Today I wanted to share with you a scripture that has become a faith statement for me almost every day. In Ephesians 1:12, the Word tells us, “that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.” The Voice Translation states it like this: “as a result, we - the first to place our hope in the anointed one – will live in a way to bring Him glory and praise”
If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, and accepted Him as your Savior, your desire should be to live a life that would bring Him glory and praise. Is this easy to do? Yes! Does this mean you have to be perfect? No, we will never be perfect. Jesus was the only perfect one. That is the reason that He died for us: that we could take on His righteousness and have a place of forgiveness in His blood and in His name.
How do we live a life of “praise of His glory”? This very verse tells us three ways that we can bring praise to His name.
When we trust God with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding, we bring praise and glory to His name.
Psalms 50:23 states, “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me…” When we lift our voice to God in praise, no matter the situation, we bring glory to Him. We are saying to God that we trust You so much that we are overriding what the situation may look like and offering our praise!
Several years back, the Lord shared with a well-known preacher that the Glory of the Lord was His power, His presence and His goodness. So, for us to bring “praise of His glory”, like stated in Ephesians 1:12. We must walk in God’s presence, His power, and His goodness. We must spend time in His presence daily. We must operate in His power when a situation arises in life. We must believe and expect His goodness to be upon us and working through us every day. If we follow His Word, our life will be to the “praise of His glory.”
I like to say it like this every morning: “Father, let my life be to the praise of Your glory today.”
I would like to close this blog today with a prayer over you.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I lift up our partners and friends to you. I thank you for your presence, your power, and your goodness being in their lives. I thank you that daily, as they trust you, you are with them and they are never alone. I plead the blood of Jesus over their lives, and I thank you that your Holy Spirit is guiding and directing them today. I surround them with your favor, and I thank you that their lives will be to the praise of Your glory. I love you, Lord, and I place their lives and every situation that they may be facing in your hands. In Jesus name, Amen.”