Eternal Rock of Ages, we worship You and we praise Your Holy Name. Thank You for a blessed day like this, we cannot thank You enough for all You have done for us. You are so Wonderful, so Precious and so Kind. Let all glory, honour, adoration be ascribe unto You Alone in Jesus Name.
Beloved, how sweet indeed is the fellowship with our Creator, the psalmist said how glad he was when he was told “let us go to the house of the Lord”. It is good to have fellowship with the Most High God, no one goes before Him and comes back the same.
Have ever desire to pray or meditate on the Word of God and you cannot concentrate, most times your body will refuse to cooperate with you? The Word of God commanded us to love The Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut 6:5).
Beloved, can you differentia between your “heart” (flesh) and your “soul” (Spirit)? While the heart is rooted with feelings such as pain, love, fear, ambitions, excitement etc. The soul apart from being nonphysical also have all these attributes. It is that part of human body that continue to exist when the body is dead and it is subject to future reward and punishment (eternal life or eternal destruction).
These two war against each other and will never agree. Your soul desires fellowship with God and brethren but your heart want to relax, it likes enjoyment and sometimes gossips. It is your soul that is edifies when you fast and pray while your heart complains about the disciplines it undergo during such moments (Rom 7and 8).
Yesterday, we taught about going to church when it rains, your soul is on fire for worship but your heart desires at such moment to relax, sleeps and stretch. If you are not careful the heart will win. Why? Because of the feeling sensuality it possess.
It is so important you understand and get this right, so that you know what does what and how to handle each situation as in, case by case. Loving God with all your strength to me depends on where you want to divert it, either to please your soul or your heart. You can also apply your strength to work for God and help humanity or vice versa. Praise God!
Ever experienced the kindness and the love of God? Come along with me for some inner insight as to how your heart and soul respond to it:
“The kindness and love of God our Saviour.” Titus 3:4
How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with His own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant consider the history of the Redeemer’s love, and a thousand enchanting acts of affection will suggest themselves, all of which have had for their design the weaving of the heart into Christ, and the intertwisting of the thoughts and emotions of the renewed soul with the mind of Jesus.
When we meditate upon this amazing love, and behold the all-glorious Kinsman of the Church endowing her with all His ancient wealth, our souls may well faint for joy. Who is he that can endure such a weight of love? That partial sense of it which the Holy Spirit is sometimes pleased to afford, is more than the soul can contain; how transporting must be a complete view of it!
When the soul shall have understanding to discern all the Saviour’s gifts, wisdom wherewith to estimate them, and time in which to meditate upon them, such as the world to come will afford us, we shall then commune with Jesus in a nearer manner than at present. But who can imagine the sweetness of such fellowship? It must be one of the things which have not entered into the heart of man, but which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
Oh, to burst open the door of our Joseph’s granaries, and see the plenty which He hath stored up for us! This will overwhelm us with love. By faith we see, as in a glass darkly, the reflected image of His unbounded treasures, but when we shall actually see the heavenly things themselves, with our own eyes, how deep will be the stream of fellowship in which our soul shall bathe itself!
Till then our loudest sonnets shall be reserved for our loving benefactor, Jesus Christ our Lord, whose love to us is wonderful, passing the love of women.
Beloved, hope you are experiencing the glory of God upon your life? Like I stated in the previous devotional, “light shines better in darkness” and “calmness is better appreaciated after the storm”, so also it is with glory! We will by God’s grace explain this further before the end of the week or as it pleases the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus Christ after suffering here on earth was received unto glory. More below:
“Received up into glory.” 1Timothy 3:16
We have seen our well-beloved Lord in the days of His flesh, humiliated and sore vexed; for He was “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He whose brightness is as the morning, wore the sackcloth of sorrow as His daily dress: shame was His mantle, and reproach was His vesture.
Yet now, inasmuch as He has triumphed over all the powers of darkness upon the bloody tree, our faith beholds our King returning with dyed garments from Edom, robed in the splendour of victory. How glorious must He have been in the eyes of seraphs, when a cloud received Him out of mortal sight, and He ascended up to heaven! Now He wears the glory which He had with God or ever the earth was, and yet another glory above all—that which He has well earned in the fight against sin, death, and hell.
As victor He wears the illustrious crown. Hark how the song swells high! It is a new and sweeter song: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, for He hath redeemed us unto God by His blood!” He wears the glory of an Intercessor who can never fail, of a Prince who can never be defeated, of a Conqueror who has vanquished every foe, of a Lord who has the heart’s allegiance of every subject.
Jesus wears all the glory which the pomp of heaven can bestow upon Him, which ten thousand times ten thousand angels can minister to Him. You cannot with your utmost stretch of imagination conceive His exceeding greatness; yet there will be a further revelation of it when He shall descend from heaven in great power, with all the holy angels—”Then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory.”
Oh, the splendour of that glory! It will ravish His people’s hearts. Nor is this the close, for eternity shall sound His praise, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever!”
Reader, if you would joy in Christ’s glory hereafter, He must be glorious in your sight now. Is He so?
If your answer is YES! Get ready beloved, your glory must shine forth in this month of glory Alleluia somebody! And by the blood of Jesus, it is covered from the glory destroyers in Jesus Name. Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.