Abiding in Him

 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. – John 15:7

In all God’s intercourse with us, the promise and its conditions are inseparable. If we fulfill the conditions, He fulfills the promise. What He is to be to us depends upon what we are willing to be to Him.  “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” And so in prayer the unlimited promise, Ask whatsoever ye will, has its one simple and natural condition, if ye abide in me. It is Christ whom the Father always hears; God is in Christ, and can only be reached by being in Him; to be in Him is the way to have our prayer heard; and wholly abiding in Him, w e have the right to ask whatsoever we will, and the promise that it shall be done unto us.

When we compare this promise with the experience of most believers, we are startled by s terrible discrepancy. Who can number up the countless prayers that rise up and bring no answer? The cause must be either that we do not fulfill the condition, or God does not fulfill the promise. Believers are not willing to admit either, and therefore have devised a way of escape from the dilemma. They put into the promise the qualifying clause our Savior did not put there – if it be God’s will; and so maintain both God’s integrity and their own.

Excerpted from “With Christ In The School Of Prayer” – Andrew Murray (1885)

Words of Grace for Strength

We have all done it, prayed to the Lord and inserted wording along the lines of “Lord, if it be in Your will” or something to that effect. Murray seems to be clearly saying that he finds that to be some sort of Christian safety clause or escape hatch; it lets us off the hook if our prayer is not answered, yet as true and faithful believers, we would never dream of putting the Lord on the hook we managed to avoid. Therefore, seemingly unanswered prayer is neatly dealt with and no one is to blame. And if that is so, no one is the wiser for it either.

Murray goes on to talk about the fact that an authentic prayer life requires faith in the Lord, but more than that it also requires obedience to the Lord. But there can still be a feeling of praying falling short, going unanswered in the faithful and obedient believer. True prayer requires that abiding in Christ, that centering on Jesus and living with Him at the center of a life dedicated to Him and following anxiously and obediently after God’s will and purposes for that life.

In the abiding life, the believer will find the boldness to ask in prayer with great specificity and confidence of knowing that prayers are answered because the believer is abiding, and is learning, the true purposes they have as believers in Christ. The abiding believer is only asking for what the Lord desires to give in the first place, so how can one not be bold and confident to begin with?

If you are finding your prayers to the Lord vague and general, that you are offering them up with weakness or timidly, ask yourself if your are truly seeking the Lord, are truly looking to abide in Christ. Ask yourself, and be honest with yourself.

And if you cannot do that, turn to and ask God if you are the abiding believer that He desires you to be.

Ask Him. For we all know that He will tell us the truth, whether we wish to hear it or not.

Has God Left America’s House of Prayer?

Greek experts say the English word “apostasy” means to withdraw, stand away from, fall away from, or depart from the faith. Bible prophecy experts say departing from the faith is a sign that the end of the Church Age has arrived. They base this on something Paul said:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1).

Apostasy is as old as the church, but professing believers who teach heresies will be a major problem in the organized church when the Rapture is near.

In 1893, the U.S. Congress gave a charter to the Episcopal Church to build a cathedral in Washington, DC. That Cathedral quickly became the location of religious services of national significance. The funerals of several U.S. presidents, senators and congressmen have been held there.

That Cathedral also became known as America’s “National House of Prayer.” Monthly prayer meetings have been held there including prayer for our nation during WW II. Special prayer services have been held there including a prayer service for our nation following the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the United States.

On Nov. 14, 2014, a Muslim prayer service was held at America’s “National House of Prayer.” Many prayer carpets were spread in the sanctuary; hundreds of Muslims turned their back on the cross; hundreds bowed toward Mecca and said, “There is only one god, he begets not (doesn’t have a Son) and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle” (Jesus is not God’s Servant and there are not Twelve Apostles).

Christians believe John was an apostle. He wrote five books of the Bible including these words:

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 Jn. 2:22).

The apostle John also said:

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 Jn. 4:2-3).

The Muslim denial that God has a Son is a lie and nothing less than the spirit of Antichrist in America’s “National House of Prayer.” It is a doctrine of the devil that was organized and promoted by church leaders who have departed from the faith. It is no wonder that the Episcopal Church has lost more than 40 percent of its members since the middle 1960s.

I have presented this as an example of a church falling away from the faith to the group of Bible prophecy lovers that I have the honor of meeting with each week. I wrote this article to share their responses with those who read this.

One very perceptive lady said, “This tells you the temperature of that church.” She was referring to the fact that Jesus told the church at Laodicea:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16).

The church officials that put that service together are a perfect example of people who would say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:17); people who know not that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked; people who know not that they are spiritually poor; people who know not that their nakedness must be covered with the righteousness of God’s living Son; people who are blind to the fact that He is the only way to be saved and worshipping Allah condemns multitudes to hell.

One very perceptive man said, “It reminds me that President Obama said, ‘We (the people of the U.S.) are no longer a Christian nation.’”

He is right. America has fundamentally changed and clergy like those wretched, miserable leaders at the Episcopal Church in Washington, DC are a major contributing factor. Clergy that should be defending the faith have been seduced by evil spirits (1 Tim. 4:1). They call Jesus Lord, claim to preach in His name and claim to do many wonderful things like this odious event, but Jesus doesn’t know them (Matt.7:22-23).

Another very perceptive lady said, “It is obvious that before those church officials invited the Muslims to blaspheme God He had already left our National Cathedral.”

She is right. God will not share America’s “House of Prayer” with Allah. Here is fundamental change we can believe in: Either Allah goes or God goes and it is quite possible that God has already left. It is quite possible that future prayers in that defiled place will not be answered.

During the service a woman shouted out, “Leave our churches alone.” She was escorted out of the church shouting, “Why can’t you worship in your mosque?”

Church officials thought it was okay to allow Muslims to blaspheme Jehovah during that service in America’s “House of Prayer,” but it was not okay for a Christian to stand up for the faith at that time. Can those church officials honestly claim that they were sharing the gospel with their Muslim guests?

No one can deny that we should have order in the church and everything should be done for the glory of God. But worshipping Allah wasn’t done for the glory of God. And the problem wasn’t the woman who shouted out.

The problem was the religious church leaders who foolishly scheduled a service and allowed a Muslim imam to come into the church and say that “God has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and there is no god like Allah.”

If those church leaders don’t condemn the heresy that occurred in that church, their hearts are not right with God and they are a part of the spirit of antichrist that prevailed there.

Oh, I know they said they were trying to promote tolerance among faiths. But that was only to appear godly and to try to justify their decision to ignore the Scriptures and compromise the faith. Paul spoke about this:

“This know also, that in the last days . . . . people will have a form of godliness” (2 Tim. 3:1-6). It is easy to understand why Jesus will spew out the lukewarm.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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Our Prayer For His Will

When we pray, how do we pray according to the will of God? We must pray having the attitude of Jesus: “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39) When we pray according to His will, we can expect to receive with full confidence that what He has declared in Scripture, He will do. We pray with complete assurance that we will obtain that which is promised: 1 John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

However, as we live daily in this fallen world, we seldom know or understand God’s will as it relates to our lives. So we pray for Him to reveal His will to us, without the knowledge of what we ask. Because of our limited knowledge we pray in simple faith for Him to reveal His will as He promised: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26 & 27).

Our prayers must have their root in the spiritual wisdom we can only gain from a life that has trusted in Christ alone as Lord and Savior, from a life centered in Christ. Think about one of the prayers the Apostle Paul prayed for one of the churches he wrote a letter to: “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power  which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:15-21)

The place where our prayers must start is in how we live our lives for the Lord. Prayer without a life of godly reflection and a Christ-centered lifestyle would be somewhat empty. Yes, we would be speaking to God, but of what? If we are not living each day seeking His will, seeking His face, showing the mind of Christ and the love of Christ to those around us, what would our prayers consist of? Either we are going deep into the Word of God through our reading and study of the Bible, either we are getting deep into modelling Christ in our lives by ministering to others, or our prayers are likely to skim along the surface of a relationship with God or go glancing off into nothing.

The prayers of our Lord resonated deep within Him and His Father because of Christ’s obedience to His Father’s will, because He and the Father were One. The more obedient we are in our relationship, the easier it becomes to pray and to know what to pray for. It often feels as if prayer cannot be taught but must be learned. Yes, you can study and read on prayer, both in the Bible and in many excellent books written in an explanatory or devotional manner. In that sense, you can be taught. But the best way to learn to pray is to…Pray. Time alone with God, searching your heart and speaking to Him, and Him alone, is probably the best teacher of prayer. We would not say practice makes perfect, for as in all things relating to God, we are only perfected in Christ Jesus and only when we are glorified in Him at His Second Coming. But the practice of prayer, regularly and in a faithful and obedient manner, helps draw us closer to Christ, which in turn causes us to grow in Christ, and thus time before the Lord helps sanctify us to His Name and His will.

Over time, the Spirit will continue to intercede for us, the groanings which cannot be uttered will be offered up on our behalf. But we will begin to pray ceaselessly ourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:16). By praying always, it is not meant that we neglect the duties and commitments of our everyday life. But a soul that has come into intimate and repeated contact with God should never again be out of conscious touch with God, our heart going out to Him. And when the mind is no longer engaged, it should return to God, as in the words of E.M. Bounds, as naturally as a bird to its’ nest.

Seek out the Lord and let Him lead you to prayer. Experience the joy of seeking out and learning His will for your life, by learning through your prayer life in Him.  As you read the Word, pray for understanding. Pray for His Holy Spirit to teach you His will in the Word. Pray for His presence and leading continually in your life. Learn to be like a bird returning to the nest. Remember that in Matthew 6:26, Jesus spoke of how the Father feeds them.

Signs of the Times: Are There Any Pre-Millennial Millennials? – Part Three

Since starting this little mini-series in August, I have tried to read what I can of the research that has been done on the Millennial Generation and fit it into how those of us who follow a pre-millennial dispensational view of the Bible should be responding to them. It is clear that the average Millennial thinks differently than the generations that immediately precede them. It is a logical conclusion that given the huge size of this cohort (a generational group as defined in the areas of demographics, statistics and marketing research), the Millennial Generation will have a significant impact on all phases of society and culture as it marches (as cohorts tended to do in the Roman Empire) through the season of time that they run things in this world.

As I look at the biblical teachings of end times prophecy, I continue to wonder about the impact this generation will have on the popularity of a pre-millennial dispensational approach. Hence the question in the title of this post, and hence the fact that this is Part Three.

I have done some reading which concludes that the millennial is not happy with the way things are going in this country, this comes as no surprise as a lot of us who cannot call ourselves a millennial feel the same way. But here are some of the reasons cited for millennial anger:

  • Nearly a third of adults ages 18 to 34 are living with their parents
  • Only about two-thirds of men in their late 20’s have a full-time job
  • Nearly half of the Millennial Generation are using about half their paycheck to pay off debt
  • The average millennial has a savings rate of around negative 2 percent
  • Nearly half of college graduates still have some level of financial dependence on their parents two years after graduation
  • National debt is in the $18 trillion range (and growing) and the Millennial Generation will be paying it off the rest of their lives

It is easy to see the current economic state of our country is not being kind to the average millennial. This probably is not making the parent of the average millennial very happy either, given the situation and the help they must continue to give to a generation struggling to come into their own. Parents rightfully worried about what kind of life their children (and eventually grandchildren) are going to face.

So what does all this have to do with those of us who hold a pre-millennial worldview? Unhappy people are usually looking for answers and I believe we have the only worldview that has the truth and clarity of the bible to back it up. If we engage with this generation as I discussed in Part Two, we have the opportunity to reach them with love, with answers to where the world is going (and why), and begin to bring them along to a life of solid bible study and understanding.

Why can reaching this generation have so great an impact? It is estimated that over the next few decades (should Jesus not return in that time-frame), this generation will inherit $30 trillion in wealth. Who and what they give to will be impacted, giving them a sound biblical worldview will be crucial to the body of Christ continuing to make a difference to millions as we minister to the world. We need them to see the relevancy of bible prophecy and understand a focus on Jesus is still the only way to truly help the world. Money alone will not help, but money spent in a God honoring way will. We can show them the way.

Why is this generation a crop so ready to be harvested? In addition to the attitudes of the millennials who identify as Christian, nearly 2 out 3 non-Christian millennials have never read the Bible. There is a vast group of this increasingly powerful and influential generation who have only heard what people tell them is in the Bible (and given the world opinion of Christianity, mostly likely a negative view). We have a vast opportunity to reach out and save souls, and bring the lost to a proper interpretation of the Word of God. I believe there is more opportunity to reach people with a pre-millennial dispensational view of the Bible than ever before. The harvest is ripe, and the workers are few. Let’s make some more.

Another recent survey is also interesting to me from a different perspective. Barna research found that the millennial will gravitate to a quieter, more traditional church space. 2 of 3 surveyed preferred a “classic” church to a trendy one. 3 out of 4 preferred a church sanctuary to a church auditorium. About the same number wanted quiet and not loud. Survey respondents were looking for a deeper, more authentic church experience. However, the survey seemed to focus on the visual nature of the millennial with the classic church setting being more of the stained glass cathedral type setting over the artificially created atmosphere of many mega-churches today.

Not all of us attend that type traditional church (at least what seems to be the millennial definition of traditional), I know I don’t. But I would love to spend time with a millennial talking about the truly traditional church, the one described in the Book of Acts. What I believe to be the True Church is modeled on the church founded by Jesus Christ as described in the early part of Acts, which is the church at its’ earliest time. Not the stained glassed cathedral with that slightly medieval sense of awe. I would point them at the church that is truly traditional, that will lead to the deepest, most authentic relationship, the one that Jesus established, the one that Jesus wants for members of His Church. Often a church with a house church type of feel. Might not evoke feelings of solitude and awe, but will embrace you with feelings of love and being part of a family.

Maybe I am kidding myself into thinking this is the church the average pre-millennial believer desires, and is in. But it is clearly the one we should be. And it is the church I feel we are best equipped to lead the millennial into, to turn them into pre-millennial millennials. The millennial with a wish to expand and deepen their social network should respond to that premise, and we of the pre-millennial dispensational approach are uniquely qualified to lead them to and reach them there.

After all, reaching people for Christ, pointing them to Him, giving them an understanding of this world and its’ problems, giving them an understanding of the only One who can solve these problems, is not that the reason to preach and teach biblical prophecy and the end times events that will come to pass?

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What god? Revive Us Again!

YOU don’t have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them. Whatever you make most of is your god. Whatever you love more than God is your idol. Many a man’s heart is like some Kafirs’ huts, so full of idols that there is hardly room to turn around. Rich and poor, learned and unlearned, all classes of men and women are guilty of this sin. “Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.” (Isaiah 2:8&9).

A man may make a god of himself, of a child, of a mother, of some precious gift that God has bestowed upon him. He may forget the Giver and let his heart go out in adoration toward the gift.

Many make a god of pleasure; that is what their hearts are set on. If some old Greek or Roman came to life again and saw man in a drunken debauch, would he believe that the worship of Bacchus had died out? If he saw the streets of our large cities filled with harlots, would he believe that the worship of Venus had ceased?

Others take fashion as their god. They give their time and thought to dress. They fear what others will think of them. Do not let us flatter ourselves that all idolaters are in heathen countries.

With many it is the god of money. We haven’t got through worshiping the golden calf yet. If a man will sell his principles for gold, isn’t he making it a god? If he trusts in his wealth to keep him from want and to supply his needs, are not riches his god? Many a man says, “Give me money, and I will give you heaven. What care I for all the glories and treasures of heaven? Give me treasures here! I don’t care for heaven! I want to be a successful businessman.”

How true are the words of Job: “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; if I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had begotten much; if I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; and my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: this also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above” (Job 31: 24-28).

Excerpt from “The Ten Commandments” by Dwight L. Moody

Words of Grace for Strength

D. L. Moody’s message is more relevant today than even in the day it was written. How far has America turned from the God of creation! 85% of Americans claim to believe in god, but what god? Is it a god of their own making? Is it a god that allows them to feel good about themselves, or a god which brings them pleasure, or a god who makes them wealthy?

Is America’s god a god of politics, a god of wealth, a god of health, a god of sport, a god of race, a god of fashion, a god of feelings, a god of individuality, a god of entertainment, a god of good intentions? Is America’s god the god of Buddhism, the god of Hinduism, the god of Islam, the god of Pantheism, the god of Deism, the god of Atheism, the god of Satanism? Is America filled with all of these gods and perhaps even more?

We believe so, because when really questioned about what they believe, just 9% of the 85% affirm a belief in the Truth of Biblical Christianity. Believing that there is one God, Jehovah, who created man as a part of all creation, who sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the sin debt of all humanity at Calvary through His death, burial and resurrection. This same Jesus who ascended into heaven and even today sits at the right hand of His Father as our intercessor, who sent His Holy Spirit to indwell everyone who has accepted His free gift of Grace by acknowledging Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This same Jesus, who someday (and we believe very soon) will return to earth in Power and Glory to establish His kingdom.

Once upon a time in America, the True God of the universe, very God of the Bible, was recognized and worshiped by a great majority of the people. But today He has been ignored and those who follow him are marginalized. America seems to have gotten so full of gods that it no longer has room for God. Yet He is still God! And, He still desires all men to turn to Him in worship and obedience.

Today in America, we who do follow Him should be continually on our knees in prayer for people to turn back to Him, the one True God, and we should be praying for a great revival of Biblical Christianity to sweep this nation. We should be on our knees repenting of our own lack of faithfulness and crying out to Jesus Christ to begin this revival in our own hearts and lives. We should be on our knees asking the Holy Spirit to create in our own hearts and minds a spirit of true love for others, so that we might be witnesses of God’s grace to everyone we meet. We should be fervent about this prayer, with a keen sense of urgency, because we know not if the Lord is ready to harden the hearts of those around us, to give them over, once and for all, to their lusts, passions and desires to chase after their false gods.

Today in America, and in the World, there has never been a greater need for man to turn from his own sinfulness to the Only Holy, Just, and One True God. The time is short, and getting shorter. Because at any moment, He could tell His Son to call His Church out of this world and begin to pour out His wrath in tribulation on all who have rejected Him, and soon, Jesus Christ will return in Power, Glory, and Judgment.

America needs Revival!

Armageddon: A Global Goal

Before the battle of Armageddon can take place three things must happen:

1) World leaders must divide the land of Israel and scatter the Jews (Joel 3:2).
2) The Antichrist must confirm a covenant for seven years of peace in the Middle East (Dan. 9:27) .
3) There must be a world government (Dan. 7:23; Rev.13:7).

Concerning the division of the land of Israel, in early Nov. 2014, the new EU Foreign Affairs Chief, Federica Mogherini, traveled to Israel where she insisted on the urgent need to divide the land of Israel. She traveled on down into Gaza and said, “This [a Palestinian state] is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all of the European Union.” She even called it a “global” objective.

Her remarks reminded me of something Pres. Obama said at the UN on Sept. 23, 2012. He was talking about dividing the land of Israel and he said, “The Palestinian people deserve a state of their own…The question isn’t the goal that we seek — the question is how do we reach that goal?”

If dividing the land of Israel is a “global” goal (and a goal of the EU and the U.S.) then the battle of Armageddon is a global goal. This is true because God said, “I will also gather all nations [global], and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat [for the battle of Armageddon], and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:2).

Rather than looking at this issue through the certainty of God’s Word and His determination to fulfill every jot and tittle of it, world leaders are foolishly trying to appease the unceasing Islamic hatred of Israel. If these world leaders don’t back off, and the Bible indicates that they won’t, the world is on a guaranteed path to the battle of Armageddon.

Concerning a covenant for seven years of peace in the Middle East, the UN, EU, U.S. and others continue to try to force Israel to sign a peace treaty. To be honest about it, I expect more war before there is a peace treaty. But the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations calls for the UN to maintain peace and international security (this could also be translated peace and international safety); and world leaders simply refuse to give up on the idea of a peace treaty.

Years of failed negotiations have caused some to grow weary of the process. Some are ready to try to force a treaty on Israel and the PA whether they are willing to agree to it or not. A treaty that is forced on people against their wishes will not guarantee peace and safety.

Concerning the existence of a world government, three world leaders recently talked about this in the same week.

Germany’s Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble, called for global governance (world government), global taxes, global standards, rulers, governments and dictators with global tax collecting responsibilities and a digital system to track all of this. His idea of world government clearly fits the kind of money-tracking world government the Bible says the Antichrist will establish.

America’s Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said, “We are seeing a new world order . . . . being built. There are many questions, foremost among the American people: What’s the role of America in this new world that is evolving? Should we have a role? What is appropriate?” This shows a glaring ignorance of Bible prophecy. The evolving world government will be Satanic and there shouldn’t be any doubt about America’s role.

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin urged the international community to establish a new world order to prevent future conflicts (to establish peace and safety). This is another statement that shows ignorance of Bible prophecy. The Antichrist will rise to power promising to prevent future conflicts, but he will go forth conquering and to conquer.

So the globalists have their goals (divide Israel, peace and safety, world government, etc.), but no matter how powerful they are, they are no match for God. He has His goals and they will find this out when they see Jesus coming to the Valley of Jehoshaphat to rescue Israel.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymond.duck@yahoo.com

Condescending Glory

I recently led a small bible study that focused on Psalm 8. It is a short psalm, a praise and wisdom psalm. And I believe it is a great psalm to focus on when looking at the world; more specifically when looking at how the world views itself and how the world should actually view things if it were to be biblical about it.

Let’s face it, the world thinks pretty highly of itself, likes the fact that the world is in charge of, well, it is in charge of the world. The world likes being in charge and doesn’t like anyone saying anything else. This in a world that values and extols tolerance, at least when one is in agreement with what the world has to say about things.

Interestingly enough, there is biblical basis for man assuming a role of dominion over things, it is how the Lord purposed the role of man in the Creation. It didn’t work out that way, not through any fault of God’s, but because of the fall into sin and the loss of the role God purposed for us. A role that can now only be restored through Jesus Christ, a role that will only be restored in Jesus Christ when He returns to set up His Millennial Reign upon the earth, one in which we get to be co-heirs and co-rulers of along with Jesus. We are restored through Christ alone to a position of dominion in Creation for we are in Christ and are of Christ once we accept Him as Lord and Savior and trust in Him alone for our eternal salvation.

Psalm 8 lays out that dominion in a nice concise way, a so very often the Bible does in so many areas. Psalm 8 begins with what is known as an inclusio, a repeating of a phrase in verses 1a and 9 that serve to “bracket” this psalm and focus one’s attention on the heart of the matter, the majesty of the Lord’s name:

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth

The effect of the inclusio draws the reader to the underlying importance of the Psalm, the majesty of the Lord’s name above all else. If that is not enough, verses 1b and 2 show you the Lord’s strength. From the mouths of babes and nursing infants, the Lord ordains strength. God can use the weakest and most vulnerable to carry out His purposes. Not much in that for the world to get all puffed up about, the Lord can do great things with the least of things.

The remaining body of the psalm is a celebration of humanity, the role of dominion over His creation that He purposed for us. But sadly we have failed at it according to God’s plan, and will continue to fail until Jesus restores all in His Soon Return. Hebrews 2:6-9 quotes Psalm 8:4-6, but Hebrews does so in a way that shows that it is Christ who fulfills the role of dominion celebrated in this Psalm. It should be clear to us that in today’s world (the world’s self opinion not withstanding). not all is put under dominion as the Lord would have it. And it will not be until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

So what can we do as faithful believers:

  • Acknowledge and praise the majesty of the Creator
  • Acknowledge and accept that the Lord  often uses weak things to confound the mighty
  • Acknowledge and understand our dominion is only by the Lord’s grace

How can we as believers make use this Psalm in our daily lives?

  • It should inspire us to always praise the majesty of God
  • It should comfort us (and others) to acknowledge that God has chosen to display His majesty by using weak, flawed and vulnerable mortals to play a part in His plans for creation
  • By extension it should comfort us (and others) that God can use anyone to further His plans and purposes of creation, of redemption, of dominion.
  • By reading this psalm in the context of our understanding of Christ, it is clear whatever role God has for us in dominion over creation is not playing out today as it well when Jesus comes again and establishes His rule upon the earth.

I called it condescending glory in the title because the glory of man in any role of dominion over creation in by God’s grace, and only because He chose to stoop down, to condescend to our level to grant us that dominion in grace. Our glory condescends from God, a message the world might not like much but will one day acknowledge at the feet of Jesus Himself. And what a glorious time for all who have trusted in Him that will be as we praise and worship Him in His Glory.

I would close with a passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church that I think sums up where we stand before God if we stand without Him:

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:20-25