times in your life, stay focused on what God’s word says. Refuse to deny what He has said about you and to you.

You are His child and He loves you. Nothing you can say, do, or go through will change that. He also has a place reserved for you in heaven if you do not give up and deny His words.

As you are suffering, turn towards God in prayer and in worship. Know that despite what is happening, He has your best interest in mind. Don’t deny God.

I pray today that you will know God’s love towards you; that you will trust God’s words to you; that you will not deny God or His words in your life; and that God will give you strength through all difficult times. 

Hebrews 12:1b-2 Where To Focus Your Eyes

 

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And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2

Running a race takes two things, perseverance and focus. There are many runners who have one or the other of these traits, however, it takes both. The person must be willing to keep pushing forward when the run gets rough and he is weary and worn-out. However, he must also stay focused on the end goal to keep moving forward correctly.

People who drive down a road, must stayed focused. If they take their eyes off of the road, they will begin to wander across the lanes or off the road. The majority of accidents that occur are because someone was not focusing on what they were doing, and so they began to wander of the path. Sometimes it is off the road, other times it is into the path of someone else, causing a collision.

In life, there are people who are focused on getting wealthy, or purchasing some item, or getting a certain position. Those who do not focus on anything in life, just wander around, not really accomplishing anything.

Believers have the same struggle. They must keep their eyes focused on Jesus. This will give encouragement to keep moving forward and to turn away from all sin.

The path to heaven is narrow and is only found through Jesus. If one is not focused on Jesus it will be easy to move off the path and lose the gift God is giving you of forgiveness and eternal life.

Focusing on Jesus is an easy thing to do, if you are willing to do it. Read the Bible daily and memorize some verses. Keep your mind focused on what God says about how to live life on this earth.

Take time throughout the day to sing a song of praise to God. Worship Him and your eyes will automatically focus on Jesus.

Looking at this world will take your eyes off of Jesus and cause you to leave the path. It will bring you into the path of sin and death, not the eternal life God has for you.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on Jesus; that you will live your life as God desires; and that you will keep running the race God has for you.

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation is the desire to do something that is usually wrong to do. It is doing something that a person is not supposed to do. Temptation started in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and has never stopped. It is not sin in itself. The act of acting upon that temptation is what becomes sin for a person.

The power of temptation is different for each person, depending on what the temptation is. For some people, the temptation to smoke is never a problem. They are so much against the idea of smoking that there never seems to be any real temptation. While with another person, just seeing a cigarette causes them to want one and smoke it.

Many people, however, claim that they cannot help but give into the temptation. They feel that they have no option but to give in. Often they state that they are addicted and cannot help but do the temptation. Most temptations are dealt around self and pleasing self. If it was immediately harmful to a person, most likely he would not do it. But most temptations are pleasing at the moment.

Paul says that is not the truth. Every temptation that a person goes through is a common temptation. One is not the only person to have ever felt that temptation. In the process of being tempted, every person has an option, to follow that temptation, or to flee from it. God always makes a way out of that temptation.

The easiest way to get out of that temptation is to flee somewhere else and get the mind on God and His word. One needs to focus on praising God and praying to God. Turn away from the temptation to sin against God.

Once you turn away from a temptation and turn to God, it becomes easier to turn away from that temptation. The more you give in to that temptation, the easier it will be to give in to it.

If your eyes, heart and life are focused on God and loving Him and other people, all temptation will be destroyed.  It will no longer be about self. God made the way out of it. Walk that path.

I pray today that you will seek God when temptations arise; that you will focus your life on God; that God will keep a song of praise in your heart to keep you in His will; and that God will reveal the way out of all temptations. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 What Do You Fix Your Eyes On?

 

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Paul had been talking about troubles in this life are light compared to what is coming up in the future. Now he talks about what he fixes his eyes on.

People are always looking at things. They focus on things that they have or that they want. A common statement for a person to be successful is to focus on a dream and what it takes to get there. Usually that dream is of some thing, making a certain dollar amount, or a position.

While have a dream for those things may be good, they are not the best things to focus ones eyes on. When a person focuses on something, he goes for it, no matter what it takes. It is the central focus of his life.

All these things, dollars, and positions are just temporary. The will only last for a short time. The thing a person wanted so badly breaks down or does not live up to one’s expectations. No matter how much money a person has, there always seems to be a need for more and that it is not enough. Positions are never guaranteed very long. Positions come and go all the time.

Paul talked about focusing on what is unseen, what is eternal. The focus is on God and His kingdom. These are things that cannot be seen, yet will last for eternity and no one can take them away.

Focusing on God and His kingdom is focusing on doing what He wants, when He wants it and how He wants it done. It is focusing on reaching as many as possible with the Gospel message.

These are the things that will last for eternity. They will also give a person fulfillment in this life and the one to come.

Take a look at your own life and see what your eyes are focused on. You will notice whatever your eyes are focused on is where you spend your time, thoughts and money. Your aim is where your eyes are focused.

Ask God to open your eyes to see what is eternal. He can help you focus on what is coming in eternity to get past all the hurt, pain and troubles of today.

I pray today that you will see what you have in Jesus; that God will reveal a piece of eternity to you; that you will know the value of following God; and that you will focus your eyes on God and building His kingdom.