. . . to the altar of God ~ to God,
The source of all my joy!
Your Joy is my Strength! Nehemiah 8:10
. . . to the altar of God ~ to God,
The source of all my joy!
Your Joy is my Strength! Nehemiah 8:10
This is from the Amplified Bible. I looked up more than in the concordance, because I thought how can I be more than a conqueror?
Greek ~ Hupernikao ~ to vanquish beyond. From Nikao ~ to subdue.
So, in other words, I don’t just conquer, I vanquish, gain a decisive victory. I subdue, which gives a picture of those I’ve conquered under my feet.
Vanquish ~ crush, quell, rout(is to totally destroy)
Subdue ~ bridle, control, silence.
So of course this is in relation to conquering the things that the enemy (the devil) tries to bring against us. We can rout him, and silence him, and get the victory over his annoying persistence to destroy our lives. We must persist in breaking his power over our lives. Using the WORD of GOD will certainly help to do that.
Praise God, Jehovah Shammah, the One who is there for us always!
Be encouraged, God is with you, just call out to Him and He will always answer you if you call from your heart. This section of Romans says it all ~
As the first Commandment requires the inward worship of love, desire, joy, hope, and admiration, so the second requires the outward worship of prayer and praise and solemn attendance on God’s Word. It concerns the ordinances of worship, or in other words, the way in which God will be worshipped. The second commandment says to us,
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, you shall not worship them or serve them.”
Matthew Henry points out the fact that, “God forbids us to worship even Him by images, and that our worship must be governed by the power of Faith, not by the power of imagination. Those who truly love God will make it their constant care to keep His Commandments.”
Those Commandments sum up our attitude toward God, in the first four, and our attitude toward our fellow man, in the final six.
Jesus condensed them into two ~ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind, (the first four) and your neighbour as yourself (the final six).
Reverence for God is the basis of the Ten Commandments. Halley’s Bible says that, “Jesus indicated that He considered it the elemental quality in man’s approach to God, and made it the first petition in the Lord’s Prayer.” Hallowed be Thy Name ~ Matthew 6:9-13.
I have dwelt quite a bit upon this subject of Idolatry, because it is a very serious thing to turn our backs on God and serve other things. For that is all they are. Habakkuk 2:18,19 says, “What profit is the idol when its maker has carved it? It is a speechless thing overlaid with gold and silver and there is no breath in it at all.”
Idolatry is absolutely forbidden. Yet we continue to worship movie stars and musicians and models and TV personalities. We worship and immortalise sportsmen and women, bushrangers, and members of the underworld. We worship Jesus’ beautiful mother, Mary (she would be horrified) saints, religious leaders, and in some nations, their political leaders.
God demands our attention to Him as the One and Only God who delivered the Hebrews out of slavery, and ultimately, through Jesus, delivered all mankind from eternal death.
I don’t want to serve death, I would prefer to serve The Living God.
SOME SCRIPTURES PERTAINING TO THIS ARTICLE ~
The very first statement God made even before He began to give Moses the Commandments, was ~ I am the Lord your God.
God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt and looked after them with miracle after miracle in the wilderness. He demanded and deserved their worship. Today, many of us who may not be of the seed of Abraham physically, are certainly joined in covenant with him in the Spirit, by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament call for obedience by keeping the Commandments, was summarised by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40 when He said to Love your neighbour as yourself which pretty much sums up the last six of the Commandments.
The first four are in reference to God and what He expects of us, if we profess Him to be our God, and our Lord and Saviour. The first Commandment concerns the object of our worship, Jehovah, and Him only ~ You shall have no other gods before Me.
Matthew Henry says of this first command, “The sin against this Commandment which we are most in danger of, is giving glory and honour to any creature, which is due to God only . . . whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended upon, more than God, we do in effect make a god. In the last words, before me, it is intimated that ~
1. We cannot have any other god but He will certainly know it.
2. That it is a sin that dares Him to His face, which He cannot, He will not, overlook.
Halley’s Bible says, “In founding the Hebrew Nation, God’s ultimate object was to bring Christ into the world.” And also that, “His immediate object was to establish, in a world of idolatry, as a background to the coming of Christ, the idea that there is One, True, Living God.”
Much of my life has been fraught with many other gods that I have come to realize took the place of My Father in Heaven. Since beginning my walk with Him through reading His word I have come to a place in my life where I no longer want anything at all to stand between me and God.
Exodus 20:3 ~
“You must not have any other god but Me.” Deuteronomy 32:47 ~
“These instructions are not empty words-they are your life!”
Psalm 115:1-8 ~
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes all the glory for Your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Why let the nations say, Where is their God?
Our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes.
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.
They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound.
And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”
Isaiah 43:11 ~
“I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other saviour.”
Matthew 22:37-40 ~
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
A second is equally important: Love your neighbour as yourself.
The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
1 Corinthians 8:5-6 ~
“There may be so-called gods in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords.
But for us, there is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.”
2 Corinthians 6:16 ~
”And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.”
Salvation is knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour. When we die we live on forever. We either live forever in darkness separated from God the Father of Light, or we live forever in His Kingdom of light and wonder and everlasting joy.
Our decision for Christ or against Christ determines our destination. This is not to scare you, but to bring you to a place of deep thought about who you are and what you truly believe. Do you think there should be more to this life than you feel you are getting? If so, please click here.
I’ve always struggled with what my purpose in life is meant to be. Not that I thought much about it while I was raising my children, but in later years I certainly have wondered what on earth I am called to do for God.
In April 2005 I committed to reading a book that changed my whole perspective on quite a few things. “The Purpose Driven Life”, by Rick Warren, showed me these five important things :
I was Planned for God’s Pleasure ~
I was Formed for God’s Family ~
I was Created to Become Like Christ ~
I was Shaped for Serving God ~
I was Made for a Mission.
Now for a person who never was developed in the social aspects of life, and who is very crowd averse, some of these have been very challenging. I’ve always found it hard to meet people and build friendships. So, I have come to a few realizations about who I am and what, I believe, God wants of me.
The very first thing He wants is my WHOLE HEART ~ That’s His Pleasure. Then He can begin to show me what He wants for the duration of my life.
He also wants me to WORSHIP with other believers, and get to know them. A big challenge for some of us ~ That’s His Family.
He wants me to READ HIS WORD and learn to emulate His Son. I really enjoy reading my Bible ~ That’s Becoming Like Christ.
He wants me to use the ABILITIES He has given me to help others. This is my way of doing that, by encouraging those around me to look to God ~ by publishing articles about God’s Word on this website, by regularly committing to the Inspirational Calendar I produce each year, to mention a few ~ That’s Serving God.
He wants me to pursue my DESTINY ~ That’s finding my Mission.
So my mission is to ~
Surrender my will to God’s Will ~
Continue to Worship God in Spirit and in Truth ~
Keep reading His Word daily ~
Develop my talents and abilities to use for His Glory.
Psalm 63:3-4 ~ “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You!
I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer.”
Psalm 149:4 ~ “For the Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.”
Romans 12:10-18 ~ “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them, pray that God will bless them.
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Ephesians 3:14-19 ~ “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.
Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
WANT MORE? ~ Read all of chapter 1
Philippians 1:6 ~ “And I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
1 John 1:5 ~ “This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another.”
When I decided to tackle reading the entire Bible I was doubtful as to whether I would be able to stick with it. Instead of working from some already drawn up table of someone else’s I did my own. Yep, I counted the chapters in each book, and worked out how many I had to read per weekday to complete my task in one year. After all the work it took, I decided I was definitely going to succeed. As it turned out there was a bit of a break in the middle, but I ended up doing the first read in about 18 months. And with it has come so much more understanding of the big picture that God has for mankind.
We cannot fully understand the New Testament without reading and understanding all that came before throughout the Old Testament.
You don’t have to do it in the same space of time, especially if you work full time, but the important thing is that you do read something. Choose a book and read whatever you feel you can handle. Be realistic. Or you will make it too big a task. I found it quite difficult at first, but then all of a sudden some days I got so engrossed I found I had gone way beyond my five chapters! I have learnt so much and now have started all over again several times since. It has become my daily routine. At the present time of posting this I am reading the New Testament in my newly acquired Amplified Bible, one chapter at a time. There are 260 chapters in the NT, and 260 weekdays in a year. So, one a day gets you through the whole NT in one year.
I have learnt that I must treasure God’s Word in my heart ~
To meditate on it and delight in it ~
To run after it and it will enlarge my heart (how cool is that!) ~
That it will revive me ~
It will teach me good discernment and knowledge ~
That it should be better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces ~
That His Word stands firm in heaven ~
That it makes me wiser than my enemies ~
That it is sweeter than honey to my mouth ~
It gives understanding ~
His Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path ~
It is the joy of my heart (the Word is Jesus, and the joy of the Lord is my strength) ~
It is my hiding place and my shield ~
It gives light ~
It is pure ~
And the sum of His Word is truth.
His Word is not just about truth, it IS truth.
All of the above is in Psalm 119. My suggestion is that you take time this week to read it. It is very long, so perhaps divide it into parts and read a portion each day. May Holy Spirit give you revelation as you read.
Suggested reading per day ~