Monday, January 28, 2013

honor and glory

"If we are being put on trial [here] today and examined concerning a good deed done to benefit a feeble (helpless) cripple, by what means this man has been restored to health, Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel, that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body." Acts 4:19-20
We have been enabled by the Holy Spirit to go and do what Jesus told us to. You know the whole go make disciples, heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead, have compassion on and love others. The Bible says that signs and wonders will follow His disciples. There is a key factor here that we need to always keep in the forefront of our minds and that is the Source of our abilities.  Abba's intent was not for us to be able to act supernaturally for our own gaining of position and respect, but that through these acts that others would recognize Him working through and in us so that others would come to know, love and honor Him. Sometimes in doing this we walk a fine line because we are supposed to have a confidence and boldness and we also need to remember that when we minister that we are partnering with Him, so we too have responsibility in the things we do. When we move in confidence in our God given identity then we are ultimately bringing Him glory, because in that we will naturally praise, and honor Him with our actions and with our voices.
Thank You Jesus that you made us with intent to have relationship with You and that You have made us worthy to  partner with You to love on Your people, especially the ones that don't know they are yours yet!
Psalm 105:1-5 "O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His doings among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who  seek and require the Lord [as their indispensable necessity]. Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation); seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore. [Earnestly] remember the marvelous deeds that He has done, His miracles and wonders, the judgments and sentences which He pronounced [upon His enemies, as in Egypt]."

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