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Him Only Shall You Serve

We are to worship only one God, the Great God, Maker of all things and bountiful in mercy and grace. For by God’s grace we have salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, who He sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins.

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”’ Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”

(Matthew 4:8-11)

Oh, how wonderful it is to raise our hands in praise to God our Father, who has given us eternal life through Jesus our Lord. His deeds are awesome and His ways are just, that from age to age, we have surety He will keep His promises.

God alone is our refuge. He is our strength and our bulwark. No other god can rescue us from our enemies. No other power can give us courage in the face of tribulation. Only God can save us from the penalty of our sins.

Let us drop to our knees and worship the God of creation. Let us give honor to the One who has given us breath. For only He can save us from the evil that lies in wait. Only He defeated Satan. Him only shall you serve.

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Turn to God and Be Saved

Let us pray to the Lord our God for help. He is readily listening for our words. He wants to know us, and He wants us to trust in Him. Through Him, we are safe. Through Him, we will not perish.

Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.

(Isaiah 45:22-23)

From the first breath we took, God was there. He watches over us, making sure we will not stumble and fall. His angels surround us, protecting us in all that we do. We should not fear to have God the Father rescue us. He gave His son Jesus so that we might live.

Let us praise God for He is good. He loves us, guides us and takes care of us in our time of need. Let us praise Him for all His generous gifts. He blesses us with peace, gives us security and leads us through trial, when we need Him the most.

Let us give of our worship to the great and only God. For whatever we are suffering, He will give us rest. His love for us will never grow cold, for His love never fails. He will always look after us, and He will always be there for us.

Turn to God and be saved.

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Hope in God

What may seem impossible to us is possible for God. What may seem extraordinary to us is ordinary to God. He takes the weak of the world, imparts His spirit and builds His church. We are of the body of Christ, fashioned of the same countenance and saved by God’s grace.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.”

(Psalms 43:5)

Our purpose is to glorify God in all that we do. With Jesus living in us, we can do all things. Through Him, our destiny is sure. How much more would God do for us if He has already sacrificed His Son in order that we might be saved?

The devil will place stumbling blocks in our way. He will try to discourage us. He will bring us to tears. Yet, no amount of evil from that fallen angel will thwart God’s plan of salvation. God’s plan for us to live forever with Him will prevail.

Look to God for help. Call to Him, for He is good, righteous and just. He will not allow us to fall. He will lift us from our trials, comfort us with His Word, and deliver us from all adversities. His way leads to life, and He will always keep us safe in the midst of turmoil.

Hope in God.

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Our Hope Is in God

Jesus came to save us from our sins. Had Adam not sinned, we would not have need for reconciliation with God. His Son, though, is our salvation, for through Him our sins are no more. God forgave us and we have hope for the coming days.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

(Revelation 21:4)

God sees our suffering, He knows what our trials are, and He gives us strength when we feel defeated, power when emptied from our wounds and joy when sadness prevails. He pours more of His spirit into us so that His eternal joy lives in us. We are invincible with God living in us.

No greater hope do we have than that of knowing God sacrificed His Son as payment for our sins. And if God would do that for us, what lies beyond the grave when He raises us to glory and honor, surpassing even the angels? Indeed, He has blessed us now with utter joy!

Our hope is in the resurrection, from a decaying body to an everlasting one, from a life with an end to living into eternity, and from sadness to utter happiness, brimful and running over. Our hope is in God.

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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Great is our Father who is in Heaven. He gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. By no other name do we have salvation and by no other name are our sins forgiven. Glory to Him in the highest.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”

(Psalms 136:1-3)

God loves freely, unconditionally and without bounds. His nature affords life to all. Darkness does not exist in Him, for He is light. He bore light at the beginning of the world, and with it, He continues to impart His children with truth. The devil may tempt us, but God’s love endures forever.

God so loved us before He created us. He purposed our lives for Himself and provides us with the strength to overcome our trials. Whatever seems hard, whatever seems tough and whatever seems impossible to us, God gives us what we need to make all things possible through Him.

God’s love is perfect. God’s love is kind. It never departs when beaten, never flees when surrounded and never withdraws when sorrow wraps us in its cold grip. His steadfast love endures forever.

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The Word Was God

A small god is that which has a beginning. But we have a much bigger God than those who think they know God. For our God has no beginning of days or end of nights. He has no equal. He gave life and sustains all things through the Word, His Son Jesus.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

(John 1:1-3)

God and Jesus existed from the very beginning. They are one, and they are God. They are all-knowing, and they are all-present. God’s will rises above all else. Not a thing happens without God knowing it will happen. For all glory belongs to God.

Out of the empty and void, God created all things. By His Word, He raised the mountains, formed the seas and moved the stars in place. Then He created us in His image, breathed into us the breath of life and made us living souls. By His Son Jesus, we have life.

A small god is that which has a mouth that cannot speak, eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear. But for us, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. By Him, we have salvation and eternal life forevermore, for the Word was God.

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

Blessed is the one who seeks to store treasures in heaven; for God’s blessing will be upon them who do good and seek to give God the glory in all things. They will hunger and thirst no more. God will satisfy them and provide for all their needs.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

(Matthew 6:19-21)

We do not need to be anxious about the things of this world. One day all these things will pass away and all that will remain is our love for God and the reward He will bestow to His children on the great day of judgment. Blessed are those who have ears and understand.

What manner of people ought we to be if our reward is awaiting us in heaven? Be kind to one another. Give to the poor. Save the broken-hearted from their pain. Bless all with the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ the Savior.

Show everyone compassion, for the Lord shows compassion on us when we sin. Have mercy on those who do not know better, for they do not know what they do. God will reward us in the end, therefore, lay up treasures in heaven.