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Give God the Glory

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"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name."—Psalm 29:2.

God's glory is the result of His nature and acts. He is glorious in His character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that He must be glorious. The actions which flow from His character are also glorious; but while He intends that they should manifest to His creatures His goodness, and mercy, and justice, He is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to Himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace?

Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest? Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto Him the honour that is due unto His name.

Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence—"Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory." It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, "I can do all things," without adding "through Christ which strengtheneth me," and before long he will have to groan, "I can do nothing," and bemoan himself in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and He is pleased to accept of our doings, let us lay our crown at His feet, and exclaim, "Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!"

Charles Spurgeon
 
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Thought of you brother as I was reading this devotional. :smile:
With the Love of Jesus Christ.
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I am glad that thoughts of me may sometime bring forth a positive note. So often I see the negative side of me. But then again on the other hand, if God be for us, who can be against us?
 
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So true dear brother. Yet, isn't it amazing that when one looks to be as our God is. Who is Love. That we see it in most cases when we look to our Brothers & Sisters in Christ Jesus, but rarely when we look in the mirror. Oh, this isn't about being blind to others "issues" :smile: rather it's understanding that even in the imperfections of them. There is a core within them that we love greater than life itself who is our Lord and Savior Jesus. So, we are able to at times :smile:skeptic:smile: able to overlook those faults in others, even while we have the most difficult times of moving past the same things we see in ourselves.
Looking at that mirror again! :wink: I'm almost of the belief that it was the Devil who created mirrors. For we know it was pride, and that, he is also a liar which are part of who he is. Now we in Jesus. What we should be seeing in that mirror is our Lord and not ourselves in those mirrors!

With the Love of Christ Jesus Brother.
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