This is Celia C. Tillman, bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is STANDING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD. There have been many well known or renowned men who have spoken before hundreds and thousands of people with a speech that was well polished and sentence structured. However, many hours were spent in the preparation, with the hope that their speech would be well received. Ladies, God is not concern of how well we speak, but when we speak that we have faith in him; believe that he is the one who will reward us who will diligently seek him, (Hebrew 11:6).
When we come or stand before God, we must come boldly and stripped of all our earthly cares. However, recognizing that he is God who sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to die and shed his blood for the entire human race, or the “ungodly,” (Roman 5:6). He is the “I AM THAT I AM,” (Exodus 3:14); he is “THE BREAD OF GOD,” that came down from heaven and gave life unto the world, (John 6:33-35); he is the “FIRST AND THE LAST and THE I AM HE THAT LIVETH AND WAS DEAD AND IS ALIVE FOR EVER MORE; have the keys of death; the grave AMEN,” (Revelation 1-17-18). Oh, what great descriptions of almighty God. We shouldn’t have any hang ups or problems in talking to God and definitely no problems in serving him.
Ladies, nothing is hidden from God, however when we sin, he knows that too. We cannot fool God like we do man because he knows everything about us. He knows us when we are fully clothed or stripped naked. The Psalmist David said, “You have looked deep into my heart, Lord and you know all about me. You know when I am working or going about my task afar off. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go, and even before I speak a word, you know what I will say,” (Psalm 139:1-4). Ladies, in essence when we come to God we don’t have to worry about excellent of speech but have a heart full of humility and sincerity. We must be like little children who look to their parents for everything. As Christians, we must trust God and reverence him and believe that he will supply our every need, whether physical or spiritual. We are in his kingdom, the church, (Colossians 1:13, 18) which cannot be moved, and we must have grace; hold fast that we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, (Hebrew 12:28).
We can read in the Old Testament where there were those of God’s people, who didn’t respect or reverence his statutes and judgments. However, they mingled with nations round about them and worshiped their gods. Even the priest and the Levites who were experts of the law were carried away in sin, and taking the daughters of other nations and giving them to their sons to marry, (Deuteronomy 12:1-4; Ezra 9:1-15). Today, we see that same behavior among the people of God and they have turned a deaf ear to his precepts and followed the ways and traditions of the world. The Apostle Paul tells us not to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers, (2 Corinthians 6:14). He asked the questions: (1) “What fellowship has
Righteousness with unrighteousness?” (2) “And what communion has light with darkness?” (3) “And what concord or agreement has Christ with Belial or Satan?” (4) “Or what part has he that believeth with an infidel or nonbeliever?” (5) “Or the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). We must understand however, that those of us who wear the name of Christ shouldn’t worship idols but only the one and true God. We must teach them to know that he is not UNKNOWN but he is ALIVE; that he made the world, and everything therein; gave life and breath to everything and he doesn’t need anything, (Acts 17:23-25).
I am reminded of a song that we sing often: I STAND AMAZED. I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Naz-a-rene and wonder how he can love me a sinner condemned unclean. Oh, how marvelous, how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!
God love us and he wants us to be free and full of confident in the way we approach him. We should never be arrogant but come to him with humility; gratitude, thanking him for his grace, and mercy in sending his Son Jesus Christ to die for the whole world, (Roman 5:6-8).
We must always remember that because of this hope that we have in Christ Jesus that we can speak boldly with confidence and plainness of speech, (2 Corinthians 3:12).
- When a speaker speaks to his audience, what does he consider first? Explain
- What is God concern when we talk to him? Explain
- How should we come to God? Explain
- Who did Christ shed his blood for? Explain and give scripture.
- Give some descriptions of who God is? Explain
- After reading the awesomeness of God’s persona, why isit so hard to obey him? Explain
- Is there anything to hard for God? Explain
- Is there a scripture that says the Church is the kingdom? Explain and give scripture
- Can the kingdom be destroyed? Explain
- Have mankind always respected God? (b) Name some of the evil things the children of Israel did.
- What does God mean, when he said, don’t be unequally yoked? Explain
- Why is it that we can speak boldly to God? Explain
- In your own words explain why God amaze you?
- After reading the lesson, have your faith been strengthen? Explain