I Chronicles 29:11-14 (NLT)
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
David loved God. It is so evident in his prayers to the Lord that David really did have a heart for God’s Heart. I want to be that kind of person. I can identify with David. I have many, many faults that challenge my belief in unconditional love. Not that it is impossible for God to do so but why would He love me like that after the many times I knew Him and yet failed Him anyway? See David was that guy, too. He loved God. God knew David loved Him. When David messed up, God saw it as sin but still loved the sinner. The greatness of God’s Love is incomprehensible. If we only could get a good glimpse of the vastness of it, we would learn to live in it rather than on the parameters deciding whether to jump in. It is our inability not to sin and become perfect that often leads to our wandering. We want to believe that God is great. We want to think that He is always good! We want His Glory and Power in our life but don’t know how to get there from here.
David said, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty.” EVERYTHING in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, this is your kingdom.” In that moment, David (the sinner that he was) did something incredibly powerful that we must take hold of. David put the Lord back on the throne. Power and majesty are partners. A believer cannot have the full effect of God’s Power operating in their life until Jesus is Lord of their life. He must become their majesty or Lord of them. David made this declaration in his prayer dedicating the Temple. How ironic? It is in the dedication of our temple that we declare membership in the Kingdom of God. There are many people who call themselves Christians but live in bondage to sin. They are not free. Not because they do not want freedom, but do not know how to exercise the Power of God they have been given. Some don’t even know that God is powerful today. They ask Jesus to be their savior but stop right there not knowing that the moment they call Him Lord every chain is broken and door opened in their life. We need God’s Power. We want it. Now we are going to find out how to have it!
John 8:36 (NLT) So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
John 8:32 (NLT) “ And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Galatians 5:7 (NLT)
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.
Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT)
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Let’s talk about freedom for a moment. When we talk about freedom, we look at our sin. That’s right. Rather than focusing on the fact that Christ wants to free us from anything and holding us back from His Glorious Standard of Living and all of its benefits and blessing – we look at what we are not willing to give up which is always small and insignificant in comparison. But it is all we have. We know it. We understand it. We like how it feels and the subtle satisfaction that it gives us. We do not know the full impact of what God is doing in our life and lack the patience to wait and find out. We are the ones who struggle with our freedom for it was given to us when we believed. The restrictions placed on our life are self-imposed. In Christ is all the Power and Authority that there is in the all of creation. He is Lord of EVERYTHING. (Colossians 1:17-18) We can do everything and anything through Christ. (Philippians 4:13) We have the freedom to choose. The Lord gave us a free will so we could choose whether or not we love and serve Him. Forced love is not love at all. Serving in love is the kind of submission that allows us to fully experience God’s Power in our life.
Colossians 1:15-23 (NLT)
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
I know this passage is long and is the chief complaint of most of the readers, to those I apologize. But in this passage, a beautiful picture is painted of the power and majesty of Christ. He is not some broken body hanging on the Cross. He is not a dead man lying in a tomb hidden from the world. He is not some shepherd roaming the fields looking for lost sheep. He is not meek or passive. He is God. He is the Word of God. He is the Son of God. The magnitude of who Jesus really is – is greater than the human mind can fully comprehend. Because we cannot see Him, we reduce the Lord to something that is comfortable for us and limit His Power in our life. But if we understood the awesomeness of who He is, we would fall on our face and surrender our life instantaneously to His Greatness and Power. We would know our weakness and inability in that moment and surrender our life completely just to live in such glorious goodness forever. Where is the Power of God in our life? We left it. Where is the Authority that changes a natural life into supernatural living? We have forgotten it.
Jesus cast a demon out of a man and the Pharisees accused Him of being the Prince of the demons. But Jesus answered their accusation with logic. Why would satan do such a thing? Why would the devil work against his own demons? It would take a much higher authority and power to do so because satan has power, too. (Luke 11:14-22) When we do not allow the power and authority of God to inhabit our life, we allow other forces to dominate it all in the name of freedom. We are free to house the Power and Authority of Christ or let the enemy run rampant in our life. We make the choice what power we serve. But you cannot serve them both. Any part of our life that is not surrendered hinders the full operation of His Power in our life. We are robbed in that moment. Some think it is God punishing or holding something back from us but that is just not true. The Power of God (the Holy Spirit) lives inside of us, so we can choose who we serve because the highest authority and power in the universe lives in us. How do I put Jesus back on the throne today? Easy. No real it is easy. Put Him above everything and everyone else in your life.
I have shared that my job has been pure hell. I cannot describe the pressure and stress that I have been under adequately. I know that God is doing something in my life or I would have already walked away. Driving to work, I pray. I dedicate my day and my office to Jesus Christ and His Power and authority. From the moment I open the door and step in the office until I run out of it to head for home, I am under constant attack. We have been in an office with the door closed conducting an audit for weeks. The four walls now feel like a prison, but when I step outside the door to the hall I am swarmed with problems. It seems like more than I can handle but the Lord has not opened the door for me to leave yet. At some point in these last couple of weeks, maybe I began to think that these trials were bigger than the triumph that is coming when I leave this job to pursue the new career that I know is coming. One that will allow me to spend time with my family and have some time off. I have to finish strong just like the Lord has instructed.
Today, I put Jesus back on the throne of my life. This too shall pass just like so many other things. Just a few rooms over on the other side of the house is my sleeping miracle child who is nine months in remission only proving again that God is good all the time. He is faithful. He is true. He loves me oh how He loves me. My house is peaceful and my family secure. My sweet daughter who moved to the other side of the country will be home in just a few days. As I turn my attention from all the problems in my life and focus them back on the One who lives on the throne of it, I am peaceful all over again. I know the Lord. He is good! He is all-powerful. He is my Savior AND my Lord!
Jude 1:24-25 (NLT)
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.