The Joy of Glory

Discovering endless joy in the boundless glory of God…

Month: April, 2019

Lent Devotional: Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22 (click here)
…because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  (Revelation 3:16-20)

Reflection
I use hot water every day to make coffee.

I use cold water every day as the most refreshing way to quench my thirst.

But lukewarm/room temperature water?… Ain’t nobody got time for that!

The city of Laodicea knew all about the refreshing uses of cold water and the medicinal uses of hot water springs, but God said their faith was like tepid water that isn’t good for anything. What made their faith Lukewarm?

They had become dependant upon themselves and their own riches and resources! They didn’t need anything from anyone, including God! What made their faith lukewarm and pointless was that it was no longer placed in God… it was in themselves!

They had shut God out of the church! And so he stands at the door and knocks.

I wonder how many churches are in this situation today? I wonder how often we shut God out by no placing our faith in him, but in our own abilities, strengths, and strategies. I wonder if he stands at the door of our church and knocks.

Has our faith become lukewarm and pointless because it is not being placed in God, but in ourselves? Do we need to heed the warning that the Lord is about to spit us out of his mouth in a similar way to how we have shut him out of the church?

O may we hear the merciful sound of his knocking… for in it there is a promise… “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

He will come in and forgive! He will come in and make our lukewarm faith like cold refreshing waters… or like hot medicinal waters… he will fill our faith with powerful purpose for it will now be placed in the only one who is truly powerful… him!

Behold he stands at the door and knocks! May we not lock him out with lukewarm faith!


*All previous devotionals may be found at 
www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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Lent Devotional: Jude 24-25

Jude 24-25 (click here)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

Reflection
I watch the groom.

It’s true. At every wedding I officiate, when the bride comes down the aisle and all rise to honor her… I watch the groom.

Why?

Isn’t this day all about the bride? Isn’t she the one arrayed in splendor and glory? Isn’t she the one everyone has stood to see?

It is true that a wedding’s emphasis falls on the glory of the bride, but if you want to see the joy that glory produces… watch the groom. In his face, you will see the joy of glory. It is his joy for his bride to be glorified… and her overwhelming radiance light up his eyes as never before. He is in her presence with great joy.

The beautiful benediction of Jude is a total “joy of glory” moment. Yes… it is all about the glory of God… that is what the good word calls for! All GLORY be to the only God, our Savior! And as we say these words we cannot help, but smile.

Why?

It is true that the emphasis of Jude 24-25 falls on the glory of God, but if you want to see the joy that glory produces… watch believers. In their faces, you will see the joy of glory, for this great God has used all his majesty, dominion, and authority to keep them from stumbling and to bring them into the presence of his GLORY with GREAT JOY!

This is the promise and hope of what our God will do… this is what he IS doing! This is our hope… the joy of glory!


*All previous devotionals may be found at 
www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: 1 Peter 1:3-5

1 Peter 1:3-5 (click here)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Reflection
Have you ever inherited anything?

As a young boy, I remember being fascinated by this Native American spearhead that my grandmother had in her china cabinet. Her own father had found it while doing some road construction and it was still in near perfect condition.

She would let me take it out and examine it, hold it, and just be in awe of it. It would be several years later that she would eventually pass it down to me. She kept it, to keep it safe until the time was right for it to be mine in full.

What a gift.

There is a greater gift being kept for all of those who Christ king. You have an inheritance being kept for you by your heavenly father until the day it shall be yours in full. And, wonder of wonders… you can know that it shall be yours, for just as he is keeping your inheritance he is also keeping you!

That’s the declaration of 1 Peter 1:5! There is “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded (kept) through faith…”

God is keeping your inheritance and he is keeping you! How? Through faith!

He is sustaining and strengthening your faith day by day… even right now, in this moment, through reading these promises again!

O’ Christian may your faith be strengthened today by knowing that God is not only keeping an inheritance for you, but he is keeping you! Your inheritance shall be yours… and it is greater than anything anyone else could give you! What is your inheritance? It is HIM!

What a gift!

It is being kept for you… and you are being kept for it! Kept by the power of God!


*All previous devotionals may be found at 
www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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