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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Monday
Jul252016

Praise to OUR FATHER

“‘Pray, then, in this way: OUR FATHER who is in heaven...'”

Of the many ways in which Jesus could have told us to address God in prayer, He chose, "OUR FATHER." In verses 6-14, Jesus tells us OUR FATHER sees us. OUR FATHER rewards sacrificial effort that no one sees. OUR FATHER knows what we need before we ask. OUR FATHER forgives us as we forgive others. Regardless of what kind of earthly father we had, we have a FATHER in heaven who is holy, set apart, and listening as we pray.  

Join me today in praying the Lord's Prayer in worship and praise to OUR FATHER. 

 *Debbie Taylor Williams.                                                                                                                        Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to forward or share this material provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee for it. Any exception to the above must be approved by Debbie Taylor Williams.  Please include on any web posting or printed distribution: © Debbie Taylor Williams, www.debbietaylorwilliams.com. Thank you.

 

Sunday
Jul242016

Praise to ONE WHO OPENS

"O LORD, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise."

   Psalm 51:15

"Guard your words." "If you don't have anything kind to say, don't say anything at all." Often, words of instruction center on us keeping our mouths closed so we don't offend others or speak out of anger. However, the psalmist, David, understood that our walk with God isn't only about what we don't say. It's also about what we say.  We may get a gold star for not cussing. But do we get a gold star for praising God, encouraging others in their walk with Him, and sharing Christ with unbelievers? If not, perhaps we should recognize that God is the One to whom we can pray as David did, "LORD, open my lips. Change me from a grumbler to a praiser; from being silent to sharing You." That's a good prayer to the ONE who can OPEN our lips, don't you think?    

LORD, You are powerful and able to OPEN OUR LIPS to praise and honor You with our words. We pray You do so and that we faithfully praise You and share Christ with others. 

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Saturday
Jul232016

Praise to God Who IMPARTIALLY JUDGES

“If (since) you address as Father the one who IMPARTIALLY JUDGES according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;”

1 Peter 1:17

Are you aware that the Bible describes different kinds of judgments? The one to which Peter is referring is the judgment of believers' works. Although we're not saved by works, after we're saved, God takes note of how we conduct ourselves. Peter reminds us that God is an IMPARTIAL JUDGE and that we should conduct ourselves in fear during our stay on earth.  "Conducting ourselves in fear" means our actions should be done in reverence to Christ, in a way that honors Him. Are we sloppy at home, half-hearted at work, or lazy in ministry? Or, are we diligent and honoring Christ? If Jesus were to drop by our houses, work, and ministries, what would be His verdict?    

Heavenly Father, You are ONE WHO IMPARTIALLY JUDGES. Thank You that You are impartial, and each of us has the opportunity to serve You well. 

© Debbie Taylor Williams. Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to forward or share this material provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee for it. Any exception to the above must be approved by Debbie Taylor Williams. Please include on any web posting or printed distribution: © Debbie Taylor Williams, www.debbietaylorwilliams.com. Thank you.

 

Friday
Jul222016

Praise to the ONE MEDIATOR

"There is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

1 Timothy 2:5

Baskin Robbins wowed ice cream lovers with its 31 flavors when it opened. Instead of offering only a few flavors, it offered multiple combinations of flavors and cones.  Unfortunately, our world has adopted a "31" viewpoint about God. We've decided we can become reconciled to Him through self-improvement programs, buying our way, doing enough good things, or the world religion of our choice. But God is God. He is Holy. He is high and lifted up. If we think we can choose how we are reconciled to God, we're wrong. God has chosen how we are reconciled to Him and it is through His Son.  Christ Jesus is the ONE MEDIATOR* who can reconcile us to God. 

*MEDIATOR: one who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant.

Christ Jesus, We praise You, our MEDIATOR, for making peace between Your Father and us.   

*https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G3316&t=NASB

Thursday
Jul212016

Praise to the ONE GOD

“For there is ONE GOD, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2: 5

We have to make a decision. We either believe what Jesus says about Himself or we don't. In other words, we call Him a liar or we call Him LORD. Although we might want to say that there are many ways to heaven, that's NOT what the Bible says; it's not what Jesus claimed. And, no other prophet claimed to be God; as Jesus did. No other prophet was killed and rose from the dead as Jesus did; His resurrection witnessed by hundreds. There is ONE GOD, and one mediator between God and us, Jesus Christ. If you don't yet know Him, get to know Him. The account of His life and even His own words are recorded in the Bible. A good place to begin is the New Testament book of John. Before you read, you might want to say a simple prayer, "God, please help me see You and find You. If Jesus is Your true Son, open my heart, mind, and spirit to receive Him." 

Lord Jesus Christ, thank YOU for being the ONE who can mediate between God and me. I praise You and rejoice in the eternal life You give me. 

© Debbie Taylor Williams. Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to forward or share this material provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee for it. Any exception to the above must be approved by Debbie Taylor Williams. Please include on any web posting or printed distribution: © Debbie Taylor Williams, www.debbietaylorwilliams.com. Thank you.