Believing in You, to Trust You


I want to Believe in You
For all things were created in You,
all things were created through You
and all things were created for You.

I want to live for You, and You alone!
Living in Your Love daily,
through the power of Your Word,
to the Glory of Your Name.

I’m looking over the ways of the world.
Where are the old paths, the Good way?
I need to find it. I need to walk in it.
I need to find rest for my soul.

“Don’t let your heart be troubled.
Believe in God. Believe also in Me.
Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you.”

Thank You Lord, I receive…
Your Love and Your Peace.
Trusting in Your Love,
Resting in Your Peace

© Thomas Dreyer

How do we reveal the Glory of God


The Former Glory

‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Haggai 2:9a)

Let’s look briefly at God’s glory revealed in the Old Testament, specifically, at the former glory of God revealed through His Temple.

There are six Hebrew words for glory.
Hader
could be translated, "beauty" or "excellence."
Tohar
means "purity" and "brightness."
Sebhi
has to do with respect for a prominent person.
Adderith
means "broad, big, unbounded."
Hodh
has to do with the grandeur of God. And finally,
Kabod
, which is used most often in the Old Testament, means "heavy, weighty, authoritative, rich, courageous, taking charge."

This is what Haggai is referring to – God coming and taking charge. When kabod comes, God is present with us. God is taking charge. When kabod is absent, God is absent. You are probably familiar with the term ichabod, which means, "the glory has departed." When the glory has departed, God has departed. But when the glory descends, God takes charge. So, the glory of God is simply the presence of God in our midst.

In the Old Testament, when the Tabernacle was built, the glory of the Lord God descended upon it and He communed there with His people. When Solomon built his great Temple, God’s glory descended upon it. In the Bible we read,

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it (2 Chronicles 7:1-2).

God had been meeting with Israel through the Tabernacle from Moses’ day until Solomon’s, and continued to do so in the Temple Solomon built.

But Solomon’s Temple was destroyed and the people of Israel were carried into captivity. Now Zerubbabel had come back to Jerusalem and was endeavouring to rebuild the former house. Thus we have the prophecy in Haggai. God promises, in verse 7, to

…fill this house with glory…

But He also promises, in verse 9, that

…the glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former…

Again the people were desiring to come into relationship with God, and He would reward them with His presence by manifesting His glory in their midst.

Following the Lord is relational in nature. God is a Person, and as such He desires to commune with His people. He always has. In the Garden of Eden He walked in the cool of the day with Adam as they enjoyed fellowship with one another. When He called Israel, He set up the Tabernacle to commune with them. Now, Solomon had built his Temple. When that Temple was dedicated, God’s glory came, kabod came. God’s glory was manifested to serve as an encouragement to the people, as a reminder of His strength and provision for them and as a motivation for their worship of Him as the Lord God.

The ultimate fulfilment of Haggai’s prophecy would not come in the rebuilding of the Temple, however. Although there was great glory which God manifested in the Temple, the ultimate fulfilment would not come under the Old Covenant, but in the New. The ultimate fulfilment of Haggai’s prophecy would come in the person of Jesus Christ and through His work of grace in our lives. It is the glory of the New Covenant of grace.

The Present Glory

Let’s turn now to see God’s glory revealed in the New Testament. Let’s look at the latter glory.

The Greek word, doksan, carries the same idea as kabod. We find this word used in John 1:14, where it says,

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

In Christ we see the glory and authority of God. The glory of God is revealed and manifested in Christ Jesus. In the Old Testament, we saw God revealed in a place. In the New Testament, we see God revealed in a person. God is revealed in Jesus Christ.

This is a glorious and precious truth indeed. Through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, we can behold God. Do you want to know what God is like? Simply look at Jesus. Do you want to see the Father? Behold the Son. God, as a great cosmic spirit, is difficult to comprehend. So God sent us Jesus Christ. In Christ, God was made a man so that we could see how God lives as a man. In this man, Jesus, we see the glory of God manifested in human flesh.

Here’s the incredible thing: God not only manifested His glory in Jesus, He also desires to manifest His glory in us. In John 17:10, Jesus says that

…glory has come to me through them… (John 17:10).

Christ desires to be glorified in us. What an amazing thought! But it’s true.

In 1 Corinthians 3:16, it says,

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16)?

In other words, we are a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit of God. Just as God dwelt with His people, Israel, in the Old Testament Temple, so He dwells with His people in a New Temple. The Spirit of God dwells in each of us. We are a temple of God. We are a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. We are a place where God manifests His glory. We are people through whom God manifests His glory.

The Bible teaches that we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. That is God’s purpose for us. God is changing us daily into the image of His Son. Now, this image is an inward image, not an outward one. So God gives us His moral attributes: love, peace, purity, justice, fairness, and the like. They are imparted to us as we allow the Holy Spirit to live in and through our lives. This is God’s plan for us. It is His plan for the Church.

At Pentecost, the glory of God fell, even as it fell on the Temple that Solomon built. The Holy Spirit descended into the midst of those early Christians and filled them to overflowing with His power. That power is still present for us today. As we allow God to fill us with His Holy Spirit and to control us by His sovereign power, then we become vessels, filled with His glory. We have no higher calling as believers in Jesus Christ than to be filled with the glory of God and to manifest that glory to this watching world. Just as the heavens above declare the glory of God, so should we declare the glory of God. Just as Jesus Christ manifested the glory of God, so should we manifest the glory of God. But how does it occur?

Let me point you to an important Scripture. It is 2 Corinthians 3:18.

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).

We are invited here to behold Jesus in order to be changed into His image. This is the key to practically manifesting the glory of God in our lives. We must behold Jesus. He must be the centre of our lives. He must be the driving force behind all we do. He must be the passion of our heart. If we would be those who manifest His glory, we must behold Him. We must keep Him ever before our eyes. We must look to Him, surrender to Him, spend time with Him, allow His glory to fill us and His power to possess us.

In Jesus we see the reflected glory of God. It is as if we are beholding in a mirror the glory of the Lord. We could not stand in the presence of His full glory. Jesus allows us to see the glory of God only in such a degree as we can stand. But even beholding the reflected glory of God, the Scripture teaches that we "are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory." It is like sitting before a tanning lamp, receiving its rays. As we do, our bodies begin to change. They become tan and brown as we bask in its warmth. So, we all need to bask in the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We need to sit in His presence and behold Him. We need to cry to Him, "Lord Jesus, change me. Lord Jesus, transform my life. Lord Jesus, make me like you. Lord Jesus, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to live daily for You." And then we need to worship Him, who is our life, with all our hearts. As we do so, we will be changed, from glory to glory, by beholding Him. Have you ever thought of yourself as being the depository of the glory of God? Have you ever considered that God can use you to reveal His glory? That is His desire, and it should be our delight. God has called each of us to be a vessel in whom He can dwell.

Who Are You, Lord?


False images, the vanity of Your name
That which rule and reign,
My thoughts…
My knowledge…

Who are You, LORD?

Show me where I can find the truth,
Teach me to look, listen and respond,
That I may behold Your beauty.
Show me Your ways and guide me,
That I may find You
‘cause I want to know You.

It’s not easy, sometimes I don’t understand…
Here I am Lord, waiting for You.
Show me Your love,
The beating of Your heart,
The warmth of Your embrace,
‘cause I want to know You.

Who are You, LORD?
I want to know You.

© Thomas Dreyer

Beautiful People


Truly beautiful people like you
Are those who knows defeat,
suffering, struggles and loss
But they found their way out of it
by the grace of God’!

They have an appreciation,
a sensitivity
an understanding of life,
filling them with compassion,
gentleness and love.
They are NOT born that way,
They are formed that way
by the Potter’s loving hand!

© Thomas Dreyer

Preserving The Unity of Love


Be always happy with your wife
The only one you married when you were young.
She is beautiful and graceful;
you should be attracted to her
staying deeply in love.

Do not ever allow worry and fear between you,
but speak words of truth and Compassion
for Worry is a heavy burden,
but a kind word always brings cheer.

Always answers her with words of love
especially when she ask “…do you love me”;
for giving the right word at the right time
is like precious gold set in silver making everyone happy.

Be always happy with your husband
The only one you married when you were young.
Let your love and loyalty for him
always show like a necklace,
writing them in your mind,
for love overlooks the wrongs that others do…

Remember, a woman who sells her love,
she can be bought for a little price,
so treasure your love for him,
for a simple life with love is better…
it beats a royal feast where there is hatred.

Always speak words of truth and Compassion
sharing in the love you have for one another…

Remembering the hopeful love HE bestowed upon you both,
the blessing of a future filled with hope and success.
When you worship HIM with all your heart,
Then also will HE never leave or forsake you…

©Thomas Dreyer

Kies Lewe


Elke aspek van my lewe
moet ‘n draai maak by die kruis–
daar is die vir wat ek te bang is.
En dan die wat ek liewer wil vergeet…

MAAR,

Dit wat nie aan die kruis gespyker was nie
Wel dit word net te swaar
Dis dit wat my krag en tyd leegtap.

Selfs my emosies en verhoudings
Als moet kruis toe.
Dan dra U dit saam met my…

© Thomas Dreyer

(Filippense 4:6-9.)

In Die Hemel


Ek weet jy wonder soms hoekom dinge moet gebeur
En ek weet jy’t baie vrae en jou hart is baie seer
Ek weet my plek is leeg langs jou, ek sal altyd by jou wees
As jy na my verlang, onthou, ek is by jou in die gees
My tyd op aarde is verby
My lewe is afgemeet
En ek weet jy moet agterbly
Maar ek sal jou nooit vergeet

Ek is nou in die hemel
En ek wil nêrens anders wees nie
Want hier is ek gelukkig
Hier kry ek nooit meer seer nie
Ek is nou in die hemel
En my hart is daar by jou
Nou is ek die engel wat sy vlerke om jou hou

Ek sien jou trane elke dag, ek wens ek kon dit afdroog
Ek wil nie hê jy moet huil nie want kyk, ek is daar in die reënboog
Hier sal ek altyd wag vir jou, hier in ons hemelhuis
Ek hoop jy volg die regte pad, tot hier by die kruis

My tyd op aarde is verby
My lewe is afgemeet
En ek weet jy moet agterbly
Maar ek sal jou nooit vergeet

Ek is nou in die hemel
En ek wil nêrens anders wees nie
Want hier is ek gelukkig
Hier kry ek nooit meer seer nie
Ek is nou in die hemel
En my hart is daar by jou
Nou is ek die engel wat sy vlerke om jou hou

© Juanita du Plessis

The Life-Giver

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