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Let Us Glory in God


Morning glory flowers, not quite mature, sooc

 

Notes from Pastoral Teaching 10-30-12

 

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:2-5)

 

The foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Everything that we say and do is centered around the fact that Jesus came into the world to die for our sins, rose from the dead, and is soon to return for a church without spot or blemish (see Ephesians 5:27).

When people look at our lives, they should see Christ. When we are not mindful to live in a way reflecting the attributes and character of Christ, we will either be a hindrance to others or we will rob ourselves of the benefits that come from living a Spirit-filled, Christ-centered life.

Each of us has spiritual gifts and talents. However, these things are for Christ’s glory. It is important that we adopt a spirit of humility and that we do not boast of these accomplishments and talents. We can do nothing apart from him, therefore, we should allow the power of God to lead us in all that we do. As the prophet Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

 

 

 

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To Submit or Not to Submit (Part 1)


 [Continued from yesterday…]

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will free from you.”
(James 4:7)

Submit: “To yield, resign or surrender to the power, will, or authority of another; To give up resistance; To yield without murmuring”
(Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).

(Richard King) Pope Pius XII (Kiltullagh)

(Richard King) Pope Pius XII (Kiltullagh) (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

If we walk in agreement with the world, then we walk contrary to God and, thus, become enemies to Him. It is not God’s will for us to be His enemy, but instead he desires to have us wholly to Himself, therefore He gives us the grace we need to overcome and to walk in victory over sin. For this reason, James tell us to submit to God. Based on the above definition,  we learn three things about what it means to submit to God:

  • As we submit to God, we come to agree with His word. We let go of our way and grasp a hold of God’s way. We admit that His way is best. We give up our need for control and yield ourselves over to the awesome power of God.
  • When we submit to God, we give up striving against God and we begin to strive against sin. We give up the right to be stubborn and we learn how to be meek before the presence of God.
  • As we submit we do so without murmuring , or uttering complains in a low voice or sullen manner.

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