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03 March 23, 2014, How To Give God Glory


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03 March 23, 2014, How To Give God Glory

  1. 1. HOW TO GIVE GOD GLORY March 23, 2014 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA MARCH MEMORY VERSE John 14:6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” What’s the number one thing? The glory of God! 6zKF9Nen1Ec/UDR0k7_kO0I/AAAAAAAAAjE/qvJYeAp7hRk/s1600/Do+it+for+all+the+the+glory+of+God.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  2. 2. John MacArthur, Jr. (Born June 19, 1939) Radio program: Grace to You In February we talked about God’s glory and in March we have been studying selected wisdom passages in Proverbs; so what are the connections between the two? Wisdom = seeing things from God’s point of view. eagle_3.jpg?w=640
  3. 3. The fear of the Lord = realizing that God is watching every thought, action, attitude and deed that I do; being constantly aware of God – a reverential awe! Luke 2:52 NKJV 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Dr. Luke gives us a report about those silent years when Jesus was growing to adulthood. christ_1183561_inl.jpg
  4. 4. Jesus grew: 1) in wisdom (mentally), 2) in stature (physically), 3) in favor with God (spiritually) 4) and man (socially). In every area the Lord Jesus Christ was growing into perfect manhood. fVyhI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ALR4ZQTCc_w/s1600/ArtBook__034_034__BoyJesusInTheTemple____.jpg Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”  Jesus was 30 years old at His baptism and this was before He began His public ministry.  What had He already done that was so pleasing to His Father? Matthew 22:35-36 NKJV 35 A lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
  5. 5. with-all-your-soul-and-with-all-your-mind.jpg 1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJV 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” Wisdom is enfleshed! Laws.jpg
  6. 6. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 NKJV 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  7. 7.  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)  Why give God glory?  How do we give God glory?  When do we give it? We found that there are two aspects to God’s glory: 1) The glory that He has in Himself – His intrinsic glory. 2) The glory that we are to ascribe to Him. 1) His intrinsic glory 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!”
  8. 8. God’s intrinsic glory is the manifestation of the combination of all of His attributes! 2) To glorify God is to extol (to enthusiastically praise) His attributes. Since God's glory is the combination of all of His attributes, we reviewed some of those attributes: His Holiness!
  9. 9.  This is the only attribute of God that is repeated three times in Scripture.  His love won’t trump His holiness and God will not set aside His holiness even for His mercy. His Mercy His Justice
  10. 10. His Faithfulness His Amazing Grace His Unending Love
  11. 11. His Majesty InGOD.jpg His Goodness His Sovereignty
  12. 12. His Omniscience His Omnipotence His Omnipresence
  13. 13.  First, God's glory is that which is His intrinsic nature, the sum of His attributes.  Second, there is a glory which is given to God by His creatures. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing (being aware of) that essence. 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. What does it mean to give God glory? It means to magnify His glory before the world.
  14. 14. Philippians 1:20b-21 NKJV 20b with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [magnified = to cause to be seen as great] It's a question of your testimony about Him. Paul says that his great passion in life (hopefully it’s also our great passion in life) is that in his life Christ would be magnified - caused to be seen as supremely great! That is one reason God created us and saved us — to make Christ look like what He really is — supremely great!
  15. 15. Christ is glorified in you when He is more precious to you than all that life can give or all that death can take away (to die is gain). God is not affected by the way we live but the world is affected by our living testimony about God. Philippians 2:15b NKJV 15b that you are children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,  We are not adding to His intrinsic nature.  We are enhancing His glory in the eyes of other men.  That is how we give glory to God.  But why?
  16. 16.  What is God’s glory? (Review God’s Attributes)  Why give God glory?  How do we give God glory?  When do we give it? The supreme purpose (why) in life for any man or woman—for anyone who has ever been born into this world—is to glorify God.
  17. 17. Your mother probably taught you: r1a310d89cafe4b009a4dd3ef6e742d9f_v9wf3_8byvr_512.jpg But God is the one Being Who should toot His own horn because if God exalts Himself, He draws attention to the One and only Person Who can make us happy forever. God does not only crave your adulation, He offers it as your greatest JOY! When God exalts Himself, it is the most loving act He can do because He is exalting for us the only One Who can satisfy us fully and forever. He is an: 1) infinitely glorious, 2) all-satisfying God, offering us everlasting and supreme joy in Himself.
  18. 18. If we exalt ourselves, we are not doing a loving thing, because we distract people from the One Person Who can make them happy forever, God.  He is not an egomaniac. God does not only desire your adulation, He offers it as your greatest JOY! Psalm 16:8-9, 11 NKJV 8 I have set the Lord always before me (intentionally aimed at His glory); Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. God’s design to pursue His own glory turns out to be love. Our duty to pursue God’s glory turns out to be a quest for joy. God’s love and our joy are wonderful reasons for God's self-exaltation.
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  20. 20. Other good reasons why we should give God glory: He made us. 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.  Since God made us and gave us our being (and everything else), we certainly ought to give Him the glory!  Why does God deserve the glory? Proverbs 16:4a NKJV 4a The Lord has made all for Himself.
  21. 21. In Colossians 1:16 it says of Jesus, "All things were created through Him and for Him." Image%2BChrist%2BCreator%2Bof%2Ball%2BThings.jpg He made everything to bespeak His glory. praise-the-Lord-bird-singing-christian-wallpaper-hd_1024x768.jpg  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! Psalm 150:6 NKJV 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
  22. 22. The humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, give the most praise, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praise the least.…” CS Lewis Corporate worship is the collective act of glorifying God. http://273108b408598f8093db- worship1304134.jpg Some people will say, “I'll never glorify God. God’s people may glorify Him but I'm not going to succumb to that kind of egotism.” 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 everything and everyone sooner or later.
  23. 23. Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV 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. Is it possible to steal God’s glory? Absolutely not! “I will not give My glory to another.” Isaiah 48:11 & Isaiah 42:8  Everybody gets to the place where they give God glory, willingly or unwillingly.  Wittingly or unwittingly.  But God especially gets glory from the righteous. The righteous willingly give Him glory and that pleases Him!
  24. 24. We are His righteous people willingly declaring His praise because: 1) He created us, 2) He created us to give Himself glory, 3) He'll get it anyway. We also ought to give God glory because He judges those who don't willfully give Him glory. If a person refuses to willingly give God glory, God gets His glory anyway but in the end He also judges that person. That's serious! Revelation 14:7 NKJV 7 … “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him Who made heaven and earth, Either give God the glory He demands and deserves or face God’s wrath!
  25. 25.  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 glory to God? The Bible does not tell us what glorifies God the most so we can’t say what one thing glorifies God the most. God is glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Luke 15:7 NKJV 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
  26. 26. Certainly one way to glorify God is to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and as Lord of your life! Another way that we give God glory is by intentionally aiming our lives at glorifying Him.  What does intentionally aiming your life at glorifying God include?  The memory verse we are learning this year, 1 Corinthians 10:31, says everything is included. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  27. 27. 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 routine as eating and drinking, ought to be done to His glory. That is what is meant by intentionally aiming at His glory. We will then say to ourselves all the time, “We want to do this for His glory and we want to do that for His glory.” Even Jesus said in John 8:50 (Weymouth NT) 50 “I am not aiming at glory for Myself: there is One Who aims at glory for Me-- and Who judges.” When you aim at God's glory, that automatically means that you aim away from your own glory (vainglory).
  28. 28. John 7:18 NKJV 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. In other words, Jesus is saying: “I live to bring God 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 God is the ultimate end of all actions. It is glorifying to God when we aim purely at His glory.
  29. 29. We honor God the same way that Jesus did. When anyone or anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to the Creator. Are you fulfilling the purpose that God created you for?
  30. 30. As Jesus did, will you be able to say to God at the end of your life, “I have accomplished the work You sent me to do.”? And God will say to you: We also bring glory to God by worshipping Him. Jesus Said, John 4:23-24 NKJV 23 But the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
  31. 31. Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God. When you use your life for His glory, everything you do (1 Corinthians 10:31) can become an act of worship. We can bring glory to God by loving other believers. Romans 15:7 NKJV 7 Therefore receive one another (with a friendly reception), just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. We bring glory to God when we become like Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. The phrase “are being transformed” translates a Greek verb, metamorphoo, and refers to our progressive sanctification.
  32. 32. The Christian life is a continual process of growing into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, ascending from one level of glory to another (from glory to glory). Spiritual maturity is simply concentrating and focusing on the Person of God until we are caught up in His majesty and His glory. Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel and act. The more you develop Christlike character, the more you will bring glory to God.
  33. 33. Romans 8:28-30 NKJV 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. We bring glory to God by serving others with our gifts. 2 Corinthians 8:19b NKJV 19b this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself  Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills, and abilities.  God didn’t give you your abilities for selfish purposes. We bring glory to God by telling others about Him. II Corinthians 4:15 NKJV 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many (us), may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. God doesn’t want His love and purposes kept a secret. Once we know the truth, He expects us to share it with others. (mina Luke 19) God does not call anyone to become a silent follower. We are called to go and make disciples! Matthew 28:19-20
  34. 34. As we allow Christ to work out His purposes in our lives, glorifying God will become our lifestyle.  Give Him the glory everyday!  Pray for that everyday. Glorifying God is the end result of the Christian life!