Posted in The Glory of God

What is Glory?

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We learn from the Bible that the glory of God is shown to us through different avenues. The Glory of God must be received by faith.

So, before we begin, I must ask you this; Do you have faith in God to believe what he has written in the Bible?

(Hebrews 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)

(Hebrews 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)

Faith is what holds the things that we belive in together.

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I believe that when I flip the light switch in my office that the lights are going to come on. I believe that when I turn the key in the ignition of my car that the vehicle will start.

Here is one of the things that I always ask for when I am studying the Bible; God please give me the faith to believe what I am reading in your word.

What is Faith?

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Faith is:

Substance – SUB’STANCE, noun [Latin substantia, substo; sub and sto, to stand.]

  1. In a general sense, being; something existing by itself; that which really is or exists; equally applicable to matter or spirit. Thus the soul of man is called an immaterial substance a cogitative substance a substance endued with thought. We say, a stone is a hard substance tallow is a soft substance

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  1. That which elucidates and enables the mind to see truth; proof arising from our own perceptions by the senses, or from the testimony of others, or from inductions of reason. Our senses furnish evidence of the existence of matter, of solidity, of color, of heat and cold, of a difference in the qualities of bodies, of figure , etc. The declarations of a witness furnish evidence of facts to a court and jury; and reasoning, or the deductions of the mind from facts or arguments, furnish evidence of truth or falsehood.

Pleasing – PLE’ASING, participle present tense Gratifying; exciting agreeable sensations or emotions in.

PLE’ASING, adjective Giving pleasure or satisfaction; agreeable to the senses or to the mind; as a pleasing prospect; a pleasing reflection; pleasing manners.

( Definitions from Websters 1828 Dictionary)

What is the Glory of God?

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GLO’RY, noun [Latin gloria; planus; hence, bright, shining. glory then, is brightness, splendor. The Latin floreo, to blossom, to flower, to flourish, is probably of the same family. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)

  1. Glory is brightness

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(2 Peter 1:17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)

2. Glory is splendor, magnificence.

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(Luke 12:27) Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (KJV)

3. Glory is exalting with joy.

GLO’RY, verb intransitive [Latin glorior, from gloria.]

To exult with joy; to rejoice.

(1 Chronicles 16:10) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (KJV)

4. Glory belongs

to God alone.

(Luke 2:8-11) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (KJV)

(Luke 2:14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)

(Isaiah 42:8) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (KJV)

Posted in Bible Studies, Spiritual adoption

I’ve Been Adopted

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(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV)

(Romans 8:15) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (KJV)

8 things that should be produced after we have been adopted into the family of God.

  1. A likeness to God.
  2. Child-like confidence in God.
  3. A desire for God’s glory.
  4. A spirit of prayer.
  5. A love of peace.
  6. A forgiving spirit.
  7. A merciful spirit.
  8. An avoidance of ostentation. (pretentious and vulgar display, especially of wealth and luxury, intended to impress or attract notice.)

I was reading a story about adoption written on Adoption.com and I came across a quote that really tells what I believe to be true about my Heavenly Father.

Adoption revolves around sacrifice and selflessness.

Adopted daughter and donor