Monday, November 26, 2018

Praise the Lord!



With God there’s unspeakable exultation.  Join the angelic chorus in praising him and raise your voices with all your might.  Be like thunder when you exclaim, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!”  Let these be the mightiest sounds you make.  Praise him in humility as the supreme ruler for his everlasting goodness of creation.  Do homage to the Almighty, who is the truth.  He alone is our merciful Father.  St. Augustine (354– 430 A.D.), an early Christian theologian and philosopher said, “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.  Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”

Divine Happiness

Let your song be known before God’s throne.  Like the heavenly voices proclaim on earth your adoration of his holy name.  Praise him like roaring waters which are mighty and fervent.  Lift up your voices for the common good of mankind, by bringing this good news to all.  In touching God’s spotless face you’ll never tire in your quest for holiness.  

King Solomon (848 B.C.–796 B.C.), king of Israel and son of David wrote, “Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.”  Solomon in seeking happiness was considered one of the wisest men, who ever lived.

Fervency of Praise

Day and night, when people praise God miracles happen.  You must play music on harps, rejoicing in the Lamb, exalting his goodness, blessedness, and kindness.  Let your sounds flow forth and be sweetened with excellent melodies.  The Spirit of truth is sublimely present and your desire to do good never fades.

Steve Jobs (1955–2011), a pioneer of the personal computer revolution said, “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent.  Because this is our life.  Life is brief, and then you die, you know?  So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.”  Jobs chose the computer and worked miracles with it.  Everyone though is able to accomplish a great deal just by praising the Creator of the Universe.

Exalted Praise

Exalting the Almighty calls for constant action. In praising him you'll be giving credence to the universe’s goodness, holiness, and highest good.  Plato (428/427 or 424/423 B.C.348/347 B.C.), a Greek philosopher and mathematician wrote, “Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  Whether through strings, chords, cymbals, drums, or human voices, let your sounds elevate you to God’s blessings.  These are simply amazing, and indescribable benefits people gain when praising our Lord.        

Monday, November 19, 2018

Agents of God's Glory




God is the ultimate for divine experiences.  It’s true that there are a number of charismatic leaders, but for them to make an impact on society they must be agents of the Living God.  Some of these leaders are anointed.  But to be truly authoritative is to be blessed with God’s abundance grace.  Some priests are such agents through their works and services.  The Old and New Testaments explain that those who are blessed are the rightful speakers of God.  Billy Graham (19182018), an evangelical Christian minister said, “The highest form of worship is the worship of the unselfish Christian service.  The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”  Graham did see those who have such an authoritative calling by the services they do.

Inspiration

Some Christians are touched by God’s power.  These experiences moved them to testify about the wonders of Christ.  These believers who have contemplative spirits attest to this truth.  They fight against strongholds of wickedness, and believe in prayer as a weapon of the Spirit.  Such people are generous, full of fervor, and have good spiritual gifts.

Jensen Ackles (b. 1978), an actor and director wrote, “What I enjoy most is the traveling to different places and meeting new people.  For me, it’s all about life experiences, and I’m very grateful that acting allows me so many interesting and fulfilling ones.”  Some people like Ackles are able to find  inspiration just by meeting people. 

Charismatic Prophets

In being charismatic prophets people achieve the spirit of ecstasy.  These individuals are known for their utterances, and lives inspired by God.  Their rewards are great.  To be such recipients, people ought to have the right spirit and be able to impact lives with the Word.  Elisabeth Kŭbler-Ross (19262004), a Swiss-American psychiatrist said, “I think that modern medicine has become like a prophet offering a life free of pain.  It is nonsense.  The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.”  Kŭbler-Ross’s recognition is that of being a true prophet with compassion. 

Albert Einstein (18791955), a German-born theoretical physicist wrote, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Some great minds are known for their spiritual beliefs.  These are those blessed with prophecy that influences believers, and non-believers alike.  Their sole objectives are to present God’s truth to everyone. 


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

O Eternal Light




The traits of experiences and inspiration are assuring gifts.  They are revealed within us by light.  With God’s divine power we’ll radiate love.  It’s ecstatic when we’re called angels of light.  Such love may begin as flickers, and explode into engulfing flames, reaching out to envelop others. 

God Enlightens

We shall say, “O eternal light, you have crowned us with your glory.”  Being agents of God we’re caught up in the spirit with his anointing.  We could then declare like Pope Francis (b. 1936), Bishop of Rome: “I believe in God – not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God.  There is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.  Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator.  This is my Being.”   God’s presence enlightens our humble hearts and minds.  We’re therefore blessed with his charismatic anointing and magnificence.

Gift of Light

A gift of light will greet us in becoming authoritative speakers for God.  We reveal this truth when we proclaim the authoritative Word of God.  Like the Gospels we’re blessed with prophetic utterances and become like stars mirroring his light.  The world is alighted with our presence, and experiences our works.  This is the faith that's poured out for us to enjoy life.  Abraham Lincoln (18091865), president of the United States wrote, “I am bound to win, but I am bound to be true.  I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.  I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”  Lincoln didn’t really abandon his friends.  When they were wrong he was sure to correct them to see the light.

The Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts.  It’s the Spirit’s role to bring us out of darkness into light.  Lift up the Words of God and be blessed.  These are his light.  Have a bath with his delight by experiencing the wonders of his inspiration.  Light as love is meant to soothe our griefs, aches and pains.  As we undertake our earthly journey, it further illuminates our paths to righteousness.  This gift is what inspires us to do the things we do.  These seeds eventually blossom into magnificent trees bearing much fruit.  By serving others, walking according to his ways, we become agents of his salvation.  These are some images we must emulate by living dedicated Christian lives.

This eternal light transforms us into loving and caring human beings.  These are gifts at work within and among us.  Through us others will come to know God’s grace.  Like us they will come to rejoice in his salvation, serving God with their whole heart.  This is the nature of the glorious work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.        

Monday, November 5, 2018

Everlasting Light




God is our everlasting light, his glory has risen upon us, and our days of mourning will be ended.  Darkness will pass away and his true light will shine brightly.  His believers are the light of the world.  Those that walk in the light will not stumble, because everything becomes visible. An English poet, literary critic, and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (17721834) wrote, “The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.”  What a way to regard our mothers as we think about the gifts of our Heavenly Father!    

Our Faith Walk

Many Christians tend to seek company in their faith walk.  Ideally we should have Jesus Christ as our first companion.  But when it comes to earthly beings friends will do.  Helen Keller (18801968), an author, political activist, and lecturer said, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”  Darkness often means despondency.  Friends in the dark may be our desire to help those in need.  We show them the way of joy, peace, and love.  In these cases our friendships will be superb.  Yes, we could say like Aristotle Onassis (19061975), a Greek shipping magnate: “It is during the darkest moments we must focus to see the light.”  By seeing God’s glory in heavenly places is a gift of supreme light.

A Baptist minister, humanitarian, and leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. (19291968) said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  Our Heavenly Father’s love is incredible, blessing, cleansing, and elevating us.

Light Up Lives

Light is an extraordinary motif.  In the Gospels Jesus Christ is referred to as the light of the world.  He drives away not only shadows, but the darkness that threatens to envelop us.  Demi Lovato (b. 1992), a singer, songwriter, and actress wrote, “No matter what you are going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may be hard to get to it, but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you will find a positive side of things.”  Her motto is: “Don’t let disappointments get you down.”  Put up with your experiences and see where they lead.  Not all are necessarily bad, but whatever they are these things may be for our own good.  As Jesus Christ and the apostles taught that trials and tribulations are nothing more than tests.  They are meant to build up our character.  So when the storms of life are battering us down we’ll not fail, and be washed away into a sea of hopelessness.  But we must be like good seeds planted in fertile ground which when they spring up, blossom, and are able to withstand the strong winds of change.

God’s Gifts

Our lives must reflect the gifts God has prepared for us.  Some people capture this beauty in their demeanor.  A motivational speaker, writer, and consultant Denis Waitley (b. 1933) said, “A smile is the light of your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.”  Try embracing who and what you are.  Being baptized Christians we’re called to undertake our priestly duties on earth.  So we must spread joy with smiles and laughter.  These expressions tell others: “I’m a saved, alive, and enjoying life, even though I’m passing through the valley, and shadow of death.”  Such an approach to life has made Eleanor Roosevelt (18841962), a politician, diplomat, and first lady of the United States remarkable in recognizing, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”  The gift of light dispels darkness.   Christ as the light in our lives brings peace, happiness, and fulfillment to our souls.