Tag Archive | God’s Glory

The Greater Miracle

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. (Daniel 3:17-18)

A Child’s Prayer

I appreciate all the prayers going up to the Father on my behalf. So many family members, friends, and people I’ve never met continuously ask God to spare me from the torment this disease can cause and to heal me immediately. I pray for His mercy as well.

Recently while making my request for deliverance, I heard these words in my mind, “I’m working on a greater miracle.” I thought a lot about those words since then. In our realm, what could be greater than a complete healing? I have no clue. That’s how I know it was God’s voice and not my own desires. Plus, the account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has not left my mind.

In case you don’t remember the events that surrounded their circumstances, read Daniel 3.

God preformed the greater miracle for them.

The fire, though it consumed the guards who throw the prisoners into the furnace, had no effect on them. Nebuchadnezzar saw them walking down there with another man who was like the son of gods to the king. He then told Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to come out. They didn’t even smell like smoke.

Now, that’s a great miracle! Far more of an impact than merely delivering them from going into the fire in the first place. But that’s not the greatest miracle God performed that day.

The greatest miracle God performed that day is found in verses 28-30. Nebuchadnezzar  immediately makes another decree declaring the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego the God who saves like no other god can and anyone who speaks offensively against this God will be put to death. Then the king makes a profession of faith in Daniel chapter 4 verses 1-3.

Conclusion:

God didn’t permit the Hebrew men to be thrown into the fire to strengthen their faith. Their faith had already matured to the point of dying for their beliefs in their eternal Father. God’s purpose for all humanity is to bring praise, honor, and glory to Him. His purpose in this event was to draw praise, honor, and glory to Him from Nebuchadnezzar and from all the people in his earthly kingdom.

I rest in the assurance that my suffering will likewise fulfill God’s purpose for me by strengthening my faith and drawing out more praise, honor, and glory from me. But not only me, through my testimony, many others will see His mighty works in me and also bring Him praise, honor, and glory. He never works in one of us for our own benefit. He is concerned with everyone around us and will use whatever it takes to bring them to a realization of who He is and His plan and purpose for their lives.

Be of great courage when faced with trials, infirmities, and disasters. God is at work in your life to perform a greater miracle than you can imagine.

How about you? How is God using your current situation to bring praise, honor, and glory to Himself?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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Advent 2016 Day 9

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)

Read: Isaiah 11:1-10

No Greater Love

 

Jesse was the grandson of Ruth and the father of King David to whom God promised one of his heirs would reign over Israel forever. But David’s immediate heirs proved rebellious and corrupt. Isaiah prophesied about a “Branch” coming forth out of Jesse’s roots who would rule, not only Israel, but the entire world.

Jesus’ genealogy can be traced back to Jesse from Mary as well as Joseph. Usually, women were not mentioned in bloodlines, but God preserved the bloodline of Mary to eliminate any doubt that Jesus was the one of whom the prophets spoke.

Today: Hail King Jesus!

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Good Works–Spiritual Weapons?

Jesus answered, “It is written …” (Luke 4:4, 8, and 12)

On the wings of opportunity

On the wings of opportunity

 

I was recently offered a ministry. Totally unexpected. Totally worthwhile. Totally out of my comfort zone. But God often does that, right. He wants us to spread our wings, share His goodness, experience new realms of His glory. And I’ve been pleading with Him to use me in whatever capacity that pleases Him.

So what’s the problem? Why didn’t I immediately jump at the opportunity? It’s an answer to prayer, right?

Here’s the thing:

Satan knows how much I want to be used by God. The enemy also knows how to sidetrack all of us from our calling. One of the diversions he uses to lure us away from God’s intended work is to offer another form of good work.

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Next week, we’ll take a look at the fear factor. Is fear a spiritual weapon used by God or the enemy? Prepare by studying Psalm 27.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

This Little Light

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Natural and manmade light enhances our world. Without it, darkness prevails. Nothing good exists in the absence of light, especially not color. Is it any wonder that darkness is synonymous with the absence of moral and spiritual values?

Whether it be physical or spiritual, darkness holds great power but cannot overcome Light.

Nevertheless, people all over the world have found themselves in spiritual darkness. Many have developed their own source of light to give comfort and a form a security. These manmade religious “lights” illuminate guidelines of conduct to secure a safe environment in which to live. But like a candle, these moral lights only simulate the real light God has provided for humanity. The artificial light of religion has no power to eliminate spiritual darkness. It simply chases it back and gives an illusion of wellbeing. However, the light God has provided through a personal relationship with Jesus obliterates darkness completely. In Him, shadows don’t even exist.

Not only does Jesus shine His light on each believer, He implants His light within us. Matthew 5:14-16 records Jesus words:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Let’s maintain the vision of Jesus’ light pouring out of us, illuminating this dark world.

Remember 2 Corinthians 4:17–For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

How about you? How can you let the light of Christ shine through you today?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming

Sixteenth Day of Advent, 2013

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. (Luke 2:46-49 NIV)

O, How a Rose Ere BloomingMary had plans to live a peaceable life as the wife of a simple Jewish carpenter. It was a perfect plan, a typical plan for a young Jewish girl, a realistic plan to satisfy her and her fiancé’s earthly needs. The courtship had begun. The dowry had been met. The arrangements for the wedding feast were in the works. What a joyous time for the bride-to-be.

Then the most unexpected, unimaginable phenomenon happened.

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Duck Dynasty’s Powerful Message

Everyone’s talking about the Duck Dynasty these days. On the surface they are a bunch of scruffy, backwoods duck hunters. But you should hear them preach. They know and love the LORD with a greater passion than their duck hunting. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and listen to the Gospel truth from a duck-calling preacher.

Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson Preaches a POWERFUL Sermon – Perfect For Easter! from sharethemessage on GodTube.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Sky on My Quotes of Encouragement

 

O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Who has not looked at the sky in admiration and wonderment of its vastness and beauty?

 

Who has not looked at the sky in admiration and wonderment of its vastness and beauty?

The sky mesmerizes me. On road trips, I have coaxed my husband Gene to pull off the road to enjoy a rainbow or the sunset. Recently on a cruise, I persuaded him to get up at 5:00 o’clock every morning just to watch the sun rise over the ocean. There is no other spectacle on earth worthy of that honor in my opinion. Don’t misunderstand, Gene enjoyed it as much as I did. Apparently, a few others on the ship did too. Their faces became familiar over the course of our vacation. And we wondered why more people hadn’t joined us for the greatest show on the earth.

 

Every day, it’s a marvel to behold. Every day, it is new and different and will never be repeated.

Sunrise

Perhaps that’s the reason the sunrise brings new hope. Even when clouds draw a closed curtain that blocks our view, the sunrise assures us of its presence and restores our souls with beams of light shimmering through the clouds.

 

Christian Encouragement

 

Sunrise on a Cloudy Day

The Psalmist, David, penned, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1a). With David, we praise the Creator of the sky. He graciously reassures us of His love through bright, colorful sunrises. He reminds us of His presence even on stormy days. He warms us in the Son light of His love and refreshes us with the reign of the Holy Spirit.

 

The sky is a continuous memo from God concerning His grace and mercy toward and His care of His greatest creation—you and me.

 

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda

Author/illustrator of the Bumbly Bee books.
Two Small Fish
Odd Duck Society
Brenda K. Hendricks