Jude 24-25 and Mountains reflected in Gunsight Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless 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
The Greatness of His Glory
Praise and all Glory to God! Jude 24 and 25 is known as a doxology, which is a short hymn of praise that recognizes God’s glory, splendor and authority. A doxology can also make reference to the trinity. You can read more about the term doxology here.
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Isaiah 45:3 and Sunset Over Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3 (NIV)
Secret Places in Nature
How wonderful is God’s creativity. Nature is a reflection of His infinite imagination and glory. Go find a place in nature—perhaps a secret place—and meditate on His goodness.
Read all of Isaiah 45.
1 Peter 1:24-25 Sunset and Withering Plants, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
“‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.’ and this is the Word which was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
Grass Withers, God’s Word Endures
We are all terminal. Our earthly lives do not last. God’s Word endures forever. It is forever true, forever reliable. Trust in it.
Read God’s good word in 1 Peter 1.
Isaiah 32:17-18 an Old Country Church, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina.
“The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18.
A Peaceful Dwelling in God
This world offers us very little peace and rest. Today’s uncertain times only magnify the lack of rest and peace the world has to offer. If we want true rest and peace we can only find it in God. And no matter how uncertain the times God’s people can find rest in Him.
Read all the encouraging passage of Isaiah 32 here.
Mark 8:34, 35 and a Silhouetted Cross, Papillion, Nebraska
“And Jesus summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it’” Mark 8:34, 35
Taking up Our Cross
Contrary to popular belief, following Jesus isn’t supposed to be easy. He calls us to walk out of our comfort zones to serve Him. He calls us to give up things we treasure. He even calls us to give up our own lives.
Many Christians around the world suffer persecution and death for the sake of Christ. Each year thousands and often tens of thousands of Christian believers are murdered for their faith. Pray for the persecuted church. Visit International Christians Concern for more information. My friend, Jeff King, is the president of the organization.
Are you ready to give Christ everything?