If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”(Romans 10:9-11)
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
If you’re claiming His name, then give Him the fame. All glory to you Lord our God and Maker. Make His name glorious. Praise His glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen! Psalm 72:19
It’s not the size of the church building that reveals God’s glory, but instead God’s glory is revealed through the hearts of those created in His image. We, His glorious sons and daughters, who are His church, have been created in God’s image to bring glory to His name. The latin term “Soli Deo gloria” fits – all glory to God alone!
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes all the glory for Your unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
God’s glory was birthed in a small, obscure place. Jesus, the Savior of the world, and the glorious image of God our Heavenly Father, was born in a barn on the back side of a desert (Luke 2:11-14; John 1:14). To this day, God still births His glory in small, obscure and not necessarily the most “glorious” places. His glory is birthed within surrendered human hearts – yes, as imperfect and broken as we are. His glory is being released in small places throughout the earth to this day through our gifts, our deeds of service, and our works. As God imparts His restoration to us, we are called to play a part in the restoration of the glory of His name throughout the earth.
Arise and shine, My glorious ones. Do you hear The Father’s calling? Surrender all of your heart, mind, body, soul and spirit to Him. You were created for His glory son and daughter of The Most High God. You are His glorious ones in the earth.
Arise, my people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you. Isaiah 60:1-2 (The Living Bible)
…I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious. Isaiah 55:5
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
God desires His glory to be birthed first within our hearts – the hidden place that others cannot see. Often, the environments or circumstances we find ourselves in may more closely resemble the dirtiness of a hay-filled barn, and, frequently, the thoughts, attitudes, and desires of our hearts and the behaviors that flow from within are a reflection of everything opposite of God’s glory. Yet, God desires to make our hearts His home – the dwelling place of His Spirit, and God has chosen us as vessels of His glory.
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
The sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, the mountains and the oceans shout of the glory of God. His majestic and beautifully creative nature are clearly visible to all. The heavens declare the glory of God and the whole earth is full of His glory! (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 6:3) Likewise, every man, every woman, every child, every individual – all who are a part of the human race – are a reflection of God’s magnificent and creative glory, regardless of the state of our heart. However, releasing more of God’s glory through our attitudes and behaviors doesn’t just occur because we have been created in The Maker’s glorious image. This is a process. God doesn’t force anything on us. Our free will allows us to choose. We must choose to submit to The Spirit’s process of being transformed from glory to glory.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
What are you beholding today – God’s glory or the not so glorious things of this world? As we behold the Lord our God through His Word and in worship, the more we become transformed into His image. Like the old hymn says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
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