The God of Glory

Genesis 11:10-32, Acts 7

Acts 7:2b-3, “The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Harran, And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.”

Just imagine the book of Genesis as a movie. You start to see a perfect world, then the focus is on two people in a tragically situation: they make wrong choices. Music changes for the rest of their lives. History made rapid strides until another man is in the foreground, Noah, the chosen of God, and his family is saved during the flood. This family has a new start in a new world. Then it does not change but a stage and evil is present and we see evil working. Once again, people choose to turn their backs on God. Babel Tower rises and falls. Families are scattered on the ground. Man cannot escape this moral decline. Knowledge of the true God seems lost. Again, there is a man in our attention: Abraham. Is he different from others? The following 39 chapters of Genesis describe the life of this man and his family to the third generation.God chose him to fulfill His plans by this man and his descendants.Through Abraham, God blessed all nations.Because Abraham had faith, God gave him a new start.

Abraham is the central figure of the book of Genesis. He is the father of the Hebrew people. All those who have faith are the spiritual children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7). Abraham believed God’s promise. If you believe God’s promise, your faith is credited as righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When God called Abraham, He gave him a new start and a new direction for his life. Though sometimes he doubted and fell, Abraham repented and continued to depend on God. Abraham enjoyed fellowship with God. God called him His friend (Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23). Abraham’s life shows us that God rewards those who trust in Him and obey Him. As we follow the Lord by faith, we experience friendship with Him.

If someone would make a movie that will have your life presented, how would the background music be?What image would be in the foreground?A person who rises and falls?A person who lives by faith?

Lord, I want to have a fresh start and a new direction for my life. I want to learn dependence on You, to develop friendship with You, to continue to grow in faith and obedience to You, to get a reward: the reward of those who believe. Lord, make me a blessing to all who come after me!

Be a blessing to others!

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Canvas

canvasMy

heart

is

on

playback.

You could call it a re-run, and no matter what channel, it’s always the same one… the story, that is. My outward actions might look like TBN, but my mind is channeling HBO, because the static flow in my mind is churning this anger against my brothers and sisters; callousing hatred ’till it turns into blisters.

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You see, I’ve got a rough heart that pursues only pride, and boy, I’ve tired swallowing, but it just comes back up time after time. You know, I should clean that, because surely no one wants it, but just like a dog, I return to my vomit. My heart is bulimic and my soul is exhausted.

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I’ve fallen in this hole, with the pieces of me crying out to be whole – even more, to be holy! But the whole He requires is a puzzle much too large. Besides, I lost my pieces between the pillows of the couch.

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The failures you’ve counted in seconds and minutes were taken care of in six hours of darkness. I went through a week-ness that can’t be measured, because in your darkest hour, you were still my pleasure. I was in love with your present, not your future.

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And to answer the question, no you’re not worthy. My death was the punishment you were deserving, I paid the time you should be serving, preserving My glory and reserving your spot in My family.

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My guarantee was my engagement, which meant I’d never leave you or forsake, but that I’d take you to be My bride. We’d be lawfully wed, only the vows are a little different – we don’t part after death.

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Becuase you see, you are My masterpiece, the act of Me painting My mastery over your apathy. See, Calvary was My poetry, and the Cross was My love letter, promising not just better, but perfect – unfettered to work it out and finish this art that I started before – not painting your heart, but painting Mine over yours.

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So yes, you are my canvas. You are My potter’s clay. You are the blank Word document that bears My Word, worded in such a way to make people say, “Yo, word.”

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You are My sandlot, empty and barren until I came and laid down My foundation, topped with the Cornerstone the other builders rejected. I erected the walls and prevented the falls pre-empted by sin’s call which has tempted you all and sentenced your small fate. Then I built upon you a roof of justice – a tower so tall that it points only to Me.

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In fact, this house looks so good, I’ll make it My temple, starting to resemble the image of Me, the image you see when you look at My people and find infinity and divinity inside this bit of humanity. My Trinity definitively resting and completely investing in you.

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Because YOU…

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Are my Canvas.

(Nathan Costiuc)

I celebrate my Redeemer at Christmas!

Job 19:25

,,I know my Redeemer lives,

and that in the end

He will stand upon the earth.”

I know that my Redeemer lives!

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I see His love is everywhere.

I see it in the caring smiles and warmth that people share.

I see it in my family, friends, church and every answered prayer.

I know that my Redeemer lives!

I know His victory sets me free to live each day in joy with faith in all that’s yet to be.

I know I have a future! One day I will see Him and my joy will be complete.

And to know my way is safe because He always watches over me.

I know that my Redeemer lives!

I hope

your Christmas is blessed with a very real sense of just

how near the Lord always is to you,

and just how much He loves you!

 

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

May the Christ of Christmas fill

your life with joy and hope,

your soul with peace

 and your heart with songs.

Merry Christmas to Daniela

Numbers 6:24-26

,,May the LORD bless thee, and keep thee!

May the LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee!

May the LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

 

Please pray with me for Daniela as she travels to Europe (Romania and Austria) this month and to India next month.

 

May the Lord keep you safe as you travel!

May the Lord protect you every moment!

May He provide all you need here and there!

May He open new opportunities for you as you serve Him!

May He give you power and words to witness about Him in everything you do!

May God bless your business there and here!

May God bless you family and your church!

May this happy, special time, bring blessings from above!

May God keep you in His care and grace you with His love!

 

May He bring you back to your family full of

His presence,

His joy

and

His peace!

 

Please say ,,AMIN”!