There’s nothing happening in your life, your nation, or the world, that God can’t use for His glory; He reigns.
I had such a hard time giving all the glory to God when first accepting Him as Lord. Coming out of a theatre background where there were many applauds and accolades, I suffered from what I call “attention-itis” – the need for recognition. It took many years and much eating of crow before I became conscious of giving all praise to God for my accomplishments.
Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me.
It is a throne of grace that God in Christ is represented to us upon; but yet is is a throne still whereon majesty and glory do reside, and God is always to be considered by us as on a throne.
Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.
There is an appropriate way to use your story, not as an excuse but as a testimony to God’s ability to free you from the past.
The higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand
Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honours Him greatly. It leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work. It yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God.
Nothing but fire kindles fire. To know in one’s whole nature what it is to live by Christ; to be His, not our own; to be so occupied with gratitude for what He did for us and for what He continually is to us that His will and His glory shall be the sole desires of our life…that is the first necessity of the preacher.
The Church is the Church in her worship. Worship is not an optional extra, but is of the very life and essence of the Church….Man is never more truly man than when he worships God. He rises to all the heights of human dignity when he worships God, and all God’s purpose in Creation and in Redemption are fulfilled in us as together in worship we are renewed in and through Christ, and in the name of Christ we glorify God.