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.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.
Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.
This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.
Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.
Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.
Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.
Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.
Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.
I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The world often has the wrong view of what believers are like. They are often portrayed as weak, hateful and with no self-discipline.
The world thinks that believers are weak because they have to rely upon God, rather than on their own strength and power. Believers are often seen to be walked all over and ridiculed, so the world sees that as a sign of weakness. Some are weak, because they back down from standing true their beliefs.
Believers are often believed to be hateful, because of their speaking out against sin. Some, however, are hateful in the way they speak and how they treat those who sin. Many people have killed others in the name of God, showing hatred.
Others see believers with no self-discipline, because they see some do the very things that they speak against.
It is true that some believers have given Christianity a bad name by their words and actions. There are many who claim to be a follower of Jesus, yet, do not try to live like Him in any way. However, there are also many who are living for Christ in this world.
Those who do try to live for God, know what God has given them. God’s immense power has been given to believers to overcome sin, to turn away from temptations, and to stand true against the beliefs of this world. His infinite love has been given to every believer to love the enemy and to overlook the many wrongs done. His Holy Spirit has been given to the believer to guide him into making the right decisions with self-discipline.
The world will still not fully understand a believer, but the believer must not give the wrong view of who a believer is and who Jesus is.
God has given you everything that you need to live for Jesus, to live a holy life in this world. You do not have to be shy in what you believe, but stand strong and true to God’s word in your life. As you stand strong, do it in love and with self-discipline. Do not bring shame to the name of Christ in this world. The world is looking to bring you and Christ down. Don’t let them and don’t give them a reason, you have the power.
I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will know God’s power and love in your life; that you will show the world God’s power and love; and that you will stay true to God’s word in your life.