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About hypkip

married, follower of Jesus, teacher of the Holy Book

seeking is worship

Seeking is the greatest expression of praise and worship. By persistently seeking God, we declare that he is supremely desirable. To see God is to glorify God, that is, to declare his supreme worth. We might declare with our lips that God is worthy of all praise, but we demonstrate what is truly worth the most to us by what we pursue. The psalms in which people seek God, even from the most alienated positions, are truly psalms of praise and worship, perhaps even more so than those that explicitly make declarations of praise and worship.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 96.


waiting

Most of the biblical history consists of people waiting for God to do something. And often they waited in very dire circumstances that made the wait all the more difficult. They were held in the tension between the divine promise and the seeming absence of any implementation of that purpose.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 92.


appreciation and glorious grace

We naturally appreciate and thank God for what he has done for us. But it is too easy to be preoccupied with our benefits and overlook what God’s grace means to him. We are saved by grace because that is appropriate to God’s nature and purposes, bringing him glory as it brings us salvation. We are alerted to that at the very beginning of the epistle by the words “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:6).

Walter l. Liefeld, Ephesians, page 87.


greatest expression of praise and worship

Seeking is the greatest expression of praise and worship. By persistently seeking God, we declare that he is supremely desirable. To seek God is to glorify God, that is, to declare his supreme worth. We might declare with our lips that God is worthy of all praise, but we demonstrate what is truly worth the most to us by what we pursue. The psalms in which people seek God, even from the most alienated positions, are truly psalms of praise and worship, perhaps even more so than those that explicitly make declarations of praise and worship.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 96.


wisdom defined

But wisdom is so much more than knowledge, even Bible knowledge. It is knowing God, maturing in our relationship with him and walking with him so closely and perceptively that we are enabled to develop a godly character, live thoughtfully and make proper choices in life.

Walter L. Liefeld, Ephesians, p.132.


the greatest cause of suffering

To embrace God is to allow his desires to rule in our hearts. To know God is to share his joy and therefore also his grief. If any person is to love God, he or she must be prepared to grieve over the things that grieve God. To come to God is to have our hearts broken by God’s sadness, not only for the world he loves but also for us. To be embraced by God is to be shattered by the revelation of all that grieves God in our lives. It is to be devastated by the reality that we are the cause of the greatest suffering in the universe: the suffering of God.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 40.


faith is a relationship

Biblical faith is not a religion to observe or a code of ethics to follow. It is not even primarily a task to fulfill. Biblical faith is a relationship to enjoy. It is as simple as that.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 20.


disobedience a relational breakdown

Disobedience is a sign that there is something wrong with our relationship with God. The solution to disobedience, therefore, is not simply to start “doing the right things.” If the fruit is bad, we don’t focus on curing the fruit; we cure the tree. This is why so many Christians go around and around in circles when trying to deal with personal sin. They deal with it by trying harder not to sin It never works. Something has to change in the heart. Inevitably, the problem comes down to some kind of relational breakdown, often between themselves and others, and always between themselves and God.

Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, p. 22-23.


abandoned

God did His greatest work while Jesus felt most abandoned by God.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46


every believer a gift

We’ve built our modern churches on the assumption that God works through a few talented, impressive, and wealthy people. And we give all the other people comfortable seats from which they can be blessed by what God does through these leaders and influencers.

I honestly believe we in the American Church need to get on our knees and repent of our condescending attitudes toward God’s Holy Spirit. We have read Scripture’s clear statements about the Spirit manifesting Himself through every Christian, but we’ve decided we know better, these people aren’t ready for anything serious, and it will be more effective if the talented few do all the heavy lifting.

Francis Chan, Letters to the Church, page 164.