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Glory

… the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14
 
  
One of the gifts that Jesus gives us is His glory.  Jesus gives us the glory that God gave Him (John 17:22).  As with any gift, this gift has to be accepted.  Jesus’ glory is accepted by believing with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).  When we believe in this way and accept Jesus’ glory, we act differently and our lives become radically transformed.
 
How do you define the word glory?  My favorite definition for glory is “majestic beauty”.  The dictionary definition of glory is:
  
glo·ry (glôr, glr)  
n. pl. glo·ries
1. Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
2. Something conferring honor or renown.
3. A highly praiseworthy asset.
4. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
5. Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence.
6. The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
7. A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity.
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May the glory we have been given draw many people to have life in Jesus’ name (John 22:31). 
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For my family and friends in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Radiance

The Son is the radiance
of God’s glory …
Hebrews 1:3
 
 
Jesus,
You are the radiance of God’s glory, 
Through You God made the universe.
You were anointed with the oil of joy.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness. 
You remain the same, and Your years will never end. 
You are crowned with glory and honor. 
You were made perfect through suffering. 
I put my trust in You.
 
Jesus,
Please help us to radiate Your glory.
Please anoint us with the oil of joy.
Please help us to see the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.
As Your priests, please help us to be merciful and faithful.
Please make us holy, and make us people who bring glory to God.
Amen.
 
 
This prayer is based on Hebrews 1 and 2.  It was written during a devotional experience led by Dianne Dodge.
 

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my body

My soul thirsts for You,
My body longs for You… 
Psalm 63:1
 
 
O God, you are my God,
       earnestly I seek you;
       my soul thirsts for you,
       my body longs for you,
       in a dry and weary land
       where there is no water.
 
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and glory.
 
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
 
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
 
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
 
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the night.
 
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
 
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
 
Psalm 63:1-8
 
 
A favorite from the book of Psalms.
A combination of the NIV and the NLT translations.   

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“Did I not tell you that if you believed
you would see the glory of God?” 
 John 11:40
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My Dad had the opportunity to speak at Woodmont Hills Church in the fall.  One thing he spoke about was John 11, the story of Lazarus’ death, and his sisters.  This poem is one of the fruits of his preparation. 

 
Hope 
Mary and Martha
Their hope did not come
When they wanted Him to come
They were grieving and broken
 
Jesus disappointed them
He did not come when they called
He did come with a surprise
With power and love
 
He came to them right on time
To teach them new things of God
They knew He was their good Friend
They knew He was God
 
“Your brother will rise to life”
His presence revealed this truth
He wept when He saw Mary
He knew her name well
 
Yes, He knows your name
He also weeps for you now
He knows your story and your grief
He is here for you
 
He asked for Mary
She heard Martha whispering
“The teacher is calling you”
To come and see Him
 
He is calling you
Do you hear His whispering
His voice can be heard
Use both heart and mind
And focus on His story
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© Terry S. Smith
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One Degree: Living a 212 Life
November 30, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee

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