1. Let God Be God
For this is what the Lord says – he who created the heavens, he is God; he says: “I am the Lord and there is no other . . . And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”
– Isaiah 45:18,21,22
There is a God. You are not God, Jesus is. That’s it. There is nothing more basic. Nothing more vital. Nothing more life-changing.
There is a God. We do not live in a cold, impersonal, amoral, deterministic universe. No! We live in a world full of the grandeur of God, soaked with the beauty of the Creator, saturated with his goodness, and sustained by his grace.
There is a God.
He is sovereign, great, all-powerful, and mighty to save.
He is majestic and magnificent.
He is all-knowing and always wise.
He is full of love, mercy, and grace.
He is gentle, kind, and good.
He is holy and just.
He is glorious. He is beautiful. He is awesome.
He is infinitely above you and he is intimately close to you.
He has a purpose, a plan, and a will for your life.
He wants you to stop being the (g)od of your life.
He waits for you to confess that he alone is God.
That’s it. This is the starting point. God is! What shall you do with God? Well, until you believe there is a God, until you know you are not that God, until you desire the One True God, and until you say yes to
Jesus, you are stuck. Get unstuck!
Today, you can say yes to Jesus.
Yes, I believe you are God, Lord, Savior, and Friend.
Yes, I need you to be my God. I am lost without you.
Yes, I want you to be my God. You are my heart’s desire.
Yes, I will worship You alone, and You always.
And then, every day of your life, every morning, every evening, and every moment in between, say yes to Jesus.
2. Worship God
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness . . . The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic . . . The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
– Psalm 29:2,4,11
Through the centuries the church has developed Confessions of Faith (like the Apostle’s Creed). Through the centuries the church has developed catechisms (teaching tools to clarify what we believe). One of the great catechisms (The Westminster Shorter Catechism – WSC)
Q: What is the chief end of humankind?
A: Our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
What is your chief end? In other words, why are you here? Why do you exist? What is life about? What is your life all about? This is what a “chief end” wants to know.
The WSC has one of the very best responses. Glorify God. In other words, live in a way that honors God. Live in a way that values God. Live in such a way that your life sings and shouts to the world that there is a God, this is what God is like, and this God is my God.
But there is more, much more. Enjoy the God you glorify with your life. Rejoice. Celebrate. Be glad. Be encouraged. Be of good cheer (what a wonderful old phrase)! Delight yourself in God.
3. Know, Love, and Follow God
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will
listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…
– Jeremiah 29:12-14
Here is the essential prayer from Godspell.
Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day.
That’s it! That’s all you need to do. If God is God, what shall you do?
Know God. That is, see him more clearly. Understand who God is. True wisdom consists of two things: true knowledge of God and true knowledge of yourself. That’s your goal in life. Know God-truly. Know yourself-truly. You won’t know who you are until you know who God is.
Love God more dearly. It is the greatest command. It is your deepest desire. It is your highest calling. Love God, because you are what you love. You become what you love. You are shaped by what you love. When your love is reordered, then your entire life can be reordered. Renewed. Revived (made alive again).
Restored and repaired. What shall you do? You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.
Follow God more nearly. Seek after God. Pursue God. Connect with God. Walk with God. Stay close to God. Jesus is always on the move. He is in motion. He is headed somewhere. He wants you to go with him on that journey. As Jesus called the original 12 followers to follow, he asks you to follow him as well. What will you do? Follow Jesus. Every day. 24/7/365. Pray: Lord, teach me your ways and I will walk in them.
4. Trust God
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, submit to him and he will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Faith, hope, and love. These are the three postures of the heart. The three attitudes of the heart. The three habits of the heart. It is the way of the Christian life. Let’s use one word to weave them together – TRUST.
To trust is to put your faith in someone, to have confidence in someone, to place your hope in someone, to confide in someone, to depend on someone, to count on someone, to rely on someone.
Who do you trust? Is that person worthy of your trust?
TRUST is the fundamental response to God. What shall you do with God? Trust is the starting point.
There is a God. Will you trust God? Or try to manage your own life? Hint: Option two leads to stress, anxiety, depression, and fear.
There is a God. Will you honor God? No matter what? In sickness and in health, in good times and in hard times? When life is going well and when life is difficult?
There is a God. Will you love God? With all your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength? Will you give your devotion, your allegiance, your heart to Jesus?
There is a God. Will you follow God? No matter where God leads? No matter what God asks? No matter what the conditions of life are like? No matter how dark the night and thick the fog?
Every day, all day, live by faith, live with love, live in hope. That is what it means to trust God. Trust God and you will flourish.
The Sunday Morning Prayer Prompts and Texts
God is Great, God is Sovereign – Trust Him: I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. Psalm 135:5-6
Desire God: You God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Jesus is With You in Your Time of Need – Simply Rest in Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
God is in This Place. Be Still. Listen. What is God Saying? He says: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Receive Christ as Savior and Lord: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God… John 1:12
God Saves, Heals, Restores: This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15
Call on the Name of the Lord: Then I called on the name of the Lord; “Lord save me.” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:4,5,7
Humble Yourself Before God: Submit yourselves, then to God… Come near to God and he will come near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7,8,10
Give Thanks: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love
endures forever… Give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his
wonderful deeds for mankind. Psalm 107:1,8
Praise God: Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:3-4
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