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To Him Who Is Able

March 4, 2019

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To Him Who Is Able

Jude 24-25

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 gives God every bit  of glory and honor  our feeble human language can muster.     There are so many reasons  to praise God.     Jude’s list includes:

1.   Our Lord is able  to keep us   from stumbling.     When we are tempted  to some sin or weakness  that we don’t have the strength  to overcome,  we can ask our Savior for help  and He will keep us  from stumbling  into that sin.

2.   Our Savior is able  to make us  “stand in the presence  of His glory  blameless  with great joy”.      When Jesus makes us blameless,  we are totally  without sin  of any sort.     That is why we are filled  with such great joy.     All the sins we committed  are gone forever.     They are totally forgiven.     So,  when God looks at us,  we are  truly  pure and holy — blameless  in His glorious presence.     That is awesomely wonderful.

3.   Standing indicates a sense  of freedom.     When we get to heaven,  we will be standing  “in the presence  of His glory”.     We won’t be stuck  in some other corner  crawling and trying  to earn the privilege  of entering heaven.     Because of Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross,  we are able  to freely stand,  with a rejoicing love,   in the presence  of all God’s glory — right in front  of God’s throne,  with all of His angels.     We do not get to  “stand”  in His presence because of any goodness  on our part.     As Jude states,  it is Jesus  who is able  to make us stand — free from all sin.     Jesus did that  through His sacrifice  for us  on the cross.

All this is why  Jude breaks out  in praise,  declaring,  “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.”      Because of all that God has done  for us,  He more than deserves  all the glory and honor  we can possibly give Him — starting right here  on earth.     We don’t have to wait  for heaven  to learn  to praise the Lord.

Let us keep on looking  at all that God does  for us,  so that our hearts and minds  may be opened up  to praise God  rightly.     We say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  open our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds  to more and more  of all that You have done  for us  because of Your love  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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