When we see the glory of God our first response is to fall on our faces, but God never leaves us there for he wants to see our face and wants us to see his.
Before the foundation of the world, God made a choice that the ones who would stand before Him would not be the mighty of the earth, the self-righteous, the energetic, the proud, or the rich. That’s how the world chooses. But that is not how God chooses.
God chose a certain group of people and guaranteed that they would one day stand before Him holy and blameless. Which group has been chosen by God to stand before him without fault? Listen today and find out.
The powers and rulers and authorities were at one point armed with weapons against us. But we must not think of bombs and bullets or swords and spears. The weapon the enemy had against us was the fact that we had sinned against a holy God and we were guilty before him. Jesus disarmed the powers.
When Paul speaks about heavenly places in Christ, he is talking about something that relates to everything that happens on earth. What I share with you today is wondrous. What I share with you today is glorious for all of us, and something glorious for this hurting world.
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
God brought Israel near to him through the giving of his word, through the sacrificial system, through the prophets, and through the promises of the coming Savior. But this nearness of Israel to God implied something. It implied that the other nations were far from God
“If the God of the Bible commands that innocent women and children be killed, how can I trust him? How can I trust the bible?”
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.