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January 4th, 2013

Worthy is the Lamb!

“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!'” Revelation 5:11-12 (ESV)

Why is Christ alone worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing? Why is He the object of our worship and that of the elders and angels? What is so special about Him that He is the focus of all of Scripture and the climax of God’s redemptive plan for all things? He is worthy because of how He both communicates and secures the glory of God. Consider this truth for a moment. Jesus communicates the glory of God, pictured beautifully in chapter 4 of Revelation. In this chapter, John presents the best of creation surrounding the Lord and responding in worship. God in all of His glory far outshines the greatest collection of the best we have to offer, making Him a worthy object of our affection, and Jesus embodies this truth. Jesus is the incarnate glory of God, revealing to us His nature and His beautiful plan of redemption.

Further, Christ is worthy of our affection and ultimate blessings because of how He secures the glory of God as preeminent by becoming the only source of salvation for creation. Christ’s worth is only amplified by His sacrifice, as the saints proclaim that because of His “blood” that was poured out for the people of God, He is worthy to “take the scroll and to open its seals” (Rev 5:9 ESV). Without His sanctifying work, the glory of God would have demanded our expulsion; yet, because of His work, the glory of God becomes a source of both praise and purpose.

This morning, consider the glory of God and the worth of Christ in making that a source of hope for you rather than a cause for fear. Consider further the power of Christ in your life to remove the seals and secure your salvation. Do not seek to save yourself in your own strength; rather, turn to Him today, behold His glory, and be satisfied.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 362: Revelation 1-5)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Christ-centered, Revelation, Worthy.
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August 11th, 2009

Bringing Your Worship: Intimacy

“‘Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.'” John 15:4 (NIV)

To nurture an abiding relationship with Christ involves a daily experience.

Your private worship is vital to having an ongoing vibrant love relationship with Christ. Are you growing in your daily intimacy with God? It takes time to develop intimacy. You may say that you just don’t have enough time to fit private worship into your schedule. The reality is that we make space for that which we value. Do you value intimacy with God? Are you willing to plan for and prepare for a daily experience with God?

If you go on a business trip or on a family vacation, you prepare for it. If you are anticipating a major exam in school or fulfilling a commitment to teach a small group Bible study, you prepare for it. The same is true in our daily walk with God. To have a meaningful and productive daily experience with God, you treat it as something you value and treasure. You prepare for your daily intimacy with God.

If my private worship time alone with God is important, then how should I prepare for it? Select a time each day when you are at your best. Find a physical location that enhances your experience with God. If you enjoy nature, then plan to have your quiet time outdoors. If you enjoy soft music playing as you spend time with God, then have the music ready for the moment. If you prefer solitude, then search for that room or closet or other environment that will provide that kind of atmosphere. Have a Bible reading plan in place whether it is to read through the Bible in one year, read one chapter, or read a few verses each day. Choose to jot down insights gleaned from your reading time. Reflect on what God is saying to you. Spend time in prayer sharing your heart with God and listening for His voice.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
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Posted Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Abiding in Christ, Christ-centered, Intimacy with God, Solitude, Worship.
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May 23rd, 2008

Bringing Your Worship (4)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Col 3:16 (NIV)

Is God’s Word at home in your heart?

Your intake of God’s Word will determine your level of living on mission with God. The primary tool of revelation that God uses for His children is the Bible. God reveals Himself through His Word. You can read the Bible. You can listen to the Bible. You can sit under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.

  • “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)
  • “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (NIV)

Your worship includes the intentional intake of God’s Word. God has appointed and anointed pastors and teachers to communicate His Word in a creative and compelling way. Are you currently sitting under that kind of preaching and teaching? God speaks through human instrumentality. Do you consistently receive a Word from God through the preaching and teaching that you are exposing yourself to?

There are many options out there. Make certain that you are connected to a Bible centered and Christ honoring local fellowship of believers led by a God fearing pastor. Don’t compromise on this one. Be sure to find anointed Bible teachers to help you grow in your understanding and application of God’s Word. Make room in your heart for God’s Word!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Bible, Christ-centered, Pastor, Teacher, Worship.
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