Seek to Glorify God (Part 4)

“For you have been given…the privilege of suffering for him.” Php 1:29 NLT Think of Gethsemane, the garden where Jesus Himself wrestled with the will of God. “Take this cup from me” (Mk 14:36 NIV). It was a reference to the cup of wrath. Jesus knew He’d have to drink it to the dregs. But before He did, He asked His Father if He could take it away, if there was any other way. But then He qualified His request with the ultimate prayer of surrender: “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Lk 22:42 … [Read more...]

Seek to Glorify God (Part 3)

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1Co 10:31 NIV There are two “whatever” verses in Scripture. Both include the phrase “whatever you do.” (1) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col 3:23 NIV). Your goal in life should be to love what you work at, and work at what you love. But that isn’t reality at every stage of life. Sometimes you’re called to do a good job for a not-so-good company, boss, or salary. Thank God you have a job … [Read more...]

Seek to Glorify God (Part 2)

“The whole earth is full of His glory!” Isa 6:3 NKJV The distinction between sacred and secular is a false dichotomy. All things were created by God and for God—no exceptions. Every note of music, every color on the palette, every flavor that tingles the taste buds. Arnold Sommerfeld, the German physicist and pianist, observed that a single hydrogen atom which emits one hundred frequencies, is more musical than a grand piano which emits only eighty-seven frequencies. So every single atom is a … [Read more...]

Seek to Glorify God (Part 1)

“That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you.” 2Th 1:12 NIV Bach composed 256 cantatas. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring may be his most famous. Nearly four centuries later, it’s still one of the most popular soundtracks as the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom. The reason his music touches your soul is because it came from his soul. But did you know his cantatas didn’t originate as music, and that they were prayers before they were songs? Before he started scoring a sheet of … [Read more...]

Let Others See God In You

“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zec 8:23 NKJV The prophet Zechariah writes, “Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord…saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you’” (vv. 22-23 NKJV). When people see God at work in your life, they’ll be drawn to you. It happened to a short-order cook named Nicholas Herman. Dissatisfied with his life, he worried constantly about whether or not he was even saved. Then one day as he studied a … [Read more...]

Position Yourself to Receive

“The wise listen to others.” Pr 12:15 NLT Positioning yourself to receive—makes all the difference! For example, as you read this, if you position yourself to receive by saying to the Lord, “I will take action on what You show me,” you’ll benefit more than if you read it just to be motivated or inspired. To resist or to receive—that’s a choice you make every day. Nothing dies quicker than a new idea in a closed mind. It’s impossible to learn, if you think you already know it all. One of the … [Read more...]

Chosen and Appointed by God (Part 5)

“The Son is…sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Heb 1:3 NIV Are you so focused on your troubles that you’ve forgotten what God’s Word says: “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”? (Ps 23:6). We know about Job’s troubles, but we tend to forget they were just for a short season in an otherwise very blessed life. The time Joseph spent in prison was eclipsed by the years of influence and privilege he enjoyed as the number-two man in Pharaoh’s palace. Are you having … [Read more...]

Chosen and Appointed by God (Part 4)

“I have…ordained you, that you should…bring forth fruit.” Jn 15:16 The word “ordained” comes from the word ordered. God ordered and designed you specifically. He chose your life’s direction. He preserved you when you thought you wouldn’t make it. He pushed you when you thought you had run out of steam. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble…the Lord holds them by the hand” (Ps 37:23-24 NLT). He wants you to win. “No weapon … [Read more...]

Chosen and Appointed by God (Part 3)

“I will arise and go to my father.” Lk 15:18 Once you grasp the fact that God has “chosen and appointed” you to accomplish certain things, many of your unanswered questions will begin to make sense. Like why you see things differently from others, or feel compelled to move on while they’re happy to stay where they are. Paul said, “Long before we first heard of Christ…he…had designs on us for glorious living” (Eph 1:11 TM). You’ve been handpicked and designed for the job! Why? Because God has … [Read more...]

Chosen and Appointed by God (Part 2)

“You are now fully adopted as his own.” Gal 4:5 TM The word “appointed” means God has scheduled certain things to take place in your life at certain seasons. Sometimes people have to make lifestyle adjustments to accommodate an unexpected pregnancy—but nobody adopts a child by accident. Think: Knowing in advance about all your weaknesses, God chose you anyway. “You are now fully adopted as his own…an heir, with complete access” (vv. 5-7 TM). You never have to wonder whether it’s okay to … [Read more...]