Revelation 5:12 He Is Worthy To Receive All

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In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12

Throughout time there have been men and women who have been considered worthy of certain honor, wealth or power. They have lived lives that was very good for what they would receive or should receive.

Some have worked very hard to earn the money that they have received. Others have done very well at management and use of authority to be worthy of power. Some have helped others to a level to be worthy of honor.

However, no person has been worthy of everything, except one–Jesus. Jesus is the only person who was completely perfect, never doing anything wrong, yet was crucified on the cross for the wrongs of  every person who ever lived. He has done more than any other many has ever done. Jesus is worthy to receive everything.

Two of the things listed that He is worthy to receive is power and honor. While most believers will agree that He is worthy to receive these things, many do not give Him these things.

Every believer needs to allow Jesus to have all power over his life. It is God who should be controlling every thought, word and action in the life of a believer. Yet, many believers do not give Jesus every area of their lives.

As this does not happen, they are also taking away His honor. Claiming to be a follower of Jesus and then purposefully walking in sin, is a dishonor to Jesus and removing His power.

Giving Jesus praise is easy, but giving Him power and honor takes a focused effort. It is done by how the believer lives his life for God.

Your life needs to be one that follows after Jesus in every area of life. Everything that you do must bring Jesus honor and power and praise. As you turn away from sin, you will bring Him honor and praise. As you tell others about Him, you will bring Him honor, power and praise.  As you submit to His authority, you will give Him all power.

Do not be like some and only give power and honor in word, but do it in your actions. Show the world that you have given Him all power and honor. He is worthy of it all for dying for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He is worthy of; that you will give Jesus all authority, power, honor, wealth, glory and praise; that your life will be lived for the glory of God.

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Psalm 135:3 Praise Him, For He Is Good

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name for that is pleasant. Psalm 135:3

People are often lifted up in praise and honor for the good things that they have done. Usually these are people who have done something above and beyond the normal. They had given of themselves to an extreme level to help others out. Often to the point of putting themselves in harm’s way.

Some are almost revered as being someone extra special, such as Mother Theresa. Many of these types of people tend to have some type of Christian background, while there are some who do not believe in God at all. There are some who do great works in helping others out, while having no belief in God. Yet, all will get praise for doing good.

One who is good and does the perfect good all the time is God. He is good, not to just some people, but to every person. He is good to those who don’t even believe in Him.

Even when there are times of troubles in life, God is good. Many have chosen to walk away from God because of a situation that occurred in their life that they felt God should never have allowed. They feel that He is not being good to them.

You may be going through a time right now where you feel God is not being very good to you. You may be questioning how good He really is.

Take a moment and think about all that God has done for you that is good. He has given you some clothing to wear. He has given you access to the internet to be able to read this. He has given you breath to breathe. God has given you the ability to read. God has chosen you to be His child. Jesus has forgiven you of all your sins. You are a part of a family of believers that stretches around the world. The list of what God has done for you that is good goes on forever.

As you think about these good things God has done for you, give Him praise. Sing praise to Him and about Him. Let the world know what God has done for you. Let God know you know what He has done for you. Doing this is a pleasant thing and lifts your own spirit up.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will sing praise to God all the time; that you will tell the world about Jesus; and that you will honor God with much praise.

Psalm 69:6 To Not Be A Disgrace To Others

Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6

Families are often torn apart and shamed by the actions of one person. In some cultures, honor is held at such a high level in the family, that if a child does something wrong, the family will disown the child for life. That child will be considered dead in the eyes of the parents.

There are some cultures that if certain things are done by a family member, it is acceptable to kill that family member because of the extreme disgrace brought onto the family.

Disobedient children in a store often bring shame on the parent, who is attempting to control or calm them down. Parents who are called by the school teacher, are often ashamed of the actions of their child.

David had done some type of great sin right before he had written this psalm. He was asking God that all those who believed in Him, would not be disgraced or shamed because of what he had done wrong. He realized that his sin would reflect on others and have an effect on them.

It is often thought that a person’s own personal sin only affects himself and no one else. The reality is that it can bring disgrace upon other believers. When the world sees one believer sin, then they often  apply that sin to the whole community of believers. They try to say that God is not real and all believers are fake.

Along with not trying to disgrace God by sinning, try not to bring disgrace upon the community of believers by your actions. Live your life in a way that will bring honor to other believers, rather than disgrace.

As you live your life for God, it will bring strength and honor to other believers. It will lift them up as they see you living for God.

Will God or other believers be disgraced or ashamed by what you are saying or doing?

Or will God and other believers be honored with how you are living your life?

I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will bring honor to God; that you will not bring shame to God’s community of believers; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.

Esther 2:17 Unexpected Favor

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17

While the Israelites were still captives in Babylon, King Xerxes had become upset with his wife, queen and had her removed. He had to find another lady to take her place. The king opened it up to all the virgins in the land. Esther was an Israelite who had prepared herself for the position. She had won his heart and was made queen, though Xerxes did not know that she was a captive.

Esther had been brought up by Mordecai, her cousin. He was a strong believer in God and brought her up believing in God. She was brought up with the correct morals and character that was honorable. Esther lived her life in obedience to those over her and was willing to honor those above her. These characteristics made her stand out. She was not out to build herself up and fight for a position.

Many in this world strive hard to stand out and make themselves someone important. They want the best positions and connections. Often many will cut others down, pointing out their flaws in order to look better themselves. Esther did not do any of those things.

As a believer, you are also to live your life for God. When you live your life for God, you will stand out as someone different. Some of those differences are: that you can be trusted, you are honorable, you are faithful, you are truthful, and you real, among many other characteristics.

Even the world recognizes these characteristics as being good, though very few follow them. As with Esther, you can receive unexpected favor . Because Esther was a captive foreigner, she should never have been made queen. She was made queen because of her beauty, both physical and character.

How does your life look to others?

Is it one filled with beauty that comes from the inside?

Or is it only external beauty?

Live as Jesus did, and there will be times you will receive unexpected honor. God can and will move you into places of honor when you are living for Him.

I pray today that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will live as Jesus did; that you will bring honor to God’s name; that God will use you in great ways; and that you will trust God with all of your heart.