Revelation 5:12 He Is Worthy To Receive All

Lady in field

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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2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Encouragement, Strength & Hope

 

Hope in prayer

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Life is tough. There are never ending problems everywhere. There is pain. There is suffering. There is violence, hatred, sickness, death and sin. When a person looks at the world, there does not appear to be any hope.

People all around the world are committing suicide because of the loss of hope and the amount of pain they are in. All types of drugs are used by people to help cope with all the pain that they are going through, both physical and emotional. Doctor’s prescribe many different types of drugs to people to help them calm their nerves and be able to deal with life.

Fear runs rampant among people. Fear of the government, fear of other people. Fear of death or sickness. Fear of the unknown.

Even in the church, there runs a level of fear. People fear that they are not good enough for God and will not be allowed into heaven in the end. They fear that God has not forgiven them.

Yet, God does not work with fear, He works with love and grace. God is there to encourage a person and give Him real hope and strength to make it. Believers have a hope of a better life, one that will be found in eternity. This can encourage a believer to stay strong and true to God’s word, despite what this world looks and acts like.

God, in His great love and grace, is giving every believer strength to do what needs to be done, to do the good works He has called every believer to do. He is giving strength to overcome sin and be His witness in this world, and to look past the momentary and painful sufferings of this world.

Take a look at what God has given you. Take a look at what God has promised you. Be encouraged and rely upon His strength to keep moving forward in His ways, to do good and be His witness.

Know that some day you will inherit eternal life in heaven. All that you are going through today will be worth it when you step into eternity with God.

Be encouraged and strengthened today.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the salvation He is giving you; that you will know God’s love and grace to you; that God will strengthen you; and that God will encourage you to keep going in Jesus.

Ephesians 6:10 Be Strong In The Lord

 

Strong in God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

Being strong is something that the world believes in. All over the world there are many men and women who work out in a gym on a regular basis to build their strength. People love to see a person who is physically very strong. They feel that a strong person is able to do anything and everything.

Children are told to be strong and stand up for what they believe and to take a stand against bullies. People are told to stand up against wrong against them. Thousands will march in a stand of strength for their rights or for someone else’s rights.

Everyone is told that they can make it if they try. One can be and do anything that he wants, because he is a strong person.

People love to see people who are strong and can stand up against someone who is bad or in the wrong.

Paul believes that a person can be strong also, but not in his own physical power or abilities. He states that the believer is to be strong in the Lord. The believer is to find his strength in God, not his own personal physical abilities.

A person can be the strongest person in the world physically, but be an extremely weak as a person spiritually. He can still be dead in his own sins as he is the strongest person according to this world.

Real strength is not seen in physical strength, but in seen in the character of the person. A non-believer will always fall short in character, regardless of the good he does, because he does not follow God and lives to sin.

The believer relies upon the salvation and forgiveness Jesus provides. He will rely up the Word of God to show him the truth. He will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to guide and work through him. He is being strong in the Lord, not in himself.

Each day you must find your strength. If you are looking for it in the same way the world does, you are weak and will fail. Find your strength in God. Jesus showed the ultimate strength by laying down His life on the cross to take away the sins of the world.

Be strong spiritually so that you can fight the spiritual darkness and sin in this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will rely upon the strength and power of God; and that God will reveal His power in your life.

2 Corinthians 12:9 Weakness Can Be Good

 

Weak man

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul had a weakness that tormented him. He had pleaded with God to remove that weakness, but God would not remove it. God stated that His power was made perfect through that weakness.

Weakness is something that is often looked down upon most people as something that is bad or a negative in a person’s life. A weakness is often see as a sign of failure or incompetence.

People are never chosen for being weak. They are overlooked and rejected because of some weakness in their life. That weakness can be a physical weakness or even a moral weakness, either way it is looked as not good and worthless.

It is also common for the individual to see his own personal weaknesses and try to hide them or cover them up. Most people do not want someone else to even know about their weaknesses, it looks bad. They fear rejection or ridicule because of the weakness.

For the believer, his view should be different. Although the weakness does not appear to help directly, it should drive the believer towards God, to lean upon God for strength in that area he is weak. God wants every believer to lean upon Him and not upon their own strength. He will provide the needed strength.

God also has enough grace to lift a person up where they are weak. He is not standing there ready to knock the person over the head and kick him out because of some weakness.

Unlike the world, God is not a God of just judgement, but one of love and mercy. He wants the believer to succeed and will do what it takes to make it happen.

You are no different from any other person. You will have weaknesses in your life, just like everyone else does. Do not fear those weaknesses or be ashamed of them. Take them before God and allow Him to pick you up and use you in spite of those weaknesses.

Trust God in the way He made you and in the way He is forming you. He has all the strength and grace that you need to overcome every weakness in His time.

I pray today that you will know the grace of God; that God will show you His strength and power; that you will rely upon God for His strength; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.