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To the Only God Our Savior, Through Jesus Christ Our Lord

June 29, 2014

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To the Only God  Our Savior,  Through Jesus Christ  Our Lord

We each  have special  given talents  —  jobs  —  and responsibilities  in this world.     With this in mind,  we have  a problem.     This world’s society  actually teaches people  to take pride  in themselves,  their talents,  and their  accomplishments.     So much praise  is given  to people  for all sorts  of little things.     Surely  it is good  to thank people  for the good things  they have done.     That should not be forgotten.

But,  in the same breath,  so few  thank God  our Savior  for all His benefits.     Surely,  God is so much greater  than any  of us  —  and so much more worthy  of our very best praises.     So,  it’s quite the sinful predicament  that we tend  to forget God  and willingly give mankind  laud and praises.

Jude 1:24-25  puts things  in their proper perspective,

Now  to Him  who is able  to keep you  from stumbling,  and to make you stand  in the presence  of His glory  blameless  with great joy,  to the only God  our Savior,  through Jesus Christ  our Lord,  be glory,  majesty,  dominion  and authority,  before all time  and now  and forever.     Amen.

Jude acknowledges  that God  does wonderfully awesome things  for us  —  things that are totally impossible  for us  to do.     Our LORD  keeps us  “from stumbling.”     When we put  our trust  in the LORD,  He actually helps us  to not fall  into sins.     And since the reality   of Christ  truly being our Savior  has been noted as a great  “stumbling block”  for this world,  we see  that it is God  who helps us  to not stumble  and fall  into the grossest sin  of unbelief.

God’s work  in the lives  of His children  goes even further  than that.     Day by day,  experience by experience  God Almighty works  in the details  of our lives  “to make you stand  in the presence  of His glory  blameless  with great joy.”     God sanctifies  our lives  —  He makes us holy  and set apart  from the rest  of this world.     He does this  as He guides us  in living  to His glory,  one step  at a time  —  trial after trial.     The end result  will be  that we will  “stand in the presence  of His glory”.     Our being received  into heaven  is the result  of God’s work  in us.     If God didn’t  condescend  to work  in our hearts,  we would be  like every other unbeliever  in this world  —  doomed eternally.

Because God does  what is impossible  for us,  our hearts  should gladly  be saying,  To the only God  our Savior,  through Jesus Christ  our Lord,  be glory,  majesty,  dominion  and authority,  before all time  and now  and forever.”

We can’t take  any credit  for what God does.     His love  and faithfulness are awesome beyond compare.     It is a good thing  to see  and understand this  so that we gratefully  give Him  all  “glory,  majesty,  dominion  and authority”  in our lives.

In the joy  of being so loved,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your tender care.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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