Give Him Glory

‘That no flesh should glory in His presence.’ 1 Corinthians 1:29 KJV

So there was this woodpecker who was peck-peck-pecking away at a pine tree when, boom! It was hit by lightning. It split from top to bottom. The woodpecker blinked, uncertain and hardly able to believe his eyes. He backed off, looked at the tree for a moment, then flew away. He came back later, leading nine other woodpeckers. With a great deal of swagger and pride, he pointed to the tree and said, ‘There it is, gentlemen, just like I told you!’

Sometimes it’s a real temptation to take credit for things we didn’t do. As long as we remember to give God the credit for our success, He will keep using and blessing us. ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.’ (James 1:17 NKJV) That means every good thing we enjoy today, and every good thing we’ll need tomorrow, is a ‘gift’ from God.

Paul writes, ‘That no flesh should glory in His presence.’ There’s no bragging in Heaven, just praise. Why? Because you can’t brag about how you got to Heaven; it is all by God’s grace. And you can’t brag about what you did for God before you got to Heaven, because it was all God’s calling.

He says, ‘I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another.’ (Isaiah 42:8 NKJV) Again He says, ‘Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.’ (Isaiah 43:7 NKJV)

The Lord’s Prayer ends with the words ‘Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory.’ (Matthew 6:13 KJV) For how long? ‘For ever and ever, Amen.’

SoulFood: Rom 13:12–14:19, John 1:1–14

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021

Today’s Readings

Romans 13:12–14:19 ()

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12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,

  “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

John 1:1–14 ()

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1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Fri 01 January, 2021


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