Revelation 4:11 God Is To Get The Glory, Honor And Power

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

All throughout history various people have risen up and were given glory, honor and/or power. These things were given for different reasons. Most often people have reached for their own glory, honor and power.

While not everyone seeks these things, there are many that do. They are willing to do what it takes to get the glory, honor and power. Some do it with good works, while others grab it by force.

John gets a picture of heaven in which some elders are around the throne of God. They lay down their crowns and give God praise, admitting that He is worthy of all glory, honor and power.

As men strive to get glory, honor and power, most do not truly deserve any of it. Man’s glory, honor and power are only temporary and can only be justified in certain ways. Most often these are grabbed at by selfish means, rather than truly earned.

God is the one who has created everything that exists. Nothing is on this earth by random chance, but was created by God’s choice and doing. Since God has created everything, He is also worthy to receive all the glory and honor for what He has done.

Along with the glory and honor, He is to receive all power, because He, only, has absolute power over everything.

At times when the believer is given some glory, honor or power, he is to turn that over to God. To hold on to it himself is being selfish and refusing to admit that it was God who did it in and through him, not himself.

It is only by God’s grace that a believer, or anyone, can do anything at all.

As you go through your days and accomplish different tasks, realize that it was God who gave you that ability. Give Him the praise for what you accomplished.

Do not be like the world striving to grab all the glory, honor and power for yourself, but give them all to God. You are the servant, not the Master. He, alone, is the one who deserves everything.

How are you handing God back all the glory, honor and power in your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God is in control of everything; that you will give God all the glory, honor and power; that you will allow God to have power over your life; and that you will be a servant of God.

Zechariah 8:2 God Is Jealous For You

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This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” Zechariah 8:2

Jealousy is something that is common among people. They are jealous of what someone else has and they want it for themselves. In these cases it is greed and selfishness, a sin.

People, in themselves, do not have a right to own or have anything. They just feel as if they have that right and often get upset when they don’t get it, while another person does.

God told Zechariah that He was burning with jealousy for Zion–Israel.

It was God who has created everything on this earth and in all of creation. Since He created everything it all belongs to Him. Israel had chosen to walk away and give themselves over to false gods, giving them worship. God was jealous of what the false gods were getting that was officially supposed to be His.

Even though centuries have past, the scene is not much different. People who had come to Jesus and began to change, changed again and have gone back to the false gods. Many believers have sold part of their lives away to following the false gods of this world–pride, position, greed, money, fame, sex, and more. These same people belong to God, but have chosen to walk away.

Just as God was jealous for Israel, He is jealous for those who are supposed to belong to Him. This not only includes those who had served Him and walked away, but also all other people on the earth. God loves and wants everyone to serve Him. He created everyone to be in fellowship with Him and He is jealous when they do not fellowship with Him.

God offers eternal life, whereas the world only offers eternal death.

You must realize how much God loves you and that it is He who created you and has the rights to you. You belong to God, regardless of where you are in this life.

God loves you so much, that He is jealous for you when you choose to follow the gods of this world and not Him. He will do what it takes to get you back, to pull you out of the clutches of the sin of this world.

Choose today to serve God alone. Choose to make God your only God, so that He does not have to be jealous for you and chase after you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your only God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

2 Chronicles 17:6 Devoted Heart

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His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah. 2 Chronicles 17:6 

Being devoted to something or someone is being committed to whatever is being devoted to no matter what happens. It is being sold out in mind, body and soul.

People find some things that they get devoted to for a time. When younger, people often devote themselves to following some person. This can be an actor, actress, singer, band, sports person, musician or someone else. It is common to see people devote themselves as boyfriend/girlfriend with a friend while in school or college.

The majority of these devotions are short termed. They only last for a few years, at best, then the devotion changes to someone else. The world sees their devotion as good until something comes along that is better. Along with the short-term devotion, these things are all temporary.

Jehoshaphat had become king of Judah and was devoted to God. His heart was devoted to the ways of God and doing what was right in God’s eyes, removing idols from the land. He led the people back to God, to love, serve and worship God, alone.

Since the time of Jehoshaphat, nothing has changed. There is only one that remains permanent for all eternity–God. Jesus made it possible for people to have a relationship with God, through His death upon the cross.

Jesus was devoted to the Father and to each person to bring salvation. Every believer should have his first devotion focused upon God. God gave life and made the relationship possible, so He, alone, deserves all the devotion of one’s heart and life. Believers need to focus everything that they say and do upon God and His ways, not the ways of this world.

You have a choice to make also. Who or what will you be devoted to? You cannot be devoted to more than one thing. Either you are devoted and serving God or you are serving self and this world.

Take a moment and find out where your heart is at. What makes your heart beat? What gives you life?

The things of this world will only give an illusion of life and in the end will bring death.

God gave and will continue to bring life for eternity. Set your whole heart to be fully devoted to God and His kingdom. That relationship will last forever.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your heart will be devoted to God; that you will live your life in service to God and His kingdom; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Matthew 21:13 A Robbery In God’s House

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“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” Matthew 21:13

Jesus had walked into the temple courts and saw many people exchanging money and selling things. He knocked everything over and then reminded them what Isaiah and Jeremiah had prophesied about the temple. Isaiah called the temple a house of prayers. Jeremiah said they made it a den of robbers.

No one likes to be robbed of anything. It is commonly thought throughout the world that stealing is wrong. It is also common that of anyplace to steal, no one should steal from a church or temple. Anyone who has something stolen from them usually seeks out justice to find and punish the person who did the stealing.

Although Jesus was dealing with money and selling in the church, there is a different type of stealing that is common in the church. It is the stealing of time from God, the pastor and others inside the church.

One may ask how there is stealing of time inside the church?

Every week people go to church, many on a regular basis. Yet, while they are in church, sitting in the chairs, their mind is somewhere else. They are not focused on the worship of God or the sermon being spoken. The songs being sung are done with rote memorization, they are just words being said with no meaning in the heart. The words being spoken for the sermon go in one ear and out the other. There is no application to the life of the person.

This is stealing from God, the pastor and others. God has placed the pastor and the worship team there to lead people to get closer to God. If one does not move in closer to Him, it is wasting their time and stealing it from them. It is stealing from God what He has given for good.

As you go to your next church service, ask yourself if you are stealing from God. Where is your heart while you are sitting in the service? Are you worshipping God from your heart, or just with words?

Use the time God is giving you to draw closer to Him in worship and praise. Apply His words to your life to be more like Jesus. Don’t rob God anymore of this blessing.

I pray today that you will focus on God more; that you will worship God from your heart; that you will use the time wisely that God has given you; and that you will not rob God of anything. 

Psalm 122:1 Excited To Go To Church

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1

Going to church is something that people have many different feelings about. Most of the world does not even believe in God at all, so they won’t even think about going to church. Some will go there for a wedding or funeral, but see no other purpose in going.

Among the believers there is also a variety of feelings. There are many believers who refuse to go to a church because of some bad incident that had occurred in some church years before that hurt them. Some feel that the church building is just a man-made thing that God does not want and so they choose not to go and support it.

Then there are many who do go to church, but do it out of obligation. They do not go because they really want to. Along side of these, there are those who go to get something from the church rather than to worship God and give to others.

The psalmist was rejoicing when asked to go to the house of the Lord. He saw it as a great thing to do, a place to meet God with others.

Church is a place where believers can get together to build each other up as they worship God. The house of the Lord is to be a place of worship and praise. It needs to be a place of excitement and life, people alive and excited to be serving a great and loving God.

Whether you go to church on Sunday, Wednesday or any other day of the week, there should be excitement in going. Do not just go out of obligation or to look good. Be excited that you can get together with others who believe in God and worship Him and build each other up.

You were created to serve and worship. Going to church gives you the opportunity to do both with others. You are not to serve and worship God alone.

Do you rejoice when it is time to go to church?

Or do you moan and groan, and go because you have to do it?

I pray today that you will find joy in going to church; that you will find joy in worshiping with other believers; that you will find ways to build others up in Jesus in a church; and that time at church will be alive in Christ for you.