Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Thou art Worthy

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy Pleasure they are and were created.”

For Thou hast created all things: Jesus as the Son of God created all things by the Word of His mouth.

He is the Word. (John 1:1-3)

And Jesus as the Son of Man brought back all that was lost at the fall to Himself; and for us.

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

So what is there for me to consider about this?

What is His personal Pleasure for me? (And “Pleasure” here, means “determination” in the Greek.)

Not just where I am to go, but how am I to get there? What am I to become along the Way?

In all my days and all the circumstances of those days, there must be a plan, and a purpose to look to.

One thing I believe our ministry is to stress: Above all else Jesus Christ requires obedience from His own.

1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

No amount of religious activity will ever take the place of Obedience.

For this act of placing yourself with Him, and doing what He says now; pleases Him most.

Human evil comes from Adam’s refusal to obey the one rule the Creator laid down. (Sin is, in all its actions, “I will not do what You say, I will not be what You want me to be.”)

This was the cause of man’s fall into sin. And the force behind it was the devil.

But now that we are redeemed;…and we are redeemed for a purpose.

And that purpose is to show forth His glory (the manifesting of His light and power) in our circumstances.

And obedience is the instrument by which this is accomplished.

Will we be children of Adam, and say no to God’s Will; refusing to obey?

Or will we be children of God, and say yes to His Purpose; now.

For it always comes down to….now.

We are to bear fruit, as branches in the Vine.

Fruit, more fruit, and much fruit.

(There are two kinds of fruit: the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and the fruit of a Christian, which is another Christian by our witnessing, praying, or soul winning)

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit; He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches, he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.”

We are all to bear fruit to God’s glory. It is by abiding in Him, that we have His life flowing through us, to others.

But how do we “abide” in Him?

John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.”

We abide by obeying His Word to us.

John 15:7 “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

This is a great promise to those who have the “sap” (life of Christ) flowing through us.

By obeying His Word, we may ask what we will (for we will His Will), and it will be done unto us.

Not for us, or through us…..but unto us. For our personal growth in Him.

We have a lack? Ask, and it will be done unto us.

Christ created us for His pleasure: the way we are is what He intended.

(I can not tell you how many arguments I used to have with the Lord about “the way I am.” If He had only made me less anxious; or if I had a more sunny disposition, etc.)

But here is where the “unto you” , comes in.

God made me: with the parents I had, the circumstances I had to go through, all things were made for His pleasure where I was concerned.

So…and here is the great part: I can abide in Him, and ask Him for the things I need to be different, to be more like He is;…..And He will do it unto me.

He is Worthy! To be praised, for we are offered the great privilege of abiding, obeying, and receiving from our great Lord Jesus Christ, personally.

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