Stand In Awe of God

Stand In Awe of God

In Psalms 139:13-14, we learn that God is the One who created us and we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. He is the only one who can fulfill our heart’s desire according to His will. God gave us GIFTS according to His will so that each person can do his or her own work.

Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights (James 1:17). God expects us to develop our gifts and use them to glorify His name. We need to be satisfied with the gifts we have and discipline ourselves so that we can be better servants of God.

In Genesis 4:3-5, we learn that Cain offerings were not accepted by God. God told him to do what is right and his offerings would be accepted. From that story we learn that only when we do what is right, God can accept what we offer Him using our gift. Since God is the giver of gifts, He starts preparing his servants during their childhood. For example, Joseph and Moses were raised in the house of Pharaoh so they knew the rules of leadership; Daniel was trained in Babylon and David was trained to be a warrior. When they grew up they were able to use their gifts because they had experience. In order to use our gift properly, God gives us His HOLY SPIRIT to guide us. The Holy Spirit is the Counselor or the Spirit of Truth who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:5-11). Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to those who love Him and obey His commandments.

Jesus said we should not judge others but we can know a tree by its fruits. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul signified the church as one body with many parts but all parts are important so that the body can function properly. Paul explained to these believers that they were all important with their different gifts so that they could help build the church. Jesus gave a story of three servants who were given talents. Later the hardworking servant was praised and the servant who did not use his talent was condemned and his talent was taken away and given to the one who had many (Matthew 25:14-30).

Jesus said He is the true vine and His Father is the gardener. His Father cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bears fruits He prunes so that it will be more fruitful (John 15:1-8). Faith must be accompanied by action. When you see your brother or sister without clothes and food, and one of you say to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? Faith without action is dead (James 2:14-17).

1 Corinthians 10:6-11 explains to us that the things that happened to the Israelites when they were in the desert, happened as an example and were written down as a warning to us. There are so many stories in the Old Testament; sometimes we find ourselves going through situations like some of these characters. Our God is a merciful God, and He forgives people who sincerely repent of their sin and turn away from them. David is a good example; when he realized that he had sinned by committing adultery, he repented (Psams 51). When Saul was told he had sinned by the Prophet Samuel, he did not accept his sin or repent (1 Samuel 13:11-13). Therefore, it is a personal decision whether you obey or disobey. The wages of obeying is life and disobeying is death.

Today we have the answer and it is in Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth, and life, no one can come to the Father except through Jesus. Jesus said that anyone who has faith in Him, will do what He was doing and will even do greater things than those He did. Jesus said we can ask anything in His name and He will do it (John 14:6-14). All we are required to do is to humble ourselves before God and cast all our burdens on Him for He cares for us (1 Peter 6:7). For God so loved the world and that is why He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16-21).

In conclusion, Jesus said we should not worry about worldly things like food, clothes or tomorrow. He said we if we first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all other things will be given to us as well (Matt 6:25-34).

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