What Does God Want Me To Give To Him?

What can you give to God?  You can't give a fortune, or build a monument or do some heroic deed- so what can you do for God that no one else can do?

"Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8.

GIVE PRAISE
Some translate this as give thanks.  There is some difference between thanks and praise but there is so much in common that they are almost the same; both are expressions of worship.

PROCLAIM
To proclaim is to tell, but not in confidence or in a little way; it means to shout it from the rooftops and to make everybody know.  It is to go out or go ahead with an open public announcement.

AMONG THE NATIONS
The Old Testament teaches that it was God's plan for His people to be a light to all nations.  He wanted them to communicate His truths to the world not just possess those truths.  Jesus brought this teaching into focus when he said, "You are the light of the world," (Matthew 5:14).

WHAT HE HAS DONE
We are to tell what he had done for mankind when He sent His son to become sin on our stead and pay the price for our salvation and freedom from judgment.  We are to tell what He has done in our lives and how we were once lost and far from God but He has brought us near through his son.  We are to proclaim how we were wretched and broken and rejected but He gave us joy peace and acceptance.  When you receive salvation then you have a unique story to proclaim to the nations.

NAME
A name is primary, it is one of the first things we learn about a person and one of the first questions we ask someone when we meet them.  A name is an identity.

We are to make His name known.  We proclaim Him not to boast about our lives but to boast about our Christ.  When we proclaim the Name of the Lord we are introducing someone to God.

Only you can give God your praise, thanksgiving and worship; only you can proclaim what he has done for you.  This is a universal constant no matter what other things God may have in store for you this is one thing that the Bible is clear about.
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Does Anybody See Or Care How Much I Am Going Through?

We all have hard times in life but sometimes it seems like no one sees or knows or cares what we are going through.  Will there ever be anyone who will see and understand and care?

"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, his ears are attentive to their cry." Psalm 34:15.

EYES AND EARS
Of all the senses these two are the ones that are able to perceive from the greatest distances. You can hear a thunderclap from many miles away, and you can see a star from light years away. You may think that God is too far away; that the distance and the walls are too big for Him to overcome but this Bible verse says that is not true.

EYES ... ARE ON
The Lord's eyes are already focused on the righteous; He is already watching and seeing.  His attention is set.  There is no need to say, "Hey God look here!" because he is looking already, no matter how far you have fallen he still sees.

EARS ARE ATTENTIVE
The Lord is already listening and He is currently paying attention, and listening for your voice.

We know that God is all-seeing and all-knowing but this verse says something more- that He is on purpose all seeing you specifically and intentionally.  Not only seeing and hearing but the use of the word, attentive, suggest he is waiting for something specific from us.

OUR CRY
He is hearing our sobs and he is watching our tears, but he is waiting for us to cry out to him.  He is waiting for us to ask Him for help in a humble request.

THE RIGHTEOUS
God is the Lord and Creator of everybody but he has a special relationship with the righteous. The Bible teaches that we find righteousness in Jesus, (The Bible, Philippians 3:9).  Jesus lived a perfect life without sin and as God's only son he was able to die for the sins of the world so those who believed in him could have eternal life and righteousness, (The Bible John 3:16).

If you are struggling then cry out to the Lord and He will hear you.

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How Can God Keep His Promises To Men? Joshua 21:45.

Is God's word good?  Can He keep His promises when they seem so big and we are so far from him?

"Not one of all the LORD'S good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled." Joshua 21:45. NIV.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND
God made many promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob regarding their inheritance, and future generations who would receive the Promised Land.  They lived in Egypt for 400 years during which time they became a great people.  When they were delivered from the oppression of Egypt they returned to the land God had promised them.  This verse is quoted at the conclusion of the book of Joshua which tells of the taking of the land from the Philistines and other peoples.

NOT ONE ... FAILED
God is all knowing and all powerful therefore it is not possible for Him to make a promise He could not keep.  Since God is all knowing He would know not to make such a promise, but being all powerful there is nothing He cannot do so if he promised it he can do it.

If a promise was only partly kept it would undermine God.  It would mean he is not all knowing or all powerful or that he was capricious.  The promises of God must be kept 100% or not at all; if they are only kept in part it would mean He cannot be trusted and we would have reason to doubt.

EVERY ONE
The double emphasis is a method of scripture used often to give what the Bible calls witness or testimony since by the testimony of two or three a thing is established in Levitical law.

None of the promises of God were overlooked, or forgotten.  If you had a list in front of you and you were checking them off you would check them all off.

WAS FULFILLED
God didn't just keep the promises He makes- He abundantly keeps them more than we can imagine.  They were not halfway full but overfull.

God kept the promises in spite of the kind of people they proved to be in the wilderness, where they rebelled and sinned against him on numerous times.

THE LORD'S GOOD PROMISES
God's Word is full of promises to us today just as broad and great as he had given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those promises to us are good and generous; God has no reason to be stingy but to the contrast his gift of his son illustrates his tremendous generosity.

That God kept his promises to Israel should encourage us to search his Word for the promises he has for us so we many learn them, observe their conditions and experience the blessings He has for us.

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How Should A Christian Respond To Critics?

It seems that people are against us, what can we do to cope and overcome against adversaries? The Bible tells of one who had trouble with critics.

"This is the answers they gave us, 'We are servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago." Ezra 5:11.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND
The people of Israel returned from captivity to a Jerusalem and temple that was destroyed.  Ezra's enemies demanded Ezra identify himself and his followers as they proceeded to rebuild the temple.

WE ARE SERVANTS
Maybe Ezra was not willing to reveal his identity and his followers, but this bold statement is full of significance.

First, we all serve somebody.  The universe is divided into two camps- the camp of the holy, and the camp of evil.  Jesus said it too, "He who is not with me is against me." (Matthew 12:30,  Luke 11:23).  Ezra was confident in who he served, this made him bold.

Ezra had perspective, his answer was like saying, "Don't ask us, instead you should ask our master, we are servants of God."  Our critics are not criticizing us they are criticizing God.

Ezra was accountable to his commission; his answer was like saying, "We do not need to answer you, we answer to God, and we report to him not any king."  If we are doing God's will those who criticize us do not stop us.

To say they are servants of God says that they are obeying the Almighty's command. If we are obeying The Lord we can have confidence in spite of what others say.

The place of a servant is a humble place. We must be humble as we serve.

OF THE GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
The God of Heaven and Earth outranks a mere emperor, and he outranks our enemies.

The emperor's officials may worship another deity but the God of Heaven and Earth is still over the official and over his god.

Ezra did not serve some vague force or mystical being; he had a solid understanding of who God is.  His dedication to God must have led him to seek to learn, understand and know God.  This gave him confidence. If we do not know God this way we will not have this confidence.

AND WE ARE REBUILDING
They had a commission from God to rebuild His temple and so that is what they were going to do. No matter who opposed them they were still going to obey God. Our commission should be our confidence.

They were focused and were not going to let the critics distract them from the task. We must resolve to keep our focus.

Today we are servants of the same God and we have a commission to build up His church - His dwelling in the earth.   We need the same humble resolve as Ezra.

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What Do You Do When Someone Wants to Start A New Program at Church? Hebrews 10:24

Sometimes people come up with a project or a program and we are sure it misses the point or purpose of church. How do we handle them and their proposed project?

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24.

The first half of this verse is about us.

LET US
Life is full of choices. We must choose to be people who are focused on the wellbeing of others. The words, let us, is like an invitation, or a call to action. We can't have the attitude that it is the minister's job to encourage others to service, it is for all of us to do.

CONSIDER
We need to think about ways of encouraging others. We can't just rely upon random opportunities to encourage people. We need to make plans to, and set goals.

SPUR
A spur causes the horse to move forward. Soldiers would spur their horses into battle when the noise would cause the animal to flee another way. It is a painful goad which cannot be ignored. Some translations use the word, stir, which suggest bringing the good up to the top of the pot. We humans have a tendency to get settled and need frequent reminders to continue to serve Christ. Sometimes those reminders are uncomfortable.

ONE ANOTHER
We do not just spur our brothers in faith but we get to be spurred by them too. None of us are free from the need to be encouraged to serve God.

LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS
We don't do good deeds and act in love to obtain a good standing with God, but because he has made us able to stand through the blood of Christ.

Love and good deeds reflect the nature of Christ in us. We want to do them because he did them we are his hands and feet in this world.

WHAT ABOUT THAT PROJECT?
The church is not an idle place- it is a place of activity, good works, service, and spiritual warfare. We must give and receive encouragement if the church is to move ahead and influence this generation. No time is better than any another for encouraging. Everyone who serves should be encouraged in their efforts.

Maybe the new project someone wants to start will fall flat or misses the mark of the church's mission, but we should resolve to encourage people in whatever good work they are doing; and if they are not doing any we should all the more encourage them to take up the command to love and serve through some good work.

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Six Traits Of An Upright and Righteous Person, Proverbs 16:17

If someone was an upright person what traits would characterize them?  The Bible gives some clues.

"The highway of the upright avoids evil, those who guard their ways preserve their lives." Proverbs 16:17.

HIGHWAY
This suggests the path we walk through life and not just an occasional moment of clear thinking but a lifestyle of being upright. The righteous person keeps on the path and sees the pathway of life as too purposeful to wander away from.

UPRIGHT
Here is a person who can endure scrutiny and still be standing. His life is public and without secrets.

AVOIDS EVIL
He has a definition of evil. It is not subjective or cultural and does not change with the fashion but absolute. He recognizes the way of evil and keeps off of it with intent.

This person does not explore evil, he doesn't look at it from a "safe distance," or toy with it; instead he plans intentionally to take actions which distance them from evil.

GUARD THEIR WAYS
A guard is diligent; he does not sleep on watch but constantly looks for danger. The righteous man does not take a holiday from being righteous; he is disciplined and ready to deal decisively with evil.

WAYS
They guard their habits. The way they go about life and the way they live is done with deliberation; they do not just drift through life.

PRESERVE
Something that is preserved is cherished, cared for, and maintained. This is the end result of the life of the upright because of a constant view that righteousness is a pathway that must be intentionally pursued, guarded and stayed.

The upright may have sorrows in life but they do not have regrets. The good they did and the good they became is not lost. Theirs is a highway worth walking on.


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If you feel that righteousness is something you will never attain to see my other blog about knowing God in your life through the gift of salvation.