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Devotional - week of May 1, 2005


THE GLORY AND THE POWER

… whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray:

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Matthew 6:13

We joyfully follow the directions of Jesus when we pray and give glory and honor and power to God.

When dealing with the controversial matter of eating food offered to idols, Paul exhorts his Corinthian readers to do all things for the glory of God.

We are to give glory to God with our words. We are to bring glory to God with our actions.

In light of these clear directions in the Scriptures, consider Isaiah’s quotation of God recorded in Isaiah 42:8:

“I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another …”

 There seems to be no lack of desire on the part of God-loving believers to glorify God with our lips and our actions. Our problem is the haunting desire to receive glory for ourselves in our efforts to bring glory to God.

Motivation on our part to receive glory for ourselves limits the power of God. If we have such nagging desires, we must seek victory over them in order to release the power of God.

If we have a problem dealing with these desires, a good start would be an honest confession to God of their presence in our hearts.

The surest way to have freedom from these desires and to have added power from God is through experiencing our union with Christ in our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. 

A desire for personal glory is a feature of our old man. When we experience the crucifixion and burial of our old man, we also experience the crucifixion and burial of our desire for personal glory.