Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In subtle ways and in not so subtle but audacious ways, many proud saints and sinners do it publically. But how about you? Who or what do you brag on?

"Do" what, Kurt, ..and "How about me".. what, Kurt? 

Well, I'm talkin' about bragging on self here. In some circles it's actually cool to do that. You of course could brag on yourself instead of on Jesus who really deserves it .. yes, a little or a lot, but where would that get you? How would that serve the Kingdom of God? It wouldn't. What gain for God would come from it? Zip.  

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together." Psalms 34:1-3 

"Let God be magnified." Psalm 70:4

"Don't brag about yourself let others praise you." Proverbs 27:2

"He (Jesus Christ) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power." Hebrews 1:3 

We often see ads on TV and at movies where they brag on the dumbest stuff and then the hearers start to want and go after that junk. I mean stuff that will soon end up in a garage sale... but have you had the guts so to speak ...to praise and brag on the One who has never been dumb or boasted in the flesh, and even died for on a lonely Cross for you? Why not? We hear individuals boldly brag on themselves all the time before us and then call that confidence. Surely we could pray and be bold where we go.    

It should be the primary purpose of every Bible-believing local church.. to worship and magnify Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:21). And I will go further than that by saying that magnifying Christ, instead of self or band or pastor or athlete etc, ought to be the purpose of every born-again believer. Let the lost people say what they will, why try to reform them? Give them the Gospel lovingly, tell them all about what Jesus has done in your life, but let's magnify the Lord today. The Apostle Paul said, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord." And first-off, know the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:17
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