2 Corinthians Overview of Promises, Praise, and Prayer
“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless in deed you fail the test?”
2 Corinthians 13:5(NASB95)
In this life we are asked to take numerous tests— a driver’s test, test for citizenship, or even a test insuring our health. This week in our highlighted scripture passage, the apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to take a test of greater importance than any test the world requires. The Holy Spirit inspired Paul’s command to the Corinthians and left it for us to read and heed. Wednesday’s post, “What’s Your Answer?” presented the opportunity for us to test ourselves and know whether we are in the faith or not. If we passed the test, the final verse from our 2 Corinthians Overview contains a promise for us.
“Finally brethren rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace;
and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:5,11
“and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
The God of love—
“For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life.”
the God of … peace—
“Therefore having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith
into this grace in which we stand;
and we exult in hope of the glory of God …
“and the God of love and peace—
shall be with you—
“Jesus answered and said to him,
‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word:
and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him,
and make Our abode with him …
Let your character be free from the love of money,
being content with what you have;
for He Himself has said,
‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU …
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
John 14:33; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20b
Finally, brethren, rejoice—
“Draw me, we will run after thee:
the king hath brought me into his chambers:
we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love more than wine:
the upright love thee …
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
Song of Solomon 1:4KJV; Philippians 4:4
Rejoice because we who are in the faith have—
eternal life and will never perish,
the grace of God to stand in,
hope of the glory of God,
peace with God,
His Presence with us forever!
And finally, brothers and sisters in Christ, rejoice for as Jesus said,
“that your names are recorded in heaven.”
Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask nothing today, except to offer you the praise you are worthy of. You have given us all we stand in need of to share in godliness. What more is there to ask for. So, today, we offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving. We offer you ourselves. There is nothing else we can bring and even in that, it is you who has made our offering acceptable. Thank you, Lord.
“Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever … Amen.” (KJV)
and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NASB*)
Promises, Praises, and Prayer:
In Richard Wurmbrand’s book, Tortured for Christ, he tells of preparing for persecution he knew he would face. He looked for promises dealing with fear. He found 365, enough for each day of the year. He committed them to memory. As he walked through the road of persecution for 14 years, the promises of God supplied his strength to endure. God’s promises are —
“as many as be the promises of God,
in Him they are yes;
wherefore also by Him is our amen to the glory of God through us.”
God’s Promises to Sustain:
Paul relates, in Corinthians, his road of sufferings— the internal, the external, and those inflicted by others. Few of us are able to come close to the suffering he endured. Yet, in one place he calls them light afflictions. Again in Corinthians he writes God’s promises—
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;
and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,
but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also,
that you may be able to endure it,” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“And He has said to me,
‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness.’
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses,
that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 10:9
David, the king of Israel wrote—
“For the LORD loves justice,
And does not forsake His godly ones;
they are preserved forever…
the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
And the LORD helps them, and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked,
and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.” Psalm 37:28,39-40
Our Offering of Praise:
The above promises mean nothing in this life—unless the One making them is faithful and the one reading them receives them as truth.
We praise you, Father for you are our God and your word and works tell us—
“God is faithful,
through whom you were called into fellowship
with His son, Jesus Christ our Lord …
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today,
yes and forever … “
1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 13:8
And your word—
“Forever, O LORD,
Thy word is settled in heaven.
continues throughout all generations;
Thou didst establish the earth, and it stands.”
“Thy way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
Thou art the God who workest wonders;
Thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples …
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone works wonders.
And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen.”
Psalm 77;13-14;Psalm 72:18-19
Heavenly Father, You are great and mighty. There is none other like you. You are faithful and your word is “yes” and “Amen.” It is as sure today as the day you spoke it, and none can stop it.
You are our salvation, our righteousness, our strength, our deliverer.
May we, your children, bless your glorious name now and forever— filling the earth with your glory. May we remember always—
“Faithful is He who calls you,
and He also will bring it to pass.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Amen and Amen.
For Thought and Praise: Which promise speaks to your heart? Take a moment and praise Him.
Have a blessed weekend and remember God inhabits the praises of His people.
All praise, glory, and honor to Christ Jesus the living Son of God who said –
”I am the way,
and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.”
The apostle John wrote in 1 John 1:2 –
“(For the life was manifested,
and we have seen it,
and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father,
and was manifested unto us.)”
Our Father God, you have shown us who you are through your Son, Jesus Christ. He came and he showed us your glory and goodness. He has given us life – eternal life.
“For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.
He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” John 5:22,23
Help us who have heard your word and received it into our hearts bear witness to the lost and dying of the Life. May we show them the Way to Life. May we speak the Truth concerning the Life. May we reflect the Life in us.
And to borrow from David Guzik in his commentary on John 14:6 remember when –
“I don’t know where I’m going, Jesus is the way;
When I am confused and don’t know what to think, Jesus is the truth;
When I am dead inside and don’t know if I can go on, Jesus is the life.”
Jesus gives us this promise:
“Verily, Verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”
May we today, and always honor Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, who has loved us and suffered our death, to give us life now and for all eternity. He has made it possible for us to know him, the great “I Am”.
Praising the Great I Am:
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together …
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee …
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light …
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:
for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God
by thy blood
out of every kindred and tongue, and people, and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
and we shall reign on the earth …
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing …
Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth on the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
And the four beasts said, Amen.
And the four and twenty elders
fell down and worshipped him
that liveth for ever and ever.”
Psalm 34:3; 73:25; 36:9; From Revelation 5:9-14
Jesus is the way – follow him.
Jesus is the truth – believe him.
Jesus is the life – receive him.
May we forever praise his name.
Jesus is the way – there is no other.
Jesus is the truth – hear him.
Jesus is the life – his victory over death is mine.
Jesus Christ is the way and the truth. He is the word of God clothed in flesh. He is the living Word. God’s word is truth. Jesus is truth, no lie is found in him. Nor will it be found in the written word.
A Prayer,Praise, and Promise from Deuteronomy 32:1-4:
“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak: and hear, o earth, the words of my mouth.”
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” 1 John 5:14
Heavenly Father, we praise your holy name for Jesus is the way to your throne, and he is truth. He is our confidence to ask you for words of truth to speak. Your promise to hear is sure for your word is truth.
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom …
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come …
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God:
that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” Psalm 51:6; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12,13
Thank you, Father, for giving us your Holy Spirit. May we speak nothing that is not taught to us by Him, and may we speak the truth in love. May those of the earth hear your words through our speech, our lives, and true doctrine of Jesus Christ.
“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.”
“Jesus answered them, and said,
My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:
but he that seeketh his glory that sent him,
the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him …
Study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth …
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures.”
2 Timothy 2:15; John 7:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3b,4
Father, thank you for raining your blessing of life upon our lives – for sending us your Son to water our thirsty souls. May we be faithful to study your word and speak only of you in truth, making known Jesus is the truth, and you are our great God. May our teaching be as the gentle rain falling on parched ground bringing life to that which is dead.
Final Words of Praise:
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment:
a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
“But the LORD is the true God,
he is the living God,
and an everlasting king:
at his wrath the earth shall tremble,
and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation …
O Praise the LORD, all ye nations:
praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us:
and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever.
Praise ye the LORD.”
Jeremiah 10:10; Psalm 117:1,2
Jesus is the truth who reigns forever. Truth has and will triumph. May we lift our voices in praise to our great God and King, even as we cling to his promises and as we bring our prayers to him who is the way to God and the truth of God.
the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there;
but the redeemed shall walk there:
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads:
they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:8-10
Some would say these promises are only for Israel. But notice, they are for the redeemed, the ransomed of the Lord. I don’t know about you but that’s me. And one day I will march to Zion with a song of joy and gladness. Until then I will sing it in anticipation of that day. Only those in the Way of holiness will come.
John the Baptist proclaimed that Way to those who would hear –
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world …
And I saw, and bare record
that this is the Son of God.”
Through the blood of the Lamb, the precious Son of God, the wall of division between Jew and Gentile is torn down. Jesus is the way of holiness and all are invited to walk the highway with him.
“Shew me thy ways, O LORD;
teach me thy paths
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me;
for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:
according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.” Psalm 25:4-7
Teach us the way of the cross – the bridge to the highway of holiness.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God …
For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified …
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:2,5
Father, you have saved us through the power and wisdom of the cross of Christ. May we proclaim, him and him alone. For it is only by your power we are saved and walk this way of holiness. By Christ we are made holy.
“But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation …
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children:
And walk in love,
as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us
an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
1 Peter 1:15; Ephesians 5:1,2
Father, may we walk in the love of Christ bearing your holy name to a lost world. May we be a sweet fragrance to you and bring you praise.
The Praise & Promise:
“Good and upright is the LORD:
therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment:
and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25:8-9
“For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work:
I will triumph in the works of thy hands:
O LORD, how great are thy works!
And thy thoughts are very deep …
For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light.”
Psalm 92:4,5;36: 9
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!
FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HATH BEEN HIS COUNSELLOR? OR WHO HATH FIRST GIVEN TO HIM, AND IT SHALL BE RECOMPENSED UNTO HIM AGAIN?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
We thank you, Father for the wisdom, power, and love found in the way of the cross of Christ. May we offer you ourselves as a living sacrifice of praise.
In the last several weeks we have rehearsed several of John’s “I Am” statements Jesus Christ declared with the desire of Paul as our heart’s cry –
Our Prayer to the Resurrection and the Life:
“That I may know him …
H. Spurgeon wrote –
“They tell me he is a refiner, that he cleanses from spots; he has washed me in his precious blood, and to that extent I know him.
They tell me that he clothes the naked; he hath covered me with a garment of righteousness, and to that extent I know him.
They tell me that he is a breaker, and that he breaks fetters, he has set my soul at liberty, and therefore I know him.
They tell me that he is a king and that he reigns over sin; he hath subdued my enemies beneath his feet, and I know him in that character.
They tell me he is a shepherd: I know him for I am his sheep.
They say he is a door: I have entered in through him, and I know him as a door.
They say he is food: my spirit feeds on him as on the bread of heaven, and, therefore, I know him as such.” (found in Blue letter Bible site under David Guzik commentaries)
We can know, experience, draw near to Jesus Christ in each of the mentioned identities. We can also know him as the resurrection and the life as we grow in the knowledge of the power of his resurrection.
Our Prayer to know –
the power of his resurrection …”
By your power we have new life, a life in Christ and Christ the Spirit in us. Fill us with your power.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit …
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;
but they that are after the spirit the things of the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:4,5
By your power in us, may we bear the image and testimony of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
“But we all, with open face
beholding in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord …
ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 1:8
May sin no longer rule in our hearts but may your Spirit of righteousness be our rule.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:
but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you…
The Promise of the Resurrection and the Life:
“For our conversation is in heaven;
We have been translated from this world’s kingdom into the kingdom of our Lord. We may not live there yet, but we live in its resurrection power – the power that gives us victory over sin and death.
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
He lives. He has returned to the Father for awhile but is preparing to bring us to where He is. The resurrection power guarantees as He lives so shall we – forever with him. Take comfort in his words.
who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
And when we see him our body of flesh will be changed in a “moment, the twinkling of an eye.” We will receive a body like his own.
according to the working whereby he is able
even to subdue all things unto himself.
It is the power of the Spirit of Christ in us that works in us to make us ready to stand before the Father. He subdued the power of sin and has given us his righteousness. By the power of the resurrection we are made acceptable in Christ to the Father.
This is God’s promise to us and if we allow the words to saturate our hearts, they will burst with praise.
Our Praise to the Resurrection and the Life:
May we join with heaven –
“Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing …
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth …
As thou hast given him power over all flesh,
that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal,
that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent …
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord,
who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry …
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Revelation 5:12; Matthew 28:18; John 17:2,3; 1Timothy 1:12,17.
C. H. Spurgeon shared several ways he knew Christ. How do you know the “I Am” of John’s gospel? Which “I Am” do you desire to know more?
Please, stay with me as this post is a bit longer than normal. May you find it a blessing.
“The Lord is my shepherd …
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.
For ye were as sheep going astray,
but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:24,25
I shall not want …
“But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus …
He that spared not his own Son,
but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:32
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…
“For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven,
and giveth life unto the world …
Therefore, being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.”
John 6:33; Romans 5:1; Matthew 5:6
He leadeth me beside the still waters…
“There is a river,
the streams thereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early …
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb…
And the Spirit and the bride say, come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.”
Psalm 46:4,5; Revelation 22:1,17
He restoreth my soul…
“And you hath he quickened*,
who were dead in trespasses and sins…
But God, who is rich in mercy,
for the great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.)
And hath raised us together, and made us sit together
in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
Ephesians 2:1,4-6 [*quickened = made alive]
He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake …
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come.
He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me …
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness…
O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah 41:10; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…
“The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
they shall praise the LORD that seek him:
your heart shall live for ever …
Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man,
and drink his blood ye have no life in you.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
hath eternal life;
and I will raise him up at the last day …
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD:
and all the kindreds of the nations
shall worship before thee.
For the kingdom is the LORD’s’
and he is the governor among the nations.”
Psalm 22:26; John 6:53,54; Psalm 22:27,28
Thou anointest my head with oil…
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ,
and hath anointed us, is God;
Who hath also sealed us,
and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts …
And he that keepeth his commandments
dwelleth in him, and he in him.
And hereby we know that he abideth in us,
by the Spirit which he hath given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 1 John 3:24
my cup runneth over…
“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation,
and call upon the name of the LORD…
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…
But this man [Jesus] because he continueth ever,
hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Psalm 116: 13; Psalm 103:3-5; Hebrews 7:24,25
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life …
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness
and forbearance and longsuffering;
not knowing that the goodness of God
leadeth thee to repentance …
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
thou hast put off my sackcloth,
and girded me with gladness;
To the end that my glory
may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.
O LORD my God,
I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”
Romans 2:4; Psalm 30:11,12
“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children’s children …
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death,
and doth deliver:
in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”
Psalm 103:17; 2 Corinthians 1:9,10
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23
“As for me,
I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness …
For we know that
if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens …
Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that,
when he shall appear,
we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.”
2 Corinthians 5:1; Psalm 17:15;1 John 3:2
Finale to the Sheep’s praise of the Shepherd
Reading music isn’t her forte but playing it is. The songs she sings and plays flow like a river from her soul to the keyboard and out of her mouth in a blessed range from low to high. When she sings to her Shepherd of Psalm 100, one might wonder if the keyboard will hold up as her fingers travel from one end to the other. Joy fills the air as the words ring out.
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that, the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting:
and his truth endureth to all generations.”
As I typed the words, music filled my heart with praise. I hope it blesses your heart, and as we enter his courts for worship, may we do so with thanksgiving and praise. Have a blessed weekend.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
This week during our Day Camp for children, they heard about a few of the many good and perfect gifts our heavenly Father abundantly gives to those who will receive them. One of which was the abundant life available to all who come through the Door.
“Then Jesus said unto them … I am the door …”
John 10:7a, 9a
Jesus’ Promises to those who enter through the door: “If any man enter in,
he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9b
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way: which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” Hebrews 10:19,20 “
… These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, HE THAT HATH THE KEY OF DAVID, HE THAT OPENETH, AND NO MAN SHUTTETH AND SHUTTETH, AND NO MAN OPENETH:I know thy works behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it … “ Revelation 3:7,8
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:28
Praise to the Open Door:
For His abundance of –
Life: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, you are worthy of praise for in your death we have been made free from death. In your resurrection we receive the abundance of life now through your Holy Spirit living in us, and in the future when all things are made new.*
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead,
much more the grace of God,
and the gift by grace,
which is by one man, Jesus Christ,
hath abounded unto many.”
All praise belongs to you for your gift of not just sufficiency of grace but to abounding grace which has brought abundant life to all who believe.
“And not as it was by one that sinned so is the gift:
for the judgment was by one to condemnation,
but the free gift
is of many offences unto justification.”
Your gift of abundant grace works the abundance of justification in us. As you look on us, you see our judgment placed on your holy Son, and we are declared just before you.
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one;
much more they which receive abundance of grace
and of the gift of righteousness
shall reign in life by one,
And your abundant grace extended to us the abundant righteousness of Christ as our clothing that we might stand before you unashamed and unafraid. You alone are worthy of praise.
Supply, including promise:
“But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus …
For the LORD God is a sun and shield:
The LORD will give grace and glory;
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Philippians 4:19; Psalm 84:11
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee …
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16
“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 …
Heavenly Father, you have poured out your abundance on us through Jesus Christ, the door to abundant life. As we have walked through the door into your presence may we draw near to you. For you have cleansed us from all sin through the blood of Christ. May all who have not entered into a relationship with you come the only way they can – the door of Jesus Christ- and know the abundance of your grace.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised:) …
Your strong hand and abundant love hold us. May we be diligent to know you more as you take us from faith to faith until you have completed the work of faith in us.
“And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works:”
May the life of Christ you have poured into us overflow into all we meet and all we do to your praise and glory.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
May all who have entered through the Door, give praise for the salvation given through Jesus Christ. May those who do not know the abundant life found in Christ, be quick to enter.
*For more on the abundant life see my previous post, The Door to an Abundant Life.