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    • GLORY February 9, 2014 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA FEBRUARY MEMORY VERSE John 13:34 NKJV 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 NKJV “Little Feet” Spring Consignment Sale Friday, March 21 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cathy Jeffcoats has suggested that “LITTLE FEET” could be a great service project for our SS class. There will be hundreds of people entering the doors of the Christian Life Center and we can be Jesus’ hands and feet to our guests. In what ways could our class volunteer? There is a “Tea Room” for those attending to have refreshments, meet First Baptist members and ask questions they might have about First Jackson. Our class could provide refreshments and we also could supply hosts in the “Tea Room”.      Greeting consignors, unloading items and checking in items during consignor drop off. Getting items to the sales floor and organizing items before the sale. Helping customers during the sale. Checking customers out and/or bagging purchases. Ministering to and showing Jesus’ love to customers! Volunteers are needed in the Christian Life Center gym to assist individuals returning to their cars with the items they have purchased. Go to: http://littlefeetconsignment.org to the “Volunteer Now” tab.
    • What is the number one thing? The glory of God! http://kibitskayainna.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/crucifixion-lion-and-lamb-graphic.jpg%3Fw%3D590 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV John MacArthur, Jr. (born June 19, 1939) Radio program: Grace to You John is a relative of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7 God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)    Why give God glory? How do we give God glory? When do we give God glory?
    •      God is serious about His glory. You can’t rob God of His glory – don’t even think about it! Jesus said, “You have your reward.” Be smart, don’t get punished, get rewarded. He must increase, I must decrease. God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)    Why give God glory? How do we give God glory? When do we give God glory? Jesus Prays for All Believers John 17:22&24 NKJV 22 “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:” 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:20&24 NKJV http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/worshiphousemedia/resource/images/main/s/mm/fgp/fpm/beholdhisglory.jpg If everything we do is for His glory (1 Cor 10:31) and since He gave us His glory (John 17:22) and we will behold His glory (John 17:24), shouldn’t we know what His glory is? God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory?    (Review God’s Attributes) Why give God glory? How do we give God glory? When do we give it?
    • What is God’s glory? http://www.christianstatements.com/prodimages/QUOTE048-G-02.jpg Enjoy His Grace, Extend His Glory First of all, let's talk about the what, then we'll talk about the why, then we'll talk about the how. What do we mean by God's glory? There are two aspects to God’s glory. One aspect is the glory that He has in Himself. http://wallpaper.knowing-jesus.com/file/2249/600x338/16:9/revelation-4-8-holy-holy-holy-brown_2005766959.jpg Isaiah 6:3 NKJV 3 And one (seraph) cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6:3 NKJV
    • http://thriceholy.net/JPGs/isaiah.jpg Here the angels state that God has glory. They don't say, "Give Him glory." They say,  "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory." The first concept of the glory of God is the glory that's intrinsic to His nature, He has it, we don’t give it to Him. It's His by virtue of Who He is. If no man was ever created, if no angel was ever created, would God still be a God of glory? Yes. If no one ever gave Him any glory, if no one ever gave Him any honor, if no one ever gave Him any praise, would He still be the glorious God that He is? Yes, because He was the glorious God He is now before anybody ever did give Him any glory, any praise. So God has intrinsic glory. This is the glory of God's nature. What is this intrinsic glory? His intrinsic glory is the manifestation of all of His attributes.
    • God's glory is the combination of all of His attributes. http://creationsafaris.com/images/God_in_nature.jpg Exodus 33:18-23 NKJV 18 And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” Exodus 33:18-23 NKJV
    • I will put you in the cleft of the rock… http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3giJHcgq7Zk/TEX8Q9_OmuI/AAAAAAAAAoY/d-N5-oSnxMQ/s1600/cleft.jpg Ah! The goodness of God is a big part of His glory.  God's greatest glory is that He is good.  The brightest gem in the crown of God is His goodness. "I will make all My goodness pass before thee." There is a panorama such as time would not be long enough for you to see. HE HIDETH MY SOUL Words: Fanny Crosby A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me; He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see. Refrain: He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life with the depths of His love And covers me there with His hand… (repeat) http://coverwithhislife.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/jesus_hands.jpg
    • Titus 2:9-10 NKJV 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. Titus 2:9-10 NKJV     Titus 2:10 does not say that you can adorn God. You can't add one thing to God. But you can adorn the doctrine of God. What does that mean? http://executableoutlines.com/charts/adorning%20the%20doctrine%20of%20god.jpg Adorning the doctrine of God means that you can enhance the teaching of God in the world by your godly behavior. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4525698491024451&pid=1.7
    • When we live a holy life, we adorn the doctrine of God, but not God. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4L7bpsRRzRQ/T0DZdtIxA0I/AAAAAAAAAF4/n-xG5kBnu4Q/s1600/Adorn-the-doctrinemplogo.jpg You can live any life you want and it won't affect God. But it does affect the testimony about God in your world.     God has intrinsic glory that we can't do anything about. We can't add to it. We can't take it away. But we may adorn the doctrine of God. On the contrary, man's glory is granted to him. We talk about men being exalted and honored and so forth but man has no intrinsic glory of his own.         The glory that is God's is His in His essence. That's His nature. You can't touch His glory. It cannot be taken away. It cannot be added to. It is His being. It's total glory. It cannot be diminished.
    • You can strip a king naked, you can defrock a priest, but… You can't de-glory God! http://api.ning.com/files/awmTA9wcSmIsY-YxIGEQ8l-TZf6cNM5dPAJMlp8uQC5r4HgCKvcNWxjphGSfuBWMxXx*owJULSKKG0TEGHTwew2Y*N9mnEg/glory.jpg In that sense, concerning His intrinsic glory, we cannot give God glory. We can't add to His nature. If He's infinite grace and infinite mercy and infinite power and infinite love and infinite knowledge and all of these things, there's nothing we can do to add to those infinities. All we can do is recognize it. All we can do is say, "Yes, it is true. God is glorious!" That's all. 1 Chronicles 16:23-29 NKJV 23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 25 26 27 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty (glory) are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place.
    • 28 Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! 1 Chronicles 16:23-29 http://images.firstcovers.com/covers/userquotes/a/ascribe_to_the_lord-63903.jpg?i Catch the importance of the first word in verse 24, "Declare His glory." Declare it. It's not talking about giving it to Him. He's got it. Just state it so. Then in verse 27, “Glory and honor are in His presence.”  His glory is in Him.  That's His nature.  None of these attributes, can be added to. David’s Praise to God 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 NKJV 10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: 11 “Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty;
    • For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 12 13 "Thine is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty."  It's His.  Whether we acknowledge it or not, it is His. Can His glory be diminished? No! Isaiah 42:8b 8b "My glory will I not give to another." Isaiah 48:11c 11c I will not give My glory to another.  God does not give away His nature. http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UntoHimGlory2.jpg
    • He does, however, plant His glory within us but He never plants His glory within us or upon us apart from Himself.           When we say that He gives His glory to the believer, we mean that He Himself comes to dwell in the believer. The glory never becomes ours. It is always His radiating through us. God never gives away any of His glory. He never diminishes His glory. He may plant His glory in us, but it's still His glory, and, therefore, whatever we do, we do to the glory of God. He never gives away His nature. He can't. He can't divest Himself of Who He is. The only way you and I'll ever know the glory of God is when the glory of God resides in us in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who is God indwelling us. http://christrescuemission.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/The_Indwelling_Spirit.262210727_std.jpg Psalm 24 NKJV 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/nsbGXGsp51A/UnRnmZoSnpI/AAAAAAAARO8/qUjLD_NWrNQ/s640/open%2Bsea%2Bfog.jpeg
    • 3 4 5 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GHHug-MiP4/TIZWxiswnLI/AAAAAAAABns/l2uwWTkhgK4/s400/robe+of+righteousness.jpg 6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah Psalm 24 NKJV 8 9 10
    • He is the King of glory! http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.9905920.7658/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg     Now, here you have the fact that God is glory. He is Who He is. We cannot add to it. We cannot diminish it. The King of glory! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kr_xfH0aEq4/TOrYkxAK_nI/AAAAAAAAAec/o4iyW230LJw/s1600/Lazarus+raised.jpg Jesus says to Martha, "Just hang on, Martha, and you're going to see the glory of God."  This isn't something Martha gave Him.  This is something He had. John 11:40 NKJV 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 NKJV
    • Lazarus is dead, and Jesus took His time getting there, because He wanted Him dead so that He could teach a lesson with a miracle. Why did Jesus cry if He knew what He was going to do? He wasn't weeping over Lazarus' death. He was weeping over the power and consequence of sin. http://blogs.nazarene.org/kpprobst/files/2011/08/jesus-wept1.jpg The glory of God was revealed through the raising of Lazarus from the dead. http://www.sgledhill.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/lazarus8.jpg Since the glory of God is the manifestation of His attributes, what attribute was displayed here? Power. Almighty power! The power that was used in Creation was about to be put on display through RESURRECTION POWER!
    • This was His nature in action. http://ccbratislava.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/resspower.jpg Jesus Prays for All Believers John 17:24a NKJV 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; John 17:24a NKJV The Glory of the New Jerusalem Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV     Heaven will be lit with His glory. That's something God has. That's Who He is. That's His nature, and He will not give His glory to another. Heaven is going to be lit with the glory of God! http://mikezfoto.com/images/amazing_sunsets-change_in_the_weather.jpg
    •          First of all we said that God's glory is that which is His intrinsic nature, His attributes. But secondly, there is a glory which is given to God by His creatures. That is when we recognize His glory. What does it mean to give God glory? Here it is. It means to magnify His glory before the world. You're not adding to His nature. You're enhancing the doctrine about Him. In other words, you're enhancing His glory in the eyes of men. You're not enhancing His glory in terms of its existence. It's a question of testimony. You're enhancing God’s image in the eyes of men when you give Him glory. http://www.virtuousplanet.com/shops/userimages/00001/00000000012/productSmall/00000000000000005704_1 6.jpg In Philippians 1:20, Paul said that, "Christ may be magnified in my body." He didn't mean that Christ needs to be improved on. He meant that, in the eyes of the world, Christ needs to be exalted through him. When we give glory to God, we are not adding to His nature.
    •        We are merely revealing Who He really is. Go back to 1 Chronicles 16:24. "Declare His glory among the nations." We just declare it. You're merely publicly giving testimony to His glory. That's the point. That's the issue. Now look again at verses 28 and 29. 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 NKJV 28 Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 NKJV http://4.bp.blogspot.com/I80F5RQQO5w/T3L75l_EMtI/AAAAAAAABbM/3HCrGdfNAZY/s1600/Worship+the+Lord+.jpg    That is the second aspect. We do not add to the intrinsic nature of God. We merely enhance the doctrine of God in the eyes of the world when we exalt Him, when we praise Him, when we lift Him up, when we glorify Him. http://mygodisdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/glorify.jpg 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV In other words, give pure testimony by the way you live to the pure glory of God that men might see His glory.
    • Glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/DY7p_sEwAGQ/UGF9SKlplYI/AAAAAAAAAk4/YJR5OTM2JsY/s1600/imagesCA53O7HG.jpg Glory to God Jude 24-25 NKJV 24 ”Now to Him Who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever.” Amen. Notice, wherever there is the glory of God, there is the resultant joy. http://glenpoolchurchofchrist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/joy-608x456.jpg There are many things in our world that magnify God. Creation reveals the glory of God but men can pervert it. Psalm 19:1 NKJV 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1 NKJV
    • Romans 1:20-21 NKJV 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:20-21 NKJV We are to give Him glory, not in the sense that we add to His nature, but in the sense that we give testimony to His glory, that we exalt His name. Psalm 29:1-2 NKJV 1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. 2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:1-2 NKJV This is a command of every man. I don't care how strong you think you are, you give the Lord glory! God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)  Why give God glory?  How do we give God glory?  When do we give it? If God's glory is the combination of all of His attributes, what are those attributes? http://creationsafaris.com/images/God_in_nature.jpg
    • Romans 1:20 NKJV 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, Romans 1:20 NKJV Some of God’s attributes: Omnipotence Omnipresence Omniscience Holiness Love Mercy Grace Goodness Righteousness Justice Sovereignty Eternality Immutable (unchanging) Self-Existence Transcendence Immanence Transcendence - (God exists outside of space and time) Immanence - (God is present within space and time) He is both “nearby” and “far away”.
    • Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV 23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV Isaiah 55:9 NKJV 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways And my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 NKJV That is transcendence. Colossians 1:17b NIV 17b In him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17b NIV That is God’s immanence. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/immanence-of-God.html#ixzz2sn3yej24 We glorify God by rehearsing His attributes. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kbhJOdZh2CE/S1UlyhOl9KI/AAAAAAAADVc/ErFDMMJQQt0/s400/oak_w_words.jpg Holy: Though all the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, the fact of God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis upon. When God revealed Himself to man (Moses, Job, Isaiah, Mount of Transfiguration, etc.) each encounter mentions His holiness. Isaiah called God “the Holy One” more than 30 times. Psalm 99:9 says, “the Lord our God is holy.” This is the only attribute of God that is repeated three times in Scripture: Holy, holy, holy!
    • God will not set aside His holiness even for His mercy. Even His love won’t trump His holiness. Without the authority of the Bible, any attempt to explain God’s attributes would be no better than an opinion, which by itself is often incorrect, especially in understanding God (Job 42:7). It is because of God’s righteousness and justice that, in order for our sins to be forgiven, Jesus had to experience God's wrath when our sins were placed upon Him (Exodus 9:27; Matthew 27:45-46; Romans 3:21-26). God did not reduce the penalty for our sins since it was His only Son Who was paying the price. As a matter of fact, Isaiah 53:10 says that “it pleased the Lord to bruise Him”. Isaiah 53:10a NKJV 10a Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise (crush) Him; Isaiah 53:10a NKJV Since God is an infinite Being, no human can fully answer this God-sized question of “what are the attributes of God?”, but through God’s Word, we can understand much about Who God is and what He is like. May we all wholeheartedly continue to seek after Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/attributes-God.html#ixzz2sKfXrSen To glorify God is to extol His attributes—His holiness, faithfulness, mercy, grace, love, majesty, sovereignty, power, and omniscience, to name a few—rehearsing them over and over in our minds and telling others about the singular nature of the salvation only He offers. God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)  Why give God glory?  How do we give God glory?  When do we give it?
    • Now, you see the what of His glory. Two things: 1) His intrinsic glory, we don't give that to Him, He has it by His very nature. 2) By enhancing His name, by exalting His name, by lifting up His name, by praising His name, by honoring His name, we give Him glory in the eyes of the world.     That's what we want to concentrate on. We can't work on the first one. It's done. We want to concentrate on the second one, to give Him glory! The first question is: What is God’s glory? The second question is: Why should I give Him glory? Why? Here's why. Psalm 100:3 NKJV 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He Who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3 NKJV Romans 11:36 NKJV 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 NKJV    Number one, because He made us and gives us our being and everything else. We certainly ought to give Him glory! You know why God deserves the glory? Proverbs 16:4a NKJV 4a The Lord has made all for Himself. Proverbs 16:4a NKJV He deserves us to give Him glory because He made everything.
    • He gave us our being, our life, and everything that is.   How could we give glory to any other god or any other source? God does not want us to give His glory to another because there is no one else. If we did give glory to someone or something other than God, that would be foolish and not good for us. God wants the best for us. Of Jesus it is said, "All things are made by Him and for Him," and that takes us to the second thing. We oughta give Him glory because He made everything. And, secondly, we oughta give Him glory because He made everything to give Him glory. You say, "Was that the purpose?" Yes. Proverbs 16:4 says this, "The Lord hath made all things for Himself." He made everything to bespeak His glory. Everything to radiate His glory. Everything. Everything is to radiate His attributes, to show His power, to show His love, to show His mercy, to show His wisdom, to show His grace. Everything. Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him (Jesus) and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV
    • Yes, we are to glorify Him because He made us. And, secondly, because He made us to glorify Him. Some will say, “I'll never glorify God. God’s people may glorify Him but I'm not going to succumb to that kind of egoism.” They may not want to give God glory, but they will, even if they don't choose to. They'll just give Him glory unwillingly. He gets glory out of people who don't want to give Him glory, He gets glory out of everything, sooner or later. Exodus 14:17b-18 NKJV 17b So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Exodus 14:17b-18 NKJV God said He would get the glory and He got it! And He will get it. He'll get it. Read the rest of the Bible and find out.    Everybody gets to the place where He gives God glory, willingly or unwillingly. Wittingly or unwittingly. But especially God gets glory from the righteous. They give Him glory and that pleases Him! Isaiah 43:19-21 NKJV 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness
    • 20 21 And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. Isaiah 43:19-21 NKJV Yes, God especially gets glory out of righteous people. 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV That's right. Righteous people declare His praise! All right, we ought to give God glory, one, because He made us; two, because He made us to give Him glory, and He'll get it sooner or later anyway. We might as well give it willingly, because when we give it willingly, the result is, "Therefore My heart is glad." We also ought to give God glory because He judges those who don't willfully give Him glory. If a person refuses the willingness to give glory, God gets His glory, but He judges that person. That's serious. Romans 1:21 NKJV 21 although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21 NKJV Romans 1:24-28 NKJV 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    • 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; Romans 1:24-28 NKJV EITHER GIVE GOD THE GLORY HE DESERVES AND DEMANDS OR FACE HIS WRATH! Romans 1:18 NKJV 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Romans 1:18 NKJV Why should we give God glory? We ought to give God glory because He made us, because He made us to give Him glory, and because He judges those who willfully refuse to give Him glory. Now look at Revelation 14:6-7 Revelation 14:6-7 NKJV 6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him Who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7 NKJV What is the everlasting Gospel? It's the Gospel of judgment against unbelief or against ungodliness or against failure to give God glory. This is not the Gospel as we know it simply defined in Christ. It's much broader. It's the Gospel, the News of God that runs throughout time and eternity that God rewards the righteous, and God punishes the wicked.
    • Eventually God rewards the righteous, and God punishes the wicked. In Revelation 14:7 the angel says, "Fear God and give glory to Him." That's the everlasting Gospel in any generation. "Fear God and give Him glory." Why? "For the hour of His Judgment is come." What a shocking and a powerful statement that is. "Give God glory because judgment is coming." Judgment is coming! Give God glory because judgment is coming. God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory?    (Review God’s Attributes) Why give God glory? How do we give God glory? When do we give it? How do we give God glory? At first, let’s focus on just two of the many ways to glorify God. Giving God glory begins with receiving Jesus Christ! The number one way to give God glory is by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior and as your Lord. Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV The second way that you give God glory is by intentionally aiming your life at that purpose. By intentionally aiming your life at glorifying Him.
    • You'll never glorify God in your life until you intentionally aim your life at doing that. What does intentionally aiming your life at glorifying God include? Think about the memory verse we are learning this year, 1 Corinthians 10:31. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV The point of our memory verse is not only to eat to the glory of God nor to just drink to the glory of God but the point is that whatever you do, even as mundane as eating and drinking, ought to be done to His glory. That is what is meant by intentionally aiming at His glory. You're saying to yourself all the time, "I want to do this for His glory. I want to do that for His glory. Aim your life at the purpose of glorifying God, in everything. Even Jesus said; John 8:50a NKJV 50a “I do not seek My own glory.” John 8:50a NKJV John 8:50 Weymouth New Testament 50 I, however, am not aiming at glory for Myself: there is One Who aims at glory for Me--and Who judges. John 8:50 Weymouth New Testament John 7:16-18 NKJV 16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His Who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He Who seeks the glory of the One Who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. John 7:16-18 NKJV In other words, Jesus is saying: “I live to bring Him glory. I live to radiate His attributes. I live to adorn the doctrine of God. I live to exalt God
    • and honor God in the eyes of the world. This is the purpose of My life.” Jesus Beware of self-glory. A hypocrite comes along and tries to steal the glory from God. “I want a little glory for myself." Look long enough in this, and you may find yourself. I found myself here. Free will of man = the possibility of man trying to get some of God’s glory. (that includes me) Matthew 6:1-4 NKJV 1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in Heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. Matthew 6:1-4 NKJV Can you imagine that? This guy carries along a few trumpeters to play a little fanfare as he arrives at the temple to drop his coins in the little deal. Here I am, folks, plunk, plunk, see me? See? I want you to see this. Matthew 6:2b NKJV 2b “As the hypocrites do in the synagogue and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.” Matthew 6:2b NKJV
    • If you try to steal God's glory, God doesn't like that. Beware of self-glory! Also called vainglory. When you aim at God's glory, that automatically means that you aim away from your own glory. Anything we do in this life, whatever it is eating or drinking or whatever, ought to be to His glory. Aim always and only and purely at God's glory. If you try to steal a little glory for yourself, you have stolen the blessing away from yourself and lost the joy. At a Christian conference, a student asked Dr. Dwight L. Moody if he knew where they had been. Dr. Moody said “No.” Then the young man said, “We've been at an all night prayer meeting. See how our faces shine?” Dr. Moody said, “Moses knew not that his face shone.” Don't try to take any glory from God, don't attempt to steal it from Him.  You're the loser, because you can't get it from Him.  You just come out a hypocrite. Exodus 34:29 NKJV 29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.   The first principle of aiming at the glory of God is the sacrifice of self. Aiming at God's glory means this, it means that we prefer Him above all else. We're not thinking about how good it is going to make us look. No. That's not it.
    • If we try to steal any of His glory, we've stolen from ourselves the joy and the blessing of God. The glory is His, not ours. Exodus 32:25-29 NKJV 25 Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), 26 then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance 28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29 Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother.” Exodus 32:25-29 NKJV The glory of God is at stake here. God wanted to show the world for all time that He shares His glory with no one. God said, "Get your swords. Kill your brother." "My own brother? My own friend, my own neighbor?" Now comes the question of whether they're gonna do what was needed to be done for the glory of God or what they would do for their own selves. Exodus 32:28 NKJV 28 "And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses, and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men." Exodus 32:28 NKJV You say, "Why did God have them do that?" Because God's glory was at stake, and God shares His glory with no other. And those people had to pay the price of actually going to kill the people they loved for the sake of the glory of God. That's a high price, isn't it?
    • You, in your life, you aim at God's glory. When you consider it and prefer it above all other things, whether they be mundane or whether they be human. Whether they be coins or people... Are you willing to pay a high price when God’s glory is at stake in your business? Sounds extreme doesn’t it? God was willing to go to the extreme to protect His glory when He did not back off from crushing His only Son in order to keep His justice intact. John 12:27-28 NKJV 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” John 12:27-28 NKJV In other words, "God, if You're going to get glory out of this, I submit to it." What does He say? "'Father, glorify Thy name, whatever it costs Me.' And then there came a voice from Heaven, saying, 'I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.'" Yes, aiming at God's glory means that I'm content to do God's will, whatever it costs. The number one way to give God glory is by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior and as your Lord. The second way that you give God glory is by intentionally aiming your life at glorifying Him. END JOHN MCARTHUR
    • God’s Glory - John 17  What is God’s glory?    (Review God’s Attributes) Why give God glory? How do we give God glory? When do we give it? Don’t wait until you can afford it.      God is serious about His glory. You can’t rob God of His glory – don’t even think about it! Jesus said, “You have your reward.” Be smart, don’t get punished, get rewarded. He must increase, I must decrease.