Live Loved

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

[Psalm 27:8]

The Glory of God

When Ezekiel saw it, he had to bow.

It encircled the angels and starstruck the shepherds in the Bethlehem pasture.

Jesus radiates it.

John beheld it.

Peter witnessed it on Transfiguration Hill.

Christ will return enthroned in it.

Heaven will be illuminated by it.

It gulfstreams the Atlantic of Scripture, touching every person with the potential of changing every life. Including yours. One glimpse, one taste, one sampling, and your faith will never be the same…

Glory.

God’s glory.

To seek God’s glory is to pray, “Thicken the air with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven’s drapes, and let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.”

What the word Alps does for the mountains of Europe, glory does for God’s nature. Alps encompasses a host of beauties: creeks, peaks, falling leaves, running elk. To ask to see the Alps is to ask to see it all. To ask to see God’s glory is to ask to see all of God. God’s glory carries the full weight of his attributes: his love, his character, his strength…

Every act of heaven reveals God’s glory. Every act of Jesus did the same.

[It’s Not About Me]

Father,

We ask you to show us your glory. Open our eyes to behold your majesty and your powerful presence in our lives. May these glimpses of your glory change our lives forever. We want to keep our eyes on you as we try to live your holy best. We pray that every detail in our lives—words, actions, thoughts—would bring glory to you. Our goal is to bring honor to your glorious name. We celebrate you,

Amen.

They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

[Psalm 138:5]

Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne.

[Revelation 5:13]

God is great and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered.

[Job 36:26]

~ Max Lucado ~

Morning Devotional

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

[2 Timothy 1:7]

Do you have a lot of worries over circumstances you cannot control? Dear friend, one ounce of worry doesn’t do an ounce of good. Letting worry creep in means you are giving control of the situation over to a spirit of fear. If you find yourself worrying about something, stop and occupy your mind in a way that solves the problem. Better yet, get your hands busy and put on a spirit of love by serving others.

Morning Prayer

“Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.”

[1 John 4:4]

Father God,

Today, the car may not start, the pipe may burst, the boss may do me wrong, but let me not forget that Your Spirit lives in me, and that I am called in these moments of trial to stand out in the crowd.

Amen

Evening Prayer

I pray that, as you desire to be united with Christ, you may also desire to be united with the members of the church. May you share the same spirit and purpose as your brothers and sisters in Christ. May you contribute to the strengthening of the church by encouraging, edifying, and instructing your brothers and sisters. May you also welcome encouragement, edification and instruction from them. Most of all, may you show you are one with them through your love, for this is how all men will know that you are a true disciple of Christ.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Quotes

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. [John 15:13]

Helping a friend in need may be just a simple act of kindness, but the importance here is about relationships. We don’t necessarily think about “maintaining” relationships but rather directing our time to things that matter to us. Take a break from your busy life and think of a starving relationship you can feed. It could blossom into something so beautiful only God could have touched it.