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
Posted in Bible Studies, Promises

The Promises of God

Bible Studies


This is the first lesson in a series of Sunday School lessons that I have put together in a series called “The Promises of God.” Each week my Junior class is going to examine some of the Scriptures that deal with the promises that the Lord has made to all of those that will follow His guidance.

Feel free to download and use these in your studies.

May the Lord bless you as you look into His Word,.

Posted in Bible Studies, courage

4 Biblical requirements to have courage

What is courage?

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

1907-1979

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill

1874-1965

These are encouraging words and actions from some well known, and respected men and women.

Courageous People

Anne Frank

1929-1945

and her family living in secret and quiet to hide from the Nazis.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

1822-1913

Leading slaves to freedom on the underground railroad.

Sir Edmund Hillary

1910-2008

Climbing up Mount Everest.

Rosa Parks

1913-2005

Refusing to give up her seat on the bus.

You can have courage, too.

Does the Bible tell us what it takes to have courage?

Bible verses about Courage

  • Joshua 23:6
  • Psalm 27:14
  • Psalm 31:24
  • Proverbs 24:11-12
The Eagle maintains focus until it gets the results it is seeking.

1. Keep Focused on The LORD

Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; Joshua 23:6

I believe that if I am to experience a courageous life then I need to keep my focus on the LORD.

There are many things that can cause a person to lose hope in any given situation. One of those is the realization that we often have in understanding that there are just some things that we cannot accomplish on our own. I had to come to the point in my life where I could admit to myself that there are just some things that I am not capable of doing on my own.

Sometimes we must ask for help

“(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 KJV


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Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Peter 5:7

2. Don’t Be in a Hurry


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 KJV

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While the world around us moves and hurries to find strength and satisfaction, we as believers find our needs met by the Lord Jesus Christ.

All of these can be found in abundance if we will trust in the author and finisher of our faith.

Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3. Be Hopeful

He is Risen. Three empty crosses.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3 KJV

(1 John 3:1-3) KJV
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
 
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

4. Be Confident in the Lord


Proverbs 24:11 
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

 
Proverbs 24:12 
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to everyman according to his works?

God will make all things right in His time.

Things that worry me

  • Finances
  • School
  • Work
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Life in general

Don’t Worry

2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.