God says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
He Listens to My Voice
What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people.
Owe nothing to anyone–except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. (Romans 13:8)
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
You will not Abandon Me to the Grave
Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot. The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a goodly heritage.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray.
Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Set out a sacrifice I can accept: your thankfulness. Be true to your word to the Most High.
Spread for Me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you’re in trouble—I’ll help you, and you’ll honor Me.
A SON HONORS HIS FATHER
Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of Him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Give thanks to God the Father every day through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed for all He has done.
Surely, no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus our Master, sending thanks through Him to God our Father.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Thank God in everything no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus the Revealer and Mediator of that will.
Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.
A SON HONORS HIS FATHER
Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
give glory, you sons of Jacob;
adore Him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
never looked the other way
when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do His own thing;
He has been right there, listening.
The gospel is POWER—God’s power.
The simple message of Jesus brings healing and RESCUE to all people.
It starts with God’s people, the Jews, but does not end until all people hear and respond to its call.
The gospel reveals how right and faithful God has been all along.
It begins with God’s faithfulness to His creation and His covenant people.
Then God acts, finally and decisively, in the cross of Jesus. The cross, more than any other event, displays Jesus’ FAITHFULNESS to God the Father. As the Gospels tell us, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus entrusts Himself COMPLETELY to God’s will. As a result, this good news brings faith and hope to those who hear and respond to its elegant message. Because God is faithful, He acts in a most extraordinary way. Somehow in the scandal of the cross, He offers His own Son in order to redeem the fallen world.
LORD, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.
You are the One who determines my destiny.
GIFTS of the Spirit, which are intended to STRENGTHEN the church BODY, often DIVIDE the body because members of the church ELEVATE those who possess the more visible gifts over those whose gifts function in the background.
For God expressed His LOVE for the world in this way:
He GAVE His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.
Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to RESCUE a world headed toward certain destruction. (John 3:16-17)
Focus to the central role love plays in a believer’s life.
Love is essential for the BODY to be UNIFIED and for members to work together.
Members of the body that are very different, with little in common, are able to appreciate and even enjoy others because of the love that comes when a life is SUBMITTED to God.
“And I, if I am LIFTED up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:32)
Jesus makes the point clear:
Stay CONNECTED to Him, and have no reason to fear.
Jesus doesn’t mean that at the instant someone has faith, fear simply vanishes or only good things happen in that person’s life. In fact, the blessings that come with eternal life often have nothing to do with present or future circumstances, but they have everything to do with the individual’s CONNECTIONS to God and others.
That is John’s message to his listeners.
God came to earth embodied in flesh, and then He reached His greatest acclaim through a torturous death. If this is all true, then believers will find strength and beauty in places never imagined.
Abiding in Jesus the Anointed is the good life, regardless of the external circumstances.
And GIVING joyful thanks to the Father, Who has QUALIFIED you to SHARE in the INHERITANCE of His holy people in the kingdom of light.