In this hymn of praise, David reflects on the glory of God in natural revelation (1 - 6), and the glory of God's law as God's special revelation (7-11), which alone meets man's spiritual needs.
Jesus is the light of the world 1 God sends light to overcome darkness. 2 Receiving precedes shining: you can’t share what you don’t have. 3 Love + Truth = Light
Who is Jesus? Why do so many people follow Him? What makes Jesus unique? Jesus is superior to creation, angels and human beings. He is fully God and fully human. The Savior of the world is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven and invites us to His throne of grace.
The glory of the advent of Jesus includes: 1 Seeing- Hope for people who are tempted to despair. 2 Savoring- Joy for people who are tempted to distance. 3 Spreading- Purpose for people who are tempted to drift.
Jesus' Sonship is proclaimed by the heavenly voice at His baptism, was proven by his faithfulness in the wilderness. Once proven, Jesus' ministry began. Our sonship as Christians will also have to be proven by our faithfulness in the wilderness of life. Then, we will become effective witnesses.
As we wrap up the series, "Move Beyond", we hear Jesus state the foundational principles of following Him, and being a disciple. We are living in a time where it can feeel like our most fundamental values are being redefined. Once again, as it was 2000 years ago, Jesus reminds us that we need to move beyond the expectations of our society. It is not enough to say we love God. We must show our love through our actions. We are expected to not ignore what goes on around us. We must respond and move beyond our fears, comfort, and circumstances to love God and others intentionally and completely. This will move us toward fulfilling the prayer that Jesus taught us, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
In some situations silence is wise, and in other circumstances silence is terrible. Desperation can lead to deep and powerful prayers. It takes courage to say the name Jesus in public settings. When God is honored, His presence and power transforms lives.
Jesus is declaring that His kingdom is different from this world. He is standing up to the interference.
Will you trust God when it just doesn’t make sense initially? Will you serve Jesus in ways that were not your plan? Will you walk humbly with God when His abundance comes? God provides in many logical ways, but He also develops and calls His people to joyfully move with Him into a zone of greater faith.
Your success and influence attracts your strongest critics. Rejection includes people who: want to control you, declare a small potential, enforce a limited framework, hold your past over you, and bring undermining lies. The power of Jesus and revival in a location are linked to the faith of the people. Like Jesus, let rejection fuel your mission and faithfulness.
Some causes and goals are worth everything we have. The love and calling of Jesus are intense joyful and radical. Living by faith includes courage and unselfishness.
What motivates and inspires you to be generous? Why did Jesus continue to give in difficult times? How does unselfishness change lives?
Three Keys: 1 Transparency: It takes courage to share how things really are. 2 Reliance: it takes humility to learn how to receive well. 3 Comfort: It takes unselfishness to bless someone who is in pain.
Moving forward with God includes: 1 the difference between self-confidence and divine confidence. 2 the difference between fading glory and increasing glory. 3 the difference between preliminary and ultimate. 4 the difference between the law and the Spirit.
Walk in love and truth: 1 The heart of a protector 2 The deception of a false teacher 3 The test of false teaching