Friday, September 12, 2014

Ways to Magnify God

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, Thou art very Great; Thou art clothed with Honour and Majesty.” ~ Ps. 104:1
 Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His Glory.” The Greatness of our God remains on my mind as I began to prepare for this week’s Message. I could not shake the power, the glory, the honour or the Magnitude of our Holy God! He is so short changed in our society today and often looked at as just a God of Judgment. But, He is awesomely powerful in Forgiveness, strengthening us, and radiating in Holy Love for us! And that doesn’t even begin to say it all. As I mused on the ‘ways’ to worship Him, I was at a loss. I went to Scripture to see ‘ways’ to magnify our God Jehovah. Here are some of the ‘ways’ the saints of old have Magnified God. Job 36: Remember that you Magnify His work that everyone may see it. Behold, observe our God is Great! The number of His years cannot be searched out! Job praises for the rain, clouds, His Tabernacle, His Light, the sea, His Judgment! 2 Samuel 7: Worships: Let Thy Name be Magnified forever, the Lord of hosts, He is the God of Israel! David Ps 34, 104: I will bless the Lord at all times, His Praise shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make its boast in Him. O Magnify the Lord, exalt His name, He delivers me from my fears. Thou covers me, O Lord how manifold are Thy works, the earth is full of Thy riches. Paul Phil.1: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” Peter Acts 10: While Peter spoke the Word, the Holy Ghost fell on all – they heard them speak with tongues, and Magnify God with Thanksgiving. Mary, Jesus Mother, Luke 1: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden.”  When giving honour to God in your thoughts begin to read the Scriptures and you will see the many ways that the saints in Scripture show homage to God’s Holiness.  In a day when our society wants to take God out of everything, we are destined to exalt Him!   Together we will magnify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.   Loving you, Pastor

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!

“Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in Holiness, fearful in Praises, doing wonders?” ~ Ex. 15:11
The Seraphims of Isa. 6:3 “…cried unto one another, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His Glory.” John saw The four Beasts in Rev. 4:8 and he said  “… they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”  We continue our study today concerning the Holiness of God. It is difficult to talk about the Holiness of God in one session. There is so much to be covered when we meditate upon our Holy God.  I think that might be the problem in our society today, there is little thought of God’s Holiness and what He requires of His saints.  Again, Holy means: “entirely devoted to a Diety.”  There is a lot of devotion to the things in our world today but to say the devotion is to God is yet another thought. God has declared in His Word [Isa. 45:22]  Look unto Me, and be ye Saved, all the ends of the earth: for I Am God, and there is none else.”  The question is asked, what takes first place in our life? This is a question to think about, meditate upon and seriously consider!  Holiness is a commitment to a Christ-like life style. To understand Holiness in our life we look to Jesus. We see His actions, His passions, His commitment to His Father. There is a great need to day to get into the Gospels, [Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John] and take a strong at the Life of Christ. Holiness, devotion to God, awareness of our frailties, sensitive to Spiritual matter, and faithfulness in our Christian character is all part of the Born Again saint of God.  Not only is God Holy, Jesus is Holy, and the Spirit of God Holy C and everything that pertains to Him is Holy, which means it is set apart for His use.  Scripture reveals [and I repeat from last week] His House is Holy, His Altar is Holy, The Furniture in His House is Holy. His Testimonies are Holy, His Promises are Holy, The Tithe is Holy, His Habitation is Holy, His Priests shall be Holy, the Garments of the Priests are Holy, … And He desires a Holy people, a Holy nation. A study of Holiness reminds us of a Holy God and His instruction to His people … Lev. 20:7 “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye Holy: for I Am the LORD your God.” Jesus Prayed:  …”  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I Am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”  ~ Jn. 17:15-18   Loving you as we pursue a Holy God together, Pastor

The Buss Family

I would like to introduce my personal friends Drs. Scott & Carolyn Buss. They have been closely associated with Shalom since 2001 as a Chartered School of Christian Education. Scott & Carolyn are Graduates of Shalom Bible College and Seminary and founders of The “International Institute of Music, Worship and the Arts.” They have been in Ministry for over 30 years. Together they have Ministered the Word of God, along being a Violin & Piano team. They have Ministered before dignitaries and as Missionaries throughout the world. The Institute is an extension of their Ministry “For the purpose of equipping and strengthening the Body of Christ.” We at Commerce Community Church are blessed to have them in Ministry today.
It is true that battles against demonic forces can be won by the Worship and Praise of God’s People. King David understood this as Scripture declares in:  1 Chron. 15:16  “David spake to the Chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the Singers with Instruments of Musick, Psalteries and Harps and Cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with Joy.” What we learn from this Passage of Scripture is: God loves music and as the Praises are head there is a voice of Joy that springs forth!  And God inhabits the Praises of His People therefore the enemy cannot overtake us!  Loving you, Pastor