Can We Glorify God? If So Then How?

First we must look at a couple of things about ourselves and about this world around us.  We need to take a honest look within ourselves to see if something is there that hinders our hearts from being poured out before our Lord God in prayer.  Not JUST prayer, but fervent prayer. 

FERVENT / Fervently – to be hot, to boil, to glow; to swell with heat. FERVENCY- Heat of mind; ardor  (heat or warmth such as from the sun rays);eagerness. ..passionate. FERVENTLY -earnestly; eagerly; vehemently-  (means with great force and violence; urgently; forcibly; with great zeal)

James 5:16

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Luke 12:51-53

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

​It is happening.  I MUST BEGIN TO PRAY LIKE I DID IN THE PAST.   I must pray like that for my husband,  for my sons, for my husband’s grown children, and for our 5 grandchildren.   I might not be able to do anything else for them but WHY AM I NOT FERVENTLY PRAYING FOR THEM AS I DID WHEN I HURT SO MUCH?  Has my love for the lost in my family began to grow cold?  Perhaps it has.   I have began to feel so alone in my faith that it feels like the world around me is only unbelief.  I  must begin praying in a bigger way!  I must pour out my heart before the Lord again in a way and a level that I haven’t in awhile.

Psalm 50:15 says, 

And call upon me in the day of trouble:

I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

I love this verse. Our Father desires His children to call out to Him when we are in trouble or distressed.   He desires to help His children.  He wants the best for us.  He will deliver us AND THEN. …it will GLORIFY HIM!  How awesome is that?   How often do we think about us crying out to our Father in Heaven doing anything other than helping us in our distress?  We try doing it on our own which isn’t what God tells His people.   We are also missing opportunity to glorify the Father.   We are supposed to glorify Him in all we do and yet we often miss a basic daily opportunity to do just that.

If anyone is still reading this then I pray with FERVENCY that God will bless you and keep you and one day I look forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!

SIDE NOTE 

How many of us in 2017 really know what the meaning of the word fervent means?  So often we think we know what something means but do we really ‘get’ the underlying truth to a word?   Look up words, even those you claim to understand. May I also suggest that you purchase an 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster.   This has been one of my best investments other than that of the King James Bible.   Any other dictionary along with new versions sometimes change the meaning of words with the times. I personally desire to know what the word originally meant.  What did it mean when it was translated into our language?  

Father’s Day (in 1992 it was June 21st)

I can remember that day 25 years ago like it was yesterday. My memory of about a 45-minute time span appears in my mind as a video from another perspective. It is like it was filmed by someone who was not even there and I was nothing but an actor. I could see it all as though I was about 15 feet above the unfolding drama.

I have had many things in my life prior to this moment that were very despairing and although they had a great impact on my life, they each almost made my heart or my attitude harden. I used each thing that hurt me deeply to build a wall so that would not happen to me again! What I did not realize was that hardening of one’s heart does not make one stronger. My heart was deceiving me. I would rise up and say…never again.

This day was different. This moment in time felt as though it destroyed me. It felt like someone reached inside of me and turned me inside out!

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Pe 1:7 KJV

Faith? I have to ask myself as I look back on that time. How much faith did I have? At the same time it was perfect timing for God to allow this.

 

Have you heard the saying “be careful what you ask for because you just might get it”?

 

It had only been maybe 4 or 5 weeks or so before, I had been up late and as I turned the channels on TV I stopped on a channel of a man preaching. I felt convicted deeper than in the past. I fell to my knees in front of the couch and prayed so hard. Tears streamed down my face and I said change me, change my life, whatever it takes. I want my life to be yours. I meant it. I had said this before and meant it before but it felt deeper this time.

 

I remember the very next day I went to the mailbox and there was a letter written to me from my husband. (Yes, we were still living together he was just always working.) You can imagine my puzzlement. Why would my husband have mailed me a letter? It was thick and certainly not a one pager. I remember going to my bedroom and sitting on the bed and opening this and began to read it. My husband had been what I now call the CON-MAN. He was an excellent liar! Not something one usually wants to list on a resume’. I always caught him in lies. I would question him several ways so as not to end up thinking I was making more of something than I should be. I would ask it in so many ways that it would be clear and he would only hang himself. So, this was literally a suicide letter. (or was it really?) He was working for an insurance company and he began to tell how he had been embezzling from it, he had been scamming the system.

He also went all the way back to the beginning when we met. He came clean with lies he had told me. Things he made up about his life before he met me. I suppose these things were supposed to make me fall for him more? Those things would not have changed that I fell for him. But, at that moment they changed everything. WOW, I did not even know this man. We had a son together. Yet EVERYTHING that I still had thought was true about him was ALSO A LIE. Who was this man I was married to?

 

I remember crying out to the Lord God, sort of tears and laughter. “What God? I said to change my life but what is this??? What on earth do I do with this?”

 

Shortly after my mother and father in law came to my door. They had also received a letter. His boss had received a letter. (Personally, I think it was one more con because he knew he was about to get busted and so he was going to play on the emotions of those closest to him in order to get the sympathy to get him out of the hot water he had created for himself. You see his boss was also very close friends of his mom and dad and that is how he got the job in the first place. So, a letter to him would make sense. He would only fire him and charges for embezzlement would not happen.)

 

That is not what happened on June 11th. That was a few weeks before. He was supposed to be going to counseling and our marriage was totally over. This was all just a prelude to June 11th.

 

June 11th. It was only myself and my two sons at home in our small apartment that morning. I had a weight lifting bench set up between the kitchen and the living room. The phone rang and my oldest son (from a previous marriage) answered the phone. He was 9 and his little brother was 3. My son told me it was grandma (my mom). I was living in Michigan and my parents lived in Arkansas where I was born and raised. I get on the phone and my mom tells me she has bad news. Your daddy died this morning. WHAT?

 

I dropped the phone to the floor. I fell to the floor and just kept crying and screaming NO…NO…NOOOO. It was loud. Phone still laying in the floor where I dropped it, I was just screaming and ran through the living room and into my bedroom and fell onto the bed and cried and screamed until I got it all out. Then I just stopped. It was not real. I will never see my daddy again? Not him, God, why not mom….not my dad. (mom and I had always had issues…mom and daughter issues). I got up and went back to the phone. She told me she would let me know about arrangements. My two little boys had just sat down on that weight bench. They were sitting there when I ran into the bedroom. I can see them from the memory of that moment. They had to have been scared. They knew something horrible had to have happened. They had never seen me react like that. They were afraid to move, to say a word.

 

What was God doing? I asked Him to take my life a few weeks before and my life seemed to spiral even more out of control.

 

So, what do the scriptures say before this one I put at the beginning of this blog about trials?

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:3 KJV

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:4 KJV

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:5 KJV

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1Pe 1:6 KJV

We see in verse 6 it says we BECAUSE OF verses 3-5 we will GREATLY REJOICE! BUT…now for a season (or a period of time…long or short), IF NEED BE, we will be in HEAVINESS (in the Greek means, sadness, sorrowfulness, distress, grieve).

 

Heaviness of what? Verse 6 says through manifold temptations. What does that mean?

Manifold – Of uncertain derivation; motley, that is, various in character: – divers, manifold. (Means many different; many different colors; many different things.)

Temptation- From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation,

So, we during this time before Jesus Christ returns for His children we have a big chance of being saddened and distressed by many different temptations or trials.  Temptations are as stated above trial by putting to proof by experiment of good or experience of evil.  Solicitation, discipline or provocation by implication adversity…temptation.

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I had taken bad experiences and built up a wall saying NEVER AGAIN.  Never again will someone hurt me like this.  Never again will I be taken advantage of.  Never again will I love someone to that degree.  Never again will I be walked out on but I will walk out first.  NEVER AGAIN.

After my dad died I began to learn I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TRUST AND LEAN ON GOD, JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOUR.  Faith would begin to grow.  My life forever changed that day.  It was a sad day but I would not change it for anything.  I lost my daddy but I was truly beginning to be introduced to my eternal Father in Heaven!

 

Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble 

Nothing, NOTHING I said!  Nothing is more powerful than the word of God Almighty!  Read this Psalm slowly. Let His word do its job on each one of us!  Pray Gods own words back to Him with a sincere attitude.  Cry out!

Psalm 6

1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger,

Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 

2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak;

O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 

3 My soul also is greatly troubled;

But You, O LORD—how long?

4 Return, O LORD, deliver me!

Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake

5 For in death there is no remembrance of You;

In the grave who will give You thanks?

6 I am weary with my groaning;

All night I make my bed swim; 

I drench my couch with my tears. 

7 My eye wastes away because of grief;

It grows old because of all my enemies.

8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;

For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. 

9 The LORD has heard my supplication;

The LORD will receive my prayer. 

10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;

Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as division soul and spirit,of both joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Do you believe the word of God? 

Do you have faith that God will do what He says He will do?

I pray we each have the help of the Holy Spirit to hold on tightly to God and the the goodness He has given each of us!  Amen