When we worship in spirit we are in the Temple of God. Joseph- Anthony: Green
“Cure yourself of the condition of bothering about how you look to other people. Be concerned only . . . with the idea God has of you.” — Miguel de Unamuno
“If you live close to God And His infinite grace, You don’t have to tell; It shows on your face. “anonymous
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Thomas Ken
“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything Exodus 20:3-4 New International Version
Who or what do you put above God?
Are you more concerned about keeping in physical shape than you are about spending time worshipping God and serving Him? Do you spend as much time with your Bible as you do at the gym?
How about your car? Do you take better care of your car than you do the needs of the needy? Do you spend more time with your career than you do serving God?
Are not these things images that are more important to you than God?
I live a very simple life.
Spending time every morning reading Gods love letter and instruction manual, the Bible, is the most important time of my day.
I know that when I do even the simplest good deed I do so as an act of honour to God. It makes the receivers of the act very happy, makes God happy and therefore makes me happy.
I see people who worship idols of movie stars, sports stars, music stars, keeping up with the Jones as very empty shells of women and men. They have no real meaning or purpose in their lives and feel pity got them. They only experience shallow happiness at best.
If only they would worship the true God they would experience great joy in their lives.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Yahweh (God of His people) for the most wonderful blessing. That of worshipping a marvelous God such as You. It brings the greatest fulfillment and joy to my life.I give thanks in the name above all names Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.
The Gospel of Luke describes the transference of the resurrected body of Jesus from the earth to heaven in Acts 1:9-11.
“And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
The location of the ascension was east of Jerusalem near Bethany. Forty days after His physical resurrection Jesus “was taken up” and disappeared into a cloud.
The ascension made it possible for Christ to enter into His heavenly “glorification” and sit at the right hand of the Father until His enemies are made His footstool (Ps. 110:1).
The evidence for the glorification of Christ and His superiority over the Old Testament saints is His ascension (Acts 2:33-36). When He arrived into heaven He received “the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9-11). Jesus is superior to angels, authorities, principalities, powers and dominions because He is the ascended Lord (Heb. 1:13; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet. 3:22).
The important message for every believer is that even though Jesus is absent physically from the earth, He is still spiritually present with His church. He can be anywhere and everywhere with His followers all the time.
Jesus told His disciples the Holy Spirit could not come until Jesus died, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven (Jn. 16:7). “If I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Without the ascension Jesus would be in one location on the earth, but not spiritually present everywhere. Because Jesus ascended to heaven He is “wherever two or three are gathered in My name, there I am in your midst” (Matt. 18:20). At His ascension He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Because Jesus is in heaven He is everywhere all the time through His Spirit.
The ascension gives us a steadfast assurance that the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ was accepted by God the Father as the perfect atonement for sinners. Jesus is in the presence of the Father and no other sacrifice for sin ever needs to be made again (Heb. 4:14; 6:20; 9:24). Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice for sin never has to be repeated (Heb. 1:3; 9:12; 10:12; 12:2). He sits on the throne. His atoning work is finished.
The ascension of Jesus gives us assurance that everything is now complete and one day we, too, will reign with Him in His kingdom. Jesus returned to heaven “to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2). The ascension guarantees the promise, “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (v. 3). One day every believer in Christ will ascend to be with Him (2 Cor. 5:1-10; 2 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-58).
The ascension of Jesus makes it possible for us to go boldly into the presence of God in prayer (Heb. 4:14-16). We have an advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1-2) who has experienced everything we experience in this life. He understands and is always ready to help in our time of need (Heb. 2:17; 5:7-10).Selah!
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Prayer: Please Jehovah ELOHIM YAKOL (God, the Most Able)2 Corinthians 9:8 ) bless me to be able to slow down and enjoy all the wonderful beauty You graciously provide for me each and every day.
It is so easy to get caught up in the rat race where everyone is rushing to do nothing as important as spending time enjoying Your creation You desire to share with us.
Please bless me with The Holy Spirit to softly speak with me and guide when and where to sit down and enjoy companionship with You in Your beautiful creation.
Please bless me with the opportunity to teach others the amazing blessing of spending time with You in Your creation. and slow our pace to prayerfully notice You in all transitions.
Help us to pause, and teach our children to pause, in order to reflect gratefully on all we have to fill our days.
I do not want to get to the end of my days and have the greatest regret of my life in not spending enough time with You or introducing others to You in Your wonderful creation.
I humbly request this in the name of He with whom I deeply love spending time in Your amazing garden, Jesus Christ. Amen
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Obedience is a part of worship and we are all to worship Jesus. Joseph- Anthony: Green
The measure of our spirituality is the amount of praise and of thanksgiving in our prayer. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
What or whom we worship determines our behavior.
That is why I worship Jesus, because of His love for me I worship Him.
Because of this I live a righteous life.
Because of this stress is replaced with peace.
Selfishness and bitterness is replaced with love. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah