Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Heart of Worship

The LORD has brought me to a place of study today and the next 7 days - of showing me TRUE WORSHIP! I believe the timing of this is totally His doing because of the year marker coming next Friday. The LORD has promised GOOD to me! He continues to be forever FAITHFUL!

· 2 Corinthians 3:3-6, 7-13, 15-18

3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Glory of the New Covenant

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.

15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. [emphasis mine]

These are just some of the verses and passages that we discussed in my various Bible studies over the last few days. The glory of God – due only to HIM – yet HE chooses to share [in that] with us who believe in Christ Jesus as Savior.

We saw how God’s laws and commands where once (first) written on tablets of stone – showing the law as outward, hard and rigid [under the Old Covenant]. Then in the [New Covenant] it is now written on the human hearts of those who believe – showing how the law has now moved inward – by the Holy Spirit - to a soft and pliable place where God can work His purpose (and glory) in us.

Glory to God and all Praise due His Name!

Choosing JOY,


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