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Glory, a word that holds meaning for most everyone. For the most part, it’s a kind of being, or feeling, exalted. The quarterback is recognized as being the best when he makes passes that score touchdowns. He basks in his glory. The Wall Street investment advisor is touted as being the best when his predictions are accurate. He glories in his accomplishments. The Olympic athlete wins a gold medal. He feels the glory of his abilities.
Just look at all the glory that David could have reaped. He slayed Goliath. Goliath was over 9 feet tall. David went to slay the Philistine when nobody else would. David brought him down with a sling shot. Who did David glorify? It wasn’t himself. In I Samuel 17:37 and 46 David says that the glory goes to God. Why? Because it is God who delivered him out of the hand of the Philistine.
Skip ahead to the New Testament. It’s in Luke 10:17-20. The seventy disciples that Jesus sent out to testify have returned. They are overcome with the power they had over devils. Jesus goes on to say that he has given them power over serpents, scorpions, and the enemy. That’s pretty heady stuff. It’s enough to make a mere mortal feel pretty glorious. This is when Jesus issues the caution. Don’t take glory in these things, though. Rather take glory in the fact that your name is written in heaven.
Today’s sermon was amazing. It began in Galatians 6:4-5, went to Luke 10, on to I Samuel 17, Exodus 14:11, and ended with Malachi 3:11. It’s about the glory of God and what happens when people trust in that rather than themselves.
Copies of the sermon are available and free. Call (4l7)543-6219 to get a copy. Have a God-blessed, God-inspired, and God-filled week.