The Book Of Proverbs ( Full Movie )
- JUNE 10, 2013 More Than Conquerors RM. 8:31 (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
Which of your five senses is most important as you express to God your adoration and praise? Which is most likely to stir you to worship? Perhaps youâ€™re an auditory person. If appreciating and/or making lovely music is your thing, does your praise accompany the rendition? Psalm 98:4â€“5 invites us to â€œburst into jubilant song with music,â€ to praise God instrumentallyâ€”in one way or another to â€œshout for joy to the LORDâ€!
Do you take particular delight in the beauty you take in visually? Does the sight of a sunset, a waterfall or a masterful painting prompt you to hold your breath as your soul exhales its gratitude? Are your spiritual eyes fixed on God (see Ps 141:8)? In the words of Psalm 19:1â€“3, â€œThe heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.â€ Do the works of Godâ€™s hands pour forth wordless â€œspeechâ€ to you, a visual message so universal that you are convinced it can be missed only by deliberately turning your back (see Ro 1:20)?
God created us with the ability to distinguish and appreciate fine nuances of taste. Do you respond in gratitude to fine food and drink? Have you noticed the rich banquet imagery throughout Godâ€™s Word? We may not experience physical hunger or thirst in the new heaven (see Rev 7:16â€“17), but, given the resurrection of the body, weâ€™ll likely retain the capacity to enjoy culinary delights.
Then again, do your creative expressions incorporate texture? If so, you may be the kind of person whoâ€™s most touched by touch. In Matthew 14:34â€“36 we read that when the men of Gennesaret recognized Jesus, â€œthey sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.â€ Do you use your hands to touch and create in order to bring glory to God?
The woman with the alabaster jar of pricey perfume inMatthew 26:6â€“8,10 was moved by scent. If that sounds like you, whether your passion is nature, gardening, floral arrangement, cooking, candle-making or creating multi-sensory ambience in your home, youâ€™ll understand her motivation. Has it ever struck you that the primary purpose of Old Testament animal sacrifice centered around the heady smell of the cooking meat? Over and over again the Bibleâ€™s early books repeat a refrain: â€œIt is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aromaâ€ (Ex 29:18). Our ability to smell calls forth associations. In Ephesians 5:1â€“2Paul urges believers to imitate Christ, who â€œgave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Today offer worship to God using one of your five senses. Perhaps choose the sense you use the least for a new perspective on worship.
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1Â In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach2Â until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3Â After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.4Â On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: â€œDo not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5Â For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.â€
6Â Then they gathered around him and asked him, â€œLord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?â€
7Â He said to them: â€œIt is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8Â But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.â€
9Â After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10Â They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11Â â€œMen of Galilee,â€ they said, â€œwhy do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.â€
12Â Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath dayâ€™s walk from the city.13Â When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14Â They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15Â In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16Â and said, â€œBrothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17Â He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.â€
18Â (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19Â Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20Â â€œFor,â€ said Peter, â€œit is written in the Book of Psalms:
â€œâ€˜May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,â€™
â€œâ€˜May another take his place of leadership.â€™
21Â Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us,22Â beginning from Johnâ€™s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.â€
23Â So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Â Then they prayed, â€œLord, you know everyoneâ€™s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25Â to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.â€ 26Â Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts, find that his ways are ways of pleasantness, and all his paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving him from custom, they would follow him though all the world cast out his name as evil. We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.
“‘Tis when we taste thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.”
“O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face … because we have sinned against thee.”
A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in proportion. Who is there, although he may long have been engaged in the Christian warfare, that will not blush when he looks back upon the past? As for our days before we were regenerated, may they be forgiven and forgotten; but since then, though we have not sinned as before, yet we have sinned against light and against love–light which has really penetrated our minds, and love in which we have rejoiced. Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! An unpardoned sinner sins cheaply compared with the sin of one of God’s own elect ones, who has had communion with Christ and leaned his head upon Jesus’ bosom. Look at David! Many will talk of his sin, but I pray you look at his repentance, and hear his broken bones, as each one of them moans out its dolorous confession! Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! We have erred: let us, therefore, seek the spirit of penitence. Look, again, at Peter! We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Remember, it is written, “He wept bitterly.” Have we no denials of our Lord to be lamented with tears? Alas! these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning. My soul, bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee–the mercy which spares thee–the love which pardons thee!
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