Saturday

Soli Deo Gloria!

Recently on my facebook, one of my friends shared  “what was on her mind.”
What was on her mind was a video she posted of her rather large retriever dog taking a “selfie” with clothes, makeup (including false eye lashes) not to mention all these additional items… posing for a glam shot with this utter look of arrogant confidence.  Hilarious! The human clothes didn’t even fit!  As a dog lover myself I could not hold back my laugher as I said out loud “There is something shamefully wrong with this picture!”  It was almost as if the caption read. “Don’t you think I am beautiful?  Don’t you care about ever single detail of my life?  My whole existence is based on your human opinion of me.” 
 
This parody was obviously poking fun at all the ways humans are focused on themselves with every kind of format, style, technology of “selfie” out there in this world!  The sad part is that human opinion is ranked as number one in how a person, thinks, and views themselves and the world.  Not only shamefully wrong but completely scary especially when it comes to our souls because the world view is completely contrary to the Biblical view.
 
Thank God that this world is not the end and there is a heaven to look forward to!
A glorious expectation of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
But the true question is…What are you doing down here on earth to prepare you for heaven?
 
Remembrance and Review:
Last month, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July we looked at Sola Scriptura which is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
This month we will be looking at Soli Deo Gloria which means For the Glory of God Alone but also translated as Glory to God alone. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.
 
God’s glory, 1700’s and Lord’s Prayer  
So perhaps you are thinking how does the glory of God and a musical score, from the 1700’s have to do with me? A whole lot!  Matter of fact 100% of the very core of our life depends on it! It is all summed up with the three terms of salvation, sanctification and glorification.  Once we come to know the Lord as our personal Savior and Lord we give up our life and what we want to do and live completely by His word (the Bible) and His will, guided and lead by the Holy Spirit…Who is now living inside every believer of Christ. Sanctification is the process of continual growth in divine grace because of your personal commitment after baptism and conversion to Christ…to live for Him as Lord.
 
So what does this actually mean?  It means that after we are believers and followers in Christ we need to start living and following the example of Christ.  God alone has sanctified us through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross for our sins.  But we have to do our part in submitting to, agreeing with and living our lives in accordance with God’s word.  We need to make our minds up that we will not be focused on ourselves- “spiritual selfies” constantly focused on our flesh, what we want , the world, … but instead focusing on God’s glory and following our great Example-Christ!
 
From Selfies to God’s glory
 
Matthew chapter 6:9-15,   is a great model prayer for us to start focusing on God and leaving ourselves far behind.  Jesus gives us the perfect model prayer to mesh with the heartbeat of God and focus on God and his glory.   This is commonly known as the Lord’s prayer as well as my prayer for each of you.
 
What NOT to do:
Verse 9-“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you  ask Him.” “Pray, then, in this way:” Jesus is telling his disciples, DO NOT follow the  people who follow the things of the world…  The biblical selfies but instead look to God to meet your needs.
 
Thanksgiving and Declaration of Allegiance to Loyalty
Verse 10 “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”Worship God is our first and foremost duty in following Soli Deo  Gloria…glorifying God and who He is! 
 
Intercession and Petition
Verse  11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Confession and Forgiveness
Verse 12 -15 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not
lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the
power  and the glory forever. Amen.’ “For if you forgive others for their
transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  “But if you do not
forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
 
May we live our lives in complete Soli Deo Gloria! Unto the Lord in all we say and do!
CALENDAR
1.  Bible Study:  Prayer Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:00am starting in Sept.  2014
            Check website for more info.  www.churchonrandallplace.org
2.  Apologetics Teachings/Courses starting in Sept. 2014- contact Simone for more info.
3.  Audio Teachings on prayer and various speaking:
             http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net
 
 
 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 


    Monday

    Sola Scriptura

     
    Sola Scriptura is Latin for Scripture Alone.  This term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts begin corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
     
    In addition, there are four other phrases including;
    Soli Deo Gloria! For the Glory of God Alone Westminster Divines
    Solo Christo! By Christ's Work Alone are We Saved
    Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone
    Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone
     
    In church history, never has there been a more Bible-centered, Bible-oriented, focus than these statements above.  We will focus on Sola Scriptura today.
     
    The threat at the time that Sola Scriptura (and currently in our day) was manmade laws and rules that directly attacked Christ words of “It is finished.” when He shed His blood on the cross.  Other people who fought against the Bible, wanted to add to the Holy Scripture by requiring unbiblical standards, thus the term Sola Scriptura.
     
    Instead of believing in the name of Jesus by faith through grace, others declared that the blood of Christ and the grace of God was not sufficient for our sins.  Instead, other things such as good works, church membership, church attendance, baptism, marriage, last rites, indulgences, treasury of merit, etc., etc. and the list goes on…But those true to God declared that the Word of God, the Bible, we must believe and obey alone nothing more nothing less.
     
    Salvation the one true saving gospel is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
     
    In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, quotes:
    “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”  Revelation 22:18
     
    II Timothy 3:16 states that - “All Scripture is inspired by God.” 
    So that means that every book of the Bible, chapter, verse, every jot and tittle within the canon, of Scripture is inspired by God and came from his voice.  The inspiration came from
    God, not the authors and the scripture itself was an inspiration to us all even to this day
    Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  Every word of Scripture comes out of the mouth of God. A divine revelation in the Bible has come down from God above.
    John 6:63 states that “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
    Looking Backward:

    In the early AD 60’s, Apostle Paul had this same heart cry when he wrote to his beloved Colossians, the ones who He birthed in Christ on his 3rd missionary trip.  These living in Colosse had also turned from Sola Scriptura; they had allowed others to defraud them of God’s word.  Instead of grasping the full complete gospel that Paul preached,
    When he first went to Colossae, those there has slowly turned and started believing in those who would speak, enticing words leading astray others with vain philosophy, judgment of men improper worship rituals and doctrine of men.
     
    Paul when writing this letter clearly solidifies with great strategy who Christ is and
    beckons them to return to what he taught them.  Christ first and Christ alone.
    He reiterates that:
    A.  Christ is Preeminent in Creation
    B.  Christ is Preeminent in Redemption
    C.  Christ is Preeminent in the Church
     
    Paul encourages them by reminding them of their freedom in Christ from:
    A.  Enticing Words
    B.  Vain Philosophy
    C.  Judgment of Men
    D.  Improper Worship
    E.  Doctrines of Men
     
    Paul restates who they are as a believer in Christ by:
    A.  Putting off the Old Man
    B.  Putting on the New Man
    C.  Holiness in Family Life
    D.  Holiness in Work Life
    E.  Holiness in Public Life
     
    It is Christ who reigns supreme over all!  Sola Scriptura declares of Christ and Him alone.
     
    If you have not done so yet, my prayer for you is to come to know Christ as your Lord Savior, that you would acknowledge Him as One who is reigning supreme over all .
    You can know him as
     
    As Paul writes this prayer to those in Colosse, I echo that same prayer for you
     
     I have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:9–14
       
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    Thursday

    Fish Breakfast and High in the Sky

     
    This past month, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday also known as Easter.  For Christians, this holy holiday commemorates and solidifies the promise God has made for his creation in the book of Genesis
     
    This glorious story does not end there.
     
    After the resurrection of Jesus, He lingered here on earth before He ascended to the Father.
    Why?  He already declared that “ It is finished” willfully giving up His life on the cross.  Many months prior he openly responded to the accusing religious leaders that “If they destroy this temple [meaning His body] He would raise it up again.”  And to Jesus’ dear faithful disciples He gently yet factually shares with them that He will be leaving, yet comforting them by reassuring that they will never be alone because He will send the Holy Spirit to come, guide and lead us.  “ And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
     
    So with of this detailed instruction and instructive readiness, why did Jesus linger?  From a human perspective, my view and my thoughts would be “Wouldn’t Jesus be in a rush to get home?  Wouldn’t He have longed to see His Father face to face and cling to Him once again? Wouldn’t He have grown so tired and weary of the burden of the wicked and perverse world? So much so, that he could not wait to rush back to a holy, sinless surrounding in His holy ordained role, basking in the precious of angels reaffirming His shear true pure excellency, (something denied to Him on earth in many a situation) crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
     
    The answer to all of my human questions is NO He  wasn’t.  He wasn’t in a rush to get home, because His heart was on His people. What was on the mind of Jesus?
    It was not on Himself, but in a true holy example of perfection, His mind was on others.
    His mind was on the commissioning of Mary, the comfort of His disciples, the restoration of Peter, and the deeper growth and understanding of who He was and what just happened on the cross... to a common people...prior to His ascension where he currently sits on the right hand side of God.
      
    Mary, in the middle of anguishing grief and sorrow was in an emotional state of despair at the death of her Savior.  She comes to the tomb only to find that the body of the Lord was no longer there, thus increasing her disaster of anguishing pain to a whole new level.  Jesus not only lingered outside but dialogues with Mary who assumed he was the gardener…pleads with He saying  Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid him and I will take Him away.”  Then Jesus calls her by her Arabic name, associating with her true identity… He says “Mary” she recognizes His voice and responding with the title of Rabboni which means teacher.  “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ ”Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to
    her.
     
     
    FISH BREAKFAST
    The disciples, likewise was exposed to the presence of Jesus before his ascension
    “Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and while Peter with some other disciples went fishing, Jesus was waiting for their return on the shore.
    After a disappointing morning of not catching even one fish, Jesus encourages them to put the fish net down on the other side of the boat.  Only then were the nets overflowing with a tremendous about of fish yet the nets did not break.  Watching this scene from the shore, and the disciples hauling and dragging the nets of fish to the beach…they looked up and
    saw a fire of coals, with fish laid on it, and bread.”  After a tiring, sweaty, heavy task of hauling the fish to the shore, Jesus made them a fish breakfast and He says, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” “Come and eat breakfast.” Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
     
    So Jesus in a full-fledged new creation form was standing before their eyes in a 3-D bodily form of resurrection, (a physically state once to be attained to all that believe in Him.)
    concerned about their physical needs of food and concerned about their emotional needs of grief and sorrow of their Lord no longer walking with them This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. Jesus then dialogues with Peter reassuring to him this call and commission of feeding the sheep and lambs which translates into following Jesus by following his holy call of bringing salvation to the lost.
     
    HIGH IN THE SKY
    The Lord commissions the disciples encouraging them to be pro active in their calling He said to them, “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
     
    And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen. 
    The last  view the disciples had of Jesus was him high in the sky being lifted up to sit next to God on the throne.
     
    QUESTIONS:
    Will you?  Acknowledge Jesus came, died, was resurrected and lingered here on earth before His ascension before He toke His holy seat sitting next to the Father in heaven.
    Will you believe so that you one day will be resurrected like Jesus?
     
    Scripture Texts:
    John 14:15–18.
    John 20:17–18.
    John 21:9–10, 21:12–19.
    Matthew 28:16–20.
    Luke 24:50–53.
     
     
    ©Copyright 2012 Simone Lake. All Rights Reserved.
    © Copyright 2012 Deep Roots in Christ Ministries. All Rights Reserved
     
     
    About the author:
    Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.simonelake.com, www.deeprootsin christ.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.