Life is so VERY short!!!

We usually do not use triple exclamation points for non-biblical declarations. My brief experience was a 3 month non drug induced coma after a motor vehicle accident with post traumatic brain injury…

My recollection of my experience, I have shared (or tried to.) ‘Time’ ceases to exist beyond life! Here on Earth or concept of ‘time’ is based on seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years…. we could go on! Yet, I will ask: “In a dream, have you ever studied a clock? What was your reference?” Yet, the knowledge of one’s surroundings gives a grasp of ‘time’. I will point out that ‘time’ as we understand it does not exist outside this Solar system! Think on this.

From the total of 3,910 stars known to have exoplanets (as of February 1, 2023), there are a total of 853 known multiplanetary systems, or stars with at least two confirmed planets, beyond the Solar System.,planets%2C%20beyond%20the%20Solar%20System.

This throws a wrench in the fine tuned clockwork of reality! 3,910 stars? In essence, approximately 4K (at least) more probabilities of ‘life’ of Earth. Let me assist you here. Oxygen, water, food (for nutrients to support ‘life.’) At this point, I will ask a simple question: who/what/why are you?

Much before advanced knowledge was with Mankind, words which define us were in existence!

So, in essence beside the X and/or Y chromosome there is essentially not much difference. We can get into a lengthy conversation on this… Yet, there is no marriage between angels. Man was Created first and Woman Created as his mate from Man.

There are so very many questions:

Did God create other people in addition to Adam and Eve?

There is no indication anywhere in the Bible that God created any humans other than Adam and Eve. In Genesis 2 we read, “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven. Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed… Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’ …So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:4-81821-22).

Notice that the passage says, “There He placed the man whom He had formed.” Not the “men,” just the one “man.” And this man was alone (v. 18) so God made a woman out of his rib to be his companion. All other human beings have descended from these two original people. The two main reasons why this question usually comes up are (1) Cain’s wife, and (2) the origin of the different races. If the only people on the earth were children of Adam and Eve, whom did Cain marry and how did we get all the different races of people with their different skin colors from just two people? For answers to these issues, please read “Who was Cain’s wife?

and “What is the origin of the different races?

Again, we could get lost in the ‘nitty-gritty’ of literature or focus on our eventual destination.

So, I have constantly asked the inevitable question “Why me?” There are individuals with much less injuries/damage than I had in my near death experience that are no longer with us. What do I have to offer? Honestly, I view it no other way than being a blessing!!!

How does a person glorify God? No question is more practical or more significant. The supreme purpose in life for any man or woman—for anyone who has ever been born into this world—is to glorify God. That is what living is all about. Glorifying God is the end result of the Christian life. Spiritual maturity is simply concentrating and focusing on the person of God until we are caught up in His majesty and His glory.

I would like to suggest some practical ways for the Christian to glorify God:

• Confess Your Sins. Confession of sin glorifies God because if you excuse your sin, you absolve yourself of responsibility and blame God for letting you get into a mess. Adam illustrates this. When God confronted him, what was his excuse? “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12). He was practically saying, “You did it, God. If You hadn’t given me this woman, none of this would ever have happened.”

To do that is to blame God and thus to assign guilt to Him. But God is never at fault when we sin. Implying that He is somehow responsible maligns His holiness. So those who try to sneak out from under the absolute responsibility for their own sin commit a grievous sin against the glory of God.

First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The Greek word for “confess” is homologeo, meaning “to say the same thing.” To confess means to agree with God that sin is all our fault and to repent. That act glorifies God. We don’t have to beg God for forgiveness. He is faithful and just to forgive as soon as we agree with Him.

• Bear Fruit. In John 15:8 Jesus told the disciples, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit.” Why? Because then the world can see the results of a Spirit-filled life. That is what we are here for—to put God on display to the world.

Colossians 1:10 says, “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work.” Good works are fruit. When we live a life of good works, the world will see and glorify our Father in heaven.

• Give Praise to GodPsalm 50:23 says, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” Praise honors God. One way to praise God is to give Him credit for everything. In 2 Samuel 12:26-31, when Joab won the victory against Rabbah and got possession of the enemy’s crown, he sent for David so he could present the crown to him. This is a good illustration of how the Christian should act toward the Master. You win a victory in your life, but you don’t wear the crown. You give it to the Lord, who has won the victory for you.

• Be Content. We may be discontented about ourselves and about our circumstances. But who made us? God. And He promises to supply all our needs. When we are content, we acknowledge God’s sovereignty in our lives, and that gives Him glory. If we are discontented, it’s the same as questioning God’s wisdom. That doesn’t glorify Him.

Paul testified, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). Paul was confident that God would use all things—poverty as well as abundance, comfort as well as pain—for Paul’s good and God’s glory (Romans 8:28). He didn’t say, “I’ll give God glory in spite of my pain.” He said, “I will give God glory because of it.”

A Christian who is discontented for any reason—job, spouse, finances—is a terrible testimony about the goodness of our God. What kind of God do we have? Is He really sovereign? Can He really be trusted? Glorifying God means that we praise Him with absolute contentment, knowing that our lot is God’s plan for us now.

• Pray According to God’s Will. Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). Jesus’ name signifies all that He is and all that He would want. Praying in His name means praying in accordance with His character and His will. And God delights to reveal His glory in answered prayer. That is why He commands us to pray—so He can show us His greatness and we can give Him the praise He’s worthy to receive.

• Proclaim God’s Word. Paul wrote, “Brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). How was the Word glorified through those believers? Because they heard it and believed. They trusted Christ and were born again—and God got the glory.

Presenting the Word clearly and accurately always gives Him glory. Every time a Sunday school teacher teaches a class of kids, every time a Bible study leader opens the Word in someone’s living room, every time a father sits down with his family and starts talking about the Word of God, God is glorified. We honor Him by making His Word known and understood.

• Lead Others to Christ. God also gets glory when people are redeemed. He is glorified when Satan’s prison is broken open and men and women are turned loose from the power of the evil one. People are saved from their sins in order to give God glory. So the more people who get converted, the more thanksgiving is going on, and the more there are in the choir singing, “Hallelujah!” (2 Corinthians 4:15).

How to Enjoy God

When we live to glorify God, He responds by giving us overwhelming joy. “Well,” you say, “I have a tough life. I just don’t have any joy.” May I suggest an answer? Start glorifying God.

Joy does not necessarily always make sorrow, discouragement, pain, and failure go away, but Christians can experience supernatural joy even in the midst of those things. In fact sin is ultimately the only thing that can steal Christians’ joy. When our joy begins to fade, it is a sure sign of encroaching sin or unbelief. What can we do in times like that? Get down on our knees and confess the sin in our lives. We need to pray with David, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Then we yield to the Holy Spirit, and joy returns.

Jesus desires that His joy remain in us (John 15:11). His joy that we know in part now is what we will know perfectly in heaven. Perhaps the greatest promise in all the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “We shall always be with the Lord.” Now that’s joy!

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Glory is a big concept for a God bigger than we will ever be able to comprehend within the limitations of our humanity. He is divine: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the One True, Triune, God. He is omnipotent and sovereign, compassionate and good. In our search for justice, He is the ultimate judge. Our Defender, Healer, Provider, Savior, Comforter, Creator, and Abba Father. He is glorious. 

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” He wasn’t referring to religious checklists, for it is our daily lives which illuminate the source of love in our souls. Life within the love of Christ brings glory to God from simple acts of kindness to the big goals we work hard to accomplish with the talents He’s given us.

Many Old Testament passages like Isaiah 42:12Habakkuk 2:14, and 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 speak of the glory of God; as do the New Testament words of Paul (Romans 15:8-92 Corinthians 9:13Philippians 1:9-11) Peter (2 Peter 3:18), Luke (Luke 1:46), and so many other faithful followers of Christ. The glory of God riddles the pages of Scripture from beginning to end.

The apostle Paul lived his life for the glory of God. He had been completely changed, from the inside out, from persecuting Christians to being persecuted for the sake of Christianity! “What Christians do should always be motivated by their desire to glorify God,” the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible explains. When we truly know Christ, we want others to know of and experience His freedom and forgiveness. Living obedient lives within the grace of Christ becomes a powerful witness for others to know Him, too.

The apostle Matthew wrote of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to remind us of our permanent stature as children of God once we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord. 

Living our lives within the love of Christ makes us markedly different. As salt flavors food and light illuminates the earth, our lives can add understanding and open doors of hope for those who do not yet know freedom in Christ. This article from Compelling Truth reminds us that “we must not imagine that God needs to be glorified by us. His glory belongs to Him and we cannot add anything to it. It is for our good that he commands us to glorify Him, for it is only by living to glorify Him that we can be truly holy and happy.” 

What Does It Mean to Bring Glory to God?

Humanity exists to bring glory to God. The Author of each person’s unique purpose, He knows the number of our days. Our God is not a coincidental God. He is purposeful, and His plans for us are good. As believers in Christ, we are cut into the fold of His divine family. “Do it all for the glory of God,” reaches beyond worship songs and church building walls. We bring glory to God in the small steps of our daily lives, too. From the way we love our neighbors, lend aid in our communities, and live according to God’s Word. 

“Bringing glory to God with our lives,” wrote Jordan Standridge for Crosswalk, “means that we are doing supernatural things that can only be attributed to Him.” Being a good friend, taking time to talk our kids through tough days, paying for the drive-through order in front of us, or simply taking time to witness the beauty of God’s creations. All of these movements, and more, bring glory to God.

What Are Some Different Ways People in the Bible Glorify God?

The apostle Paul and other early church leaders were persecuted for their faith in Christ. Mary, Jesus’ earthly mother, offered her life for the glory of God to birth and parent our Savior on this earth. Moses led God’s people through the desert and out of exile. Joshua led God’s people into the promised land.

Jeremiah, Isaiah and other prophets brought the word of God to His people, even when it wasn’t what they wanted to here. Job, though stripped of all he had, never forgot his life existed solely because of God. Jesus, Himself, walked knowingly to His crucifixion for the glory of God.

The Bible is full of triumph and sorrow, death and life. God’s hope flows through His faithful servants, both then and now.

How Can We Give Glory to God Today?

Love is the conduit of God’s glory. True love, freedom, and hope come from life in Christ. John wrote, “for from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). We give glory to God when we confess and repent of our sins, forgive before we receive an apology, and extend grace to those who have hurt us. We live for God’s glory when we focus on helping others. Whether it be physical needs, someone to listen, or provision to aid another, all of these actions bring glory to God. 

We give glory to God when our daily lives set Him in the center. Prayer, worship, the scene surrounding us, the people He places in our lives, and time in God’s word are the ways He communicates with us. “When we lay down our own desires and surrender our good intentions to God,” wrote Ruth Clemence, “we are trusting Him with our life.”

Giving God the top spot in our hearts, on our minds, and in our daily lives allows us to witness the glory of God and become conduits of it! The world is pretty selfish, grasping for half-truths and blindly following the next thing or person promising happiness and security. Fear and evil patrol the earth in battle for our hearts. Nothing the world can offer can come close to the freedom and peace we have in Christ. Glory is who God is, and as followers of Christ, glory flows through us.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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