I heard an amazing quote the other day by John Piper.. I wrote it on my Facebook.. but I just felt like I needed to write it out here too... He said.."God is MOST GLORIFIED... When we are MOST SATISFIED in Him!!" Isn't that an amazing STATEMENT???!!!!
Think about it!!..... When The Lord becomes your EVERYTHING, like for instance, when you wake up in the morning.. and He is the FIRST THING ON YOUR MIND.. and You cant WAIT to talk to HIM.. or Hear what He has to say in HIS WORD....He is the very breath that you breath.... That is when HE IS MOST GLORIFIED!!!! Isn't it all about GOD'S GLORY ANYWAY???.. And that He loves us so much to "attach" being satisfied in Him will bring HIM GLORY!!! To me.. Its a WIN WIN situation. So, why wouldn't we WANT TO PRAISE HIM.. Why wouldn't we want to LOVE HIM, with Our Everything????!!!! :)
Think about this statement: "God seeks our PRAISE..Not because HE WON'T BE HAPPY until He gets it..He seeks Our praise because WE WONT BE HAPPY UNTIL WE GIVE IT!!!!!!" Oh the LOVE OF OUR GOD!!!! We can NOT comprehend it!!!
Psalms 107:1-43 OH THAT MEN WOULD PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS GOODNESS AND FOR HIS WONDERFUL WORKS TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN!"
The passed few years have been really tough on me.. I will NOT LIE... but GOD IS SOOO FAITHFUL.... and not just me personally.. but my Dad being sick. I have struggled so much in my prayer life...... But through it all, every time that I go to the Lord, He says "Angela, Are you going to practice what you sing?" ... You see I don't preach.. haha.. but I do lead worship sometimes and the songs that constantly seem to be the ones that He wants me to sing are the ones that have words that "BLESS HIS NAME!" they are ALWAYS ABOUT HIM.. and Lifting HIM up.. and GIVING HIM PRAISE... not about circumstances.. or problems.. or me... JUST ABOUT HIM. period.
So, I sat back and just listened to Him speaking to me.... My desire for you Angela.. has always been about MY GLORY... Bringing Me GLORY!! When we realize that statement.. and the depth of it.... We realize how much HE LOVES US.....When I am singing and praising the ONE Who is to be glorified.. He NEVER LEAVES ME EMPTY HANDED!!!
And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US, (AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER,) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.
vs 16- AND OF HIS FULLNESS HAVE ALL WE RECEIVED, AND GRACE FOR GRACE.
JESUS Christ is the FULLNESS of all JOY, ALL PEACE, and ALL LOVE!!! When we allow Him to be LORD of OUR LIVES.. We are MOST SATISFIED IN HIM because He IS THE FULLNESS OF ALL JOY, ALL PEACE, AND ALL LOVE!!!!!
There is NOTHING in this WORLD that can ever come close to the precious relationship that you can have through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.. there is no one on this earth .. not even our husband that can fill our hearts and keep them FULL.. because they are not the FULLNESS OF JOY PEACE AND LOVE!! Only JESUS is!!!!
That is why I am always saying.. "FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS!!!" The Bible says that in
John 1:1 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD
VS 2 THE SAME WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD.
VS 3 ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE THAT WAS MADE.
VS4 IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.
AND THE LIGHT SHINETH IN DARKNESS; AND THE DARKNESS COMPREHENDED IT NOT.
When we wonder how to get Love, Joy, Peace, and we always here.. "FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS!" ... Well that means to LOVE HIS WORD.. HE IS THE WORD... READ HIS WORD!!!!
Loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength doesn't mean you will "skate" through life un-harmed.. or it doesn't mean that you will NEVER HAVE PROBLEMS.. but I can tell you this..... IN THE MIDST OF THE "STORMS" of life.. You CAN HAVE PEACE.. YOU CAN HAVE JOY.. YOU CAN BE FILLED WITH LOVE!!!!
Only JESUS can do it! So.. what do you do on Your part???
BUT HE GIVETH MORE GRACE. WHEREFORE HE SAITH, GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD , BUT GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FEE FROM YOU.
DRAW NIGH UNTO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU. CLEANSE YOUR HAND, YE SINNERS; AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YE DOUBLE MINDED.
My prayer is that my life would bring HIM Glory everyday.. that My speech.. my walk.. my talk.. would edify the ONE WHO IS WORTHY!!!! ITs not about me.. its all about HIM!!!!
May the Lord bless and keep you who read this!!!
AT HIS FEET,