Glory To His Name

 


 “To God Be The Glory”


Philippians 2:5-11

5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,  

6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.

7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man
in His external form,

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8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.

9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name
that is above every name, 

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10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—

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11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

4 For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love

5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,

6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.

7 We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him

10 for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.

11 We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

12 so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.

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13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

14 He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

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Hebrews 8:7-13 “A New Covenant”

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one. 8 But finding fault with His people, He says: Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah—
9 not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by their hands  to lead them out of the land of Egypt. I disregarded them, says the Lord,
because they did not continue in My covenant.
10 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds
and write them on their hearts. I will be their God,
and they will be My people.
11 And each person will not teach his fellow citizen, and each his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them.
12 For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.
13 By saying, a new covenant, He has declared that the first is old. And what is old and aging is about to disappear.

Hebrews 10

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come and not the very image of those things, can never, with those sacrifices which they offered continually year by year, make those who come unto it perfect.
2 For then would not sacrifices have ceased to be offered? For worshipers once purged should have had no more consciousness of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year,
4 for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Therefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, “Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not have, but a body hast Thou prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’”
8 Above when He said, “Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings, and offering for sin Thou wouldest not have, neither hadst pleasure therein” (which are offered in accordance with the law),
9 then said He, “Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God,” He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.
10 By this will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering time and again the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13 from henceforth to wait until His enemies be made His footstool.
14 For by one offering He hath perfected for ever those who are sanctified.
15 Of this the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore boldness, brethren, to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living Way, which He hath consecrated for us through the veil (that is to say, His flesh),
21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised),
24 and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works,
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after having received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath accounted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath despised the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know Him that hath said, “Vengeance belongeth unto Me; I will recompense,” saith the Lord. And again, “The Lord shall judge His people.”
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions,
33 partly while ye were being made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly while ye became companions of those who were so used.
34 For ye had compassion on me in my bonds and took joyfully the despoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in Heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 “For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
39 But we are not of those who draw back unto perdition, but of those who believe, to the saving of the soul.

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35 thoughts on “Glory To His Name

  1. Thank you James!!!

    Philippians 2:5-6 – Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.

    This scripture really speaks to me. It’s prophetic…it shows what was to come. It shows intent of what we are experiencing today. God knew we would become self centered. It shows the difference between God and His holiness vs. man and his need to use whatever he can to his advantage and to edify himself.

    For me it shows where this world (the people) are today, always wanting to stand out, needing to be known, to be somebody, being right about everything, the mentality that only “me” and what I want matters.

    Had God not known what was to come, theses words would have no need to be written. If we were living by the commandments we would not have needed this lesson to refer back to.

    And thank you Heavenly Father for the “New Covenant”!!!
    Jesus is so awesome…I love Him so much. When I read about His life I can see and feel His love in everything He did and said. His purity is such an incredible rock solid tangible reality.

    He IS our Kings of Kings!!!

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  2. Turnover — Jul 13, 2016 10:11 am | Glynda Linkous

    As I began to pray this morning and seek the Lord for a word for us, I heard a word in my spirit: Turnover. I saw something like a big dark ball rolling downhill and growing larger as it went. Immediately, I saw political candidates who are so much in the news these days. Then He began to speak.

    “Since the nation of America has abandoned Me, so shall I abandon her. I will abandon her to wicked leaders, to evil plans, to destructions I would otherwise have protected her from. My people only shall know My Hand of Protection. The wicked shall be turned over in their wickedness, and will do even more wickedly before the end comes.

    But fear not, My precious children – work while it is still day, for the night comes quickly towards you and with it, brings much evil. There is much destruction in store for this nation that now walks so wickedly in My sight. She has chosen evil over Me, and now she will be turned over to evil.

    The turnover has begun. Work – sow seeds of goodness where you can. Build up My Kingdom, for the night is coming where no man can work.”

    Proverbs 1:25-27

    25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
    26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
    27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

    Psalm 9:16-17

    16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
    17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

    Psalm 91:1-4

    1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

    Matthew 6:19-20

    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
    20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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  3. A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 14 Jul 2016 12:41 AM PDT

    “There is no room for doubt or fear in the life of a believer. All who call upon The Name of the LORD must walk in faith without wavering. You will be tested and tried, you will be prepared for the work I have called you to do. The redeemed of the LORD have a mighty testimony. A testimony to the goodness of their God yet remain silent, frozen in fear – fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of man, but no fear of God. Times of testing, emotional, physical, fear will not serve you well as you struggle to survive.

    Study My Word, pray without ceasing and commit to My will and My way. You will be My witnesses to this sin-sick nation. Stand apart from the masses, do not join in criticism or complain, but praise and proclaim the soon coming of the LORD in great power and might. Be ready in season and out. Give an account of the hope that lives within you.

    The enemy advances, you must not retreat. Your faith is weak. How long will you remain babes? How long will you refuse to go where I send you, share My gospel or speak truth to your lost and dying world? Man is lost and dying in their sin, going to hell and you remain silent. For how long?

    Stand strong and see the Salvation of the LORD. I AM – the God of the impossible”

    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

    “…if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.…” James 1:5-7

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  4. Daily Devotional — 07/14/16

    THE MEEK
    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:4

    Meekness is not to be confused with weakness. In scripture, meekness means “power under control.” In this context, the contrite, praying person is blessed with the indwelling control of the Holy Spirit and the inheritance promised to the believer even in conflict.

    History shows that it is the people who have learned this, people with their passions, instincts and impulses under disciplined control, who have been great. (see Numbers 12:3 and Proverbs 16:32) Thus:

    Blessed are those whose every instinct, every impulse, and every passion is under the control of God’s Spirit! They will be right with God, self and others and enter the life which God alone can give.

    Pray for this meekness when entering into dialogue with those of opposing positions. There will be times when patience and self-control will be sorely tested. There may also be times when the Spirit will suggest a change of direction in the dialogue or a strategic retreat that looks suspiciously like defeat. To be meek is to be able to willingly accept temporary defeat in order that there may later be victory in the Spirit.

    A co-worker in China was struggling with the attitudes of a house church group who forbade hand-clapping during the singing of hymns. One leader complained bitterly. Every evening in the brothers’ sleeping quarters, he would complain further. The group would then debate endlessly on whether or not clapping hands during singing was permissible. It was like the black smoke pouring out from the weeds.

    This continued until the afternoon of the last day, when God used His Word, and the Holy Spirit did an amazing work. This brother stood up and admitted his wrongdoing. He asked God to forgive his ignorance, stubbornness and defensiveness. With his confession, Christ’s love tore down an invisible wall. It was as if the Lord “broke down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” The response of the workers as they prayed together was, “The glorious King has come.” Thank and praise the Lord. He was completely victorious.

    RESPONSE: Today I will quit calling the shots and surrender complete control to God.

    PRAYER: Lord, today I completely surrender to the control of Your Spirit in my life. Help me to be meek.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. Major terror attacks in France again, truck moving down people. And more perhaps, havent had time to look into it yet. This is really going along Albert Pikes plan to make religions so demonized in the publics eye that according to him they will accept lucifers enlightment instead.

    Islam is bad we all know it, its just the first one on the menu because its most militant. Soon the public outrage will be so great they must use force in mass and then once Islam as a organized religion is destroyed the next target will be christianity.

    And then will be seen the socalled blood on the altar scenario Tom Horn laid out! Who will stay true and who will conform to the world!

    They will think they are doing God a service, but so did the Pharisees and Sadduces.

    Stay strong people, The Lord Jesus will be with us. Keep your mind and heart on him and his word and we will prevail.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that News Story from France Stig. I saw that on the news last night. We need prayer warriors for the victims families. It’s another example of demon filled chaos being spread globally.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that article. It’s another reason why man-kind can expect God to pour out his wrath.

      This is the “Verse Of The Day” from Bible Gateway:
      Therefore lay apart all filthiness and the superfluity of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.
      James 1:21

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  6. Daily Devotional — 07/15/16:

    HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6

    This attitude portrays a maturity of belief that shows a servant is ready for service. When completeness or wholeness is achieved, the servant receives the satisfaction of being used of God for that which they have been called, trained and equipped.

    In ancient times, wages were very low and men often could not earn enough for the family to eat well. Water was also a precious commodity. The emphasis in this Beatitude is the passionate desire for the whole, for complete righteousness as a matter of life and death. Blessed indeed is the one whose most passionate desire is to love God and to love others as they ought. Thus:

    Blessed are those who long for total righteousness as a starving person longs for food and as a person perishing of thirst longs for water, for they will be truly satisfied.

    People of other faiths are impressed with those who take their faith seriously. They do not respect people whose religion is merely outward form, who are just “weekend Christians.” Much of what they see is materialistic, that is, “carnal” or “worldly” (see 1 Corinthians 3). Christianity turns them off—the low regard for moral purity, the hedonism, the wishy-washiness, the unwillingness to suffer or make sacrifices, the fear of making a stand.

    As Brother Andrew says, “How can Muslims respect a church that is in hiding?” Christians need to acknowledge their beliefs and be willing to suffer for their faith and convictions. A more complete righteousness will definitely have great impact. It will earn respect for our preaching the Gospel.

    During a visit to Indonesia, a coworker had the wonderful opportunity of participating in an Open Doors SSTS seminar held in an area of intense conflict. The constant presence of armed soldiers outside the building confirmed that this seminar was far more than theology – this was reality! More than 700 churches were already burnt to the ground and the church in the region was facing a severe onslaught.

    On the second day of teaching, he remembers one pastor suddenly jumping up and with all his heart cried out, “My brother, please don’t teach us to survive, teach us to be faithful.”

    RESPONSE: Today I am so grateful for God’s presence in my life that I yearn for more of Him.

    PRAYER: Lord I long for total righteousness so that the world will see more of Your faithfulness in me.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. AMEN AND AMEN to that James…
      “As Brother Andrew says, “How can Muslims respect a church that is in hiding?” Christians need to acknowledge their beliefs and be willing to suffer for their faith and convictions. A more complete righteousness will definitely have great impact. It will earn respect for our preaching the Gospel”.

      As insanely as terrorist stand in for what they believe, to the extent of evil and death…so should we as believers of Christ Jesus stand in for Him and what we believe.

      Where is OUR movement? Why aren’t we in the streets standing in for our God, spreading the word even to our death? Where is our public movement showing the world how many of us there really is?

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    2. Amen! A praise report/Glory to God! Last day of camping. Bad cell service. The man and woman that were to come just came by to pick up the 3 year old yesterday. No surgery yet for the woman but wow oh wow….the 16 year old….
      Knows all that is going on, is so very grounded in the Word and Jesus, she glows! We’ve spent time in prayer for all going on. God is using her to minister to my son and his friend and yesterday as they rode back together from our fishing place….the man had a totally different attitude. He had a Jesus attitude. My tin foil hat over my being against militia type activity is gone and what a time of fellowship!!
      When I see a 16 year old cry over gratitude for the way her parents raised her….I stand in awe of Him. It opened a door for me to once again ask my son for forgiveness for the religious junk I brought into his life when I was a new believer and during homeschooling years…he’s 33…and His friend/roommate began to talk of going back to a good church.
      With all the bad news I want to stop and give glory to God for everything. So amazed at this brief moment in time amidst the heartache for all going on. Thank you Lord!

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  7. A Watchman on the Wall –Posted: 14 Jul 2016 08:50 PM PDT

    As I heard of the terrorist attack in Nice, France into my spirit came these words. Take them to our LORD in prayer, take everything to Him for clarification, understand and truth.

    “No nation on earth will be exempt from the carnage perpetrated against its people. One then another will be taken to the brink of insanity as they attempt to make sense of all that is happening.

    Warnings have gone unheeded, the cries of the lost have been ignored as My people grew more complacent and accepting of status quo. Now time has ended..” (I ask what was the meaning of ‘now time has ended? I heard:) “the times of warning, the times for silence, the times of My withholding judgements long overdue, now is the time…

    Warnings have ceased and the carnage has begun. Will you speak or still remain silent? Little time remains as freedoms erode and voices are silenced.

    I have warned. Be prepared. Enough.”

    “For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14
    “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

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    1. Thank you for sharing this James…His warning of Trump being killed is confirmation for me. I’ve shared this warning with my husband and no one else a few weeks ago. I had no timeline only the warning.

      I’m still trying to discern the messages I receive as it’s all new to me that I receive them in the format that they’re being delivered. I’m struggling with releasing them as they are presented. I need prayer for this…I don’t want to be disobedient in any way. I also don’t want to release ANYTHING that is not of God.

      Surely there are others who have struggled with this same thing. Lots of you have my email address, I need help with this.

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      1. Vicki,
        Consider talking with others who receive such prophetic messages, including those intercessors. Bette Stevens, Linda and many more may be able to help in this area? Just sharing some thoughts. We can all pray for continued Wisdom, Discernment and Clarification, so none of us get fooled by the counter-fit spirits.

        Blessings
        James

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  8. Many Changes — Jul 15, 2016 11:28 am | Glynda Linkous

    My children, you have entered into a Season of Many Changes. For those of you who are submitted to Me and walking in My will for your lives, you will now experience numerous changes in the major areas of your life. You already see the changes coming, do not resist My Hand. I have orchestrated these changes to move you to the next level of My will for you.

    Many of these changes will come about through those close to you. Do not resist, but know it is your Father at work in your world, and I am doing My good pleasure to bring you into greater levels of blessing.

    Praise Me as these changes happen, even if they are not all pleasant, for they shall end well, and you shall be greatly rewarded if you will stay in My will as I do them.

    Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    Philippians 4:11-13
    11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
    12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
    13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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  9. Daily Devotional — 07/16/16

    THE MERCIFUL
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7

    As we in humility recognize our “poverty of spirit,” God in His mercy forgives and equips us. Having received mercy, we are expected to show it to others.

    The biblical term merciful is related to the word for empathy, which means the ability to get right inside another person’s skin until we see things with his eyes, think things with his mind and feel things with his feelings. This is what Jesus did for us in His incarnation. Thus:

    Blessed are those who empathize with others until they are able to see with the eyes of others, think with their thoughts and feel with their feelings. The one who does this will find others do the same for him or her and will know that God did this for them in Christ Jesus.

    How do we see our non-Christian friends? Can we see Muslims, for example, as real people groping in the semi-darkness, under the mere glimmer of light that a crescent moon provides, thinking that is all the light there is?

    As we see them, mercy would be an appropriate word to describe our feeling and attitude as well as actions toward them. Just as we would go to the aid of a blind man heading in the wrong direction, so mercy should similarly drive us to go after them and show those who are willing to listen, the way to more complete light.

    If we are secure in the knowledge that Christ is the Sun of Righteousness, then we do not need to prove anything but patiently and gently show others the way.

    A relatively young man decided to work for the Lord in China. His father was not a Christian and very strongly opposed him. The son decided to attend a series of Christian meetings in one of the areas where he was serving. His father opposed so strongly that they quarreled before he left for the meetings. Then the son suddenly died while he was at the meetings.

    The Christians there prayed and showed much concern. They knew that the news of the death would be hard for the father, so they asked a doctor to be there just in case the father needed him. When the father arrived and saw the love of the Christians, he gave his life to the Lord.

    RESPONSE: Today I will see others as Jesus sees them and I will empathize with them as though in their skin.

    PRAYER: Lord, help grow closer to You so that I will act like You, forgiving others and being sympathetic.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  10. Another Devotional — 07/16/16:

    The Power of Attention

    Attention is one of the most powerful forces in the world. Along with food and water, a baby needs the attentive gaze of a human face. A baby lies in the crib and smiles, the face smiles back, and the baby realizes that someone is watching, is responding, that what the baby does counts. The baby’s joy or anger or sorrow is reflected in the face of another. Psychologists speak of this as attunement. The baby realizes it is possible to be somehow connected to—in tune with—another human being. This face becomes the mirror through which the child learns whether it is a source of delight or disappointment. A child simply cannot survive without the face. The face is what tells the baby that it matters.

    One of the great miracles of life is that God pays attention to us. This is partly why the writers of Scripture speak so often of God’s face. This is the hope of the great priestly blessing that God himself taught the people of Israel:

    The LORD bless you and keep you;
    the LORD make his face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you;
    the LORD turn his face toward you
    and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)

    To turn your face toward someone is to give that person your whole-hearted, undivided attention. It is not the casual listening of a preoccupied mind. It is a statement: “I have nothing else to do, nowhere I’d rather be. I’m fully devoted to being with you.” This is the kind of attention God lavishes on us. It gets better. This blessing says God will not only turn his face toward us, he will make it “shine” on us. The shining face is an image of delight. It is the face of a proud parent beaming while a child plays in her first piano recital. It is the radiant face of a bride as she walks the aisle to her groom. We can turn our face toward (pay attention to) anyone, with a little effort. But our faces shine and beam and grow radiant only in the presence of those we love most deeply. And this, says the prayer, is how God loves us. God pays attention to us.

    The God of the Bible is the God who notices. “O LORD, you have searched me and known me,” the psalmist says. There is not the smallest detail of your life that is not of immense interest to God. Jesus was convinced of this. This is why he said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31, NIV) By the way, if you miss Jesus’ wonderful playfulness in his last phrase, you miss the whole point. Jesus noticed how anxiety robs us of life: Does anyone notice? we wonder. Does anyone care? So he points out the Father’s ceaseless attentiveness to sparrows—about the least expensive creature people might buy in his day. So don’t worry, he gently teases. You are worth quite a few sparrows.

    How many sparrows would it take to equal the value of your life in God’s eyes? Put every sparrow that has ever flown on one side of the scales, you on the other, and God will take you every time. If God attends to every mishap in any moment of every sparrow’s life, try to imagine how closely he attends to you.

    © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit JohnOrtberg.com for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.

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  11. Daily Devotional — 07/17/16

    THE PURE IN HEART
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

    As our mourning to God begins the transforming process of our new life in Christ, so our lifestyle of purity amid the impure can become the beginning of reconciliation.

    This Beatitude necessitates the strictest and most honest self-examination. We are to do everything with pure, unmixed motives. This demands the death of self and the springing to life of Christ within the heart.

    So, blessed are those whose motives are unmixed and who operate in purity. They shall be given a vision of God Himself. As we draw closer to Him through purity, we shall see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly. Thus:

    Blessed are those whose motives are absolutely pure and whose life is characterized by purity, for they will be able to see God.

    The area of moral purity is one major concern of Muslims. Great stress is laid on modesty in dressing and purity of relationships between the sexes. But Christians seem so nonchalant about such issues. Is it because we do not care about purity? No. The difference is in our starting points. In the Muslim view, purity is from the “outside in.” For the follower of Jesus it must be from the “inside out.” Thus, Muslims seek to cleanse themselves knowing they are in need of cleansing, whereas we know Christ has already cleansed us.

    But we tend to disregard the danger that dirt can pose to us and we become careless. What is important to realize is that a careless disregard for even the “appearance of evil” will lead people to wrong conclusions and cause them to stumble. It is not enough to say we are pure. We must be seen to be pure.

    A co-worker in China was teaching a class of believers in which two antagonistic-looking groups of students sat across from each other, looking as if they were facing enemies. As he was sharing, some students started crying and others were repenting. He told them that if they needed to apologize to others, they should sincerely ask the Holy Spirit to work, and to move them, and to give them the courage to admit their wrongs to others. He said that God delights in pure hearted children, and He wants to use submissive, humble people. Everyone was hugging and crying. Everyone was confessing his or her sins to each other. The cleansing brought purity to their relationships.

    RESPONSE: Today I will seek to live my life in true purity before God with good motives.

    PRAYER: Lord, I can only live this way if I listen and respond positively to the reproving of Your Holy Spirit. Help me to be sensitive to purity issues.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  12. Please consider a review of the following posts. We need to be careful that we aren’t forming a club that is hard to get membership in and easy to be kicked out of. When we separate ourselves from other brothers and sisters in Christ, we could be missing out on many of the things people have to share and teach us. We all have our parts to do, and nobody is more important than someone else.

    If we bring something to another brother or sister in Christ privately for the purpose of teaching, correcting and it’s brought to them in Love — it needs to be accepted in Love. If we get angry and go about our business, we could be ignoring warnings.

    When fellow brothers or sisters in Christ shut us out, we can then just pray for them. Pray that they will find wisdom, discernment and clarity in all things.

    Galatians 3:28
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Romans 12:4-8
    4 For as we have many members in one body and all members have not the same office,
    5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us: if prophecy, let us prophesy according to our portion of faith;
    7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching;
    8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

    https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/we-must-not-become-conceited/

    https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/your-fault-not-mine/

    https://believeacts2blog.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/2-7-16-there-are-no-cliques-in-the-kingdom-of-heaven/

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  13. URGENT…PRAYERS NEEDED…Very bad news coming out of Baton Rouge, LA.

    Thank you James…in agreement with you. I’ll most certainly review and also pray we all check in asking the Lord for His direction about our thoughts, words and action. Keeping ourselves in accordance with His word is what is needed at all times.

    Love and peace to all who come to this anointed blog to share and express what the Lord has shown them and how He has worked in their lives.
    Vicki

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