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So lift those drooping hands

LIft those drooping handsHard to believe that I have been in a Baptist Church and then two weeks later in a Presbyterian Church, standing both times beside the pastor, and during worship, they reached into the heavens to worship and praise God.

They knew their faith was in an incredible God, a God that had met them and sustained them and will continue to be there for them and walk with them.

When the stood in the pulpit, their encouragement was strong – lift those hands, strengthen your weak knees, make the paths before you straight so that your feet may know the way and whatever part of you is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

With such a relationship with God we strive for peace with everyone and we seek to be holy as God is holy for without God inside us no one will see the Lord.

It is now our responsibility to see to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” spring up and cause trouble, for we have seen too many times how that attitude defiles a person.

Let us not forget those who take the holy things of God so casually like Esau – almost irreligious or immoral, just like Esau who sold what God had blessed him with for a single meal.  Such an attitude most likely means that when you have strayed, though you look for repentance, it will not be there for you.

Our God no longer needs to be approached as something of a blazing fire, or darkness with gloom and a tempest or the sound of a trumpet or a voice that is so terrible that everyone asks it to cease talking – so terrifying that even Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But we come to the heavenly throne of God and to the city of the living God and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just people made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.

So let’s make it a point not to refuse the voice of God or to allow Him to walk with us.

There will be one more shaking in this world, but this time not only on earth but also in heaven and whatever remains will remain.  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.

 

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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