Quiet Times

Friday, 24 August 2012 03:46

Reaching Your Personal Best for God - Part 1

Part 1: Let’s Grow Together

“If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” Jesus – John 7:17

When we look at the heroes in the Bible, it helps to remember that they were ordinary people who had great faith in God. One of our amazing opportunities is that God never says, “I used up all my great relationships. You were born too late. You can’t have one.”

Friday, 10 August 2012 02:24

Personal Meaning of Worship Grows over Time

I was recently asked to share what worship means to me with the rest of our worship team during our devotional at practice. As I prepared looking for passages of Scripture that have impacted my worship over the years, I thought about how my understanding of worship has evolved and how that has changed my worship.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 02:42

Why I Stay....

15 years ago two Kent State students invited me to church. It was the best invitation I have ever accepted! After studying the Bible and seeing that my life didn’t match up with what God commanded, I repented and made Jesus my Lord at the International Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio.

Monday, 02 July 2012 01:59

Psalm 19: Creation, Creator, Confession

David rises early to be with his God. As he walks the palace grounds, he is joyfully summoned to worship by the birds, who are already singing praises to their Creator. From the corner of the courtyard, he hears the trees register their approval with rustling applause.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 02:11

My Personal Prayer and Preparation for WDS

Recently I expressed my wish for some great life-redefining miracle, some burst of revelation that will “fix” everything and make sense out of my life. I wanted a revelation of God’s great and glorious plan to grant me “life to the full.” I set a specific time frame for when I would like to see that miracle happen: July 8, the last day of the World Discipleship Summit. But how often does God work that way?

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 02:59

Our Lives, God’s Blockbuster - Part 1

A possible ad: IN PRODUCTION, God’s new blockbuster. No special talents or background needed – just those who have “gained access by faith into grace”(Rom 5:2) need apply. Looking for great production values in disciples. On location in THE SOUTHEAST.

Saturday, 07 April 2012 01:57

Easter Meditation - Self Punishing God Brings Life

How can a perfect being like God Almighty be so patient with people?

Imagine a being so perfect in everything, in telling the truth, in justice, in peace, and in grace. Imagine him to be a God who needs nothing and no-one: self-sufficient. Imagination need not go far. This is reality.

Friday, 06 April 2012 09:07

The Significance of Passover - Sunset April 6, 2012

Why is this Night Different Than All Other Nights?

“Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast-as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.” I Corinthians 5:7
by Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:30

All of Life is Worship - Part V of Lord's Prayer Studies

As we continue to reflect on worship in the Lord's prayer, we will deepen our appreciation of the truths found in this submissive request... "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

A quiet time tool for you to dig into the scriptures is included as well in this study.

If we truly pray this prayer, that God's will be done just as it is done in heaven, our lives will grow in humility and obedience. Did you ever stop and reflect how heavenly beings do God's will? Angels are quick and submissive - and they do God's will with humility and awe. (That is a different quiet time!) Worship helps people to center on our Holy God's praiseworthiness. Everything we do is to be done because of and for God's infinte worth! Worship puts our unworthiness into a healthy perspective where can appreciate God's goodness and grace.

Our flesh is so self-sufficient and prideful that God's people need to constantly feed truth about God's glory and holiness to their minds and hearts. Personally, it helps keep me on the narrow path as life goes on. We are here to glorify God. The most ancient texts in the Bible bring people back to this truth as well: Jeremiah captured this truth well when he said, "Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me, declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. Jeremiah 2:19

Looking at worship through the words of Christ is a simple rewarding Bible study. In Part 1 we looked at God as OUR FATHER>> Part 2 explored the idea of COMMUNAL GROUP WORSHIP>>. Part 3 was an extensive look at the dozens of scriptures addressing the FEAR OF THE LORD>>, And Part 4 looked at the Kingdom of God - designed to bring GOD TO THE WORLD>> In this Bible study, the Lord would like us to deepen our conviction that all activities we do are a means to honor him.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
What do you think while you pray this phrase to God?
It should be something like “Lord, let what happens on earth, be in accordance with your will in heaven.”

In context of “Your kingdom come” we are humbly recognizing God as Lord of heaven and earth.
For me, the goal of the prayer is my obedience to God’s will for my life. It can be “God’s revealed will” from direct commands of scripture or “God’s Sovereign will” from surrender to circumstances and divine providence.

In either case, God is glorified by our surrendered heart and obedience. Look at these scriptures about doing God’s will that reveal that the Lord is glorified by our deeds. Remember however, that what we do outwardly is only pleasing to God based on who we are inwardly. In this quiet time we will emphasize and look for the worship noted. If we are truly worshiping God from humble hearts, who we are on the inside will be aligned under the supreme worth of God. This quiet time is a good tool for you to dig on your own and note what you learn... Click HERE>>> for a printable version.

God’s Will
How is God glorified? (Fill in)
Proverbs 14:31
Helping the Poor
i.e. Honor your God
John 15:8
Bearing Much Fruit
1 Corinthians 10: 31
Having a meal
2 Corinthians 4:15
Romans 12:12 Praying Faithfully  
Leviticus 19:32
Respecting the Elderly
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
Sharing with Others in Need
Matthew 5:16
Shining your light
John 8:54
Displaying Humility
Psalm 130:4,
Romans 12:6
Using Your gifts
Isaiah 38:19-20
Playing Music
Matthew 25:38, Romans 12:13
2 Corinthians 8:19
Serving the church
Psalm 85:9, Revelation 14:7
Fearing God
Proverbs 15:16
Contentment in non-materialistic living
Romans 13:1-7
Submission to Government
Psalm 30:1-2, Psalm 34:4-7
Perseverance in Trial
Phillipians 2:11, Hebrews 13:15
Confessing Jesus is Lord
Joshua 7:19
Confessing our sins
Romans 11:33 - 12:2
Offering our lives to God
1 Peter 4:16
Being persecuted for Jesus
Romans 15:5-6
Unity with others in the church
Psalm 13:5, 1 Timothy 1:12
Trusting in God’s power
Isaiah 24:1-16
When God's justice prevails
Proverbs 3:9-10
Financial Giving
Romans 14:8
Living and Dying
Luke 17:18
Displaying Gratitude
I Samuel 6:5
See your sin as it really is
Editor's Note: A similar quiet time idea is to read Romans 11:33-36 and 12:1-21 and list the deeds that are noted there as examples of being a living sacrifice, our spiritual worship.

All of life is worship! We live in the kingdom of God and all is for the King's glory!!

If something as basic as eating and drinking is a way to glorify God, certainly all of life is worship.Opportunities to worship God are present 24/7 365 days a year. Do God's will, "whether you eat or drink" in light of and for God's infinte worth! Honor him, for the ability we have to "live and move and have our being" comes only from him. Hold your breath
for a minute and realize you breathed 99.999999% of all other times in your life by the gracious hand of God! Worship puts our unwo
rthiness into a healthy perspective where we can appreciate God's unfathomable worth!

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven"

Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

In Christ -

Jerry Maday
Worcester, MA
by Wednesday, 27 February 2013 20:38

Praise God by Name in New Hymn

"Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore."

Psalm 113:2

Here is a hymn written to help saturate our souls with references to God's name in the Bible.

It is best sung after reflecting on the quiet times it is based on

1. Yahweh the Lord "Abba Father" True living God! There's no other!
2. Author of life o'er creation! You are my light and salvation!
3 Ancient of days King of Glory Alpha Omega who formed me!
4. Jesus Redeemer slain Lamb Word in the flesh Great I AM!
5. Invisible! Robed in splendor! My Strength! My Song! My defender!
6. Consuming fire Sovereign Lord Spirit my shield and reward!
7. Immortal God steadfast fortress! Unfail ing Love showing kindness!

Below are the Biblical References by Verse - Take time to reflect in context to grasp meaning of lyrics and God's name

Sing with your mind and spirit - I Cor 14:15 Ponder God's Glory and Be transformed by the Holy Spirit- II Corinthians 3:18

1. Yahweh the Lord "Abba Father" True living God! There's no other!
Exodus 3:1-16, Jeremiah 10:10, Isaiah 45:5, Mark 14:36, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15

2. Author of life o'er creation! You are my light and salvation!
Acts 3:15, Psalm 145:9, Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 51:5, Luke 2:32

3. Ancient of days King of Glory Alpha Omega who formed me!
Daniel 7:9-22, Isaiah 43:1-13, Psalm 24:7-10, Revelation 22:13

4. Jesus Redeemer slain Lamb Word in the flesh Great I AM!
John 1:14, 8:58, 12:41 Revelation 5:12, 13:8, Isaiah 41:14, 44:24

5. Invisible! Robed in splendor! My Strength! My Song! My defender!
Hebrews 11:27, Romans 1:20, Psalm 104:1, Isaiah 63:1, Exodus 15:2, Psalm 19:14

6. Consuming fire Sovereign Lord Spirit my shield and reward!
Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 9:14, 12:29, Isaiah 33:14-17, Acts 4:24, Zephaniah 1:7, John 4:24, Genesis 15:1-2

7. Immortal God steadfast fortress! Unfail ing Love showing kindness!
I Timothy 1:17, Daniel 6:26, 2 Samuel 22:2, Isaiah 63:7, Psalm 144:2, Deuteronomy 5:10

Sheet music is here>>>

Guitar Chords here >>>

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Jerry Maday
Worcester, Massachusetts
Student of Christ

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