Experiencing The Greatness Of God

No matter how great God is, if we don’t know Him personally through an intimate relationship and experience His power and glory in our lives, His greatness would not mean that much to us at all. By the way, His greatness can only be as relevant to us to the extent that we allow Him to unleash it in us. Since His greatness has already been revealed plainly to us, the thing that matters the most is how we choose to respond to it.

The ideal way to consider the greatness of God Almighty concerning responding to it in a meaningful and life changing fashion is through the lens of His love. God is love by nature (1 John 4:8). He has loved everybody unconditionally and sacrificially (John 3:16). That love is flowing mightily through the person of Christ Jesus.

But the big issue is that not everyone that He loves is enjoying the most important blessing that comes out of that love due to their sheer unwillingness to respond to that love provided to them through Christ Jesus. Moreover, what about His saving grace that is readily available to everyone who is willing to act out in faith in order to receive the gift of salvation?

In the light of the analogy being used earlier, it’s obvious that if we’re not willing to take our responsibilities to make His greatness become real or the top priority in our lives, we won’t be able to enjoy His greatness from a personal level. When it comes to responding to God’s greatness in order to make it significant to us, there are two vital things we can do that can sum up our responsibilities toward Him. First, we are to glorify Him. Second, we are to place our faith in Him.

1) Glorifying God

God has made man for His own glory; in other words, to further reveal His greatness to another type of conscious being after creating the angelic hosts (Isaiah 43:7). When it comes to our responsibilities toward Him, He made us with one unique purpose, which was to glorify Him. It’s an unimaginable privilege that the great Creator of this universe has granted us. It wasn’t because that He couldn’t live without being glorified by us. It wasn’t because He was obligated to bring mankind into existence. Furthermore, He wasn’t under some kind of pressure to do so.

But it was because He willingly chose to express how great He is to the human race. He made us in His own image and equipped us with the abilities to enjoy, contemplate, and admire His works and wonders, and glorify Him in return by serving Him, living for Him, carrying out His will, praising, and worshiping Him alone. Let’s examine this Scripture verse below that sums up God’s worthiness to receive glory.

You are worthy, our Lord and Our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because You have created all things, and by Your pleasure they exist and were created (Revelation 4:11).

You see, according to this Scripture, God’s worthiness to us is based solely on the fact that He has made us and the world around us. Since He has made us for Himself, He’s expecting us to give Him glory and honor due to Him alone. The question is how can we glorify God acceptably?

Within the greatness of God, you find His glory. And within His glory, the key element that you find is His holiness, which is the most exalted of His divine attributes (Isaiah 6:3Revelation 4:8). Holiness is the very nature of God Himself, and righteousness is His character. Holiness saturates His being. The glory of God is the manifest beauty of His holiness.

To glorify God means so many things since there are many ways He can be glorified. But the most important aspect about glorifying God relates to His holiness. To glorify Him means revering whom He is as a holy and righteous God. If He’s a holy and righteous God (1 Peter 1:16; Psalm 145:17), the only way we can glorify Him acceptably is by living in a way that is in line with whom He is. He has commanded us to be holy since He is holy. Let’s take a further look at these Scriptures below.

Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship (Romans 12:1).

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God (Romans 6:12-13).

Glorifying God starts with the kind of life we’re willing to lead before His sight for His glory through the means of committing ourselves fully to Him. Leading a holy and righteous life is literally what will enable us to do the very things that fall within glorifying Him such as worship, praise, honor, magnify His name, and so forth. We cannot glorify Him while continuing to live sinful lives before Him because living in sin is a matter of trying to satisfy self or living for self, which is in direct contradiction with how God wants us to live for His glory.

Sin goes against the very nature and character of God. You see, God hates sin because it injects in the sinner a spirit of hostility and irreverence toward Him who deserves eternal praise and glory. He hates sin because it builds a constant propensity in the sinner to continue to live in the same sinful condition that God already hated up to the core. God hates sin because it either destroys, hijacks, or defiles the very characteristics He has made us with that reflect whom He is by infusing us with the nature of the devil.

It destroys the spiritual appetite of the sinner by making him want nothing to do with God. And it also causes the sinner to find himself in situations where he’s constantly running away from God for the sake of trying to satisfy himself with things that are outside of God’s will for his life. It literally causes the sinner to become prideful, arrogant, irresponsible, negligent, and a liar. Sin separates people from God by placing them in situations where they can no longer have fellowship with a holy and righteous God.

As a result, if we’re serious about glorifying God, we have to make sure that we conform our lives to His will revealed to us through His Word. We must be willing to obey Him. Our obedience to Him is the essence of glorifying Him. We have to offer ourselves to Him without reservation, so that He can fill us up with His greatness. That’s in fact the starting point of true worship.

Glorifying God is the pillar of spiritual growth. As a believer focuses on the glory of God, he will change from one level of glory to the next by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18). The main purpose of that serie regarding the greatness of God is to enable you to live a transformed life filled with the fullness of God Almighty. In short, glorifying God is based on acknowledging His greatness revealed to us through the creation and give Him honor by praising and worshiping Him.

2) Placing Our Faith In God

It’s always one thing to learn about the greatness of God either by reading His Word, through preaching, or through testimonies, but it’s something entirely different to make His greatness becoming the cornerstone of our lives. Placing our faith in God is predicated on making Him become as great and powerful He truly is in a personal level.

The truth is that we do believe that God is great since He is the creator of all things. The big problem is that belief isn’t sufficient at all when it comes to tapping into whom God truly is in a personal level. And this belief can be labeled as a passive type of belief since it doesn’t really involve us exercising faith in Him as He wants us to do so.

Our biggest problem is that we don’t always live in complete dependency on His greatness in every circumstance that we find ourselves in by allowing whom He is to shape our perspective concerning life’s struggles. We’re about to read this following verse, which will show us how to connect our lives to God’s greatness.

Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached Word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

The foundation of our Christian life is laid upon our faith in God through Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the ideal way to tap into His greatness is by spending quality time meditating on His greatness revealed to us all throughout His Word. Doing so will eventually strengthen our faith in Him since our faith is totally dependent on His ability to remain faithful to His promises.

We are to believe that He’s fully capable of bringing to pass the promises found in His Word in our lives. This will empower us to pray with confidence and boldness. When we allow whom God is to become the core foundation of how we live, we invite His power and might to strengthen and transform our lives day-by-day.


Note: That is a prayer model that you can pray in order to better acknowledge the greatness of God Almighty in your life. You can customize it if you want to.

Father God, I glorify and honor Your holy name because of who You are. And I praise Your mighty name for what You’ve done and what You have in store for me. I want to make a great God like You look as great You really are by magnifying Your name. You are the source of my life. I thank You that my whole life has been sustained by Your greatness since the day You formed me in the womb of my mother.

You knew me before the foundation of this world way before You formed me. You knew me before time actually came into being, LORD God. Thus, my existence isn’t an accident. I acknowledge that every fiber of my being is held together by Your power. I thank You for the salvation that You’ve granted me through Christ Jesus, which is another massive manifestation of Your power in my life.

You’re infinitely greater than all my struggles. I give You praise, glory, and honor for Your limitless greatness and power. I may not like the current situation that I’m going through right now, but I will not let it keep me from depending or acknowledging Your greatness. You are worthy to receive honor, glory, and praise as the sole creator of all things and the sole sovereign Lord of all things.

LORD God, You are so great to the extent that the many great blessings that You’ve poured out in my life that have changed me are just a tiny fraction of what You’re able to do. I rejoice in the reality that nothing is too hard for You Lord. You’re not only the God of the impossible, but You’re the God operating far above that realm; therefore, the impossible has no hold on You.

Lord of heaven and earth, You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. I pray that You help me to better understand how great You are Lord. And I pray that You empower me by Your Spirit to live a life characterized by complete reliance on Your greatness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Seeing With Eyes Wide Shut

Seeing With Eyes Wide Shut

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—
secret riches.
I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”

— Isaiah 45:3 (NLT)

It is a natural human reflex to squint or shut one’s eyes when in pain. Similarly, we wince when we are hit with unbearable experiences and we tend to close out the world around us. The sages taught that this reflex has a powerful message for us.

Our eyes are the vehicle through which we bring objects outside of us into our brain. We call this process “seeing.” But sometimes, we can’t see. If something passes by us very quickly, we won’t be able to see it. The eyes don’t have enough time to process and send the image to the brain.

Another time we have difficulty seeing is when an object is very far away. When this happens, our vision is diffused over a lot of space and it doesn’t have the power to bring the image into the brain. To solve this problem, we squint. By closing our eyes to things on the periphery, we are able to concentrate all our visual capacity on the object we want to see and our vision extends farther.

The sages taught that this same principle applies when we are going through emotional or spiritual pain. When we are going through challenges or difficulties, we need to see the whole picture, the end of the story. We have to see that everything God does is for our best. We have to be able to see that all the pain we are experiencing is for a good purpose.

But how do we attain such a perspective when we are in the midst of deep pain?

We close our eyes.

Sometimes we only need to “squint.” We need to shut out the things that don’t really matter in life in order to see what really does. Often this partial blinding is enough for us to see that all is good. However, other times, we must completely close our eyes to the physical world so that we can focus on non-physical matters. In this space, we can see the beauty and light in our situation that we couldn’t see with our eyes open wide.

In the book of Isaiah we read: “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness — secret riches.” There are some treasures that we can only attain in the darkness; some riches we can only find in hidden places. When we go through challenging times – or even in good times – if we are able to close our eyes to the material world and gain an invaluable perspective on the truly important aspects of life, then we will be truly blessed. Having that clarity through life is one of the greatest treasures we can ever receive.


Staying The Course No Matter What

Staying The Course No Matter What
Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed.
1 Chronicles 28:20

Near the end of his life, evangelist George Whitefield grew weak but refused to give up. His prayer was: “Lord, I am weary in Thy work but not of Thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for Thee once more in the fields….” Writing to a friend, Whitefield said, “O to stand fast in the faith…and be strong.” No matter what comes, stay the course.

That’s what we need too—the determination to stand strong till the end. Scripture repeatedly counsels us to take courage and be strong. We may become weary while serving the Lord, but we mustn’t grow weary of serving the Lord. We’re to follow the sample of David, who, in a time of crisis, “strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).

Later, in 1 Chronicles 28:20, David advised Solomon to keep going in the strength of the Lord. The New International Version translates 1 Chronicles 28:20 like this: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you.”

Be strong and courageous today, and He will strengthen your hands.

What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!
George Whitefield


Running Away From God?

Running Away From God?

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

— Psalm 139:7–8

In the classic children’s book The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown weaves a wonderful story about a little rabbit who wants to run away from his mother. But he can’t. Every escape plan he comes up with, his mother promises to foil. The bunny wants to become a fish so that he can swim away, but his mother pledges to become a fisherman so that she can catch him. The bunny suggests becoming a bird so that he can fly away, but his mother insists that she will become the tree that he flies home to.

After many failed proposals, the bunny finally decides that he will be a little boy so that he can run away, but his mother is quick to say that she will become his mother “so that I can catch you in my arms and hug you.” “Shucks,” said the bunny. “I may just as well stay where I am and be your little bunny.”

This sweet book captures the dual relationship between parents and children. On one hand, children often wish to run away from their parents because of conflict and their limited understanding of parents’ rules. The book also portrays the other side of the equation: the unwavering love of a parent for a child, a gift that is invaluable and beyond compare. While children may try to escape from their parents’ rules and discipline, ultimately, it is the parents’ presence that gives children the foundation on which they can be successful and independent in life.

Thousands of years earlier, this relationship was beautifully described in Psalm 139. Instead of being about rabbits or children, however, it is about our relationship with our Father in Heaven. Just as the little bunny cannot escape his mother, we cannot escape from God. As the psalmist wrote, “Where can I flee from your presence?”

The answer to this question can be daunting. God is always watching what we do – both the good and the bad. There is nowhere to run, no place to hide. Yet, God’s omnipresence is also comforting. In this lonely world, we are never alone. “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”

Like the bunny finally realized, we may as well stop running. There is no way to run away from God; anywhere we go, He’ll be there. And that’s a good thing: “even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (v. 10). Wherever we may go in this life, we are with God, under His protective care. Truly, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. What about you?


God’s Loving Arms

God’s Loving Arms

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
— 1 Chronicles 16:34

There once was a father who carried his son on his shoulders everywhere they walked. He cared for all his son’s needs, giving him food and drink, keeping him in the shade when it was hot, and walking in the sun when it got cold. A stranger passed by the pair one day, and the son casually asked him, “Have you seen my father?”

This anecdote teaches us about how we take so many of our gifts from our Father in Heaven for granted. We don’t even recognize that it is He who is giving us everything we have and everything we need. God carries us through life, but if we don’t look for Him, we won’t see Him.

Some people think that it is hard to have a loving relationship with God because He is so far from us, all the way in the heavens. But this story shows us that the opposite is true. The reason why so many of us don’t have a relationship with our Father is because He is so close to us! He is so close, and His presence so familiar, that we rarely notice Him.

Every breath we take is a gift from God. But how many of us feel that way throughout our busy days? We take the clean air and our ability to breathe for granted because we are given that gift every moment of our lives. But try holding your breath for a few minutes, and you might come to have a new appreciation for your next breath and the one after that.

In 1 Chronicles, after the Ark of the Covenant was brought into a special tent that King David had created for it, a ceremony took place involving sacrifices and offerings. But then David instructed the priests to constantly serve with words of praise and thanks to God. This was critical to their daily service. We read: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Giving thanks was the anthem of David’s life.

In fact, the sages teach that at one point during David’s reign, there was a plague that killed 100 people a day. Recognizing that this physical malady had a spiritual cause, David prescribed a spiritual cure: To recite 100 blessings each day. The plague stopped, and David’s prescription is followed by observant Jews to this very day!

Everyone is asking what will it take to put our world in a better state. We see all the bad things happening around us. But maybe the cure is to notice the good things, to give thanks for them, and to bless God for giving us all the gifts we have in our lives.



Joy Comes In The Morning

Joy Comes In The Morning
Psalm 30:5 (WEB)
For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

From Dust To Glory

From Dust To Glory

For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. — Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NLT)

Most of us would agree with the statement that we won’t live forever. But that isn’t entirely true. The issue is not if we live forever or not, but who “we” refers to.

If we think of ourselves as our body, then it’s true; we do not live forever, and knowing that should inspire us to make the most of the time we have. However, if we know the truth about who we are – that we are essentially a soul and not the body we have been given for a number of years – then it is true that we live forever, only not in physical form or on this planet, but in our spiritual form in our real home in Heaven.

As it says in the book of Ecclesiastes: “For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” This perspective should also affect the way we live as well.

If you were going on a short trip for a week or two, you would never go on a vacation that would spoil your life after the trip. You wouldn’t squander all your money on this vacation and have nothing when you returned to your house. You wouldn’t quit your job or sever important relationships. At the same time, you also wouldn’t want to waste a minute of your vacation, and you would hope that the relaxation you experience while away would follow you into your daily routine.

The sages teach that we are each a soul, given the “clothing” of a physical body so that we can be here for a limited amount of time. Knowing this is a temporary state of being, like being on a trip, we wouldn’t want to do anything that would take away our reward in the afterlife. We wouldn’t want to forget that we have a job to do – to make ourselves and the world a better place. We wouldn’t want to waste a minute of our lives and would use every moment as a chance to develop our souls.

Knowing that we do live forever makes us pause and consider what we are doing today to ensure that our “forever” is the best that it possibly can be. How can we be more generous? How can we become more loving? In what ways can we overcome our shortcomings and develop our God-given talents?

One day, our bodies will be part of the earth. But our souls never die. We simply return to where we came from and live the rest and best part of our lives. On that day, all we will take with us are our good deeds.

How might that influence the decisions we make today?