In Psalm 119 (the one you probably haven’t read too many times since it’s 176 verses long) David said, “Seven times a day I will praise You.” Remembering how easy it is to glorify God (from the previous blog), do you think you can do it seven times tomorrow?
I challenge you!
What do you think of when you hear the term “glorifying God?” Likely, it sounds like something really profound such as leading an unbeliever to Christ or maybe praying and seeing someone healed from disease. Let me simplify it for you…
Dictionary.com gives one definition as “to treat as more excellent than would normally be considered.” So how can we glorify God?
I believe we glorify God by walking in the Spirit when we don’t necessarily feel like it. Galatians 5:22 says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
The next time you’re feeling impatient, unjoyful, or out of control, change your reaction and you’ll be glorifying God. It’s that simple!
I know most of you are familiar with the signature James Bond statement, “Shaken, not stirred.” Today I’m going to put a new twist on it that I hope you will remember the next time you hear it. Sometimes things go on around us that shake our faith. As I’ve said in the past few blogs, it’s easy to let life get in the way of God. A few things have happened to me lately that really shook the foundations of my faith and even tempted me to question God. My wife and I stood strong in faith though and were fortunate enough to see God come through in a way we did not expect.
One definition of stirred is “to cause to move or shift.” Although it is ok to be shaken, what is not ok is for us to allow situations to stir in our minds and convince us to give up, or to stir us into moving out from under the umbrella of God’s peace. Remember that He is bigger than you and His plan is bigger than yours.
My faith may get shaken, but I will not allow my spirit to be stirred.
Emotions can really get the best of us sometimes. We all feel sad, mad, glad, excited, anxious, overjoyed, frustrated, angry, etc. God made us this way. I was praying this morning and feeling a little unsettled. Is it ok to be anxious when at a crossroad? After all, Philippians 4:6 says to be anxious for nothing but make your requests known to God. I think what I’m supposed to write here is that it’s ok to feel those human emotions but you must be mindful of how you react to them. Your sorrow can remind you of what you’ve lost or instill the good memories you have. Frustration can make you give up and lash out or give you the motivation to try harder to gain understanding.
What I mean by emotions are propulsions is that your emotion will propel you to act. I will use my angst to remind me that I can pray and trust God for wisdom. I will use my frustration to propel me to examine decisions in the past and prepare myself for the next steps on this journey. Remember that God’s plan is bigger than ours and we can allow our feelings to motivate us to continue on His path instead of our own.
When an officer asked General “Stonewall” Jackson how he remained so calm in the heat of battle, his reply was simple, “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed…that is the way all men should live, and they all would be equally brave.”
So ask yourself, do you feel safe? Do you know beyond any doubt that God has you in His divine hands? If you don’t know that everlasting peace, invite Jesus to help you align yourself with His will and breathe his precious Holy Spirit upon you.